Quick Notes from the Rookie Camp

Denver’s fourth-round picks are two of the most intriguing additions to the Broncos’ roster this year.

Omar Bolden

Omar Bolden has helped turn Denver's cornerback depth from a weakness into a strong point..

DENVER –A few quick scribbles from the Broncos’ three-day minicamp:

… Fourth-round pick Philip Blake spent the weekend working at center, but it’s too early to know whether he will settle in there to push J.D. Walton or at either of the guard slots to prod Zane Beadles or provide insurance for Chris Kuper, who is coming off a fractured leg.

“Honestly, I have no idea,” Blake said. “I’m just taking it day-by-day. Wherever the coaches want me to be, that’s where I’ll play.”

It’s possible that Blake becomes the primary backup at all three positions this year — and that the Broncos hold off on deciding where they eventually want him to start until after this year.

… If Omar Bolden can emerge and stay healthy — and he made it through all of this weekend’s practices without a brace on his surgically repaired left knee — the cornerback competition beyond Champ Bailey promises to be the most intriguing of camp.

Bolden dropped to the fourth round only because the knee depressed his draft stock, but if he holds up, he’s a late-first/early-second-round caliber prospect to be thrown in with Tracy Porter, Chris Harris and recently signed Drayton Florence, each of whom started at times last year.

“I’m just going to do my best to stick in their pocket, stick in their ear and learn as best as I can,” Bolden said.

At this moment, the Broncos can feel confident about their depth — which was a trouble spot early last year after Syd’Quan Thompson tore an Achilles tendon, Cassius Vaughn struggled and Patriots castaway Jonathan Wilhite was ineffective while Champ Bailey was injured.

“I don’t think you can ever have too many corners with a lot of the multiple receiver sets that you get — and we will get with the types of quarterbacks that we have on our schedule this year,” Fox said. “That was problematic for us a year ago and hopefully with some good competition we can fix that.”

If the Broncos play from ahead more often than not, that will further increase the burden on the cornerbacks, but the list of opposing quarterbacks alone — which includes Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers, Cam Newton, Matt Ryan, Matt Schaub, Joe Flacco, Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton.

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About Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason has covered the NFL since 1999, when he worked as an editor on NFL.com when the site was managed by ESPN.com. He worked six seasons (2002-07) covering the Broncos on their official website and two (2008-09) on the Panthers' site. He began MaxDenver.com in 2010 and now contributes to CBSSports.com, The Sporting News and The New York Times.
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6 Responses

  1. Lets hope the draft pick we got for tebows works out.. :~(

  2. Very excited about the direction the Broncos are headed. There are many questions, but from what I can tell, the front office has designed a football team to win now and in the future. It also looks as if they have designed a team that can play with the lead and get after opposing quarterbacks. I believe that the talent level of their secondary will show up in the turnover column. I also think the Manning signing will go a long way in helping the defense, especially the secondary, to become elite.

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