ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- When the Broncos finish off a drive -- whether it's a touchdown, punt or turnover -- it's easy to find quarterback
He's huddled up with the rest of the offense on the bench, going over every aspect of the previous possession.
"It’s something that we’ve decided to do kind of after every series, we kind of meet as a unit," Manning explained. "It’s just the players. We’re just trying to kind of hash out what’s going on out there, good or bad."
The group calls it a debriefing session, an idea the offense took on after meeting with members of the military.
"We had some guys come in and speak to us, some military guys come in and speak to us and that was something that they talked about," Manning said. "(Head) Coach (John) Fox really encouraged us to kind of buy into it."
So no matter how the drive went, when Manning and the rest of the offense head to the sideline, the group will gather in front of the offensive linemen on the bench.
"We meet over there where the line likes to sit," Manning smiled. "It's a courtesy thing for them. We don't want them having to travel five feet down to where the receivers sit."
The idea is to hash out what everyone is seeing on the field, in order to ensure more success the rest of the game.
"We kind of talk about what looks the defense gave us, what we could have done better, maybe adjustments that we can make," tight end
"I think it’s been pretty effective for us," Manning said.
Late in the first quarter last Sunday against the Panthers, defensive end
Without the two-time Pro Bowler the rest of the way, the defense stepped up in Dumervil's absence, sacking Newton five more times in the second half.
Two of those takedowns came courtesy of defensive tackle
"Elvis was down with his shoulder, so I decided to step up," Vickerson said. "I told him I would get one. That was for Elvis.”
“He did a great job of coming off the edge for us," defensive end
Fox said Wednesday that Dumervil is receiving treatment for a muscle strain in his shoulder, and is "doing everything he should be doing."
"He'll be day-to-day," Fox said. "Not being a doctor, I just rely on our training staff and medical staff. It’s not a prolonged time, supposedly."
Vickerson said that if Dumervil is unable to play this week -- he did not participate in Wednesday's practice -- he has faith in the rest of the line to make plays in his absence.
“There are no weak links," he said. "At the end of the day, we all stay ready, because we know each and everybody’s job, what we’re supposed to do."
"We're deep, and we've got a good unit over here."
WILLIAMS RETURNS TO PRACTICE
Wednesday marked another milestone, as Williams returned to the practice field.
“He’s a pro," Fox said. "He’s been playing football for a while. He was playing at a very high level a year ago. I haven’t really seen him since training camp as far as on the practice field running around with his teammates on our defense. I thought today was an excellent first day.”
“D.J. is a great talent," Bannan said. "I played with him in 2010. That guy showed up every Sunday and played extremely hard every Sunday. He gives it all he has on Sundays. I know him pretty well. He is a good friend of mine and I know he’ll show up and he is ready to go.”