Day 7 of Denver Broncos Training Camp just wrapped up earlier today. We have two new starters on the offensive line, so more injuries, some big plays, a couple roster transactions, and an update on Peyton Manning's arm strength.
Garica and Paradis in, Garland and Gino out.
There we some whispers about a possible change coming to the offensive line on Wednesday, and those whispers were correct. Rookie Max Garcia replaced Ben Garland as the starting left guard today, and Matt Paradis replaced Gino Gradkowski as the starting center.
Kubiak said that Garcia and Paradis have earned the right to get a first-team work. Impressed w/ their progress.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) August 6, 2015
Both Garcia and Paradis have been standouts in the one on one drills in camp thus far. They both faired well against starting nose tackle Sylvester Williams who has been dominating those drills day in and day out. So it wasn't a big surprise to see them surpass Garland and Gradkowski.
"You saw those guys bump up. You're going to see that occasionally." said Kubiak "Those two guys have been playing well. They deserve to work with the ones and we're going to get it all evaluated, it's part of the plan."
It will be interesting to see if this change is permanent, or just a one-day thing. Head Coach Gary Kubiak said that both players earned this, so I would expect to see them get the majority of the reps with the 1st team offensive at least for the next few days.
Ryan Harris seems like your starting right tackle:
When camp opened last week, veteran tackle Chris Clark was the starting right tackle, but that quickly changed. From I believe day 2 on forward Veteran Ryan Harris has been the man at right tackle for the Broncos offense.
Coach Kubiak says that Harris is taking advantage of the opportunity presented to him and that he's doing good things for them.
"We just feel like he's picked it up. He's doing some really good stuff. I've had Ryan before. I really like this Ryan that's with us right now. I think he's really focused. I think he sees an opportunity as a pro and he's taking advantage of it. It's nothing against Chris. Chris will continue to swing, but I think Ryan's deserving of more reps right now and he's doing a good job with it. And also Michael was out today. That had something to do with it, too."
It will be interesting to see if either Clark or Schofield can push Harris for the job. I think Schofield is the most likely to push for the right tackle job because he's only been taking snaps on the right side while Clark is working as the swing.
Broncos waived punter Karl Schmitz and sign defensive tackle Sione Fua:
After starting punter Britton Colquitt took a pay cut, the writing was on the wall for Schmitz.
Kubiak did have some nice things to say about Schmitz.
I think that he will make it in this league. I'm really proud of his work, but that's tough—anytime guys do everything for you and you have to let him go. We had a good talk this morning and I just told him to stick with it. I think that he will make it somehow, someway."
The Broncos waived Schmitz to make room for defensive lineman Sione Fua. With Derek Wolfe out with a concussion and Malik Jackson and Antonio Smith being eased back into action, this signing will add some depth to the defensive line.
"Fua has been here before. I don't know that much about him." said Kubiak "I know that John and Matt Russell spoke highly of him. We're short on the defensive line and we're trying to nudge along a couple of guys.
It will be interesting to see if they make another move now that suspended defensive end Derek Wolfe will be out for a bit with a concussion.
Notes from around the web:
- Von Miller continues to dominate in Broncos practice. He beat Ryan Harris and Louis Vasquez in consecutive plays. It seems like if Von can stay healthy he's going to have a great 2015 season.
- Linebacker Brandon Marshall saw work in team period for the first time since his surgery on his right foot. Marshall said he will be back for week one of the season. "Yeah, I'll definitely be back for the first game for sure"
- Kickers Brandon McManus and Connor Barth worked on long-range kicking today. Both looked impressive. McManus known for his strong leg connected on a 64 and 60 yarder while Barth hit a 60 yarder.
- Emmanuel Sanders: Suffered a hamstring injury today. Kubiak doesn't believe the injury is severe at this time. I would expect them to be cautious with Sanders and ease him into action over the next few days.
- Derek Wolfe: He suffered a concussion during today's practice. He took a blow to the helmet and had to be carted off the field. He must now pass the league's concussion protocol before hitting the field again. I'd assume he's day to day or week to week right now.
- Danny Trevathan: The linebacker missed practice today because of an illness. He's expected to go Friday.
- Linebacker Steven Johnson left practice after taking a hit to the knee. There's been no update on his status.
- Linebacker Lerentee McCray (groin), safety Ross Madison (groin), cornerback Tevrin Brandon (shoulder), nose tackle Marvin Austin Jr. (groin) and tackle Michael Schofield (back) were held out of practice. Schofield will be back for tomorrow's practice.
Tweets from day 7:
Tuesday the fourth was the most popular day of camp thus far. Today may have even more fans: pic.twitter.com/AZzkDXZGGu— The Orange Page (@theorangepage) August 6, 2015
Kapri Bibbs must be averaging eight yard per carry in training camp.— The Orange Page (@theorangepage) August 6, 2015
Juwan Thompson in with the starters runs for about six in team.— The Orange Page (@theorangepage) August 6, 2015
Talib picks off Manning in team, would probably not have scored in a real game.— The Orange Page (@theorangepage) August 6, 2015
Jordan Taylor doing Jordan Taylor stuff, pulls down a Dysert pass in traffic. Osweiler hit Green earlier.— The Orange Page (@theorangepage) August 6, 2015
Peyton misses Owen Daniels on what would have been a score in seven-on-sevens.— The Orange Page (@theorangepage) August 6, 2015
Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas on teammate Cody Latimer
"Cody's explosive. He makes big catches. I think he's been actually working on his game with route running. He came in raw at the beginning. Now he's getting off the presses and running deep. He's doing great at the top of the routes and making plays on the ball. It's a big difference. I was the exact same way. He's going to be good."