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Day 8 of Denver Broncos Training Camp had tight end Virgil Green be the star of the day

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Day 8 of Denver Broncos Training Camp is now in the books. After a sluggish and mistake-prone practice on Wednesday, the Broncos put on the pads and raised the intensity. We have more updates on the QB battle(Not good for the Siemian fans), Virgil Green went nuts, Lorenzo Doss showing the Broncos depth at corner is also nuts, news and notes, Injury updates and more!

Quarterback update

It was a much better day for the group, but there was still the usual ups and downs.

Mile High Report's Ian Henson was present at Camp today and he thought Paxton Lynch looked much better today, Mark Sanchez looked good and Trevor Siemian had some rough patches today. If you want to see all of his thoughts on today's practice check out @MileHighReport on Twitter!

Mark Sanchez:

By all accounts, it was a better day for the Broncos veteran quarterback. He had multiple touchdowns during team drills, but still had his usual bad moments.

All the quarterbacks were hitting the tight ends today, but Sanchez had a few nice connections with Virgil Green(more on him later).

In a two-minute drill, Sanchez went 4 for 4 before Demaryius Thomas's butterfingers showed up for the time in camp when he dropped two potential touchdowns. Sanchez did have multiple good throws today, including a nice completion to Bennie Fowler who continues to have a nice Training Camp.

I did say there was some "downs" to Sanchez's day today. He missed wide receiver Jordan Taylor badly three times today.

It's hard to know who is in the wrong here, but the chemistry between the two appears to be off. With Taylor looking to be a factor in the Broncos offense this year, the two need to clean up these mistakes.

Overall it was a nice bounce back performance for Sanchez who had two rough practices in a row.

Trevor Siemian:

Trevor started out practice with the first team offense while Sanchez was with the two's but Siemian didn't take advantage of this opportunity. It was a rough day for Siemian.

Siemian had three snaps in a row where he threw the ball to a wide open patch of grass and also had a fumbled snap. To make things worse for Siemian, the Broncos were practicing a 2-minute drill and Siemian threw an interception to reserve safety Brandian Ross close out the drill. Ross almost got him again later in practice.

One criticism of Siemian that has been consistent to onlookers at Broncos camp has been Siemian's tendency to hold onto the ball way too long.

This can fly in Training Camp practices since you're not allowed to touch the quarterback, but in a week live bullets start flying. If Siemian starts holding on to the ball for too long, especially behind this battered and work in progress offensive line, he's going to get himself hurt. Evidence of this happened today when Broncos backup edge rushers Shane Ray and Shaq Barrett was giving Siemian fits.

Now it wasn't all awful for Siemian. He hit Virgil Green for a nice leaping touchdown over linebacker Corey Nelson.

Paxton Lynch:

Lynch worked with the third team offense again today and had a nice bounce back day.

When the pads come on, Lynch's game appears to improve. The Broncos have been in full pads now 3 out of the 7 days of Training Camp, and those three days ended up being Lynch's three best practices. Coincidence or does Lynch's game step up when the pads come on?

After a day where he was throwing to wide open patches of grass, all Lynch did today was pass for touchdowns today.

He connected with tight end Jeff Heuermanhandful of times, he hit tight end Garrett Graham for a touchdown, he connected with Jordan Taylor for a touchdown, he hit rookie wide receiver Bralon Addison for multiple big plays today, he scrambled in for a touchdown, and dumped the ball off to running back Kapri Bibbs for a touchdown as well.

Lynch was also putting on a bootleg clinic today. Out of the three quarterbacks, Lynch is the best by far at this skill. Andrew Mason of DenverBroncos.com says that Lynch is the best to do it since Jake Plummer.

Lynch's movement skills are very good for a man of his size. He's smooth, and his long strides make him cover ground rather quickly. Add in his excellent arm strength and he has all the physical tools to be perfect in Gary Kubiak's offense.

Virgil Green catching all the touchdowns

We have all waited and wanted updates on the tight end position, and we sure got some today

Tight end Virgil Green was the "star" of today's Training Camp and caught touchdown passes from all three quarterbacks. He ended the day with like four or five total touchdowns.

