ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — After being emasculated by their defensive counterparts the day before, the offense pushed back during the fifth day of Broncos training camp on Monday.
Coach Vance Joseph was pleased with what he say from the offensive line.
“They came back and were physical today,” he said.
Quarterback play was nominally better. Trevor Siemian hit Marlon Brown on a 70-yard strike in another steady if unspectacular day.
Paxton Lynch was intercepted on consecutive throws during seven-on-seven drills. It would have been three, but that pass was dropped.
There were more high marks for the defense, although its dominance wasn’t as complete as Sunday.
“We’re still going to be aggressive and we’re coming after people,” inside linebacker Todd Davis said.
Practice was punctuated by the first scuffle of camp when running back Stevan Ridley was thrown to the ground by linebacker Zaire Anderson after the whistle had sounded.
Tackle Ty Sambrailo led the charge to protect his guy, followed close behind by rookie tackle Garett Bolles.
Pushing, shoving and chirping ensued until Joseph called the team together and told them to “stop the nonsense.”
Having said that, Joseph admitted he didn’t mind seeing players take care of their own, adding “you can’t (fight) in a game so we can’t do it (in practice).”
Players on both sides thought the offense’s reaction was a good one.
Back at it
Running back DeAngelo Henderson and tackle Donald Stephenson were back at practice after missing Sunday with turned ankles.
Defensive end Adam Gotsis, center Matt Paradis and running back Jamaal Charles were on the field, but none participated in team drills.
All three are expected to start getting more reps when the team comes back to work after Tuesday’s day off.
Thanks for your service
The Broncos hosted 50 active members of the media for their annual NFL Boot Camp. The NFL-style workouts for the soldiers came in the 90 minutes before the Broncos took the field.
Give me 22
Special teams coach Brock Olivo raved about the energy and focus of fullback Andy Janovich.
“He’s tough,” Olivo said. “He never says a word and never complains. He just does his job.”
Back on Wednesday
The Broncos are off Tuesday. Most of the players talked about just “getting their bodies right” after the first five days of camp.
The club reconvenes Wednesday and will work through Saturday. Practices have gotten longer in pads, with both of the last two days going more than two hours.