Denver Broncos Training Camp: Day 3 news and notes

The Denver Broncos have concluded their first fully padded practice session of the year. Day 3 saw a lot of 1s versus 2s and both sides of the ball looked good against the backups. The intensity is up as the installs progress to physical contact between the two sides.

There was a lot of good stuff that came out of camp today, so let’s get to the big storylines.

Drew Lock had his best practice session yet

Drew Lock came out on fire in practice on Monday. He was quick and accurate on his throws, picking apart the opposing defense. His one incompletion early on was against the first-team where Todd Davis was able to break up a pass intended for Noah Fant. Other than that, Lock was on target in practice.

When asked how he thought the offense was executing early in practice, Lock seemed pretty confident that they were on the right track after just a few days of practice.

“I think it’s a testament to all the coaches on the offensive side of the ball and the defensive side of the ball,” Lock said. “The defense got us a little bit that first day, but it’s the same thing—testament to our coaches here. They didn’t have a lot of time to get us ready, and like you said, for how young we are, [it’s] the first time learning an NFL offense for a lot of these guys. This is a brand new offense for the whole offense. It’s literally been a culmination of one little baby step at a time. We’ve done a great job of prepping beforehand.

“We’re about to get to the point where we’re installing new plays and having to go out and run it. We’ve had install one, install two and install three ready. Keep it clean. That’s what I did last year. When we came out and ran the first couple installs, I thought I was the man. Then we got to the last couple installs and I’m like, ‘Wow, these are kind of starting to pile up.’ I think our coaches are doing a good job of keeping us ahead of schedule on these scripts and plays in general. We’ve just got to keep piling it on and not let it overwhelm us as a young offense.”

Lock has shown the aggressiveness to attack the ball down the field, which is something that we all saw early on in his five starts that kind of went away in those final two games. Part of that was likely a rookie quarterback beginning to get overwhelmed with the piling on, but another was confidence in reading what he was seeing on the field.

By all accounts, he should be seeing that field a little better as a second-year player with an offseason of study behind him. Head Coach Vic Fangio likes how Lock is balancing between aggressiveness and caution when the situation dictates.

“You always want your quarterback to have to attitude to stretch the limits with obviously the caution and the knowing in the back of his mind that we do not want to turn the ball over,” Fangio said of Lock. “We don’t want to have the mentality of not turning the ball over to the point where we never push the ball downfield either. We’re trying to challenge the defense in some tight throwing lanes. We have to be able to do that without turning the ball over. Yeah, I do want to see him do that both for our offense and his learning experience—what can he fit in and what can’t he fit in at different times.”

It’s only been three days, but we all know that the success of the Broncos offense literally rests on the shoulders of Drew Lock. He’s entering his second season and only has five starts, so every little detail he can master prior to Week 1 is going to help him when real games are on the line.

First-team defense dominated second-team offense

Once the units broke out separately, the first-team defense put a lot of pressure on Jeff Driskel and the second-team offense. This would validate most of our concerns that depth along the Broncos second-string offensive line is weak.

The first-team unit didn’t dominate all of the way. Rookie wide receiver Jerry Jeudy got work in with the second-team offense, so he was able to go up against the starters on defense. On one reception from Driskel, he put Bryce Callahan on his heels with an impressive sutter step.

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