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Broncos QB race hits speed bump during first padded practice. “I didn’t like what I saw today.”

Vance Joseph, like any first-time head coach, is learning on the fly during his debut season at the helm of the Broncos.

“Obviously, being a head coach is a little different, and I’m trying to find my way around the field,” Joseph said after the team’s first training camp practice Thursday. “Everyone breaks and goes to their spots and I’m like, ‘OK, where should I go?’ I don’t want to take over anyone’s drill, but that’s the hard part, I want to coach more.”

After the Broncos’ first padded practice Sunday, Joseph embraced the element of the job that begs for blunt honesty.

Lobbed a question about whether he liked the performance of his two quarterbacks, Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch, Joseph leveled a simple evaluation.

“Did I like what I saw? Not really,” Joseph said. “Both guys had issues today. I didn’t like what I saw today, honest. They both struggled today.”

Joseph refused to allow the playmaking of Denver’s top-flight pass defense, which intercepted a combined three passes by Siemian and Lynch and deflected a handful of others, to serve as an excuse for what he viewed as a poor outing by the two quarterbacks battling for the starting job.

Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy ...

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Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy talks with quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch during practice at team training camp Sunday, July 30, 2017.

“It’s NFL football,” Joseph said. “Make your reads. We have good receivers. They can win against anybody. When you say that, it’s not about the overall secondary, it’s about the matchup. (Demaryius Thomas) and (Emmanuel Sanders) can win. So find them and throw the ball to them.”

Bradley Roby made the first big play for the secondary, jumping a quick out route near the end zone and snatching the pass from Lynch. Roby had nothing but green grass in front of him as he sprinted 100 yards the other way for a would-be touchdown. Lorenzo Doss got into the action when he intercepted a Lynch pass during 7-on-7 drills that was dropped by wide receiver Marlon Brown.

Doss wasn’t done. He appropriately ended a practice dominated by the secondary — and linebacker Von Miller — by intercepting Trevor Seimian for another de facto pick-six.

“We have some great quarterbacks here, and I’m just trying to do my job on the defensive end,” Doss said. “I keep putting my hands on the rock.”

The Broncos once again focused heavily on red-zone offense during practice. Joseph allowed that those situations favor Denver’s talented defense, particularly its defensive backs.

“It’s hard to throw the ball in the red-zone because DBs understand it’s only two routes, inside and outside,” Joseph said. “So to throw against (Aqib) Talib and Chris Harris, it’s tough. And Roby, he sits on routes. You’ve got four yards to the ball — he’s not going anywhere. It’s tough to throw the ball in the red zone, so running the ball is a must for us.”

The day for the offense wasn’t without bright spots. Joseph pointed to Sanders, who constantly created separation on routes, and center Connor McGovern as standouts during the first day in pads.

As for the quarterbacks, Joseph didn’t see much to like. But he also insisted he was far from frustrated.

“It’s not going to be based on a one-day evaluation,” Joseph said. “It’s been pretty good. It wasn’t very good today, and it was both guys. So I’m OK.”

Source: denverpost

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