ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --
On Saturday morning, the Broncos practiced in full pads for the first time this season. As far as Miller is concerned, so far, so good.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” Miller said. “All my muscles are feeling pretty good. We’re eating pretty good here at the Broncos facility. It’s pretty nice. I think stretching and doing all that stuff (during the offseason) really paid off. I haven’t had to spend all those long hours in the cold tub yet.”
Miller said before camp that his goal entering this season was to become smarter and less susceptible to mental breakdowns. He’s not there yet, but he believes on his way.
“I’m getting better every day,” Miller said. “Cutting down on some mental mistakes, but still messing up. I had a big play yesterday and I had a big play today. I just can’t make mistakes like that. I’m going to try to cut all those down hopefully by the time we have our first preseason game.”
Though he has already completed one season playing at a Pro-Bowl level, Miller’s youth is something he shares with fellow linebackers like rookie
“We're all in diapers together,” Miller said of continuing to learn the professional game.
The youngsters at the linebacker positions are surrounded by a cast of veterans in the secondary and on the defensive line. Miller said he has been encouraged by what he has seen from the defense as a whole.
“It’s pretty cool,” Miller said. “We got (cornerback)
"When you look around and see all the elements we added this year, it’s pretty refreshing.”
MORENO GAINING STRENGTH
“(It’s) definitely moving forward,” Moreno said. “(I’m) not where I want to be yet, but every day is a big stepping stone. Getting there with the team, doing the little drills that we do, every day is getting better.”
Head Coach John Fox described Moreno's health as "day-to-day," and said part of the recovery is mental, especially with an injury the severity of Moreno's.
"(Rehabbing) an ACL is no easy task for anybody, so we’ll be smart and he’ll be smart, and we’re counting on him to contribute," Fox said. "It’s our medical people, our position coaches, and the remainder is myself. Nobody knows their body like themselves, so we do rely on his input as well.”
One area of Moreno’s game that hasn’t been impacted by his knee injury is his ability to catch the football.
“I feel like I can catch the ball really well out of the backfield or even line up as a wide receiver and do some things,” said Moreno, who caught a number of passes from quarterback
STOKLEY ENJOYING REUNION
While third-year wide receivers
Stokley said that catching passes from Manning, who hooked up with Stokley for 15 touchdowns while the two were teammates in Indianapolis from 2003 to 2006, has made this training camp all the more enjoyable.
“The last few weeks, he looks like he did six years ago to me,” Stokley said. “If you had told me (that I would be reunited with Manning) — it’s crazy. You just never know. That’s the NFL. You never know.”
As Stokley enters his 14th season in the league, he said the Broncos fans that have packed Dove Valley throughout training camp have given his veteran legs a welcome energy boost.
“We've got the best fans in the league,” Stokley said. “It’s so much fun to come out to training camp, but training camp’s tough. When you’ve got great fans like that cheering you on every time you make a good play, it kind of lifts your spirits. It helps you get through that long, long day.”
“You have 3,500-plus (fans) every practice, it doesn’t get better than that.”