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Training Camp 2014: Day 8 Quick Hits

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Thursday's action brought more strong performances from familiar playmakers, highlighted by the play of camp so far, a one-handed touchdown on a deep post by Cody Latimer.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Broncos were back at Dove Valley working under gloomy skies on Thursday, but handled the damp field well with a crisp practice and a physical goal-line drill. Here are some of today's highlights.

ROLL CALL

Linebacker Chase Vaughn (knee), defensive end Greg Latta (hip) and cornerback Louis Young (groin) did not participate.

Derek Wolfe left practice early with a low back strain and left practice early. Head Coach John Fox said Wolfe "should be fine."

PLAYMAKERS

  • After having an excellent first week of practice, second-round pick Cody Latimer came up with perhaps the best play of camp thus far. He ran a deep post against Omar Bolden with David Bruton lurking over the top, but Brock Osweiler tossed a gorgeous pass between the defenders. Latimer couldn't get his right arm away from Bolden, but didn't give up, using his left arm to pull the ball into his body. He kept his feet long enough to cross the goal line despite a third defender, Jerome Murphy, arriving late. The impressive catch earned Latimer plenty of congratulations on the sideline.
  • Osweiler hit on another deep touchdown later in practice, finding Bennie Fowler beyond Bolden's reach on a post route.
  • Kayvon Webster followed up a big day at the stadium on Wednesday with another interception and another "sack" of Peyton Manning. The pick came during 7-on-7s in the flat and the sack came early in team drills, with Webster timing his blitz perfectly and coming free through the offense's right side.
  • Another guy who keeps finding his way onto this list, Marvin Austin was at it again Thursday, getting push up the middle and clogging running lanes frequently. He again had issues jumping offsides in pass rushing drills -- doing so three times in a row at one point -- but bullied offensive linemen backwards, and even used speed and a swim move to beat Will Montgomery for a "sack."
  • Quanterus Smith also continues to shine, beating Winston Justice to the inside and Ryan Clady to the outside for sacks during line drills. Smith also got to Manning for a "sack" and batted down an Osweiler pass in goal line drills.
  • Rookie linebackers Lamin Barrow and Corey Nelson combined for a nice sequence early in practice. Nelson got into the backfield to disrupt a carry by Kapri Bibbs before Bibbs could get going, and Barrow stuffed Bibbs for no gain a play later.
  • Danny Trevathan had a nice day, filling running lanes on multiple occasions to stuff Montee Ball.
  • Ronnie Hillman continues to show his power and determination, offering a few strong runs through traffic. In the goal-line period that finished practice, he improvised nicely, bouncing a carry outside and following a punshing lead block from C.J. Anderson to scoot inside the pylon for the touchdown.
  • Terrance Knighton was rotating through several units Thursday, but made impact wherever he went, frequently wrapping up C.J. Anderson, Juwan Thompson or Kapri Bibbs for short gains or losses.
  • Sylvester Williams was his usual terror in one-on-one pass rush, earning sacks against Ryan Miller and Orlando Franklin with good power and active hands.
  • Kevin Vickerson showed he certainly still has some explosion, giving Louis Vasquez a rare defeat in pass rush drills by swimming over his outside shoulder and getting to the center of the pocket very quickly.
  • For the second consecutive day, T.J. Ward "sacked" Manning during team drills.
  • Brennan Clay had nice runs back-to-back, squeezing through the middle for six or seven yards and then scampering around left end to pick up 10 or 12. The second run was punctuated with the biggest hit of the day, laid by safety John Boyett, but Clay held on to the ball.
  • Manning connected with Jacob Tamme for a touchdown in front of Rahim Moore in goal line drills.
  • Aqib Talib was the first to the ball carrier for an impressive run stop on Kapri Bibbs in goal line drills.

QUICK HITS

  • The defense began the individual period by rotating all players through three turnover-based drills. Players practiced scooping loose footballs off the ground at one station and were stripping each other from behind at another. In the final drill, defenders tried to catch passes through the distraction of a teammates' arms.
  • It's difficult to find a time between drills when DeMarcus Ware isn't offering advice or working on techniques with one of his teammates. Ware continued his work with Smith while waiting their turns in pass rush drills and was the first to congratulate Smith after a "sack."
  • Latimer and Emmanuel Sanders stayed after practice to work with Manning on routes. Even after Manning went inside, the pair of receivers kept working, throwing each other passes.

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