The result and final score of Saturday’s preseason finale — a 17-12 Broncos win over the Los Angeles Rams — was secondary to the fact that they got four key players their first game-action work of the preseason — and all passed their tests with flying colors.
"Saturday, I definitely want to be able to go out and play fast and just not think about anything,” Sutton said.
The Broncos practiced like it was September ... At QB, Fangio said he considers the work from last week "in totality," and not just focused on Saturday's game reps against Minnesota reserves ... and Baron Browning makes his training-camp debut.
Drew Lock was electric to start Sunday's scrimmage.
Not only did he have the pass of training camp, he commanded two touchdown drives early.
Lock needed a strong day on Sunday. He delivered.
The past few practices, Drew Lock’s lost the “gunslinger” to his game, while Teddy Bridgewater has tried to shake being “Mr. Checkdown.”
Both of those were very clear during Friday’s practice.
The pads were popping during Tuesday's practice for the first time in Broncos camp. Vic Fangio and the Broncos' staff took full advantage of it.
Denver's three-headed rushing attack led the way.
After throwing three interceptions on Saturday, Teddy Bridgewater was in desperate need of a bounce-back day following Sunday's off day.
He did just that on Monday to keep the Broncos' quarterback competition a true toss up.
In the first two days of camp, Bridgwater only had one incompletion each day.
On Friday, it was Drew Lock who only saw the ball hit the ground once.
Over the past five years, the Broncos have been very accustomed to the defense dominating camp, especially right out of the gate.
Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater didn't let that happen on Wednesday.
Sometimes, your biggest supporter can offer the most insightful — and blunt — critiques. Especially when it’s your mother, who has seen every step of your journey and knows you better than you might know yourself.
From a running back perspective, all eyes will be on Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams during training camp.
But don't sleep on Mike Boone. The Broncos won't be.
The guys discuss if the Broncos will have a top-10 running back room in the NFL, answer listener questions and much more.
Javonte Williams will share the backfield again in 2021. But if the gifted, special and physical runner turns into one of the NFL's best backs, as Paton hopes, it will be difficult to take him off the field in 2022 and beyond.
In 2017, Javonte Williams' football career was one year away from ending as a high school linebacker.
On Friday night, he became the 35th player selected in the NFL Draft. As a running back.
Even after moving on from Pro Bowl running back Phillip Lindsay, the Broncos don't have to draft a running back this year. But they could also make a major splash for years to come. Everything is on the table.