The Broncos are welcoming fans into training camp this summer after last year’s practice was called off due to the coronavirus.
Starting Wednesday, the Broncos have scheduled 13 open workouts at the team’s facility (13655 E. Broncos Parkway in Englewood).
Each exercise will run from 9:15 a.m. Wednesday-Saturday and from August 2-4, August 6-7 and 16-19. The Broncos will also have two open exercises in Minnesota (August 11-12). Saturday’s practice (July 31) is by invitation only.
The league’s collective bargaining agreement requires a five-day “adaptation period” when the camp reports on Tuesday. Players can wear Helmet/Jersey for 2-3 days and Helmet/Shell for 4-5 days. The first exercise to allow the Broncos to operate in full pads is Aug.
enter: There is no access to open-to-fan practices at the Broncos’ facility. The gates open every day at 8:30 a.m., requiring fans to fill out a “Fan Health Promise” (accessible via the “Broncos 365” app), after which they will receive an SMS message telling fans will enter. Lawn chairs and umbrellas are banned.
Parking: Parking lots adjacent to the Pat Bolan Fieldhouse open at 7:30 a.m. Parking is free. There will also be a designated lot for physically challenged fans on a first come, first served basis.
Normal Seating: Fans can watch practice on the hill next to the fieldhouse (on the west side of the practice areas).
Food and Beverages. Food trucks will be stationed on the west side of the Pat Bolan Fieldhouse. Purchased items are not permitted inside the Practice Field gate, but food and non-alcoholic beverages are allowed in small individual quantities.
Autograph: The NFL’s COVID-19 protocols for training camp will not allow any autographs.
what to see
Splitting Quarterback Snaps: Coach Vic Fangio said the goal is to split the snaps 50-50 between Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Locke. It is not clear whether a quarterback will get all the snaps of the first team during a given practice and whether the second quarterback will get those reps the next day.
Pass-Rush / Security: Once the pads are in place, it is always an enjoyable period of practice as the linebackers/defensive linemen face the offensive linemen, usually with von Miller providing a running commentary.
Receiver vs Cornerback: The camp is a first for press coverage, which means an increased level of contact and intensity on the line of scuffle. It is interesting to watch the route-running of the receivers and the footwork of the defensive backs.
Red zone: Especially when it’s 11-on-11, this period brings out the intensity…and the talking. The offense wants to score. Raksha wants to stop them. Period.
highest staked player
1. WR Cortland Sutton. After an ACL injury that limited him to 20 snaps last year, Sutton is out to reinvent himself as the elite pass-catcher, scoring 1,112 receiving yards and a Pro Bowl nod in 2019. Sutton would be an unrestricted free agent. End of season.
2. QB Drew Lock. It’s now or never for Locke, who is experiencing just how narrow the window of opportunity really is for the Broncos quarterback. After tying for the league lead last year with 15 interceptions, Locke had to dazzle at camp to defeat Teddy Bridgewater for the opening job.
3. ILB Josie Jewel/Alexander Johnson. Both players will be unrestricted free agents at the end of this season and behind them are young talents knocking on doors (Justin Stranad, Baron Browning) who could make anyone expendable.
4. OLB von Miller. The Broncos opted for Miller’s $7 million this off-season, putting his team-high $22.125 million salary cap on the books. But the 32-year-old has a lot to prove if he really wants to retire as a Bronco, as he missed 2020 with an ankle injury.
battle of positions
1. Starting quarterback (duh). During the mini-camp, Drew Locke clearly had a stronger hand, but Teddy Bridgewater was reading better. Both will get a lot of reps as the most important position of the team is up in the air once again.
2. Starting back running. Melvin Gordon hit 986 yards last year, and he’s certainly capable of topping him, but not if rookie Javonte Williams beat him for the starting job. There’s a reason the Broncos traded for Williams in the second round.
3. Ultimate safety place. With Justin Simmons and Kareem Jackson closed as starters, and a pair of rookies guaranteed to make the team (Caiden Stern and Jammer Johnson), the fifth safety spot comes between PJ Locke and Trey Marshall. The ability of special teams will be the main deciding point.
4. No. 4 outside linebacker. Malik Reid has proven his mettle over the past few seasons and is sure to be the third outside linebacker behind Vaughan Miller and Bradley Chubb. That leaves second-year pro Derek Tuzka and rookie Jonathan Cooper to battle for fourth place.
training camp schedule
All times 9:15am-noon and subject to change
- Wednesday, July 28
- Thursday, July 29
- Friday, July 30
- Saturday, July 31
- Monday, August 2
- Tuesday, August 3
- Wednesday, August 4
- Friday, August 6
- Saturday, August 7
- Monday, August 16
- Tuesday, August 17
- Wednesday, August 18
- Thursday, August 19
August 11-12: Joint exercise in Minnesota.
August 14: Precision game in Minnesota (2 p.m.).
Aug 17: The roster should be cut from 90 to 85 players.
Aug 21: Precision game in Seattle (8 p.m.).
August 24: The roster should be cut from 85 to 80 players.
Aug 28: Precision Game vs. LA Rams (7:05 p.m.).
Aug 31: Initial 53-man roster to be set by 2 p.m.
12 September: Season opener at NY Giants (2:25 pm).