Sunday will be the Broncos’ first training camp practice in full pads, a day coach Vance Joseph and his players have circled on their calendar.
“The pads are critical and that’s why camp is so important,” Joseph said. “You put on pads and obviously playing football is done in pads. The true evaluation starts with the pads on, even for the quarterback guys. Having real pressure around you and having a full-speed rush around you is important for the quarterback. Who can fill in and not see it, that’s important for a quarterback.”
Make it three
Cornerback Bradley Roby is eager to make the Broncos’ secondary a blueprint for the rest of the league. Forget cornerback duos. Roby wants the Broncos to be known for its trio with him, Aqib Talib and Chris Harris.
“I think we could be a top three,” Roby said. “I don’t know why they act like there are only two corners out there now. I can see back in the day with two corners but now there are three corners a lot of the time, so they need to change that conversation. We’re already the top trio so there’s no debate on that.”
On the shelf
Quarterback Chad Kelly, the Broncos’ No. 253 pick, was placed on the nonfootball injury list before the start of camp as he works his way back from a wrist injury suffered before the draft. Kelly observed practice Thursday, but will likely redshirt his first NFL season and go on injured reserve.
“Right now he’s on the shelf,” Joseph said.
Rookie defensive end DeMarcus Walker left the practice field early with what Joseph said was “a heat issue.”
“Young guys come out first day of camp, he’s nervous and anxiety probably. Just revved up and he lost his fuse too quick. I’m not worried about him but it’s sad he couldn’t finish practice. It’s beautiful out. He’s a southern kid so you would think he could go, but he couldn’t.”
Walker returned for the afternoon walkthrough, along with defensive end Derek Wolfe, who was absent from the morning workout with a stomach illness.
Joseph said every player passed their conditioning test Wednesday, which consisted of 10 40- or 20-yard sprints. “It was not about punishment,” he said. “It was more of a measuring stick for us to see where we were.” … The Broncos now have five Hall of Fame banners hanging inside the Pat Bowlen Fieldhouse. The team recently added one for Terrell Davis, who will be enshrined Aug. 6.