Broncos, Briefly: Monday, June 3, 2019

Mike Munchak gathers the Broncos offensive linemen in a far corner of the practice field where few can hear him. His soft but deep voice projects only for the men in front of him as they walk through blocking drill after sliding drill, again and again and again.

Munchak is methodical and detailed, understanding yet firm. Above all, he’s a teacher, with an approach that belies his playing style as a nine-time Pro Bowl selection and Hall of Fame guard.

The rookies have been in town less than a month.

They had their own three-day camp, followed by nine organized team activity workouts with the veterans.

They sit in the same meeting rooms as outside linebacker Von Miller and right guard Ron Leary, receiver Emmanuel Sanders and defensive end Derek Wolfe.

And they stay at the same hotel and ride the same bus to the facility (5:45 a.m. or 6:30 a.m.).

So what has the transition and experience been like for the undrafted rookies?

Trading for a quarterback who has been a 10-year-plus starter and a Super Bowl MVP had happened only one other time – when the Chiefs acquired Joe Montana prior to the 1993 season.

Montana led the Chiefs to the AFC championship game his first year and playoffs the second. The Broncos will take that from Flacco right now.

Flacco was a big story for two other reasons this offseason. One, he has played well, drawing praise from teammates on both sides of the ball. Two, he let it be known he was not here to mentor second-round rookie Drew Lock.

The mandatory minicamp will close out the Broncos' offseason work, and thus far, Flacco has looked like the steady veteran starter the Broncos had hoped for when they traded for him this offseason. But Flacco is going to hear chatter about rookie Drew Lock, the Broncos' offensive failings over the past three seasons and the number of birthdays he has had. Flacco, 34, has to give this team a little "I got this" swagger and run an offense that can attack all parts of the field. If he is locked in, Flacco can set the tone and give the Broncos momentum when they report for training camp in mid-July.

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