"Other than that, we are pretty much all healthy," Head Coach John Fox said.
IN THE TRENCHES
Marvin Austinhad one of the most dominant performances of any player in training camp thus far, and did so while playing on multiple units. He blew up at least four or five run plays in the team period and beat many different linemen in pass rush drills. Perhaps he was too amped up at times, taking Ronnie Hillmandown in the backfield with a full tackle at one point and drawing reproach from Fox. But it couldn't take away from the former Tar Heel's excellent day.
- Another defensive tackle from UNC flashed his skills, as
Sylvester Williamsfollowed up yesterday's big play with a strong practice. Particularly noticeable was his raw power in pass rush drills: When he didn't get by his opponent, Williams' initial pop drove Orlando Franklinand Matt Paradis(among others) deep into the backfield.
- Veteran lineman
Will Montgomeryshowed good versatility, handling power moves and spin moves quite easily against Mitch Unrein. DeMarcus Waremade two great plays at the beginning of the team period, standing up Montee Ballat the line on a run play and getting around Chris Clarkfor a "sack" a play later.
- Undrafted rookie defensive end
Kenny Anunikeshowed up repeatedly, forcing run stops and routinely getting near the quarterbacks for what would be big hits or even sacks in a live game. He maintained the production in line drills, beating Winston Justiceon a few occasions. Terrance Knightonrightfully gets recognized for his great strength, but he showed great use of his hands Saturday in pass rush drills to maneuver around initially strong blocking from Manny Ramirez. Louis Vasquezlooked as precise as ever, calmly handling rushers in pass rush drills without giving much ground.
Kayvon Webstershowed his physical style with an active day, hounding receivers in one-on-one drills and blowing through a Wes Welkerblock for a big tackle for loss on a screen play in team drills.
- Webster was also one of a few players to use well-timed blitzes for "sacks" in the team period. Webster got through the line to
Peyton Manningand linebacker Brandon Marshallreached Brock Osweilera bit later.
- Though there weren't many big plays in the run game, Ronnie Hillman had a pair of nice carries, using his shiftiness to weave through the middle of the line. Against the first-team defense, he broke through over left guard and exploded with a cut to his right, going for a huge gain up the sideline.
Emmanuel Sandershad a few heated battles and exchanged words with defenders, but responded well, scoring a touchdown on a deep post against Bradley Robyduring one-on-one drills that he capped with a dunk over the goal post. Nate Irvingworked his way past Montee Ball twice during blitz pick-up drills with good tenacity and quick hands.
Cody Latimercontinued to flash his ability, running a crisp post-corner route against Omar Boldenin one-on-one drills and making a great catch for a touchdown even after a small stumble. Latimer and Bolden connected for a big collision later in practice on a quick screen from Osweiler. Tony Carterturned in a solid performance, blanketing Wes Welker on a route in one-on-ones and later snagging an interception down the sideline from Osweiler.
- Former CSU Ram linebacker
Shaquil Barrettused a nifty spin move to beat Virgil Greenand get to the tackling dummy during blitz pick-up drills. Julius Thomascontinued his strong camp, running a nice route to beat T.J. Wardin one-on-one drills.
- Second-year linebacker
Lerentee McCrayflashed near the ball several times, filling gaps on consecutive run plays late in practice and threatening the pocket from the edge on a regular basis.
- Perhaps the player most excited to get the padded practice going was
Aqib Talib, who worked a number of dance moves into his stretches and chatted up several teammates into the walkthrough.
- Talib and
Andre Caldwellhad some competitive battles during one-on-one drills, with the pair trading good plays.
- Denver native and former Nuggets star Chauncey Billups stopped by to watch practice today. He chatted with several Broncos players, including Kevin Vickerson and Chris Harris Jr., as well as Jack Del Rio and John Elway. Ex-Broncos tight end Jeb Putzier was on hand, along with former assistant coach Bob Slowik.