DOVE VALLEY, CO – It’s been awhile, but Denver Bronco football is back! Training camp started Thursday where some fans and the media got to see the team go through drills, scrimmage, and practice for the upcoming season.
Coming into the 2019-20 season, the biggest questions are about the offense. How will new quarterback Joe Flacco do? Can new head coach Vic Fangio lead the team to a winning season, and most importantly the playoffs?
We know it’s early, but those questions are being answered to the best of their and our abilities.
Joe Flacco is entering his 12th NFL season, but this is his first with the Broncos. He was the Super 47 MVP back in 2012-13 with the Baltimore Ravens, but since then the 34-year-old led the team to the playoffs only once.
“There is an energy about coming here and an excitement that I feel about coming to this team and getting another chance to be a starting quarterback in the league,” Flacco said.
Flacco was traded to the Broncos with three years left on his contract after being beaten out by rookie QB Lamar Jackson.
“I think Joe’s at a time in his career that he has that calm demeanor about him,” Fangio said. “When things are going good, it’s ‘Joe Cool.’ If things aren’t going well, Joe doesn’t care that much. That’s how Joe is, he’s a competitor.”
As of right now, Flacco is the starting quarterback, but right behind him is 2019 second round draft pick Drew Lock. The Missouri quarterback signed his contract with the Broncos a couple hours before training camp started because he was worried about missing time with his teammates.
Lock was the No. 42 overall pick in the draft and was originally projected to go in the first round. After falling to the second, the Broncos signed the QB that threw 72 touchdowns his last two years of college.
As one of the back-ups, Fangio already knows what he wants to see out of the young quarterback in the weeks to come.
“Improvement in all areas,” Fangio said. “Command of the offense, command of the line of scrimmage, decisions on where to throw the ball. How quickly he can make those decisions. Everything. Just become a quarterback.”
No matter who is playing quarterback come regular season, one of the Broncos’ best targets will be ready to go. After tearing his Achilles in early December 2018, two-time pro-bowl wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was on the field running routes and looking good in practice.
“My mental state is always positive,” Sanders said. “I’ve been through so much adversity from my upbringing that not too much can get me down. Eventually, you see me back here standing in front of you guys saying, ‘I’m full.’ That’s kind of how I attack the whole process.”
Even though Sanders says he’s full, Fangio is making sure they ease him back into the swing of things.
“He’s doing really good,” Fangio said. “He’s not on PUP [Physically Unable to Perform List]. It’s going to be day-to-day with him on how much we add onto his plate. We’re going to build to it and see how it goes.”
OTHER TRAINING CAMP NEWS:
- 6th year linebacker Todd Davis left on a stretcher after hurting his ankle/foot late in practice. He will get additional tests (X-ray, MRI). Davis led the Broncos in tackles in 2018 with 114.
- There were 1,257 fans that showed up.
- It was the 2nd hottest opening day ever at Dove Valley coming in at 96 degrees.
- Missing from first practice: Punter Colby Wadman, Tight End Bug Howard.
- Kevin Hogan was receiving second team reps at quarterback.
The KREX sports team will be at UC Health Training Center covering Broncos Training camp until Monday, July, 22nd.