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:
Total QB Stats from Day 20: pic.twitter.com/kpVZPo8kNV— The Orange Page (@theorangepage) August 16, 2016
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 end, Shaneil 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:
Broncos did set Dove Valley/UCHealth 1-yr camp record. Drawn 56,921 through 13 dates with 2 more left. Last yr, 55,044 in 13 dates.#9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) August 16, 2016
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.
Not a ton of reps for Jordan Norwood at punt returner, but he's still probably the best that the Broncos have. Just broke a big one.— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) August 16, 2016
John Phillips is back
And he's mad decent:
Tight end John Phillips wasting no time getting reacquainted in with the 2nd team offense and catching a pass during 6-on-7s.— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) August 16, 2016
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:
Far as I can tell, the only area in which Jerry Jones surpasses Pat Bowlen is in losing seasons. What a bloody joke. pic.twitter.com/kQPnMHbYpe— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) August 16, 2016
- 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.
72° no wind or clouds at camp today, crowd is bigger than yesterday with a lot of enthusiasm.— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) August 16, 2016
With both Sylvester Williams & Darius Kilgo not practicing, Kyle Peko, co-No. 2 NT with Kilgo, will see first-team reps.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) August 16, 2016
Drake's 'I'm on One' blasts, featuring the lyric, "Get it while you're here boy, because all that hype don't feel the same next year boy."— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) August 16, 2016
Usual suspects with the 1st team offense (left to right): Okung, Garcia, Paradis, Weems and Stephenson with Sanchez calling.— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) August 16, 2016
And another one... Ring the alarm. https://t.co/jUhKmjCin4— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) August 16, 2016
Rookie @dbook23 mixing in with the 1st team during 6-on-7s.— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) August 16, 2016
Siemian INTERCEPTED by Lorenzo Doss ... was looking for Posey, but the pass was short; Doss had the easy pick.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) August 16, 2016
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."