"Camp's long. These are the dog days. You get out here, people are frustrated. It's hot. People are tired," said defensive lineman
During Monday's practice, three donnybrooks flared among Broncos, beginning with a scrap between linebacker
That sent the Broncos into a welcomed day off to cool down -- but with little worry that the incidents would escalate further. After all, this is now the middle of training camp of a team playing a combative sport. A little enmity in the midst of competition is natural. As long as the intensity doesn't manifest itself beyond the occasional dustup, these are signs of a camp throbbing with intensity.
"I think it just got a little hotter today and people were just a little annoyed, that’s what I think it is," said defensive lineman
For each side of the line of scrimmage, it's a bonding experience. Teammates rushed to the side of the players involved.
"If one guy on the defense is in a fight, the whole defense is in a fight," Wolfe said.
"The defense is trying to become a whole unit now, and when one guy's fighting, we've all got to fight. That's kind of how it is," he added. "Obviously, we're all teammates, and when we go to the locker room, it's over. But on the field, it's war. We've got to go out there and battle."
Added Jackson: "Sometimes it just boils over, but as long as we don’t take it in the locker room, I think it’s cool."
And before the Broncos take a day to cool their jets, a few thoughts linger from the day's work.
One example came in a red-zone period from the 6-yard-line.
This is similar to what
Smith generated pressure. He flashed his speed in the one-on-one period and shook off Julius Thomas to stifle a Ball run in his direction during a team period.
But Anunike, working against the No. 2 offensive line, seized the day. Since camp started he's muscled his way into my notebook for his work in one-on-one drills and his consistency in providing a pass rush from the edge. Monday, he showed both: he blew past
Kenny Anunike keeps shining. Dominated his one-on-one work, then had a sack of Osweiler set up by— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) July 28, 2014
Marvin Austin's pressure from the inside.
"He's coming along nicely," said defensive end Malik Jackson. "He stepped up with the two's, and I told him, 'It's time to shine.' ... His pass rushes are nice; his run (defense) is nice, and getting better. He's doing real good for a rookie."
Anunike said he's studied the pass-rush moves of Jackson, Ware and
3. It seems like Marvin Austin and
Marvin Austin dominated in one-on-one work -- again. He explodes off the snap, quickly forcing the opposing guard back on his heels.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) July 28, 2014
Today, Austin earned notice was with the pressure from the inside that forced Anunike's sack, and by continuing to burst into the backfield in team and 9-on-7 periods. During a one-on-one pass-rush drill, Austin used his quickness and strength to get
McCray got pressure on Manning early during the first team period of practice. He got around the left side of the offensive line, forcing backside pressure on the quarterback, who got the pass away to Ball just in time.
4. The physicality of the last two days of practice has led to more aggressive play from the defensive backs -- although, for cornerback
The No. 1 offense had much more success in the 9-on-7 period, repeatedly opening gaps through which Ball sprinted for some of his best runs of training camp.
After the first units went to the sideline, was no surprise that
Hillman also broke off one of the day's best runs, bolting through a hole created by the left side of the No. 2 offensive line. Solid blocking created the opportunity, but the third-year running back read it perfectly and accelerated to daylight.
And one more …
Dr Andrews said I looked as good as I can look after 6 months , 1 step closer Leggo .— Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisJr) July 28, 2014
This is the best news of the day for the Broncos. If Harris' hopes come true, he should be practicing in individual periods soon, as he predicted last week.