ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- There were nothing but smiles Tuesday morning as players returned to Dove Valley for the first time since the lockout was lifted to finally begin the new season.
It's been a long time waiting for the players and they were happy to be in a normal football setting again.
"How can you not be excited?" defensive end
Players arrived just after 8 a.m., with second-year quarterback
"It's all so surreal," Miller said. "Just getting on that plane this morning and coming out here was so surreal. Just seeing the lockout get lifted yesterday was surreal. I'm sure the experience on Thursday will be surreal, seeing the fans and actually being here. It'll be an experience that I'll remember for the rest of my life. Actually being on a pro team, this is all I wanted to do all my life. This is my dream, and to actually be able to live it, I really can't explain it."
Miller got to spend time with Head Coach John Fox the day after the NFL Draft when he spent a few hurried hours at the training facility, but most returning players have not yet had a chance to spend significant time with the coach and new staff.
"It's a learning curve for everybody," defensive tackle
Since the players, other than drafted rookies immediately following the draft, were prohibited from having contact with the coaching staff during the lockout, normal team offseason activities such as Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and minicamps were cancelled. Safety
Miller said he worked out with a lot of his former teammates at Texas A&M this summer, while Vickerson worked out at nearby Regis Jesuit High School. Punter
"If you're getting snaps from anybody it's good, but that familiarity is huge," Colquitt said. "When I was with Lonie, it's just 10 times better work. I just felt the timing of it, and that's the biggest thing. I don't necessarily need a rush coming at me because as long as I have that snap, I've got the feel of that timing down. So, it was good to work with him and I'm looking forward to just throwing it in and being with the whole team."
The Broncos will gather a whole team for the first time tomorrow as training camp officially starts with players arriving for physicals. The team will then hit the practice field for the first time Thursday morning in a session open to the public.