ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Tuesday is a day off for the players in the regular season -- and this week, as well, making a spirited, physical practice Monday the last one until Wednesday morning.
"I'm going to fly to Vegas. No, just kidding," said Head Coach John Fox, who reminded reporters that while the players get a one-day respite, coaches do not. Upstairs at Dove Valley, they'll further dissect the footage of the last five days of practice to get a better feel for the roster.
The players, meanwhile, will take a much-needed breather after five consecutive days of full practice -- including three in pads. They won't surpass that practice workload the rest of the season because of games, which are sandwiched by days without anything more than a walk-through or conditioning session.
Some will return Wednesday hoping to be re-energized by the day off. Others hope that Tuesday will not disrupt their momentum.
1. All is well regarding
Williams had the upper hand in his duels with second-year offensive lineman
What impresses me most about Williams is that his quickness isn't just limited to his first step. His upper-body moves are equally fast, which leaves the offensive lineman scrambling to maintain his balance and position. It's tough for an offensive lineman to recover when Williams combines a burst with a rip or swim move, and the chain-reaction can also open up possibilities for blitzing linebackers.
The caliber of Williams' competition will get tougher, but the early signs are encouraging.
2. Defensive lineman
But Wolfe was working from defensive end, where he doesn't have the speed advantage he will possess when he rotates inside when the Broncos go into nickel and dime packages. Those same moves will probably result in greater dividends on the interior.
During a team period, defensive end
"He is a guy that we have kept around for a while that is getting more opportunities and so far he has taken advantage of those opportunities," Fox said.
4. Consistency is an issue with a young quarterback still being refined, and that's the case with
It was a terrific catch by Orton, but the play inherently has some difficulty for the receiver, since the pass, when properly thrown, cannot be intercepted and minimizes the risk of a turnover. Orton knew where he had to go, and Osweiler put the football in the right spot.
Such completions eluded him during a rough training camp last year and demonstrates the degree of his progress. Had the Broncos lost
"He has progressed a lot," ox said. "For any rookie, that leap from their freshman to sophomore year is tremendous. He has been the same way. He has a lot better feel for how we operate."
Ball hasn't been spectacular yet, but does a good job sensing trouble and ensuring that the big mistake is avoided. But other running backs like