2022 Broncos Training Camp: Day 9 news and notes

2022 Broncos Training Camp: Day 9 news and notes

Day 8 of Broncos camp is in the books and today (Day 9) was an uneventful practice. It was another walk-around practice where they worked on setting up the offense/defense before tomorrow’s dynamic practice.

Today we have exciting news on EDGE Baron Browning’s impression in camp, thoughts on tomorrow’s practice, injury updates, news and notes, and more.

Awesome Baron Browning

One of the most interesting players to watch as the Broncos headed to camp was former ILB turned running back Baron Browning. He shone as an off-the-ball linebacker, but would his size, speed and athleticism carry over to the edge running position? Well, during the first week of training camp, he has shown his elite athleticism, his natural curvature and his potential in the job. He has even won a few first-team reps against Bradley Chubb.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport called Browning a “revelation” for them as a running back. NFL Network’s James Palmer also added that the tackles who faced Browning in camp praised his start, the use of his hands and that his curve is real. Being able to get around the tackle and get under his blocks is something that made Von Miller great, so if Browning can do that and do it well, that’s pretty exciting.

Head Coach Nathaniel Hackett was asked about Browning’s transition from ILB to running back and told reporters that Browning has looked better than he and the Broncos staff thought he would look so far during camp. .

“I only evaluated him when we were in the offseason, looking at his body type and just looking at some of his curve and how he plays. In this league, it’s about getting to the quarterback first and foremost. You can never have too many runners. I think we wanted to see what he looked like when he was there. We had a tape of him at inside linebacker and we said, ‘Hey, let’s try it and see what happens.’ I think for us, seeing him play in that position has definitely been even better than we thought. We had a feeling he could be good there, but it’s his ability to bend, his ability to anchor and just be able to close that edge. He made a couple of moves early when we first put the pads on, some up and down. [moves] that was just amazing. Seeing it progress shows us that our natural instincts [were right]. We didn’t know, you never really know. It was kind of an experiment. I think she really embraced him and she likes him too. it’s fun to watch [out there].”

If Browning can be a consistent and reliable pass-rusher from the rim, it gives the Broncos much-needed depth. Randy Gregory is still on track for the first week, but he has a history of injuries and Bradley Chubb has also struggled with injuries throughout his career. So Browning would at least add some much-needed insurance in there.

Also, when you play in the AFC West, you will need to constantly chase the passer.

Padded practice tomorrow

Tomorrow the Broncos will have their third padded practice of the camp thus far. These practices, as you know, are important because it’s the closest you’ll get to practicing what you’ll do on Sundays during the season.

When coach Nathaniel Hackett was asked what he wanted to see from his team during practice tomorrow, he said he wanted to see a replay of what they did during practice Thursday.

“God, I want another day like yesterday. I thought there were a lot of good things. There were explosive plays. The defense was making good plays. There were good runs and the defense got some tackles for losses. [ILB] josey [Jewell] had a great entrance. Just that quick reaction, feel fresh and feel that burst at full speed. I think that’s what you’re always looking for with your sanitary pads, and that’s why we do this. We want to make sure we get as much as we can out of these padded practices because there are so few.”

You always see that some players stand out more during these practices and you can see if the stars of your training camp continue to perform during real football. Plus, it allows players like KJ Hamler and Greg Dulcich, who have missed some practice time due to injury rehab, to also get some important reps with Russell Wilson.

So buckle up, tomorrow’s practice should be another good one.

News and Notes

injury report

  • WR Tyrie Cleveland missed practice with a throat injury
  • WR Kendall Hinton missed practice with a knee injury
  • CB K’Waun Williams continued to miss practice with a knee injury
  • S Caden Sterns missed his second practice with a minor hip injury
  • NT DJ Jones missed another practice with a minor back injury
  • OT Tom Compton was officially placed in the PUP joining EDGE Randy Gregory and OT Billy Turner

camp tweets

Notable quotes

Head Coach Nathaniel Hackett on the improvement he has seen from CB Damarri Mathis

“When they first got here, they didn’t know what was going on. He played a lot of press, so we had to transition him out of coverage and learn those techniques. He really has captured them very well. He made an impressive interception yesterday, coming across the field. It wasn’t just the technique, but that extra effort to continue to trust himself and run under the ball. That was great to see. He is picking it up. It’s a little bit different for him because of how he’s played in the past, but he’s taking it in well.”

Inside linebacker Josey Jewell talks about how he relates to ILB Jonas Griffith

“It has been going very well. We haven’t played a game together. We had some iterations last year and then during this off-season, during OTAs and things like that together. Went well. Communication keeps moving forward; you can never be perfect in that sense. definitely coming [with] communication before and after the plugin is also improving a lot. It’s been good and with a new player, it’s always a little adjustment, but I think we’re doing really well together so far.”

Inside linebacker Josey Jewell talks about how well the coaches are doing explaining schemes and technique

“They’re not afraid to dig into it. Whether it’s a meeting where we’re supposed to cover other things and you have a question, they’ll be able to answer that question and dig into that question of why are we doing it, how is this going. affect the offense and how it will affect the defense as well. Also, really what the offense is looking for in certain situations: certain third downs and fives, third downs and fours. What are they looking for and why are we doing certain things to stop them at certain defenses. They’ve gone over it a couple of times in defensive rooms and in huddle rooms talking about it. It has been a great help for us to understand why he calls a certain defense.”

Inside linebacker Josey Jewell talks about how it feels to be a leader on 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] too much, although I still am. There is always a concern about it. You can never be comfortable, and you can never be complacent. It makes me feel renewed that they wanted me back, they wanted me to be in the middle of the defense. [to] be controlling things [and] communication between everyone. I appreciate it and I hope we take advantage of it.”

Guard Quinn Meinerz on how easy it is to get into Year 2

“Coming in last year, I had no idea what was going to happen. So going into year two, the main thing I’ve been talking about, and it was a big adjustment for me last year, was all the fans on the hill. One of the days, we had 7,000 people, which is a home game for me at my house in Wisconsin. That was definitely an element last year that I wasn’t expecting. On top of that, learning defenses, all the new defenses that the National Football League is introducing. There’s so much turnover and carryover now that I’m learning stuff two or three times. Now it’s much easier to make it click. It’s happening faster. I can make the adjustments and now the game within the game that people are talking about is starting to open up.”

Guard Quinn Meinerz on how he feels different on the field after losing weight

“I feel like my first and second steps off the ball have increased. My speed has increased a ton. I feel for the angles that I’m able to create, especially when we have a base three four and I hit a single to the back of the back. I feel like I can run and go straight and I’ll beat that linebacker nine times out of 10. Even if he steps out of line, I’ll grab you and pull you out. Certain blocks like that, I can really feel the speed, especially when [T] Calvin [Anderson] and I are on the right side working doubles. I feel much faster.

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