Notes from an OTA, Minicamp Edition: June 12

The last week of the offseason program began with the Broncos’ first minicamp practice of 2012.

Chris Kuper

The sight of Chris Kuper in a football drill brightened Broncos spirits Tuesday. (PHOTO: ANDREW MASON / MAXDENVER.COM)

Noting the day …

  • Cornerback Tracy Porter and linebacker Danny Trevathan each intercepted Peyton Manning on Tuesday, although in both cases the pickoffs weren’t direct. Porter’s theft came off a tipped pass, and Trevathan’s interception came after Porter got a hand on the football — instead of intended receiver Jacob Tamme. “Being that it’s minicamp, in pads, he’s in a Broncos jersey, I’d rather save that for Sunday,” Porter said.
  • The deflections didn’t irk Manning much. “We’re working on our timing and our passing game and probably had a few tipped balls today,” he said. “That’s part of it; those usually even out.”
  • Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas rebounded from a jammed finger suffered midway through practice to catch a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning streaking up the right sideline. Broncos coach John Fox wasn’t worried about the injured digit after practice. “It’s just part of the game,” Fox said.
  • Kicker Matt Prater was the only Bronco not on hand; he has not signed a contract or a franchise tender, which he was offered in March. Ex-Panthers kicker Adi Kunalic was on hand for a tryout; he wore jersey No. 1.
  • Among the Broncos fielding punts were cornerbacks Drayton Florence, Syd’Quan Thompson and Tracy Porter and wide receivers Eric Decker and Eric Page.
  • Running back Knowshon Moreno was at practice, but again spent the team periods running on an adjacent field while he continues recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
  • Perhaps the best sign of the day for the Broncos was guard Chris Kuper working in individual drills against tackle Ryan Harris. Kuper did not have a jersey on and didn’t take part in anything beyond that, but the participation was another step forward as he shoots to be ready by training camp.
  • Tight end Julius Thomas remained sidelined as he continues recovering from March ankle surgery.
  • Ex-Colts offensive coordinator Tom Moore watched practice, but is in no official Broncos capacity. The 73-year-old Moore was the Jets’ offensive consultant the last two years after working with Manning and the Colts through 2009.


  • Defensive tackle Sealver Siliga continued receiving first-team repetitions along with veteran Justin Bannan. Recent arrival Ty Warren worked with the second unit after staying away from nearly all of the organized team activities because of a contract issue.
  • Rookie Derek Wolfe moved around the defensive line, working as a second-team end and tackle. “End and tackle. It just depends on the package,” Wolfe said. “I played a lot of different spots at (the University of) Cincinnati and they obviously expect me to do it.”
  • Safety Rahim Moore returned to the second unit, where he played alongside Rafael Bush. Bush recorded an interception during a team period. Fourth-year veteran David Bruton was on the third team.
  • With Kuper still sidelined from team work, Manuel Ramirez continued to work as the first-team right guard.
  • Rookie linebacker Danny Trevathan saw some first-team nickel package work and intercepted a Manning pass. “He’s attacked it really well as far as in the meeting rooms (and) in the playbook,” Fox said. “This game is so much mental and you know for a young guy he’s caught on pretty quickly.”

NEXT: Day 2 of minicamp, Wednesday morning. The session is closed to the public.

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About Andrew Mason

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