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Denver Broncos Training Camp Day 20 news and notes

Don't pay attention now, but Paxton Lynch is experiencing a make or break moment.

A very short Day 20 of Denver Broncos Training Camp is finished wrapping up about 30 minutes earlier that usual as the team awaits the arrival tomorrow of the San Francisco 49ers.

Quarterback update

It was a light day, but that didn't stop Lorenzo Doss from making Trevor Siemian's day miserable, Doss picked off Siemian during 6-on-7's and to add insult to injury on Siemian's 'tackle' attempt, Siemian got juked and then lapped by Doss.

While the entire football world has debated Mark Sanchez vs. Trevor Siemian, rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch has pieced together a string of close to 10 practices where he has been steady and consistent. Much like he was against the Chicago Bears last Thursday when he missed on only one pass, which was a purposeful incomplete lob.

Here are your total QB numbers from a light day of camp:

Aqib Talib gets a full day of work in

Quietly Aqib Talib is back practicing in full as the San Francisco 49ers head to town for two days worth of joint practice prior to the two teams squaring off this Saturday. Talib covered Emmanuel Sanders predominantly at practice today and proved that there is no residual bad blood between the defense and the offense.

Von Miller will play against the San Francisco 49ers

In a coach's decision Von Miller has been used sparingly in training camp, but has seen his work steadily increase over the last week. Following practice today Gary Kubiak said that Miller would see playing time this Saturday against the 49ers.

DeMarcus Ware will be back in, '4-5 days.'

DeMarcus Ware has quietly been given the Brett Favre treatment, with little to no need to prove what he is capable of Ware has sat out camp thus far. Following practice today, Kubiak indicated that,

"He’s real close. I think you could see him be a part of the team here in four, five days. That’s what we’re thinking. He’s made that much progress. Hopefully next week I’m sitting here talking about him playing on the field."

Vance Walker injury update

As you likely know by now Vance Walker will be out for the season with a torn ACL, Walker was immediately replaced in camp yesterday by offseason signing Jared Crick. Walker's departure comes less than a week after the Broncos cut often injured Kenny Anunike. Behind Crick on the depth chart is rookie defensive end Adam Gotsis who has quietly put together an impressive camp as he learns the defense at hyper speed.

It would seem for now that Denver will promote from within and not bring in another veteran defensive end to compete with Crick, Gotsis and Billy Winn. Also of note should be that aside from Anunike, the Broncos also cut rookie defensive endShaneil Jenkins two weeks ago, signing Lars Koht in his place. It seems that they at least liked their depth at defensive end as of a week ago.

"It’s tough because Vance was becoming a really good player. He had a great offseason, a great camp. It was an opportunity for him in his career to be a starter. Unfortunately, that happens. It’s part of the game. Last year we went through [a similar situation on the] offensive line. I think we lost three guys before the season started. [Offensive Line Coach] Clancy [Barone] and [Assistant Offensive Line Coach] James [Cregg] did a great job. They’ll do a great job with the group. Expect a lot of [DE Adam] Gotsis and [NT Darius] Kilgo; [DT Kyle] Peko has come a long way. It’s an opportunity for guys to step up—[DE Jared] Crick. It’s part of football and we have to make it work."

Broncos fans set training camp record

Congratulations, Broncos fans, you really are the best on the planet:

The battle for returner may not be a battle at all

Through more than 14 days of actual camp it would appear to this writer that there was a full-on brawl for the job of punt and kick returner on the Broncos between Kalif Raymond and Bralon Addison. After witnessing today it would seem that the job is Jordan Norwood's to lose. Lost in the hype of Raymond vs. Addison is the fact that Norwood held the job last season and while college free agents Raymond and Addison have been brought on to compete it hasn't been much of a competition. Norwood is clearly the leader in limited reps, he also seems to have solidified himself as the starting slot receiver.

John Phillips is back

And he's mad decent:

Phillips had two receptions in team activities today after being out more than 10 days of training camp.

A final word (for now) on Pat Bowlen's Hall of Fame snub

There is little use in repeating things that have been said thousands of times, Andrew Mason did it with numbers and here they are:

Injury report

  • Nose tackle Sylvester Williams was one of two nose tackles sitting out today.
  • Darius Kilgo joined Williams on the sideline.
  • Cornerback Taurean Nixon continued to sit out practice.
  • Safety Ryan Murphy has yet to practice since re-signing with the team last week.
  • Offensive lineman Robert Myers Jr. sat out another practice.
  • Receiver Bennie Fowler and tackle/guard Ty Sambrailo continue to sit out practice with elbow injuries.
  • James Ferentz who has seen time predominantly as the 2nd team center was also out of practice today.
Tweets from camp

Notable quotes

Kubiak on the depth of the defensive line

"I’m not concerned about the depth on the line now. I think the thing always is—as a coach you sit here and say ‘OK, we still have three weeks of training camp left.’ That’s the hard part. You are always massaging positions and situations to get yourself to opening day. It’s no different."

Kubiak on Miller and Russell Okung playing in the game Saturday

"My first reaction to that would be yes. They need to step on the field. Obviously they would not play as much as anybody else because it will be their first time. We’ll probably work through that tomorrow night."