The Broncos returned to action on Wednesday after having their first off day on Tuesday. Today was also the Broncos first afternoon Training Camp practice of the summer. With the late start, it was a hot one for the
Today we have Emmanuel Sanders returning to action on a limited basis, Trinity Benson continuing to turn some heads, safety Justin Simmons continuing to showcase his abilities, injury updates, quotes, and more!
Emmanuel Sanders takes part in 7-on-7’s for the first time
For this first-time since suffering an achilles late last season against the Bengals, veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders returned to practice on a limited basis. Before, he was just doing some work during individual drills but today, he took part in some 7-on-7 action today.
In typical Sanders fashion, he made a highlight reel catch where he ended up diving for the ball. After the catch, Sanders told reporters that he said “I’m back baby!” after making the catch.
“Yeah, I know. I’ve got to go watch that play. That’s what I kept telling the guys. ‘Did I have to dive?’ I don’t know if I had to dive. But you know what? When I got it, I said, ‘I’m back, baby!’ It felt good. I’m looking forward to tomorrow and keeping on getting better.”
Head Coach Vic Fangio told reporters after practice that Sanders will take anywhere from four to six players in 7-on-7 drills early one before starting to do more and more as time goes on.
“He did. I didn’t watch him we he was in there. I’ll watch it when I go out, but that was the plan today, to get him some—anywhere from four-to-six plays in the 7-on-7 period. That’s the starting point and hopefully, slowly he’ll start doing more and more.”
It is a good sign for the Broncos and Sanders that he is able to start the process this early. Most teams started their Training Camps today or tomorrow so Sanders is on your regular schedule to get ready by week one. I have no doubts that Sanders won’t be good to go come week one.
The Broncos need Sanders to return to his usual form for this offense to find success in 2019. The signs early appear that he’s on track to doing just that but time will only tell.
Trinity Benson continues to be a name to watch
One name that continues to be mentioned a lot after each Training Camp practice is undrafted rookie wide receiver, Trinity Benson. With DaeSean Hamilton leaving practice early, this allowed Benson to receive some more first-team reps.
Emmanuel Sanders said "TB has been doing well," said Trinity Benson reminds him of himself when he was younger.— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) July 24, 2019
Exciting news on the #Broncos receiver.
Veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was asked about Benson’s play early on and he told reporters that he reminds him of himself when he was younger.
“‘T.B.’ is doing well. He’s explosive. He’s fast. I told him the other day he reminds me of myself when I was a rookie. He has long speed; he has good hands. He’s got a lot of upsides to him, so for ‘T.B.’ it’s more about honing that craft. I tell him, ‘You’re a white belt right now, but you are trying to be a black belt. You’re trying to master the art of route running, you’re trying to master the art of being a receiver.’ That’s what he has to do.”
Pretty high praise from the Broncos veteran wide receiver on Benson. He like Benson entered the league a little light, pretty raw, and with a good amount of speed. So I can see where he made this comparison. If the Broncos get another Emmanuel Sanders in Benson, that will be yet another major UDFA steal for them.
Benson still appears to be the leader for the final wide receiver/returner job for the Broncos. If his strong camp continues and he has himself a good preseason, he appears destined for a spot on the 53-man roster. A spot on the 10-man Practice Squad at the very least is also in play for Benson if they decide to keep Langley or someone else instead.
Justin Simmons continues to have a solid camp
One player who many assume will have a breakout year under Vic Fangio and Ed Donatell is safety, Justin Simmons. The system the two are installing fits his skill sets better and he should become a difference maker at the back end of the defense.
Well, if the early results from camp are any indication of what is to come, then Simmons is about to have a breakout year.
Justin Simmons continues his red hot training camp picking off a Flacco overthrow.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) July 24, 2019
During today’s practice, Simmons came up with yet another interception. This time off a Joe Flacco overthrow that hit him right in the numbers.
The safety play in Fangio’s defenses are always key. Last season in Chicago he had safeties Eddie Jackson and Adrian Amos at the back end of that number one ranked defense. He’s hoping that Simmons can evolve into the type of player that Jackson turned into under his and Donatell’s watch. Again, the early indications are promising for both sides.
Simmons is entering the final year of his rookie deal so it is a bit of a make or break year for him with the Broncos. I have been always a fan of his skill set so hopefully he can be used correctly and put up big numbers and earn himself a new contract from the Broncos.
- The oft-injured Jake Butt continues to miss practice.
- Rookie wide receiver Juwann Winfree sat out practice today but sounds like close to returning. Fangio said after practice that he thinks that he will be back for tomorrows practice.
- DaeSean Hamilton left practice with what appeared to be a tweak to his hamstring. Head Coach Vic Fangio confirmed the injury after practice.
- Wide receiver River Cracraft remained sidelined with a muscle injury.
- Linebacker Todd Davis also remained sidelined with a calf injury.
