Although the second day of OTAs was closed to the local media, Andrew Mason came through as usual with a bunch of great notes from practice for us to feast upon.
And the phrase-of-the-day was NO. FLY. ZONE.
“Denver's cornerbacks came up with some big moments, but the offense had its share of solid plays on the second day of OTAs, including some receptions by rookie Carlos Henderson.”
Mase didn’t give us any hints on which quarterbacks threw the interceptions (you’ll just have to speculate at your own peril), but he did let us know that the Broncos secondary looked to be in midseason form with Aqib Talib and Lorenzo Doss both getting INTs and Bradley Roby pulling down a pick-six.
.@Lorenzo_Doss made A LOT of plays during today's second OTA practice— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) May 25, 2017
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With Roby and Doss shining yesterday, the likelihood the No Fly Zone has good depth is a very comforting thought. Here’s a reminder from Mase what kind of an impact Doss can make as the fourth corner on the team.
“Doss's interception was not the only play he made on the ball. During a seven-on-seven period, he nearly intercepted another pass. That Doss is around the ball so often should come as no surprise, considering that he made five interceptions during an eight-practice stretch during last year's training camp.”
Rookie Carlos Henderson also proved to be impressive on Day Two.
SHOCKER SPECIAL ALERT! Keep eye on DEN WR Carlos Henderson. Versatile, elusive, crazy explosive. Could thrive out of slot. Barely drafted.— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) May 25, 2017
Mason pointed out that Henderson could be a good short-range option out of the slot for the Broncos as he caught a few short passes from Trevor Siemian that he “extended into lengthy gains.”
But, of course, Henderson may be among the Broncos’ answers for much-improved special teams.
Brock Olivo said after practice that the wide receiver runs like a running back and “runs angry with the ball.”
“Love that guy. He’s got juice and he’s a linear speed guy...Carlos is your downhill, run behind your pads, run through smoke—as we say for kickoff returners,” Olivo said, adding that he has courage. “That’s the type of kid we like as a kick returner. ...And he’s a kid who we think we can line up at gunner, too. He’s got a lot of qualities. He’s got a high ceiling, to put it that way. We’re fired up about him.”
Safe to say special teams coordinator Brock Olivo is fired up for our punt- and kick-return potential in 2017?— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) May 24, 2017
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As for the quarterbacks, Mason noted that “Paxton Lynch showed good decisiveness under pressure, delivering several passes as the pass rush bore down on him.”
The second-year QB vying for the starting role also scrambled for a gain after escaping trouble coming from the edge from none other than Von Miller and Shane Ray.
Siemian and Cody Latimer “collaborated on one of the best pass plays of the day, connecting on a deep post route during a seven-on-seven period.”
But don’t count out my dark horse starter, Kyle Sloter. Mason reported that the undrafted free agent expected to be a camp body or practice squad QB “showed accuracy and composure for a second consecutive day” as he “smoothly fielded a pair of slightly high snaps late in the practice.”