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Rookie defensive end Adam Gotsis nearing full health

The Broncos second round pick surprisingly returned to practice today

One of the biggest stories coming from Day 3 of Denver Broncos Training Camp was second-round pick Adam Gotsis getting a bunch of reps in team drills today.

As we know, Adam Gotsis suffered a torn ACL in late October which sidelined him the remainder of his senior year at Georgia Tech. He then spent the entire offseason rehabbing the injury and missed the Broncos entire offseason program. Some questioned if Gotsis would be ready for the start of camp, but he proved he was and avoided the PUP list.

He spent the first two days limited and doing some individual work, but on Day 3, Gotsis was allowed to participate in some team drills and he looked great.

Here's what's Andrew Mason had to say about Gotsis's performance today.

"Adam Gotsis brought a jolt of rambunctious energy to the defensive line Saturday. His ability to break quickly off the snap allowed him to burst through blockers and get into the backfield, and his motor kept him chugging, even when the play flowed away from him and two blockers provided obstruction. He didn't quit; he just kept chugging."

It was an impressive showing from a player who some thought wouldn't contribute much because of his injury. Now if Gotsis can continue his strong play and grow as a player in the coming days and weeks he may be able to push for a starting role.

Now Gotsis says he isn't 100% just yet, about "90 to 95%" he says, but we will know when he's 100%.

Gotsis says he will consider himself 100% when there's live contact and "bodies all over the ground.".

I guess we will soon see "bodies all over the ground" because Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak believes Gotsis will be doing everything and going full go.

"Adam Gotsis, Russell Okung and Von went about an hour and ten minutes today. They’re pretty close. I’d say about mid-next week they’ll be doing everything. I think he’s got a way to go because of condition level and just football-wise. The progress has been good. I think our plan is good. We just have to keep going."

I think Gotsis will quickly become a fan favorite. Like teammate Derek Wolfe, Gotsis has a motor that never quits, he is intense, strong, explosive, and can stuff the run and collapse the pocket. All these reasons are why Defensive Line Coach Bill Kollar was pushing Elway and Kubiak to draft him this winter.

Now imagine Gotsis lining up next to Wolfe on passing downs with Von and Ware/Shaq/Ray on the edge and with the "No Fly Zone" locking down the receivers?

Good luck.