ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- No, the Broncos haven't been practicing in baby blue onesies adorned with flowers or polka dots.
But according to
"This is like pajamas or whatever you want to call it," he said of the padless practices in shorts. "It’ll get a little more lively tomorrow."
Tomorrow, of course, is the team's first day in pads since the 2013 season ended, and the physicality will certainly ramp up. As
“That’s when it really gets going,"
Those who shine brightest might gain more traction than any players have through practices thus far, with coaches putting more stock into full-gear production.
"Overall it is ultimately how you play the game so those evaluations become a little bit more important," Head Coach John Fox said. "In my experiences, it really holds true in your fronts both offensively and defensively."
The extra importance of the fully-padded practices for the linemen is not lost on
The score settling won't stop there, as rookie running back
"A lot of linebackers are out there talking trash," he said. "They’re much bigger than us but they can’t run as fast, so we’ll see how it transpires tomorrow. It’s going to be exciting.”