Day 8 of Broncos camp is on the books and today (Day 9) was uneventful. It was another paced practice where they worked on setting up the offense/defense ahead of tomorrow’s padded practice.
Today we have exciting news on EDGE Baron Browning impressing at camp, thoughts on tomorrow’s padded training, injury updates, news and ratings, and more.
Awesome Baron Browning
One of the most interesting players to watch as the Broncos made their way to camp was former ILB-turned-rusher Baron Browning. He shone as an off-the-ball linebacker, but would his size, speed and athleticism shift to the point position? Well, in the first week of training camp, he showed his elite athleticism, natural turn and potential in this position. He even won first-team reps opposite Bradley Chubb.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport called Browning a “revelation” for them at edge rusher. NFL Network’s James Palmer also added that the tackles that Browning faced in camp praised his start, his use of the hand and that his turn is real. Being able to get around the tackle and get under their blocks is something that made Von Miller great, so if Browning can do it and do it well, that’s pretty exciting.
Head coach Nathaniel Hackett was asked about Browning’s transition from ILB to edge rusher and he told reporters that Browning looked better than he and Broncos staff thought so far at camp .
“Just kind of assessing him when we were in the offseason – seeing his body type and just looking at part of his turn and how he’s playing. In this league it’s all about getting to quarterback- back. You can never have too many rushers. I think we wanted to see what it was like when he was there. We had a tape of him at inside linebacker, and we were like, ‘Hey, let’s give it a try and see what that is happening.’ I think for us to see him play in that position has been even better than we thought. We kind of had a feeling that he could be good there, but it’s his ability to bend, his ability to anchor and his ability to cut that edge He had some movement early on when we first put pads on – some up and down [moves] it was just amazing. Watching it progress shows us that our natural instincts [were right]. We didn’t know, you never really know. It was kind of an experiment. I think he really embraced it and loves it too. It’s fun to see it [out there].”
If Browning is able to be a consistent and reliable pass thrower, it gives the Broncos some much-needed depth. Randy Gregory is still on track for Week 1 but has an injury history and Bradley Chubb has also struggled with injuries throughout his career. Thus, Browning would add at least some much-needed insurance.
Also, when playing in the AFC West, you will constantly have to tackle the setter.
Padded training tomorrow
Tomorrow, the Broncos will have their third padded camp practice so far. These workouts, as you know, are important because that’s about as close as they can get to practicing what they’ll be doing on Sundays during the season.
Nathaniel Hackett on what he hopes for tomorrow’s padded training:
“I want another day like yesterday.”
He said he liked the intensity and number of big plays in Thursday’s practice.
— Aric DiLalla (@AricDiLalla) August 5, 2022
When head coach Nathaniel Hackett was asked what he wanted to see from his team in tomorrow’s padded practice, he said he wanted to see a repeat of what they did during Thursday’s practice.
“My God, I want another day like yesterday. I thought there were a lot of good things. There were explosive games. The defense was making good plays. There were some good runs and the defense got tackles for the losses [ILB] Joey [Jewell] had a good tackle. Just that quick reaction, cool feeling and full speed pop feeling. I think that’s what you always look for with your pads, and that’s why we do it. We want to make sure we get all we can from these padded practices, because there are so few of them.
You always see a few players stand out more during these practices and you can see if the stars in your training camp are still performing during real football. Additionally, it allows players like KJ Hamler and Greg Dulcich who have missed practice time due to injury rehabilitation to also get significant reps with Russell Wilson.
So buckle up, tomorrow’s practice should be another good one.
News and notes
- WR Tyrie Cleveland missed practice with a throat injury
- WR Kendall Hinton missed practice with a knee injury
- CB K’Waun Williams continued to miss practice with a knee injury
- S Caden Sterns missed his second practice with a minor hip injury
- NT DJ Jones missed another practice with a minor back injury
- OT Tom Compton has been officially placed on the EDGE PUP joining Randy Gregory and OT Billy Turner
Nathaniel Hackett on Randy Gregory, Billy Turner and KJ Hamler:
“We want these guys for Week 1. That’s what we’re aiming for.”
He said he thought they were on the right track in their recovery.
— Aric DiLalla (@AricDiLalla) August 5, 2022
#broncos are going through a period of mental rep. I heard that about Wilson. It literally visualizes every aspect as if it were an in-game game. Visualizing a pass rusher, moving in the pocket ect. A few players told me it was like some type of higher level mental representation that they had never seen.
—James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) August 5, 2022
Head Coach Nathaniel Hackett on the improvement he’s seen from CB Damarri Mathis
“When they got here, they didn’t know what was going on. He’s played in the press a lot, so we had to transition him into media coverage and learning those techniques. He chose them really well. He made a great interception yesterday, crossing the field. It wasn’t just the technique, but that extra effort to keep trusting yourself and running under the ball. It was great to see. He picks it up. It’s a bit different for him because of the way he’s played in the past, but he’s doing well. »
Inside linebacker Josey Jewell explains how he fits in at ILB Jonas Griffith
” It went very well. We haven’t played any matches together. We had a few reps last year, then this offseason, OTAs and stuff like that together. Things are going well. Communication is still ongoing; you can never be perfect for this purpose. It’s definitely coming [with] pre-snap communication and post-snap communication also improve a lot. It’s been good and with a new player there it’s always a bit of an adjustment, but I think we’ve been doing very well together so far.
Inside linebacker Josey Jewell on how coaches explain patterns and technique
“They’re not afraid to dig deep. Whether it’s a meeting where we’re supposed to cover other things and you have a question, they’re going to be able to answer that question and dig deeper into that question about why we’re doing it, how is that affecting the offense and how is that affecting also defense. Also, really what the offense is looking for in certain situations – certain thirds and fives, thirds and fours. What they are looking for and why we do certain things to stop them in certain defenses. They talked about it many times in the defensive rooms and in the meeting rooms to talk about it. It was a big help for us to understand why he calls for some defense.
Inside linebacker Josey Jewell explains what it’s like to be a leader on defense after signing new contract
” It makes me feel good. Makes me feel like I don’t have to worry about mine [his job] too much, even though I still am. There is always a concern about this. You can never be comfortable and you can never be complacent. It refreshes me that they wanted me back, they wanted me in the middle of defense [to] control things [and] communicate with everyone. I appreciate that and hope we take advantage of it.
Keep Quinn Meinerz How Much Easier It Is Getting Into Year 2
“Coming in last year, I had no idea what was going to happen. So coming into year two, the main thing I talked about – and the big adjustment for me last year – was all the fans there on the hill. One of the days we had 7,000, which is a home game for me in Wisconsin. That was definitely something last year that I didn’t expect not. On top of that, learning the defenses – all the new defenses the National Football League introduces. There’s so much turnover and carryover now that I’m learning things two or three times. It’s now a lot easier to make it click. It goes faster. I’m able to make the adjustments and now the game-in-game that people are talking about is starting to open.
Guards Quinn Meinerz on how different he feels on the court after losing weight
“I feel like my first and second step on the ball has gone up. My speed has gone up a ton. I feel the angles that I’m able to create, especially when we have a base three four and I’m got a single to the backside backer I feel like I can just sprint and go straight and I’m gonna beat that linebacker nine out of 10 times Even if he goes out of bounds I’m gonna hang on and chasing you. Some blocks like that, I really feel the speed, especially when [T] calvin [Anderson] and I’m on the right side working doubles. I just feel a lot faster.