The eighth day of Camp Broncos is in the books and today (the ninth day) was quiet practice. It was another quick practice where they worked to stabilize attack/defense before tomorrow’s padded practice.
Today we’ve got exciting news about EDGE Baron Browning’s impact in camp, thoughts on tomorrow’s padded workouts, injury updates, news and notes, and more.
Impressive Baron Browning
One of the most interesting players to watch as the Broncos heads into camp has been former ILB now turned daredevil, Baron Browning. Flash like a fullback off the ball but does his size, speed and sportsmanship transition into edge lunge mode? Well, during the first week of boot camp, he showed his outstanding athletic abilities, natural curvature and potential in the position. He even got some first-team reps opposite Bradley Chubb.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network described Browning as a “revelation” to them at the most impulse. NFL Network’s James Palmer added that competitors who faced Browning in camp praised him for taking down and using his hand and that his curvature is real. Being able to bend around stepping in and getting around blocks is one of the things that made Von Miller great, so if Browning can do that and do it well, it’s pretty exciting.
Head coach Nathaniel Hackett was asked about Browning’s transition from ILB to the edge accelerator, and told reporters that Browning looked better than he and the Broncos staff had thought he would run camp so far.
“Just kind of assessing him when we were out – seeing his body type and seeing some of his curves and how he plays. In this league, it’s about getting to the midfielder first and foremost. You can never have so much of a rush. I think we wanted to see how It looked like when he was in there. We had a tape of him at the quarterback, and we were like, “Hey, let’s give it a shot and see what happens.” I think watching him play in that position was definitely better than we thought. We kind of felt like he might be. Well there, but his ability to bend, ability to hold, ability to lock that edge.He had some moves early on when we first put the pads on – some up and under [moves] It was unbelievable. Watching him progress shows us that our natural instincts are [were right]. We didn’t know – you never really know. It was kind of an experience. I think he really embraced it and loved it too. It’s fun to see [out there]. “
If Browning is able to be consistent and reliable off the edge, this gives the Broncos some much-needed depth. Randy Gregory is still on his way to week one but has an injury history as Bradley Chubb has struggled with injuries throughout his career. So, Browning will add at least some much-needed insurance there.
Plus, when you’re playing in West Asia, you’ll need to constantly chase the pass.
Padded workout tomorrow
Tomorrow, the Broncos will have their third padded camp so far. These practices, you know, are important because they come close to practicing what they would do on Sundays during the season.
Nathaniel Hackett on what he hopes for tomorrow’s padded training:
“I want another day like yesterday.”
He said he liked the intensity and number of big plays from Thursday’s training.
– Arik DiLalla (@AricDiLalla) August 5, 2022
When coach Nathaniel Hackett was asked what he wanted to see from his team during tomorrow’s training, he said he wanted to see a repeat of what they did during Thursday’s training.
“Oh my gosh, I want another day like yesterday. I thought there were a lot of good things. There were explosive plays. Defense was playing well. There were good runs, defense was getting some tackles for losses [ILB] nutty [Jewell] Fantastic processing. Just a quick reaction, feeling refreshed and feeling like pop at full speed. I think that’s what you’ve always looked for with a sanitary pad, and that’s why we do it. We want to make sure we’re getting everything we can from these quilting practices because there’s so little of it.”
You always see a few players stand out more during these drills and you can see if your bootcamp stars keep performing during real football. It also allows players like KJ Hamler and Greg Dulcich who have lost some training time due to their injury rehab to get some important reps with Russell Wilson as well.
So buckle up, tomorrow’s exercise should be another good one.
News & Notes
- WR Tyrie Cleveland has been out of training with a throat injury
- WR Kendall Hinton has been out of training with a knee injury
- CB K’Waun Williams continues not to train due to a knee injury
- S Caden Sterns missed his second training session with a minor thigh injury
- NT DJ Jones missed another workout with a minor back injury
- OT Tom Compton Officially Placed in PUP to Join EDGE Randy Gregory and OT Billy Turner
Tweets from Camp
Nathaniel Hackett on Randy Gregory, Billy Turner and KJ Humler:
“We want these guys for week 1. That’s what we’re aiming for.”
He said he believed they were on the right track in their recovery.
– Arik DiLalla (@AricDiLalla) August 5, 2022
#bronco They are going through a mental rep period. I heard this about Wilson. He literally imagines every aspect as if they were playing in the game. Imagine passing the rusher, moving the pocket etc. I’ve been told by a few guys that this is like the kind of next level mental delegate they’ve never seen before.
– James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) August 5, 2022
Coach Nathaniel Hackett on the improvement he’s seen from CB Damari Matisse
“When they first came out here, they didn’t know what was going on. He played a lot of press, so we kind of had to take him to the coverage area and learn those techniques. He picked those really well. He made a great interception yesterday, cutting across the field.” It wasn’t just about the technique, it was that extra effort to keep believing in himself and running under the ball. It was great to see him. He picks it up. It’s a little different for him because of the way he’s played in the past, but he picks it up really well.”
Indoor full-back Josie Jewell talks about his handling of ILB Jonas Griffith
“Things were going really well. We didn’t play a game together. We had some delegates last year and then during this season, during OTAs and things like that together. It was going really well. Communication is still coming; you never can Be perfect at this end. It’s definitely coming [with] Pre-communication and post-contact are much better, too. He’s been good and with a new player out there it’s always a little adjustment, but I think we’ve been doing really well together so far.”
Indoor full-back Jose Jewell talks about how well coaches are doing in explaining tactics and techniques
“They’re not afraid to go into it. Whether it’s a meeting where we’re supposed to cover some other stuff and you have a question, they’re going to be able to answer that question and go deeper into this question of why we’re doing this, how that’s going to affect the attack and how that’s going to affect the attack. Defense too. Also, really what crime is looking for in certain situations – a three down and five rhombus, a third down and a four. What are they looking for and why do we do certain things to stop them in certain defences. They’ve gone over it many times in defensive rooms and in boardrooms they talked about That. It was a great help for us to understand why he was summoned for a certain defense.”
Indoor full-back Josie Jewell talks about how it feels to be a leader in defense after signing a new contract
“It makes me feel good about it. It makes me feel like I don’t have to worry about mine [his job] A lot, although I still am. There is always concern about that. You can never be comfortable, you can never be satisfied. I feel refreshed because they wanted me to be in the middle of defence [to] You control things [and] Communication between everyone. I appreciate that and hope we can benefit from that.”
Guard Quinn Meinerz talks about how easy it is to get into Year 2
“Last year, I had absolutely no idea what was going to happen. Coming into year two, the main thing I talked about – a big adjustment for me last year – was all the fans out there on the hill. One day, we had 7,000 people , which is a home game for me at home in Wisconsin. This was definitely an item last year that I wasn’t expecting. On top of that learning defenses – all the new defenses the NFL has to offer. There’s a lot of spinning and relaying now, I’m learning things twice Or three times. Now it’s very easy to click. It happens faster. I’m able to make adjustments and now the in-game game people are talking about is starting to open up.”
Guard Quinn Meinerz talks about how he feels different on the court after losing weight
“I feel like my first and second steps off the ball have increased. My speed has increased a ton. I feel the corners I can create, especially when we have a base three by four and I get one through the backside. I feel like I can run fast and go straight ahead and I’m going to beat that linebacker nine times out of 10. Even if it gets past the top, I’ll stick to it and run you out. Certain blocks like that, I can really feel the speed, especially when [T] Calvin [Anderson] I am on the right side doing doubles. I just feel so much faster.