ENGLEWOOD, Colo.— A light breeze swept across the UC Health Training Center, cooling players and coaches as they worked their way through the second day Denver Broncos’ training camp.
The crowd, the story of the first day, was significantly larger and added both energy and enthusiasm for the team as they worked through the practice session. Yesterday’s crowd totaled 3,407 fans, about a third of the facility’s capacity. Today’s group looked at least twice as large, but an official number has yet to be released by the team.
Lynch Takes a Step Forward
Rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch looked significantly better on day two than he did on day one. Yesterday, he struggled with just about every pass he tried to throw, overthrowing a number of receivers and struggling with the verbiage of head coach Gary Kubiak’s offense.
Today, however, Lynch showed improved touch and accuracy, a better command of the offense, and a cleaner footwork. At one point during nine-on-nine drills, he hit receiver Marlon Brown in stride on a beautifully-thrown 45-yard post.
However, Kubiak said Lynch still showed signs of his immaturity during the team period of practice.
“The young kid’s up-and-down,” Kubiak said. “(He had a) really good period and a really rough period—but, really talented.”
As so often happens at the beginning of training camp, the Broncos suffered their first set of injuries on Friday.
Defensive tackle Phil Taylor went down during the team period with what appeared to be an injury to his lower body. Taylor missed all of last season with a knee injury. He was unable to finish practice, but walked off the field under his own power and is scheduled to get an MRI today. Kubiak said the team should know the extent of the injury by tonight or tomorrow.
Sylvester Williams, another defensive tackle, also suffered a shoulder injury during the practice. However, he was able to stay on the field for the remainder of the day and jogged off with his teammates.
Offensive tackle Donald Stephenson rolled an ankle, but was able to finish practice.
Day No. 3 of Broncos training camp will get underway from the UC Health Training Center at 9:30 AM Saturday.