Green was asked after Practice about showcasing his talents on the football field today

"Every day you have to go out there and be consistent. That’s my biggest thing. I can make plays. I can do all the other things. I just have to be consistent and show them that I can do those things every single day."

Virgil Green is battling for the starting job with second-year player Jeff Heuerman and veteran Garrett Graham, and it looks like Green may have the lead after today's performance.

Green is an excellent blocker who also has excellent athleticism for a man of his size as well. He has yet to be used in the passing game a whole lot, and each year we keep thinking "this will be the year" he steps up into that role, but he hasn't yet. This appears to be his best shot yet. The competition isn't great, he's in a tight end-friendly offense, and he appears to be the starter right now.

Jeff Heuerman and Garrett Graham also made some plays today. Heuerman caught multiple touchdowns from Paxton Lynch, and Graham came down with one as well. It was a good day for a position group that has remained absent from the notebooks of onlookers.

Lorenzo Doss stepping up

With Aqib Talib(leg), Chris Harris(hammy), and Kayvon Webster(thigh bruise) sitting out practice, this has allowed second-year corner Lorenzo Doss step up and get some 1st team snaps in replace of those three.

The Broncos reserve corner has been making a name for himself the past few days. Doss intercepted Mark Sanchez on Sunday and took it 102 yards for a touchdown, he has been getting 1st team reps the past few days with Kayvon Webster sitting out, and today he lined up across from Demaryius Thomas and broke up a 50 or so yard pass from Trevor Siemian.

Kubiak praised the young cornerbacks after practice.

"Obviously B.J. Lowery is getting a ton of reps. I think you saw Lorenzo Doss show up today. Doss had a really good day. Taurean Nixon is becoming such a better player. When your two starting corners are out,  Bradley Robyhadn’t missed a day. Bradley is really having a good camp. We’re finding out who is going to be four, five, six. Those types of things. It’s good competition."

The Broncos depth at corner is very good.

News and Notes

  • Newly signed offensive lineman Sam Carlson will wear number 69. The Broncos now have two 69's on their roster because recently signed Lars Koht is also wearing Jersey number 69.
  • Safety Justin Simmons has been working with the 1st team defense and playing deep high safety for them. Lots of trust put on the Broncos rookie but very talented safety.
  • Reserve offensive lineman Darrion Weems took first-team reps at left guard today.
  • Michael Schofield took some first-team reps at left guard as well.
  • Cody Latimer continues to look good.
  • Second-year nose tackle Darius Kilgo looked quick today.

Injury report

  • Guard Max Garcia returned to practice on Thursday after missing Wednesday's with an ankle injury. He was limited for today's practice.
  • Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. sat out practice with a hamstring injury. Kubiak said it just tightened up.
  • Cornerback Kayvon Webster(Thigh bruise) sat out his second practice in a row.
  • Guards Ty Sambrailo(Elbow) and Sam Brenner(concussion) continued to miss practice. Kubiak said that Ty is "day to day" still.
  • Tight end Jon Phillips missed another practice.

Tweets from camp

Notable Quotes

Gary Kubiak on center Matt Paradis

"Matt is becoming a really good player. Every snap last year, he took. That’s unusual in football. That kid did not miss a snap the whole season. He loves to play. He is the leader of our offensive football team right now as this quarterback deal continues to develop. I think Matt has been a leader during the course of the off-season and continues to do that now."

Kubiak on waiving receiver Marlon Brown

"Marlon came here with an issue, the back, that held him out in Baltimore last year. He wanted to try and play through it, so we gave him the opportunity to do that. It continued to bother him and it flared up. What Marlon is going to do is he is going to get this thing taken care of. I think he has a bright future. Hopefully he bounces back quick and he’s back in this league quick. We thought a lot of him. He did a great job. Hopefully he can get healthy."

Kubiak on the play of the offensive line

"We have some things going on there. Max practiced limited today, but he did practice. Obviously Ty is going to be a day-to-day situation right now with his elbow. You have Connor and you have Schofield who slides in and out. Darrion Weems is really starting to look like a pretty good football player for this team. We are trying to give him every opportunity. Dillon Day and of course James Ferentz is going to have to play two spots. He is going to have to play some guard, along with center. That’s what helps you play seven guys. We are rotating them, giving them all an opportunity to compete."