According to the five-time Pro Bowler on Denver's defensive line, the Broncos could have another Jurrell Casey in the making.
With no advanced notice, Vic Fangio made Essang Bassey the Broncos' starting nickel cornerback during practice on Wednesday.
The undrafted rookie impressed.
At the beginning of training camp, John Elway tempered his expectations for the Broncos' young offense. Near the end of camp, Vic Fangio is presenting a similar caution about Bradley Chubb. But for completely different reasons.
Vic Fangio isn't ready to publicly declare a starting center.
But the Broncos' actions have indicated they are very close to calling off the three-man race for the starting job.
As Vic Fangio put it after practice, defensive coaches and players loved the way the scrimmage went. On the flip side, offensive players and coaches did not.
For a brief moment on Friday, it appeared a major change was happening on the Broncos' offensive line.
But not so fast. Elijah Wilkinson's still the starting right tacke and it's his to lose.
With an off day in sight, the Broncos brought the heat on Tuesday. But one side of the ball won the day.
Leading up to training camp, Emmanuel Sanders and Jerry Jeudy worked out together at a local field in Colorado.
Despite having two Pro Bowls, a Super Bowl ring and three 1,000-yard seasons to his name, the man that wore No. 10 in Orange & Blue last year was actually the one who reached out to the Broncos’ new No. 10 for advice on how to improve his game.
Vic Fangio began Friday's practice by bringing his team together in a huddle. After a minute of Fangio addressing his team, players started to hoot and holler and get hyped for whatever message the coach was delivering.
The defense took that shot of energy and ran with it to start practice. The offense, however, didn't pick up on it one bit as they came out flat, sluggish and out of tune. The energy started to hit the offense as the practice went on.
In terms of Broncos' rookies, the first week of training camp has been dominated by Jerry Jeudy with a side of K.J. Hamler. That comes as no surprise as the two receivers were John Elway's first two picks in April's draft.
On Wednesday, other rookies from Elway's draft class began to make noise, earn praise and make their way up the depth chart.
The Broncos' first padded practice of camp, on Monday, was "just OK," according to Vic Fangio.
It was clear on Tuesday, the defense got Fangio's message loud and clear. That wasn't good news for the Broncos' offense.
The Broncos have kept Jake Butt on the team for three years with nearly nothing in return on the field. The next three weeks will be crucial in evaluating whether their low-risk, high-reward investment will have a chance to cash in.
Vic Fangio didn't play "Under Pressure" by Queen on the loudspeakers during warmups on Sunday. But it would have been a fitting theme song for Sunday’s practice as the pass rush brought the heat.
Rookies are set to report next week. While there still appear to be more questions than firm answers, the determination to start on time remains.
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