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Training Camp 2014: Day 13 Quick Hits

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Derek Wolfe continued his excellent camp by going on a sack spree, while Andre Caldwell caught a pair of nice touchdowns from Peyton Manning.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --The Broncos didn't break out full pads for Tuesday's practice, but with full shoulder pads, it was still plenty physical. Here are the highlights from Day 13.

ROLL CALL

Montee Ball (appendectomy), Chase Vaughn (knee), Greg Latta (hip) and Emmanuel Sanders (quad) didn't participate. Charles Mitchell (hamstring) left practice early.

PLAYMAKERS

  • Orlando Franklin, Manny Ramirez and Louis Vasquez provided great push to give ball carriers space for positive yardage when the team practiced being backed up against its own goal line. Very little penetration was allowed and there was never the threat of a safety.
  • Derek Wolfe kept his excellent training camp rolling, racking up three "sacks" on the day in team drills and contributing to a fourth. After reaching Brock Osweiler for what would have been a safety, Wolfe later got through to Osweiler twice in three plays in the red zone. On the fourth play of that sequence, he came free again up the middle as Kenny Anunike arrived from the outside after beating Winston Justice, and the pair combined for the "sack."
  • Anunike also continues to flash. In addition to his tag team with Wolfe, he got to Zac Dysert for a safety in team drills and showed his physicality in pass rush drills against Paul Cornick.
  • Kapri Bibbs showed off the useful skill of making himself small to get through a hole, squirting through a narrow gap in the trenches to pick up about 10 yards, giving the third-team offense breathing room away from its goal line.
  • Multiple linebackers broke effectively on the ball during 7-on-7 drills to tackle offensive players for short gains. Nate Irving made back-to-back plays on Virgil Green and Ronnie Hillman for just a yard or two. Lamin Barrow and Brandon Marshall each arrived for quick tackles, with Barrow taking down Bibbs and Marshall wrapping up Juwan Thompson.
  • Aqib Talib and David Bruton each made nice breaks on the ball during 7-on-7 as well, breaking up passes in the flats intended for Julius Thomas and Gerell Robinson respectively.
  • Shaquil Barrett used a very nice dip-and-rip move to slip by Winston Justice in pass rush drills, getting to the center of the pocket for a "sack."
  • Andre Caldwell again showed his trustworthiness, this time in relief of Sanders. Caldwell made three nice catches from Peyton Manning in the red zone, including one on a ball that was tipped by Malik Jackson. His other two catches went for touchdowns, one in front Bradley Roby in the left corner of the endzone and the other along the back line in front of Kayvon Webster.
  • Despite allowing the touchdown, Webster was flying around in the red zone. First, he got to Julius Thomas quickly to keep a flats pass to a short gain. Three plays later, Manning threaded a ball in to Cody Latimer's body on a slant but Webster got an arm in and was able to force the ball loose.
  • Ronnie Hillman looked good as the top back, using his shiftiness to run effectively between the tackles. On two occasions, he dodged a player in the backfield and picked up good yardage, including a side-step of T.J. Ward before plunging three or four yards across the goal line. Later, he broke through a hole and juked multiple defenders in the open field. In full contact, the run may not have gone that far, but it was a good example of Hillman's elusiveness nonetheless.
  • Ward capped a solid day for the first-team defense with a pick six of Zac Dysert late in team drills, taking it back up the left sideline to the endzone.
  • Bryn Renner got a pair of plays in team drills and went 2-for-2. He hit Jordan Norwood for a nice gain in front of Rahim Moore and then set up a screen pass for Jerodis Williams that picked up five or six yards.

QUICK HITS

  • The defensive line and linebackers opened the day in drills that simulated leverage and tackling, with players wrapping up their teammates and falling to the ground on large blue pads.
  • During a special teams drills, Manning did some extra work with a few teammates, practicing timing routes with Ronnie Hillman, Cody Latimer and Julius Thomas.
  • The offensive line and defensive secondary both displayed strong overall performances during drills that usually put them at a disadvantage. The offensive line held up very well in pass rush drills, while the secondary forced plenty of checkdowns for short gains in 7-on-7 work.
  • The team practiced a number of different game-like situations throughout practice, including red-zone, killing the clock in the four-minute drill and working in the shadow of their own goal line.