We are already two days into Denver Broncos training camp, and there wasn’t as much drama today. No reported injuries and no fights.
It was a very sound day of camp and under new head coach Vic Fangio the players are being pushed and the practices are very organized.
DIFFERENCE FROM 2018 TO 2019:
Eight-year veteran defensive lineman Derek Wolfe, who recently had a new born baby, spoke in high regard to this year’s camp compared to 2018.
“We had Case Keenum we were thinking, ‘we have a new quarterback, we’re going to win, this is going to be good.’ We really believed that last year,” Wolfe said. “Just like we really believe that this year. Joe is going to come in and command this offense, Vic Fangio is going to come in and demand this team. That’s happening already.”
We have a really good winning formula. The little things are being done right.Derek Wolfe
One of the little things has been the music. On day two of training camp, there was no music even during pre-practice stretching. Eventually, he will simulate game time situations with crowd noise.
The reasoning behind the lack of tunes is that Fangio says it’s hard to talk to your players over the music and there’s no music during the games.
As for the quarterbacks, Joe Flacco is still the main guy while there is clearly a race for second. During the first day of training camp Kevin Hogan was getting second team reps, and Drew Lock was getting third.
Today wasn’t the best day for Hogan as he was intercepted by Joe Jones and Su’a Cravens. But, Fangio doesn’t seem to worried about that yet.
“Why can’t you look at those as good plays by the defense,” Fangio said laughing. “It’s way too early to start any thoughts that way.”
Fangio went on to say that he won’t make a decision about who will be the back-up quarterback until a couple preseason games have been played. Rookie quarterback Drew Lock has potential, but a long way to go.
“His college offense really had no carry over to pro offenses and he was under duress a lot of times at his college, so a lot of his plays he was running around,” Fangio said. “He’s not a quarterback yet. He’s a hard throwing pitcher that doesn’t know how to pitch yet.”
TODD DAVIS REPLACEMENT:
The Broncos leading tackler in 2018 Todd Davis was diagnosed with a partial tear in his calf during the first day of camp, and Alexander Johnson replaced him in the first group today.
However, Fangio said that they will rotate guys in that spot to even off the work with everyone.
DEFENSE LIKES FANGIO:
Fangio has been a defensive coach for his entire career, and now people are wondering how he has been splitting his time between offense and defense.
“I keep my hand and nose in everything,” Fangio said. “Obviously, I’m more with the defense.”
Fangio does sit in on some offensive and special teams meetings and remains in constant contact with the coaches. The defensive players are excited to see what they can learn from Fangio’s 40 years of coaching experience.
“He knows that Rome wasn’t built in a day. He coaches you and loves you hard, but it’s with a teacher’s mindset. It’s not to break anyone down, it’s to build you up and teach you.”Four-year safety Justin Simmons
“He did a lot of stuff disguising defenses, not letting the offense know exactly what you’re in,” second-year linebacker Josey Jewell said. “You can move around a lot and use you head during this game and try to outsmart some people.”
Other Training Camp News:
- Todd Davis will miss a few weeks, but will be ready for Week 1.
- Vic Fangio wears sweatshirts even when it’s 100 degrees.
- Von Miller had a couple sacks.
- Not a big crowd at training camp.
- Broncos will host Alzheimer’s Awareness Day on Sunday. Wear purple instead of orange. Any donations to the cause, the Broncos will match.
The KREX sports team will be at UC Health Training Center covering Broncos Training camp until Monday, July, 22nd.