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    Training Camp

    Since 24 has a pretty good thread going, I'm going to start this one here.

    Well it was a pretty good day to go to camp. The sky was slightly overcast which made for cooler temperatures. I did not see Fred at all today which was a shock, but he is kind of getting older.

    Montrae Holland was pushing the sled to get his fat down. Kuper played with his hand bandaged though it made things harder for him. Spencer Larson was curiously absent. I'm not sure why.

    Anyway onto the practices. As expected, the defense was a bit ahead of the offense today. Offense usually takes a good five days of practices to start to come together and defenses are more reactive and so can get settled faster. I will say the offense was much better this year than it was at this time last year.

    QB's: After reading 24's report I can already tell we're going to have some disagreements on this position. I felt Ramsey looked like pretty poor, sometimes throwing into the ground and just being overall not very accurate. Hackney had what I felt was a great day. He had touch and ryhthm and seemed to make some great throws. I know Broncoman13 felt the same way but perhaps 24 saw some things that we didn't.

    Jay does indeed look better and more confident. He also is more upbeat and energetic. That said, there are some things he needs to work on. He still stares down his primary receiver - especially when it's Marshall. Now Marshall gets open most of the time anyway, but he needs to work on looking people off. He also does check down more but checks down too quickly. What I mean by this is if it's not open and he just immediately throws to the back rather than waiting a beat for the second or third option to come free. There was a play where Clifford Russell (dirty Ute!) came open on a square out. I saw it there before the snap too. However Jackson wasn't open and he quickly through to the back when a second later he could have had a nine yard gain. This is one example of where he needs to get his timing down. Cutler also fumbled the snap. Yes, that is still an issue it seems.

    His overall accuracy is better than last year. I have not seen him miss the throws to the left side of the field (across his body) that he struggled with the last two seasons. We'll watch that to see. Cutler's touch passes look better as well. He is just overall more accurate. I would say his feet look about twice as good as they did last year.

    Wide receivers


    Brandon Marshall had some drops and looked very tired at times. He was frequently taking a knee early on in practice. Having said that, every time he was in, be it run or pass, he was giving full effort. He is an incredible blocker. Probably one of the best catches I've seen him make was on Bly. Bly had him covered perfectly in the corner of the endzone and even after some jukes and pump fakes from Cutler, Marshall couldn't shake him. Then Cutler through it and Bly stepped inside for the pick and Marshall reached around Bly's body and caught the ball in the endzone. It was cold. He did have some drops, and by the end of practice he had to put the brace back on his arm for pain. So that issue isn't cleared up but it looks like he is getting better.

    Darrell Jackson made quite a few nice grabs. In fact he was the most consistent receiver. He didn't do anything amazing but he caught everything and was able to get open relatively effectively.

    Royal has the tools. You can immediately see his speed and quickness. He doesn't use his hands to beat the jam at the line and needs to be more physical there. He is also having issues getting on the same page with Cutler. Royal needs to work with him to understand what routes to use and what Cutler likes to do in man on man situations. He had some nice grabs, though.

    Colbert was average. I didn't notice him that much. He had a couple of good grabs, but wasn't getting open that much.

    Stokely is the most consistent receiver. He is just incredibly gifted at seeing what a defense is doing and adjusting to it. He caught pretty much anything they were feeding him but they didn't play him much.

    Tight Ends and Fullbacks

    Scheffler is pretty godly. He reminds me of Eric ****erson where he runs faster than he looks. I mean he doesn't look that fast and then you realize that guys can't cover him. He had one drop on a deep pass play where he beat the corner and safety by just running by them and it hit him in the hands. He was pretty upset. His blocking is better as well. I just hope he can stay healthy. He's another one of the targets Jay likes to stare down a bit.

    Graham had some decent grabs but they are still using him largely as a blocker. He is better there anyway.

    Cecil Sapp is taking snaps on the first team.

    Hillis had a quiet day. He had a couple of receptions and he moves very well. I was impressed with his blocking in traffic. He really likes to get his head in there.

    I didn't see Nate Jackson much today. Mike Leach had a great block in run blocking drills but beyond that they didn't make him do too much.

    Offensive linemen

    Ryan Harris really had a hard time today. There were moments when he was good and moments when he was destroyed. It was not pretty. The good news is that Tyler Polumbus looked impressive and took snaps as the second team RT. He really made a lot of good plays and has a lot of power in his blocks. I like how he drives off the ball.

    I didn't get a good look at Kuper. He seemed to do ok for someone with one and a half hands though.

    Another surprise was PJ Alexander. The guy plays nasty and was easily the most ferocious of the linemen in drills. He is playing second team. He had a couple really good licks he put on some guys.

    The most impressive was Ryan Clady. Clady is enormous. He might be the biggest guy on the team. What's amazing is he carries his weight so well. He doesn't look or move like he's heavy. He's very evenly distributed across his frame. He could easily add another fifteen to twenty pounds. As a player he makes it look easy. There were a few moves that got by him, but you could rarely use the same thing on him. They also would put Graham (dubbed "the training wheel" by Apa) by him to give him a hand on some downs, even though Harris needed it more than Clady did. He also does a great job of keeping his head up and his butt down. This leads me too...

