ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — De'Vante Bausby would've been gone for six.
In coverage against rookie Jerry Jeudy during Sunday's practice, the cornerback read reserve quarterback Jeff Driskel's eyes and undercut an outbreaking route.
Bausby took off for the end zone, and he wouldn't have been stopped in a game situation. It was the highlight of another solid practice for Bausby, who is in the throes of a competition to be the Broncos' third cornerback.
And while Bausby's interception came against the second-team offense, he was again part of the rotation with the starting defense. On Sunday, Bausby, Isaac Yiadom and Davontae Harris all took reps at the outside cornerback position in the Broncos' nickel defense, as Bryce Callahan shifted inside to cover the slot receiver. Rookie Michael Ojemudia and Duke Dawson Jr. also figure to work into the competition at some point during camp.
Big plays like the one Bausby made Sunday will help get the coaching staff and front office's attention. President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway happened to be standing on the sideline as Bausby snagged the interception right in front of him. But while the big plays will help Bausby get noticed, he believes consistency is what will earn him the job.
"The guys upstairs know I can play, know I can cover," Bausby told DenverBroncos.com on Sunday. "[I've] just got to do it day in and day out. No mental errors."
Bausby, who appeared in games with the Bears in 2016 and Eagles in 2018 before leading the now-defunct Alliance of American Football in interceptions, said he's looked back at his five games with the Broncos in 2019.
"I go back and look at it so I can right my wrongs," Bausby said. "Those reps I had last year were very good for me, and I've got to keep stacking [them] … so I can go out there and compete with those guys."
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound player replaced Yiadom in the starting lineup in Week 4 against the Jaguars, and he recorded eight tackles and a pass breakup vs. Jacksonville. A week later, though, Bausby suffered a season-ending neck injury in the team's win over the Chargers.
"Man, it feels good," said Bausby of being back on the field. "Like you said, I haven't been on a practice field since October. No OTAs and offseason — just working out and that's it, not really doing any football stuff. It was getting kind of frustrating. I'm excited to be back."
On the practice field, Bausby can hone his craft against Courtland Sutton — whom he called a top-10 receiver in the league — Jeudy and KJ Hamler.
"[No.] 10 [Jeudy], he's different [in] how he moves," Bausby said. "That'll be good for me for different matchups. Even [No.] 13 [Hamler], he's a short, quick guy, and we have those in our division. So seeing those is beneficial for me."
Bausby will aim to stack more positive practices, but he doesn't expect a decision to be made about the starting job until late in training camp.
"It's all camp long, baby," Bausby said. "It's going to be a competition all camp long. I love it, because it's going to bring the best out of everybody. ... I love it. I like it like this so I won't get comfortable. You've got to keep grinding."
MILLER'S IMPRESSIVE DAY
If Sunday's practice was any indication, Von Miller is due for quite the bounce-back season. The 10-year veteran was in the backfield repeatedly, both in run support and in the pass rush. Early in practice, Miller faked a move to the outside before beating right tackle Elijah Wilkinson back inside to the C-gap (between the guard and tackle). Drew Lock managed to complete a pass to Courtland Sutton, but it's unclear whether he would've been able to do so in game conditions. Later in practice, Miller again blew by Wilkinson as he used a combination of power and speed.
Miller's play was impressive all afternoon, but his effort may have been even more noticeable. On back-to-back plays during a team period, Miller sprinted more than 40 yards to tag the offensive player. On the first play, Phillip Lindsay ran down the left sideline, and Miller came across the field to meet him down the field at the goal line. A play later, Miller met Sutton at the goal line, too.
- One practice after Jerry Jeudy caught a series of passes and was perhaps the most impressive player of practice, the rookie earned more reps with the first-team offense. He wasn't a mainstay, as the team continued to rotate receivers, but he took noticeably more reps with Drew Lock and Co.
- Austin Fort was the only player absent from Sunday's practice, but Juwann Winfree worked on a side field with trainers and did not participate in individual or team work. Rookie wide receiver KJ Hamler, meanwhile, exited practice early.
- The Broncos' defense was around the ball again on Sunday, as Bausby, linebacker Josh Watson and safety Trey Marshall had interceptions during practice. Todd Davis also made a play after the catch against Courtland Sutton, ripping the ball away for what may have been a fumble in a game situation.
- Justin Hollins, who worked with the outside linebackers during individual drills after switching between inside and outside linebacker as a rookie, took several first-team reps on Sunday.
- Head Coach Vic Fangio spent an extended portion of the individual drills working with the defensive line, as Defensive Line Coach Bill Kollar was not at Sunday's practice.
- The pads don't go on until Monday, but Garett Bolles had a nice day at the left tackle spot. Against a rotation of players that included Bradley Chubb and Jeremiah Attaochu, Bolles stayed in front of the pass-rushers and kept his hands inside. He also showed good push on a run play to the left midway through practice.
- The offense's best play of the day came as Lock found Sutton on a deep pass down the right sideline late in practice. Sutton had a step on A.J. Bouye and managed to make the over-the-shoulder grab for a touchdown.
- After throwing two interceptions in team-period drills on Sunday, Lock didn't have a turnover during Sunday's practice. He did have a pair of passes batted down at the line of scrimmage.