What the Broncos are saying at training camp

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DENVER — The Denver Broncos are close to the official end of training camp. The last day fans can attend a practice is Thursday.

The following quotes are what some of the members of the team said Wednesday afternoon. The quotes are from head coach John Fox, defensive end Malik Jackson, safety Rahim Moore and defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson.

The information is provided by Broncos Media Relations Manager Erich Schubert.

Head Coach John Fox

On the injury report
“Nothing really new to the injury report. [WR] Lamaar Thomas had a concussion, he did not participate today. [RB] Knowshon Moreno has a bruised right knee. Those are the new guys that did not participate.”

On the importance of special teams for WR Tavarres King to make the roster
“It’s going to be important for everybody. We do look at that. [Special Teams Coordinator] Jeff Rodgers and [Assistant Special Teams Coach] Derius Swinton, our special teams guys, they’ve got roles. So we’ll see how it goes. After week one, he’s still very much in the hunt and we will see how it goes moving forward.”

On the physicality between S Rahim Moore and RB Ronnie Hillman
“Not much can happen with their helmets on. I get more nervous about their hands actually. There won’t be too big of a talk. Those things happen. It’s like two brothers fighting sometimes. It happens. You just slap ‘em on the side of the head and move on (laughing).”

On if he’s thought about how long the starters will stay in the game against Seattle
“Yeah, I think they’ll roughly go the first half, much like we do in every second preseason game. That will be no different in Seattle.”

On if he likes when his players bug him about wanting to stay in the game longer
“I usually watch the tape and see who was in the right, and who was in the wrong there. But it’s very typical, especially this late in camp. It’s not a problem”

On whether the team would be ready right now to play Baltimore in the regular season
“We’re not ready. We have got a lot of work to do. We’ll play our first [team] a little more extended than we did a week ago against San Francisco and kind of see where we are. But we’re not there yet.”

On how the team has done in late-game situations
“The game is about situations. So the more we practice, the more situational football we get into. Typically it comes down to in the regular season when you start the real games, you’ve got to play well in situations. So we’ll try to practice that and continue that, but we’ll add more and more as we go. It’s hard to say exactly where we are right now, but I’m pleased with their efforts.”

On the game starting to slow down for rookie RB Montee Ball
“Yeah, I think this game is about playing fast. The more and more you get comfortable with the play calls, the plays, the reads, the better you play. So he’s definitely grown as we’ve gone forward.”

On if the game at CenturyLink Field is good practice for loud road games
“Yeah. This will be our last road trip in the preseason. In week two we have a long trip to New York, so we’re kind of treating it like it’s a practice road game. And it’s a hostile environment, it’s on artificial turf—so there are a lot of similarities and we’re approaching it that way.”

On if versatility is key for a player like WR Trindon Holliday
“He’s a pretty good returner. But the more he can help—you know, you have to be careful. Sometimes in the old days, long snappers used to [also] be other positions. And then they get [injured], and all of a sudden you don’t have a long snapper. So we’ll be limited with what we do with him, but I think he’s shown the ability to be a premiere returner.”

Defensive End Malik Jackson

On the difference in his play from last season
“It’s just a year under your belt. Really getting in the playbook and knowing what you’re doing. Just working and listening to [Defensive Line] Coach Jay Rodgers and working really hard. I’m just taking it one day at a time.”

On not having to think as much in year two
“I think so. The first year you’re just scrambling just to know stuff and get on the field and make plays. The second year, you really calm down and really get in the book. All aspects of the playbook—not just what you do, but what you know everybody does. It really helps, that second year.”

On the defensive line being supportive of one another
“Even though we have competition in the room, we still all help each other out. We have no issue going on the field and somebody asks what to do, we’ll tell them. The big thing is going out there and actually doing it. We can tell you everything but you’ve just got to go out there and perform. We help each other all the time. We’re still a group.”

On his play in practice translating on the field in games
“It’s really nice when it starts to translate. I’ve just got to go out there on Saturday and perform again when the lights show up. I’m just trying to work hard and earn a spot.”

On what he got out of his rookie season
“Pretty much experience. Just knowing how stuff works and knowing how everything goes, how to relax and know that it’s just football. That’s what really helped me out.”

