ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --Barely 36 hours after their preseason opener, the Broncos were back to work -- and in full pads, no less.
Head Coach Vance Joseph did not opt to ease his team back into its practice routine. Instead, he put them through a brisk, hard-hitting practice that saw an emphasis on full-speed and red-zone work.
The full-pad work had been on the docket for a while.
"That's been planned for four months," Joseph said, "and the ones only played on defense what, four plays? Three plays? On offense they only played a quarter, so that's been planned for [four] months."
... The last day of training camp saw its scariest moment, when DE Derek Wolfe and RT Menelik Watson both fell to the ground after a collision on a run play during the first team period of practice. Wolfe suffered what appeared to be a lower ankle injury that was not as serious as initially feared. Watson was examined on the field and quickly returned to practice.
... There were some rough moments for the offense, particularly in a team red-zone period. Pressure from the front seven and tight coverage led to eight incompletions in eight attempts for Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian.
... CB Chris Harris Jr. nearly intercepted Lynch at the goal line and briefly had to leave after taking a shot to the face as he landed, but he said after practice he felt fine.
... The competition at left guard is starting to heat up, as Allen Barbre took some first-team snaps Saturday, splitting time with Max Garcia. It marked the first time Barbre has worked with the No. 1 offense since the Broncos acquired him from the Eagles just before the start of training camp.
"That guard position, it's an open competition between three or four guys, so the best guy's going to play," Joseph said. "It's fair that he's getting some [first-team] reps."
... The No. 1 defense carried over its strong work against the run from Thursday's game. ILBs Brandon Marshall and Corey Nelson quickly closed gaps to stop runs from reaching the second level, and DE Jared Crick and NT Domata Peko both did a good job holding their ground at the line of scrimmage and occupying blockers to allow Marshall and Nelson chances to make tackles.
... Wolfe's injury created more first-team repetitions for Zach Kerr and Adam Gotsis. Kerr was already seeing extra work on the second team because of Billy Winn's season-ending torn ACL, which pushed him into extra work at nose tackle, in addition to his responsibilities at defensive end.
... ILB Todd Davis took team and seven-on-seven repetitions as he continues to recover from a sprained shoulder.
"It's a non-contact type of practice for Todd," Joseph said. "But Todd's back working with the ones again."
... RB Jamaal Charles saw extensive work in team periods Saturday after sitting out Thursday. Joseph said that Charles would "eventually" see some preseason-game repetitions.
... RB Bernard Pierce (hamstring), WR Carlos Henderson (thumb) and safety T.J. Ward (hamstring) did not practice.
WEATHER REPORT:Practice took place under partly cloudy skies with temperatures from 73°F to 79°F during the session.
ATTENDANCE:4,057. Average: 4,910 -- a UCHealth Training Center record, 12.5 percent above last year's average.
After a day off following the preseason opener against the Bears, the Broncos were back in pads for the last day of camp open to the public. (photos by Gabriel Christus unless noted)