Notes from an OTA, Minicamp Edition: June 13

Rahim Moore worked alongside Mike Adams on the first team … Peyton Manning found success with the deep ball … and more:

Adams and Moore

Mike Adams (left) and Rahim Moore worked together at safety this week. (PHOTO: ANDREW MASON / MAXDENVER.COM)

Noting the day …

 

    • It wasn’t that quarterback Peyton Manning completed all his deep passes. He didn’t, and he won’t; there’s too much that can go wrong for any quarterback to do that. But for the second time in 10 days, the Broncos worked in a plethora of downfield passes, and once again Manning’s delivery and distance were sharp. Perhaps the best-looking pass ended incomplete after Eric Decker failed to grab it after he lunged on a deep post, but Manning put the football out of reach of Champ Bailey, who was in tight coverage on Decker. Only Decker could possibly get to it, and he didn’t have to slow down to get to the football.

 

    • One play after Decker couldn’t bring in a pass, the drops victimized linebacker Von Miller, who was in downfield coverage on running back Willis McGahee. Miller had an interception in his hands, but could not hang on.

 

    • Later, Manning connected on a perfect deep pass up the left sideline to Demaryius Thomas, beating safety Rahim Moore, who was a step late in coverage. This was the second time in as many days that Manning found Thomas down the sideline.

 

    • The Broncos give plenty of receivers chances to work with Manning. Greg Orton caught a pass up the right sideline from Manning. Matt Willis and Jason Hill were also targeted at various points by Manning.

 

    • Cornerback Chris Harris intercepted a Brock Osweiler pass that was tipped near the line of scrimmage.

 

Lineup Notes:

 

    • Flexibility is becoming the watchword on the second-team defensive line, where Wolfe has moved outside on some snaps, while defensive end Jason Hunter saw some snaps at tackle, including a spot of first-team work. “It just shows that they want to look at me at different spots, to see what I can do and see what I’m capable of — whether it’s on the inside or the outside,” Hunter said. “That’s good for me. That gives me a lot of good work — work on the inside, work on the outside. I can use all the work I can get.” Hunter added that he worked as a three-technique tackle with the Packers in 2008.

 

    • Also working on the second-team defensive line is Ty Warren, who believes he can return to the form he demonstrated in New England before he injured his hip, which cost him the 2010 season. ” “Ain’t no doubt about it,” Warren said. “I can probably go out there with blinders and put my hand down at whatever position I would play.” He did add that in the coming weeks, he needed to concentrate on conditioning and studying his playbook to be ready for the season.

 

    • The defensive line rotation also included Malik Jackson receiving some second-team repetitions at defensive end and Kevin Vickerson working at defensive tackle.

 

    • Safety Rahim Moore was back with the first team after working on the second unit Tuesday. He worked with the first unit during the only open-media session of last week’s OTAs. “The more you do it, the better you get,” Broncos coach John Fox said. “He’s a lot more comfortable. He’s more comfortable in our system. I think he’s more comfortable with the rigors of the National Football League and we expect him to make big steps.”

 

    • Rafael Bush remained on the second team at safety. David Bruton worked on the third unit with rookie Duke Ihenacho.

 

    • Knowshon Moreno, who is recovering from a torn ACL, saw a few snaps with the offense during a seven-on-seven period. Until this week, his work had been confined to individual drills and sprints across an adjacent practice field.

 

    • Nate Irving worked at outside linebacker with the second team. Steven Johnson continues to get repetitions at middle linebacker with the No. 2 defense.

 

NEXT: The last minicamp session of the year, Thursday morning.

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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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