Against Welker, you can do everything right in coverage and still get beaten. But after containing Welker throughout the day, Webster pounced near the end of practice, jumping a route, intercepting a
"I was just doing my job, just doing the coverage that they asked me to do," Webster said. "My guy was targeted. I had to make the play."
"Every day, I check him out on film," Talib said. "I look at myself, and then I go out and look at him. He definitely looks comfortable."
Webster looks to Talib and
"He always told me to be ready, and to go in and make plays when my number's called," Webster said. "That's my mentor now."
Bailey would be proud of Webster, who also had a sack during the two-hour practice. It was a day that brought all of his work together: his time on the first team during organized team activities and training camp, and the study of his game film from last year. The result is a steady cornerback who looks ready for a heavy workload.
"I'm more into the playbook. I'm not a rookie anymore," Webster said. "I'm just relaxed out there, and I'm taking advantage of the coaches putting me in."
He wasn't the only Bronco to have a standout day in front of 9,207 drenched fans.
1-vs.-1 in the 2-minute drill ends in an INT of Manning by Kayvon Webster. Pressure from Q.Smith helped cause it. Webster goes to the house.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) July 30, 2014
Webster's two-minute-drill interception came after
But most of the disruption came from the defensive tackles. Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio shuffled his combinations Wednesday, and with good reason; he likes to substitute his tackles to keep them fresh. The results included sacks for
2. It's not whether you fall, but how you get back up, as the cliché goes, and running back
"The one drill that we do, it’s to make me better," said Ball. "I keep going against the best linebackers that we have. I understand that it’s going to make me a better player. It’s very important to our offense."
Ball has fared better when asked to block in the team periods, which offer a different dynamic; with offensive linemen in place and more traffic, identification of the blitz and positioning is as important as actual blocking. His improvement in this area is massive relative to this point in 2013, and helps solidify his place atop the depth chart.
But Ward's impact on
Rahim Moore would have completely blown up Wes Welker if he had not held back. Ended with a catch, but in a real game -- perhaps not.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) July 30, 2014
Moore slammed on the brakes just as the football arrived. In another situation, the receiver would have likely dealt with the simultaneous arrival of Moore and the football. In a practice, there was no harm, just a reminder of Moore's capability as a hitter.
4. Demaryius Thomas' return to full work is imminent, but
5. It only takes one major injury to mar an otherwise stellar camp. That's why the Broncos breathed a sigh of relief that they came through Wednesday's wet conditions with just one injury: a strained groin suffered by cornerback
The Broncos can't be blamed for practicing through the rain; 9,207 had gathered and sat through everything from drizzle to downpour. They deserved a show, and they got it with a spirited session. Whether the Broncos practice outside on a day like this in future years when they're scheduled to work at Dove Valley and have the indoor facility at their disposal -- well, that's to be determined.
"It is hard to go with 'what if's,'" Head Coach John Fox said. "I know there will be a lot less headaches in the morning making decisions when we have that facility."