Day 13 of Denver Broncos Training Camp wasn't all that interesting. There were no pads, the tempo wasn't as fast, and it was basically a glorified walkthrough. However, we do have updates on how the quarterbacks did today, Weems and Schofield starting on the right side of the offensive line, Kubiak watching Kalif Raymond, injury updates, news and notes, and more.
The quarterbacks all had long touchdowns and interceptions today but overall performed well.
The defense has intercepted each quarterback once apiece today.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) August 9, 2016
Sanchez had a nice touchdown to Demaryius Thomas during practice today and a few more during red zone drills where the ball was placed at the two-yard line.
Sanchez was intercepted by Kayvon Webster today, and also had another near interception later in practice.
Siemian had a touchdown to wide receiver Jordan Norwood in practice but was also intercepted by safety Brandian Ross later in practice.
Lynch was intercepted during his first pass attempt of practice today but then completed 14 of his next 17 passes. One of those 14 completions was an 80-yard touchdown pass off the bootleg to rookie wide receiver Durron Neal.
80-yard likely TD from Paxton Lynch off of a bootleg to Durron Neal like it was nothing.— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) August 9, 2016
Lynch also showed off his mobility once again when he avoided the pass rush to complete a pass to rookie tight end Henry Kriger-Coble.
Charting the quarterbacks
Mile High Report's Ian Henson charted the quarterbacks once again today and this is what he came away with.
Darrion Weems starting at right guard and Schofield starting at left tackle
With guard Ty Sambrailo out for multiple weeks, veteran Darrion Weems will get the start at right guard and Michael Schofield will get the start at left tackle with Russel Okung sitting out.
Darrion Weems will start at RG Thursday at Chicago. Michael Schofield will start at LT for Russell Okung. #Broncos— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) August 9, 2016
Kubiak indicated the only reason Weems is getting the start is because Schofield is playing left tackle. So it sounds like Schofield may have the inside track as the swing guy/backup guard right now.
"Hopefully you see the progress he’s been making. He’s worked his way into the starting lineup because of some nicks and things. He’s going to get a start this week because Michael Schofiekd will play left tackle for Russell. We’ll see, hopefully he keeps coming. He really likes to play. He’s a big physical guy. We’ll see how he does."
Good luck Sanchez and Siemian.
Kubiak will watch Kalif Raymond extensively
One played Gary Kubiak singled out during today's media session is receiver/return man Kalif Raymond.
Kubiak said his plan is to see Kalif Raymond extensively as a returner. He will play a lot. Bralon Addison might see some snaps too.— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) August 9, 2016
Kubiak said he wanted to look at Raymond because he has been good at practice.
"My expectations are to look at Kalif extensively. Probably, if you saw anybody other than Kalif, you will probably see our young kid from Oregon [WR Bralon Addison]. I want to look at Kalif. He’s looked really good in practice. I want to see him handle the ball, so that’s what I plan on doing."
The explosive Raymond has caught the eye of Kubiak and I expect to see him see plenty of time at kick and punt return, and probably be on the field a lot when Paxton Lynch is the quarterback.
Raymond is battling for the final wide receiver spot and the kick/punt return job.
- Backup center James Ferentz returned to practice today and figures to play a lot on Thursday night.
- Right Tackle Donald Stephenson returned to practice after suffering a calf injury.
- Wide receiver Jordan "Sunshine" Taylor also returned to practice and figures to be targeted a lot on Thursday night.
- Guard/tackle Ty Sambrailo sat out another practice and figures to miss some time with an elbow injury.
- Tight end Jon Phillips continues to miss practice and his roster spot is likely in danger if he doesn't get healthy soon.
- Cornerback Taurean Nixon did not practice today
- Recently signed safety Ryan Murphy sat out practce today with a hamstring injury.
Tweets from practice
CJ Anderson/OL looks good today against this Broncos defense, which is saying a lot, because this defense looks ahead of last season's.— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) August 9, 2016
Defense had a shot at 2 sacks on Sanchez with blitzes in this period. Held up because it wasn't game conditions.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) August 9, 2016
Siemian was a perfect 6-for-6 in that 7-on-7 period.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) August 9, 2016
Kubiak on working towards the first preseason game
"They’ve been working all offseason and the last 14, 13 days, whatever it’s been, for a chance to play. I want them to relax and play. The mistakes belong to me and the coaches. I want them to go play free and enjoy playing. That’s what they’ve been working for. Hopefully we can freshen them up in the next 48 hours and cut them loose, let them have some fun."
Kubiak on playing another team
"We’re tired of each other. Coaches are tired of each other. Players are tired of each other. I told them after practice, ‘We’ve been going at each other for a long time. Now it’s time to go with each other.’ This is the fun. It’s why you work. We’re looking forward to it."
Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison on what will go into naming a starting quarterback
"I think everything will be applied. I think we will use every little bit of information and everybody’s opinion in the building on the offensive staff. Obviously we’ll just see how they do. I think it’ll play out pretty smoothly. Then we’ll have to use the games. We have to have a starting point."