Broncos Training Camp: Day 5

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Sanders Looking Strong & Ankle-Breaking Plays

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay says he’s feeling strong, unconcerned about his lingering wrist injury Monday at Training Camp at the UC Health Center.

Linsday’s Sophomore Responsibility

Lindsay took the podium for the first time at Training Camp, and spoke about his responsibility on the team following a record-breaking rookie season.

“Mindset wise, I feel like I’ve got to go at it even more,” Lindsay said. “I hold myself accountable to being more of a leader because I know I’ve been here one year. I know the ropes a little more.”

Linsday’s chip on his shoulder began when he went undrafted in 2018 following his senior season at Colorado. The Broncos quickly signed Linsday as a free agent, which paid immediate dividends on the field.

Lindsay burst onto the scene in the 2018 season, rushing for 1,037 yards and 9 touchdowns in his rookie year. At times, Linsday carried the Broncos’ offense down the field due to an anemic passing attack. Linsday was rewarded as a Pro Bowler, becoming the first undrafted offensive rookie to earn the recognition in NFL history.

During Monday’s presser, Linsday disregarded the notion fellow running backs Royce Freeman and Devontae Booker are gunning for his starting job.

“I know you guys like to pin us against each other and make it a competition, but at the end of the day we all three wear the same helmet. When it comes down to it, the first game against the Raiders, we all three need to be ready.”

Linsday said his wrist injury from late in the 2018 season is no longer a pressing issue.

“I carried the ball so much with my left hand, but my right feel good. It actually feels the best it has in a long time. My mind is not on my hand anymore, it’s about making plays.”

Sanders Feeling Strong

One of the biggest question marks of the 2019 offseason revolved around Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders. Sanders suffered an Achilles tear in December 2018, causing him to miss the rest of the season. Sanders was the Broncos leading receiver last year, catching 71 passes for 868 yards and 4 touchdowns. After nearly seven months of rehab, the wideout expressed his leg isn’t causing him serious problems anymore.

“I’m moving around, feeling no pain,” Sanders said over the weekend at Training Camp. “Feeling good and feeling like myself.”

Sanders was stopping and cutting normally on the UC Health practice field, catching throws from new quarterback Joe Flacco on the first-team offense. While Sanders seems confident in his abilities, head coach Vic Fangio is expressing the team’s caution with their WR1.

“It’s a slow mature process,” Fangio said. “He’s out here early practice working with guys.” Then they do some more cardio with him so he doesn’t have to pound on the ground.”

But everything is good so far with him. He’s where we expected him to be and a little more so.”

Sanders, per usual, didn’t hold back on his outlook for the 2019 season.

“I’m always going to bet on myself. I know a lot of people always say the time table on an Achilles, but I’ve never looked at myself as a normal person, as humble as I can say that.”

Broncos Day 5 Camp Notes

  • TE Jake Butt missed practice for a second straight day. Fangio expressed it “didn’t feel right for him” to participate Monday as he returns from his third ACL tear in 2018. Did not mention any setbacks in his rehab.
  • Broncos 6th round draft pick Juwann Winfree (WR) did not fully participate in practice Monday due to a minor leg issue.
  • G Ron Leary was held out of practice. Fangio called the move “protocol” due to five straight days of workouts on Leary’s recovering Achilles.
  • The Broncos will not practice Tuesday but according to Fangio will have a “normal day” tomorrow. Wednesday’s practice is open to the public and will run from 2:00pm-4:45pm. Schedules for the rest of the week can be found on the Broncos website.

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