ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — A preseason-best 3,691 purple-clad fans poured into UC Health Training Center Sunday, supporting Alzheimer’s awareness while checking out the Denver Broncos on day four of Training Camp.
The Broncos encouraged fans to don the color purple, and matched all donations to the Alzheimer’s Association on Sunday made either at Training Camp or online. The online donation page states ” TEAM SUPER BOWLEN ……THIS ONE’S FOR THE BOWLEN’S!!” Broncos majority owner Pat Bowlen died in June due to complications from Alzheimer’s. He publicly announced his diagnosis in 2014.
“It’s a great cause. Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease,” Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said. “As you know, it’s hit here with Mr. Bowlen. As there are a lot of good causes. I appreciate [the fans] coming out and donating whatever they could.”
“We’ve been blown away by the support all day,” Broncos Executive Director Allie Engelken said. “We’ve seen pockets of purple everywhere. [The fans] chose this day out of all the days of camp to be here, and it means the world to us.”
Broncos TE Battle Rages
Practices continued to increase in intensity during the second day of full pads. Following a lackluster performance from the offense on Saturday, Sunday’s drills focused primarily on short, tight routes to the receivers.
Two Broncos tight ends, Jake Butt and Troy Fumagalli, were both absent from practice Sunday. Coach Fangio elected to give Butt the day off, citing nothing physically ailing the 2017 5th round pick.
“He’d gone three days in a row. It’s normal, to work back in to play from the operations he’s had.”
Butt has played in only three games over the past two seasons, due to multiple ACL injuries in both knees. Butt was hurt in Michigan’s bowl game following the 2017 season, causing his draft stock to fall and him to miss the entire 2017 season. He re-injured his knee early in the 2018 season following a third ACL tear.
“I feel like I’ve been fighting an uphill battle overcoming this third one,” Butt said following practice. “It’s gonna take some time, but it’s early, you know, we’re in the middle of July.”
Fumagalli (2018 5th Round Pick / Wisconsin) is battling a hip injury and is listed at day-to-day. He continues to fight with fellow tight ends Butt, Noah Fant, Austin Fort, and Jeff Heuerman for a spot on the 53-man roster.
Fant, Denver’s 2nd round pick in the 2019 draft, has been taking turns with the Broncos 1st team offense. The Iowa product caught 19 touchdowns in his 36 games with the Hawkeyes. Fant declared following his junior season.
“I feel like the competition is higher [in the NFL],” Fant said. “You go against better players every day on every play. In college you might have had some plays where you could have got away with certain things. When you’re in the NFL you can’t.”
Broncos Camp Day 4 Notes:
- Justin Hollis (LB) missed practice Sunday due to a hamstring injury
- River Cracraft (WR) sat out practice due to an undisclosed muscle injury.
- Todd Davis (LB) remains off the practice field following a calf injury in Denver’s first day of Training Camp. He is expected to be out for a couple weeks but will be healthy by week 1.
- 3,691 fans is the highest attendance thus far throughout Broncos Training Camp in 2019.