ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Tuesday's practice was a big one for the offense, as impressive catches were made throughout the session, and the unit "won" the final goal-line drill of the day.
Let's get right to the recap.
The biggest news of the day revolved around guard
The only other change to the injury report Tuesday was the addition of wide receiver
- Tuesday's morning practice ended with a set of live plays -- tackling was allowed -- near the goal line. The first play of the drill saw safety
Duke Ihenachocome away with an interception of a pass intended for tight end Virgil Greenin the end zone.
- The offense got the better of the defense on the next few plays, including a touchdown run by
Montee Ball, who found the edge of the defense and turned the corner into the end zone. Fellow running back C.J. Andersonfound the opposite corner of the end zone on a run later in the live session for another touchdown after nearly scoring on the prior play on a pass from Brock Osweiler. The officials ruled him down at the 1-yard line, however, thanks to a tackle by Nate Irving.
- On the final play of the live drill, safety
Mike Adamsfired up the defense and helped make sure the unit didn't allow another score, pushing the pile backwards away from the goal line.
- In a separate set of red-zone drills, Peyton Manning made two pretty throws -- and wide receiver
Wes Welkerand tight end Julius Thomasmade perhaps even prettier catches. The first was to Welker through traffic in the back of the end zone for a touchdown, and on the very next play Thomas went up and over Adams to haul in the touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone.
- Early in practice, Montee Ball made a nice run up the middle of the line and cut to the sideline for a big gain. Right as the whistle blew, however, Ihenacho knocked the ball out of his hands and the defense celebrated what it considered a forced fumble.
- In the very first set of full-team plays, Welker caught a pass from Manning even as safety
Rahim Moorenearly got there to swat it away. The Manning-to-Welker connection was alive and well Tuesday, as the wide receiver caught a deep touchdown pass from Manning past the coverage of cornerback Chris Harrislater in full-team drills. Trindon Hollidayhad back-to-back impressive catches during team drills, both on passes from quarterback Zac Dysert. The first was in the middle of a lot of defensive traffic, and the second saw the diminuative receiver slide to the ground to make a shoestring catch of a low pass on the sideline.
- Wide receiver
Andre Caldwellmade another impressive deep catch during Tuesday's practice, this one in between the coverage of Adams and cornerback Omar Bolden.
- The defense made its share of plays Tuesday as well, including a breakup by safety
David Brutonin the end zone to prevent a touchdown, and a breakup by rookie cornerback Kayvon Websterin front of fellow rookie Tavarres Kingon a pass from Brock Osweiler. Linebacker Steven Johnsonalso laid a big hit on Anderson during a nine-on-seven drill.
- Tight end
Jacob Tammegot involved in team drills Tuesday after returning to practice Monday and made a catch during seven-on-sevens.
- During one-on-ones between offensive and defensive linemen,
Philip Blakegot the better of defensive lineman Malik Jacksonon one rep with a pancake block.
The club will be back on the field for another practice free and open to the public Wednesday at 10:25 a.m.