"It was like one of those things where wow, it's right there and I just jumped up and took it," said Williams.
And then it got unusual.
After intercepting the pass, Williams turned and threw the football to safety
"That's probably why he dropped it. I probably threw the ball too hard," Williams said. "I've got to take a little bit off of it next time."
Williams recovered the loose football, which gave him a rare accomplishment: an interception and fumble recovery on the same play. If this were the regular season, someone from Broncos media relations would call the Elias Sports Bureau to find out when that last happened.
It will be just a footnote, since it happened in practice. But Williams' quickness and disruptive ability was on full display. And he wasn't the only defensive lineman to grab onlookers' attention -- and a star in my notebook.
He looked like it when he walked onto the practice field the last few days. By organized team activities, he'd gained back much of the weight he lost during a 2013 season derailed by a neck injury and subsequent complications.
Friday, he played like it. On the opening snap of the second team period of practice -- when the Broncos were focused on rushing and run defense -- he burst past
Wolfe consistently generated pressure from the edge, and looked like he did as a rookie, when he finished with six sacks. Fellow swing end/tackle
If the defensive line stays healthy, the unit suddenly looks deeper than it has in years.
2. Preseason games will reveal much more about
This is one of the differences between Osweiler of 2014 and the previous years. There's plenty of opportunities for him to fire bullets, but he's also able to anticipate the breaks of his targets and throw to a spot. On one pass to
Another standout play came when Osweiler was flushed to the left side and found
Earlier in the practice, Roby was beaten deep by Latimer on a post route for a touchdown in a seven-on-seven period. Talib said he asked Roby about the coverage, but he also offered the rookie advice.
"Just stay disciplined. I was guessing on the route," Roby said. That's been a problem for me. I'm just working on that. You can't be too anxious to make the play. I've got to let the play come to me."
Roby said he felt he needed to "lose a couple of pounds, and get my speed up a little bit more." But most of his growth will be mental.
"I'm not practicing as well as I should right now," Roby said. "It's early on. I'm getting the bad habits out of the way. And then you just keep working. It's a process, and I'm excited to keep going."
It's July 25, he's a rookie, and he's far from a finished product. He has another six weeks to rack up teachable moments before Week 1.
4. I'm looking forward to watching Montee Ball handle blitz pickup once the pads go on Saturday. Friday, he showed how far he has come as a receiver with a sideline catch of a pass from Manning for a 20-yard gain. Ball was tightly covered by linebacker
5. The cornerbacks were active Friday.
And you're always looking for hustle plays, and at the end of practice, rookie cornerback