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.

LINEUP NOTES:

  • 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 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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