Tweets from camp
First three players on the field for practice today:— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensBSN) July 24, 2019
The Broncos are on today.— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensBSN) July 24, 2019
Literally, it’s really hot. pic.twitter.com/8heGxMJYhH
Couple of #NFL greats. Former #Broncos defensive coordinator Joe Collier talking w Dave Logan. Collier at practice with his his grandson. Collier was a scientist of the game before we knew it was existed. He likes Fangio. “They are going to be all right,” Collier said. #Denver7 pic.twitter.com/RQuUBaBWAM— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) July 24, 2019
Great play from the offense on the first pass of all 11 on 11.— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) July 24, 2019
Great play fake from Flacco who hit his back foot and delivered a strike to Courtland Sutton back across the field for 15.
Emmanuel Sanders I’m participating in 7-7 and just made a diving catch over the middle. Good sign for him the Broncos.— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) July 24, 2019
Two undrafted WR rookies, Kelvin McKnight/Trinity Benson, taking some first-team reps with Flacco. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) July 24, 2019
Yo the #Broncos were catching everything today, so much so, here's a thread of one-handed catches ️— Ryan Greene (@RyanCBS4) July 24, 2019
Start with Tim Patrick(@Tpstreets) in red-zone drills "YEE!"#Broncos #BroncosCountry #BroncosCamp @CBSDenver pic.twitter.com/UwXWpnxnbZ
Justin Simmons just picked off Joe Flacco. Simmons now has three picks in camp.— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) July 24, 2019
Scuffle. Wolfe and McGovern involved. Wolfe had McGovern’s helmet and flung it downfield; on one bounce it went 34 yards to the 9.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) July 24, 2019
Competition is a great thing: both Justin Vogel and Colby Wadman booming punts during this ST period. 4.5, 4.2 hangtime in few of Vogel’s punts— Cody Roark (@CodyRoarkNFL) July 24, 2019
On a team rep a few periods ago Broncos WR DaeSean Hamilton appeared to tweak something in his leg. Spent a minute with a staffer and after jogging on the sideline to apparently test it out, he has yet to take another rep in practice. Hasn’t had his helmet & keeps grabbing hammy— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) July 24, 2019
Demarcus Walker bats down Drew Lock pass in goal line drill.— Cody Roark (@CodyRoarkNFL) July 24, 2019
Several plays ago, Von Miller bent around Ja’Wuan James for a would be sack on Joe Flacco.— Cody Roark (@CodyRoarkNFL) July 24, 2019
Phillip Lindsay sprung off an amazing long run against the first team D with offense’s back against the end zone. His vision and quick decisiveness make him such a dynamic weapon.— Cody Roark (@CodyRoarkNFL) July 24, 2019
Kevin Hogan overshoots Trinity Benson down the field matched up with De’Vante Bausby.— Cody Roark (@CodyRoarkNFL) July 24, 2019
Joe Flacco to Noah Fant on a linebacker for 30 yards down the left sideline. That’s how it’s done.— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensBSN) July 24, 2019
Fangio On Butt: “He’s hit a little pothole on his road to recovery” but nothing too major. Could return soon. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) July 24, 2019
Emmanuel Sanders said Trinity Benson “reminds me of myself as a rookie.”— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensBSN) July 24, 2019
Connor McGovern said he and Derek Wolfe are the type of guys who can go at it in practice and laugh about it after.— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) July 24, 2019
Of the helmet toss, McGovern said with a laugh, “That’s just Derek being Derek. He wanted to put a little pizzazz on the end of it.”
The birthday boy putting in work. pic.twitter.com/uFDEFSeAGE— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) July 24, 2019
Emmanuel Sanders hopes to be “full speed and full go all the way around” in two to three weeks. That would be huge for the Broncos’ offense.— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensBSN) July 24, 2019
Right now, he’s doing four to five plays in 7-on-7 during practice. He’ll gradually work back into a full practice, including team.
Vic Fangio on how impressed he is with linebacker Josey Jewell
“He’s been good. Josey’s been on top of his stuff from day one. I think every day—although he’s been pretty sharp—he learns something new, a thing or two every day that’s new to him or an adjustment or a route that he hadn’t seen yet and it’s good for him. He’s doing very well.”
Guard Connor McGovern on what he has learned from Offensive Line Coach Mike Munchak and Assistant Offensive Line Coach Chris Kuper
“That’s too long for this interview. They’re both fantastic. They both understand the game so well. It’s incredible. You need about an hour to have me tell you all the stuff that I’ve learned from these guys. I’ll just let you guys know that it’s going to make this offensive line great and I think we’re on track to be great. It’s early. Every other team just reported. We’ve gotten a lot of good work in and we’re making leaps and bounds every day.”
Wide receiver Courtland Sutton on him running more routes this season
“Oh yeah, definitely. I think the offense we ran last year and this year are two totally different offenses. This offseason that was one big thing I wanted to work on was being able to run every route on the route tree. I thought last year—I said that I was able to run every route on the route tree but going back and watching the film there were a lot of tells that I was giving away that made it hard for me to run those routes on the tree. I really worked on being able to run all the intermediate routes, that I wouldn’t just be a guy that’s known for going deep on the outside. That’s still something I have in my arsenal, but I want to be able to run all those routes so that it can set up those big-shot plays. So, I do appreciate Coach Rich [Scangarello] giving me those opportunities to go out there and fine-tune my craft and be able to show that I can run all those intermediate routes and get those first downs, keep the chains moving. Without it just being a deep post, deep go, or something like that.”