DENVER -- Just before Saturday night's Summer Scrimmage was set to begin, the skies opened up.
Heavy rain continued to fall throughout the evening, but that didn't stop the Broncos from taking the field -- or dampen the enthusiasm of the 44,349 fans at Sports Authority Field.
"We were excited we got to get out there and really kind of deal with some elements that maybe we're not used to, and on top of that give the fans a little bit of a show," wide receiver
After a 40-minute delay, the Broncos got the session started with individual drills, and even that provided some excitement.
Welker took off on a route and slipped a little on the wet grass just as the ball arrived -- but he still hauled it in and secured it before hitting the ground, drawing a standing ovation from the crowd.
"Guys, they got their focus back and I think we got some good work in," wide receiver
The scrimmage began with the Broncos' first-team defense against the second-team offense, and when quarterback
The first big plays of the day came with the offense facing a third down.
“No, not against Brock -- Brock’s my guy," Miller smiled when asked if he should've gotten credit for the sack. "I don’t have to get credit for sacks right here. I don’t have to get credit for sacks in all of the ones that we get. As long as we get wins, then I’m doing my job.”
On the very next play, however, Ihenacho came around the corner into the backfield to drop running back
"They've got some good guys out there, but it's our job to go out there and stop them," the linebacker said. "If it had been the first-team offense, it would have been zero points, too."
Once the first-team offense did get on the field against the second-team defense, a quick screen to Welker got the crowd fired up.
Later in the drive,
But a burst straight up the middle of the line by rookie running back
"(Thomas) made a heck of a catch, kind of all spread out to the right where he was kind of the third read and he's coming across the end of the end zone," Manning said. "Any time you catch that kind of pass you know you might take a hit, but to hold onto the ball was a heck of a play."
When it was time for the third-team offense and defense to get their reps, a long connection from
"I think the important part was to get those three segments of 12-play scrimmage in," Head Coach John Fox said. "It was a good way to get our first taste of contact for the 2013 season."
In the end, rainy conditions or not, the team was happy with the work it got in during the scrimmage.
“My last time being here wasn’t so good," Miller said of returning to the team's home field. "Coming in here in the locker room, having positive vibes with all the guys and everybody’s happy, it was a great feeling to get going. We go to San Francisco next week and I think we’ll be ready.”