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Broncos Ready to Put the Pads On

Posted Jul 26, 2013

Saturday will be the first day of training camp that the Broncos will wear their pads.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Training camp might have started at Dove Valley on Thursday, but the real action – the hitting -- starts Saturday morning. Day three of camp means the Broncos will throw on their pads for the first time in the 2013 season.

“The thing is, it was January since we’ve been in pads,” Head Coach John Fox said. “We’ve spent a lot of the offseason—OTAs, minicamp, all that fun stuff—in underwear. I think it’s a good rule that we’ve got in place now with the league where the first two days are without pads.

“I think it’s good for the protection of the players and letting them ease back into it. But I think everybody in that building will be excited about being in pads for the first time since January.”

Strong safety Mike Adams, entering his 10th year in the league, admitted having been around for nearly a decade he can “do without” the pads sometimes, but it’s always something to look forward to.

Putting on the pads has the ability to turn up the preseason intensity.

“That’s why we play,” Adams said. “That’s when the competition really starts. That’s where it’s going.”

Linebacker Wesley Woodyard added that the first day in pads is one of the favorites for defensive players. He said that on Saturday there will be "no hiding."

Safety David Bruton said that emotions can get heated once players start hitting each other and skirmishes can arise out of sheer competitiveness – but those are good things.

“It’s always like that, especially on the first day of pads,” Bruton said. “So as a defensive player we look forward to it.”

The defensive players aren’t the only ones that are looking forward to getting into full football gear.

The players on both sides of the can start to shift their focus from drills and form to power and getting back to working at full speed.

“You’ll see some physicality,” wide receiver Eric Decker. ”I think guys are hungry to put the pads on. Front line, it’s sometimes hard to go full speed when you don’t have pads on, so for those guys they’ll get some good technique work in.”

Regardless of where each player lines up on the field, Saturday will lend a better idea of where they are in their preparation for the season as the practice scenario starts to emulate game scenarios a little bit more.

And the intensity levels aside, the players are excited to get into their pads.

“I’m excited because that’s what football is about,” Decker said. “Getting head-to-head with the defense and having those physical battles.

“So we’ll see what we've got tomorrow.”