    Kory Lichtensteiger. He was the most raw of all the linemen. He bends at the waist and has trouble keeping his head up. He just looks like he needs to settle down. I think he can be fine but it will take awhile for him to get used to the speed. Remember that the contact drills aren't practiced in OTA's and so for many, this is their first work.

    Ben Hamilton looked like I remembered. He had some run plays when he was dominant. And he had pass pro where he was on roller skates. He tends to give too much ground in these situations. But at least he was out there and things were going well.

    D-Line

    I didn't get a great look, so this will be brief. Jarvis Moss is really play well and most of his plays were in the running game. He is really great on play recognition and doesn't bite on PA very much at all. He also gives full effort even the play isn't to his side. Crowder had some nice moves as well. Harris was able to shut him down on some occasions, but he does a good job wrapping up.

    Mallard was really tearing it up today. He had several plays where he was exploding into the backfield. I'd say he and Kenny Peterson were playing very well. These two were working with the second and third team, mind you.

    John Engleberger is starting and played solidly against the run. He does a great job keeping contain and seeing the play as he reacts. There was one played perfectly and would have taken Selvin for a loss but Young juked him out of his shoes and made a nice gain.

    Marcus Thomas is much better than he was last year. He uses his hands well and is great about creating double teams on himself to let others make plays. I was quite impressed wit the little I saw of him.

    Linebackers

    I didn't noticed them too much. I couldn't see them a lot of the time. I did notice that Boss Bailey is big and they use him all over the field. They had him come up in the box on many occasions. They are really stressing the run defense.

    DJ looked like he's more comfortable and he did a good job sealing his gap. It's nice to be back to an eight man front. I didn't notice a lot of Niko. I did see Wesley Woodyard. He is pretty small and while he moves very well, he doesn't have a lot of power.

    Jordan Beck and Louis Green had some nice plays and were active a lot of the day. I didn't see Webster too much except on a blitz.
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    Running backs

    Selvin Young is HUGE. He is way bigger than last year. He runs with a lot of burst too. I have to admit you can tell he's made a lot of progress from last year. His pass protection was very good as well. I think if he can stay healthy he could be the guy.

    The next most impressive runner was Andre Hall. A lot of fans don't care for him, but he's the second best back out there. He runs hard and has good vision. He plays the second and sometimes even the first team. His blocking technique isn't the best, but his reads are right and usually tries to take the right guy out.

    Michael Pittman is a specimen. The guy is cut. He doesn't have much speed left though. He does provide a nice Garrison Hearst role and is currently the third guy.

    Toward the end of practice Torrain started to make some nifty moves and understand the cut back pretty well. I think he'll need more time before he's the surprise starter.

    Aldridge is fast and has amazing hands. Unfortunately he isn't a very physical runner. I hope he can return kicks or really explode as a receiving threat because it's going to be hard for him. I suspect he's one of those guys that when the game is on he just takes control.

    Specialists

    Prater can kick and kick far. He hit all his field goals with room to spare. It's nice to have a booming leg again. Both punters are very good at holding. I would like to see Kern make the team, but Paulescu has faster hands when holding so either is fine. There were not real returns or punts - only field goals.

    Secondary

    Bailey is still good and Bly was really good today as well. Bailey got beat by Marshall on a comeback. Bly had a couple of breakups and near-ints that were impressive. He had a good practice. Foxworth had a pick and so did Josh Barrett.

    Lynch and Hamza are the starters right now. I didn't see them ever get burned. Barrett plays slower than his combine would lead you to believe. I would say more speed is needed at the safety position.

    So there you go. I didn't see as much this year, but I had fun and it was nice sitting with all the fans making cracks about KC and the Raiders. Good times.

    FYI I am not saying the offense or defense is going to be awesome and I am not promising an amazing season anywhere in this report. :haw!:

    Originally posted at http://www.orangemane.com/BB/showthr...=1#post2017342
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    Oh yes I've been waiting for your reports.

    Thank you very much for posting these here.

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    Thanks for the report. Much appreciated

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    Great Stuff Kaylore !

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    WOOT thanks for the report Kaylore, man I envy you cause you always get to go to training camp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperBagBronco View Post
    WOOT thanks for the report Kaylore, man I envy you cause you always get to go to training camp.
    Well I only get to go twice this year. My second and last report will be next Saturday AM.
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    No injuries! That's the most positive thing with the Broncos' recent luck.

    Thanks for the report.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mx_stiles13 View Post
    No injuries! That's the most positive thing with the Broncos' recent luck.

    Thanks for the report.
    Well Larsen was absent and Kuper broke his hand and was playing in a cast.
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    I'm not so worried if Marshall gets suspended now because of what you said of Jackson. I know in the past his biggest problem has been his consistency catch the football. Did Lorne Sam practice at all or did you not see him and the same for Tom Nalen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaylore View Post
    Well Larsen was absent and Kuper broke his hand and was playing in a cast.
    If you watch camp day 2 on the home page shanahan said Larsen "had an emergency at home" and that he should have left.

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    thanks for the report! most of the stuff seems to be positive, and since you've been to the training camp each year would you say that it looks better or worse then the previous years?
    disclaimer: if the above post appears to contain outrageously illogical content, ITS PROBABLY SARCASM

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    I love your reports man, it's nice to hear the progress with Selvin, I'm really looking forward to this season.

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    Good report and breakdown.


    Thanks so much for doing this. CP to you.

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    Thank you very much.

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