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Broncos Training Camp Quick Hits: Day 17


... The offense endured one of its roughest practices to date Saturday, and Head Coach Gary Kubiak was displeased.

"I'm not real happy with practice today," Kubiak said. "So I'll go look at today, and Monday we'll go back to work. We'll keep plugging."


... The offense struggled to generate any kind of rhythm. Some of that was the doing of the defense, of course, which had another strong day.

"We didn't practice very [well] offensively," Kubiak said. "Less than 48 hours out of a game, to come back and practice it's tough. But we handled it defensively. We didn't handle it offensively.

"So, yeah, it's disappointing for me."

... CB Lorenzo Doss intercepted Mark Sanchez at the goal line in a red-zone period, and Aqib Talib nearly corralled an interception off Sanchez as he tried to find Emmanuel Sanders on a short drag route early in the first seven-on-seven period.

Kubiak called the offense together for a huddle immediately after Doss' interception.

... OLB Von Miller did a good job of staying home to blow up play-fake rollouts; twice he forced incompletions by pursuing the quarterback, leading to errant throws.

... Lynch received a handful of repetitions behind the first-team offensive line, including three in a row late in practice during a team period. That cluster of snaps did not go well; it included a fumbled snap, a handoff and a pass batted down at the line of scrimmage by DE Jared Crick.

... DE Derek Wolfe was also active Saturday; he blew up a pair of run plays and deflected a Trevor Siemian pass at the line of scrimmage.

... Siemian had the longest connection of the day, hitting DeVier Posey down the left sideline past Kayvon Webster for a 35-yard connection.

... Perhaps the best play of the seven-on-seven red-zone period came when Siemian hit Henry Krieger-Coble in the back of the end zone for a touchdown.

... Special Teams Coordinator Joe DeCamillis worked on having rookie returners Kalif Raymond and Bralon Addison field punts under pressure. Each had to catch the football and begin their returns with two men in coverage bearing down on them during the special-teams period.



... WR Bennie Fowler is expected to miss "a few weeks" after suffering a small fracture to his elbow Thursday against the Bears, Kubiak said. Fowler should be able to continue his conditioning work while he recuperates.

... DE Vance Walker was held out because of the recurring back issues he has endured during training camp. "We're just kind of trying to get him back to where he's feeling 100 percent," Kubiak said.

... NT Darius Kilgo was held out of practice because of a shoulder injury suffered Thursday. "I expect him to be back Monday," Kubiak said.

... RG Ty Sambrailo continues to sit out because of an elbow injury he suffered July 31.

... S Ryan Murphy and CB Taurean Nixon remained sidelined after missing Thursday's game because of injuries suffered early this week.

... FB Andy Janovich went back to the locker room under his own power early in practice. Juwan Thompson took all of the fullback repetitions Saturday.

... TE John Phillips worked with one of the strength and conditioning coaches off to the side as he works his way back from an ankle injury suffered July 30.


The Broncos kicked practice off on Saturday following a 22-0 win in their preseason opener at Chicago. (Photos by Eric Bakke unless noted)


... CB Aqib Talib worked in team and seven-on-seven periods until midway through practice. He nearly intercepted Sanchez in the seven-on-seven period. "He's doing great," Kubiak said. "Y'all saw him today making a lot of plays. He practice for about an hour and a half. We're trying to keep him out of contact situations, but he sure looks really good to me. I think we're making up a lot of ground."

... Michael Schofield and Darrion Weems both saw action with the first team at right guard.

... LT Russell Okung and OLB Von Miller had their most extensive work to date, working in team periods throughout the entire practice. Neither played in Chicago, per the "progression" plan for gradually working them back into the lineup set by Kubiak.

WEATHER REPORT:Sunny skies and temperatures that rose from 77°F/25°C to 82°F/28°C greeted the Broncos as they returned to practice following a rest day.

ATTENDANCE REPORT: Saturday's crowd of 4,152 brought the training-camp average to 4,486 -- a 5.1 percent increase over last year's per-day average at the same point. It was the ninth practice to attract at least 4,000 fans, one more than the eight crowds of 4,000 or more spectators last season.

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