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Training Camp 2013: Day 2 Quick Hits

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- On a sun-splashed Friday at Broncos headquarters, many of Peyton Manning's passes found their familiar targets.

And one of his passes also found a brand-new receiver.

While Manning linked up with regulars like Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Eric Decker and Julius Thomas, the Broncos quarterback also threw a deep spiral to a youngster from the crowd, who made a once-in-a-lifetime memory by catching the pass from the future Hall of Famer.

It was all part of the action on the second day of Broncos training camp, which saw diving catches, tipped interceptions and more.


J.D. Walton and Chris Kuper remain on the Physically Unable to Perform list, and rookie tight end Lucas Reed was held out of practice on Friday due to a right hamstring injury. All other eligible players were on the field, including defensive tackle Sylvester Williams, who signed his rookie contract yesterday. Left tackle Ryan Clady was limited.


• Wide receiver Greg Orton's orange and blue cleats were among the most colorful on the field, but they weren't as colorful as his performance on Friday. Orton hauled in a number of passes from Brock Osweiler, including a diving reception in team drills that drew a large ovation from the crowd. Orton also had a nice catch in traffic during seven-on-sevens and, towards the end of practice, leaped up and pulled in an Osweiler pass over Tony Carter, who had tight coverage.

• Manning targeted tight end Julius Thomas several times, with Thomas making some nice plays throughout the morning, including one catch in double coverage.

• In addition to his arm strength, Osweiler showcased his mobility Friday morning, stepping up in the pocket under pressure and taking off for a nice scramble during team drills.

• Defensive linemen Derek Wolfe and Mitch Unrein were both active in the trenches, as both players bursted though the line and stopped ball-carriers in the backfield on multiple occasions.

• Second-year safety Duke Ihenacho had a diving interception after jumping Osweiler's pass that was intended for tight end Virgil Green.

• Another highlight of the day came when running back Knowshon Moreno leapt up into the air to snare a pass from Osweiler on the sideline, then juked a defender and broke into the open field.

• In seven-on-sevens, safety David Bruton tipped a Manning pass that was intercepted by Wesley Woodyard. Woodyard acted like he was going to juke past Manning and keep running, but the quarterback jokingly wrapped him up and looked to force a fumble.

• Running back Ronnie Hillman snared a pass from Manning in heavy traffic, making a difficult catch.

• Manning's rapport with Wes Welker from day one of training camp carried over into Friday, as Welker made a pair of downfield catches and was active over the middle.


• The deep ball that Manning lobbed to the youngster from the crowd drew one of the largest ovations of the day.

• The tip drill came into play for the defensive backs, as one Bronco defender would set the football into the air like a volleyball and the other defensive back would catch the ball. On one occasion, at least seven players tipped the ball before it was caught.

• The Broncos defenders also practiced diving onto the ground and recovering fumbles.

• Matt Prater practiced kicking balls through a skinnier set of uprights.

• One of the more interesting drills involved Quarterbacks Coach Greg Knapp running at Broncos quarterbacks with his hands raised to simulate an oncoming pass-rusher.

Von Miller and Wesley Woodyard fired up the crowd before seven-on-sevens, and the crowd responded with the first "defense" chant of training camp.

• Miller played catch with one of the ball boys in between drills.

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