ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --**An energetic first day in pads brought plenty of exciting moments, particularly with the defense flying around the field. With Saturday being the first chance to go full throttle for the linemen, we'll start today's highlights with a special focus on the big guys.
Chris Harris Jr. (knee) remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Kevin Vickerson (hip) and Von Miller (knee) were limited again.
Demaryius Thomas remains excused from practice to attend to funeral arrangements of his grandmother.
Derek Wolfe and John Boyett left practice early with back tightness and Greg Latta left with a strained knee.
"Other than that, we are pretty much all healthy," Head Coach John Fox said.
IN THE TRENCHES
- Marvin Austin had one of the most dominant performances of any player in training camp thus far, and did so while playing on multiple units. He blew up at least four or five run plays in the team period and beat many different linemen in pass rush drills. Perhaps he was too amped up at times, taking Ronnie Hillman down in the backfield with a full tackle at one point and drawing reproach from Fox. But it couldn't take away from the former Tar Heel's excellent day.
- Another defensive tackle from UNC flashed his skills, as Sylvester Williams followed up yesterday's big play with a strong practice. Particularly noticeable was his raw power in pass rush drills: When he didn't get by his opponent, Williams' initial pop drove Orlando Franklin and Matt Paradis (among others) deep into the backfield.
Take a look at photos from the third day of training camp - the team's first day in pads.
- Veteran lineman Will Montgomery showed good versatility, handling power moves and spin moves quite easily against Mitch Unrein.
- DeMarcus Ware made two great plays at the beginning of the team period, standing up Montee Ball at the line on a run play and getting around Chris Clark for a "sack" a play later.
- Undrafted rookie defensive end Kenny Anunike showed up repeatedly, forcing run stops and routinely getting near the quarterbacks for what would be big hits or even sacks in a live game. He maintained the production in line drills, beating Winston Justice on a few occasions.
- Terrance Knighton rightfully gets recognized for his great strength, but he showed great use of his hands Saturday in pass rush drills to maneuver around initially strong blocking from Manny Ramirez.
- Louis Vasquez looked as precise as ever, calmly handling rushers in pass rush drills without giving much ground.
- Kayvon Webster showed his physical style with an active day, hounding receivers in one-on-one drills and blowing through a Wes Welker block for a big tackle for loss on a screen play in team drills.
- Webster was also one of a few players to use well-timed blitzes for "sacks" in the team period. Webster got through the line to Peyton Manning and linebacker Brandon Marshall reached Brock Osweiler a bit later.
- Though there weren't many big plays in the run game, Ronnie Hillman had a pair of nice carries, using his shiftiness to weave through the middle of the line. Against the first-team defense, he broke through over left guard and exploded with a cut to his right, going for a huge gain up the sideline.
- Emmanuel Sanders had a few heated battles and exchanged words with defenders, but responded well, scoring a touchdown on a deep post against Bradley Roby during one-on-one drills that he capped with a dunk over the goal post.
- Nate Irving worked his way past Montee Ball twice during blitz pick-up drills with good tenacity and quick hands.
- Rookie Cody Latimer continued to flash his ability, running a crisp post-corner route against Omar Bolden in one-on-one drills and making a great catch for a touchdown even after a small stumble. Latimer and Bolden connected for a big collision later in practice on a quick screen from Osweiler.
- Tony Carter turned in a solid performance, blanketing Wes Welker on a route in one-on-ones and later snagging an interception down the sideline from Osweiler.
- Former CSU Ram linebacker Shaquil Barrett used a nifty spin move to beat Virgil Green and get to the tackling dummy during blitz pick-up drills.
- Julius Thomas continued his strong camp, running a nice route to beat T.J. Ward in one-on-one drills.
- Second-year linebacker Lerentee McCray flashed near the ball several times, filling gaps on consecutive run plays late in practice and threatening the pocket from the edge on a regular basis.
- Perhaps the player most excited to get the padded practice going was Aqib Talib, who worked a number of dance moves into his stretches and chatted up several teammates into the walkthrough.
- Talib and Andre Caldwell had some competitive battles during one-on-one drills, with the pair trading good plays.
- Denver native and former Nuggets star Chauncey Billups stopped by to watch practice today. He chatted with several Broncos players, including Kevin Vickerson and Chris Harris Jr., as well as Jack Del Rio and John Elway. Ex-Broncos tight end Jeb Putzier was on hand, along with former assistant coach Bob Slowik.