Friday, June 4, 2010

Around the web: Passing Camp Notes

Practice started off with big news, as the Broncos released quarterback Tom Brandstater. It's sad to see Tom go; we wish him the best. Most likely he'll be picked up by another team very soon. With him gone, more reps can now go to the other three quarterbacks.

Friday’s passing camp was called an “opportunity practice” for rookies and veterans new to the system. Several new faces took that opportunity to practice for the first time, including the team’s top 2010 draft pick, Demaryius Thomas. Running Back J.J. Arrington and Right Tackle Ryan Harris also practiced. None of the three took part in team or seven-on-seven periods, being limited to individual and installation work.

Only two quarterbacks participated in the two hour practice, Quinn and Tebow. Starting QB, Orton, was among a group of nearly 30 veteran players given the session off. Without Orton and Brandstater, Quinn and Tebow each got significant time in the huddle, and both were able to take repetitions in 7-on-7 and full team drills.

With the camp comprised mainly of rookies and newcomers to the team, the lineups looked a little different. The first-unit offensive line featured Tyler Polumbus at left tackle, Zane Beadles at left guard, Walton at center, Seth Olsen at right guard, and Harris at right tackle.

On defense, Marcus Thomas, Ronald Fields, and Ryan McBean were on the line, while Jarvis Moss, Wesley Woodyard, Akin Ayodele, and Ayers were at linebacker. Perrish Cox and Alphonso Smith lined up at cornerback, while Darcel McBath and Nate Jones stood in at safety.

On the first play of 7-on-7s, it finally happened — the Quinn-to-Quinn Connection. Brady Quinn found Richard Quinn for a quick completion in the middle of the field.

View more photos from practice by clicking here, and watch a video of Josh McDaniels talking about the release of QB Tom Brandstater and today's practice by clicking here.

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