On experiencing game situations in the preseason
“You really get sick and tired of hitting each other, so sometimes you just want to go out there and hit some other guys. It’s a great opportunity to go out there, show what you have, show what you’ve learned, and show what you can do. It’s great.”

On whether he prefers playing defensive end or defensive tackle
“Deep in my heart? To be honest, I guess defensive end since I started at it. But to be honest with you now, I’ve grown so much with it, I don’t even care. Either one. Whichever one they want to give me, I’d say (laughing).”

On approaching the second preseason game
“The same way as I approach every game. Just go in there and try to have a great week of practice and really work on my skills and what I need to do. And then just go out in the game and perform the same way. I just try to have a great week of practice and then translate in the game.”

On the scoop-and-score drill translating to the field at San Francisco
“Oh yeah, it’s always good to see, especially I’m sure as a coach. You see the drills you really put hard work in to plan. When [LB] Shaun [Phillips] picked up that fumble—perfect form. I think it’s always good to see when something translates from practice to the field like that.”

Safety Rahim Moore

On the physicality during practice
“It’s part of football. I mean no harm. Me and [RB] Ronnie [Hillman], we’re boys, so I look at it like this: If you’re not really out there fighting and having some type of controversy, you’re not really playing. At the end of the day, you’ve got to move on to the next snap. Of course, when we get into the locker room, we’re going to shake hands and keep pushing.”

On what sparked the physicality
“It’s just competition. That was it. Sometimes it’s just your natural instincts or your competitive nature just collide. That’s what happened with me and him. He tried to win on this route, I tried to win versus the route, and that’s what happened.”

On what he’s looking to accomplish against the Seahawks
“Just being sharp, communicating—that’s the key. Understanding down and distance and just being out there playing. Both of our teams are familiar with each other. We’ve been playing each other for the past two years, I believe. This is a great football team. They went deep into the playoffs. They have a great head coach; they have some great players on their team. It’s going to be a tough task for us.”

On playing against Seahawks QB Russell Wilson
“He’s special. He can do it all, man. Whenever you have a quarterback like him who can throw it, who’s young, you can tell he has a chip on his shoulder when he’s playing. He can do it all. To me, he has no weaknesses. That’s kind of scary. All we’ve got to do is go out there and do what we do best and compete. They’re going to make their plays, but all we’ve got to do is try to limit most of them. Just go out there and do our best.”

On whether he could see Wilson’s rise coming when the teams played in the preseason last year
“You could see it was coming, but I didn’t know that was coming—what he did last year. Like I said, he’s a special player. The film doesn’t lie. Whenever you go to the Pro Bowl in your first year, that’s big. We tip our hats off to him, his offense and the whole organization.”

On how playing against the Broncos offense in practice has made the secondary better
“Absolutely. I believe our receivers we have are the best of the best. [WR] Wes Welker is a great receiver. I believe he’ll be a future Hall-of-Famer one day. [WR Demaryius Thomas] is a rising star, [WR] Eric Decker is a rising star. [QB] Peyton Manning is the greatest quarterback to ever touch a football to me. Whenever you have those combinations, you always want to do as much as you can and compete. You want to get that environment around you so when you go out there and play on the field, it’s like nothing you’ve never seen. You’re used to it, week-in and week-out, every day.”

Defensive Tackle Kevin Vickerson

On the chemistry of the defensive line during camp
“Competition brings out the best in everyone, but you still want to show the guy next to you support and get a feel for his game. Competition and support work hand-in-hand out there.”

On if he has stepped into more of a leadership role this season
“I have, but I more so just like to lead by example. I feel like I need to pick it up and it has been that way as a whole, not just myself, but I am going to point the finger at myself first. I can pick it up, but we need more leaders in every position. So, whatever I can do to help, I’m just going to try and do it.”

On if the leadership role starts in practice or during games
“Really it starts at practice and in the meeting rooms first. Making sure guys are paying attention, making sure they understand the information that is being given to us and that they really understand the plays. Mostly guys do, but some of the guys that don’t come up and ask me; I just try and communicate with them. It’s all a learning curve for some younger guys, but at the same time, whatever I can do to help, I am there.”