Top Nickelback K’Vaughn Williams undergoing an MRI on the knee he tweaked on the long Wilson TD pass. Wilson told the crowd: “We’re working to win the Super Bowl.”
England, Colo. It was the best day of training camp for the Broncos so far.
Largest official gathering ever at the team’s Dove Valley campus now called the UCHealth Training Center – 7,121 – Squeezed into a haystack on a hot, sun beat on a Saturday morning. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, country music star Kenny Chesney and football star Peyton Manning were in attendance. Ciara was there for her fourth consecutive training camp exercise.
“Broncos Country!” Head coach Nathaniel Hackett smiling at a post-practice press conference. “Everybody keeps talking about it – it was real. Wherever you go everyone talks about where the best fans are, and when you come out of here and the whole (burm) is gone If so, that’s great. There’s no green (grass), it’s just orange.”
Ciara’s husband Russell Wilson put on a show for the public. This pre-practice began when Wilson and safety Justin Simmons addressed the crowd at the league this NFL-imagined “Back to Saturday” camp day.
Wilson said into the microphone, “It means a lot to us to be able to just celebrate the practices and show you guys how hard we’re working to win the Super Bowl — that’s our plan, win the Super Bowl.” “
That announcement brought a good round of applause.
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The 11 on 11 was one of the practice periods where there were two plays on every snap. The first play was called by Hackett. And then when that play didn’t develop enough for Wilson, he pocketed the melee and improvised another play—with a melee play often the result to receiver Jerry Judy.
The defense won its share, especially when the ball was bowled in the direction of cornerback Pat Suren II. They had another day of an impressively close breakup.
“I would go to him every day and say, ‘Can you let us finish a pass, please. Just this one time,'” offensive coordinator Justin Outon said.
In a two-play sequence late in practice, cornerback Ronald Darby intercepted a Wilson pass and returned it for a touchdown. In the next play, Wilson threw a full deep strike for a touchdown to wide-open rookie Montreal Washington. Washington was in the clear as top nickelback K’Vaughn Williams pulled off the play.
Sources told 9NEWS Williams was taken for an MRI of his knee, where the initial fear was a meniscus injury.
Williams had meniscus surgery early in her career. However, the MRI results did not show any structural damage. Williams is distressed and will miss a few days, if not a week or so, but the Broncos got good news.
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Broncos special teams coordinator Dwayne Stukes also called it the best camping exercise for his units. There was a punt coverage drill where linebacker Jonas Griffith was one of the first players on coverage. Griffith was initially acquired by the Broncos last year due to his exceptional special teams skills, but he has grown into a starting inside linebacker.
Griffith is also getting training camp reps with Josie Jewel as the No. 1 defense and the No. 2 defense next to Alex Singleton. Which means Griffith may not be available to special teams as much as the Stokes expected.
“Will you make me sad right now when I go back to my office?” Stukes said half-jokingly. “I’m disappointed by it but I’m happy for the kid. I mean the kid works his butt off. I’m happy for the kid but selfishly, I’d love him to be on all four feet (punt, punt) comeback , kickoff, kickoff return). I’m not saying he’s not going there. Because there’s still an evaluation process going on throughout the training camp… but it’s tough. It’s absolutely tough.
“We’re going to try to contain him when we can, we’re going to try to put him at a stage when we can. It’s all between me, Coach Hackett, Coach (Azero) Avro There’s constant communication. I just need to know the defensive plan for him and then we can plan special teams for him.”
The Bronco players are on leave on Sunday, then resume training camp on Monday. The first padded practice will be Tuesday.
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