ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The NFL Network brought Terrell Davis to Dove Valley to meet with Broncos players like
But Davis regards all of the Broncos' running backs as his heirs. He hasn't forgotten about any of them -- least of all
That was something he wasn't always prepared to do as a rookie.
"You understand the fronts and the defenses and where the offensive line is going to turn to and push to," Hillman said. "It’s a lot better this year.”
Hillman has enjoyed a solid camp, but his work since the day off has been particularly notable.
"The last two days he has been very impressive and has had very minimal mistakes. You saw him bust a big (run) today," said Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase. "It is good to see him really develop. With the limited playing time he got last year, and now it is increased more, every day is a huge improvement for him.”
1. Hillman's gallop was a perfectly executed play all around.
"That was a good job by the offensive line on the draw scheme," Gase said. "It was good for (Hillman) to be able to just see it and hit it."
Although the defense has picked up its pressure from the flanks in pass rush, the offensive line has gotten the better of the last two days in its run-blocking, carrying over its momentum from much of Thursday's work into Friday's practice, which was not in full pads. The group looked less like five individuals and more like a unit than it had in the previous week, which is the cohesion coaches wanted -- and needed -- to see.
2. New pickup
"It's kind of a mishmash of some of that stuff (from Indianapolis) and some new stuff and some stuff I've been using in other places, and some of the terms mean completely opposite things," he said. "It's going to take some time, but I'm sure I'll pick it up."
And that's the key: time. Lilja's place on the depth chart doesn't necessarily reflect where he'll be in the lineup. The Broncos had been easing
Lilja provides "position flexibility," Gase said.
"Now we have multiple guys that can play both positions and right now it is basically, 'Who is going to be our starter?'" Gase added.
Be patient. Don't expect the answer to be written in permanent marker soon.
On the first, McCray tore through the line and blew up a handoff from
McCray's progress bears watching, especially since one of the linebackers with whom he's competing for a roster spot is
4. Another day, another scuffle -- this one after
Two days in a row with such extracurricular activity reveals the intensity level, but Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio would prefer that "tenacity" -- a word he repeated Friday -- be tempered by control.
"I wouldn’t say (practice scuffles) are good. Being competitive is good. You don’t ever want to hurt a teammate. You always want to play with control," he said. "So I wouldn’t say it's good, but at the same time this is a game of men. Sometimes men have differences that have to be settled."
"He’s done some good things. That’s good. But that’s just a start. Nobody should get too far ahead of themselves," Del Rio said. "It’s a long process. We haven’t even begun to get into preseason games. There is a lot left to do. There’s a lot more install to do. We’ll just see how it goes. But he’s done well so far."