Schon: Broncos Training Camp Day Two
Kyle Orton (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Kyle Orton (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Syndicated Sports Columnist
Posted Aug 2, 2009


Day Two is in the books and Broncos Update columnist Michael John Schon gives us his take on the new McDaniels regime.

I love training camp…the intensity, matchups and screw ups are awesome, and McD’s camp has plenty to offer. All three players who were placed on the PUP list yesterday, made it to the field on Saturday. Amazing how fast you can rehab when your job is on the line.

One guy who’s not too happy is former first round pick Jarvis Moss. According to team sources the defensive end left camp on Saturday and is contemplating whether or not he wants to continue playing football. In the new 3-4 defensive alignment Moss was buried in the depth chart behind Elvis Dumervil, Tim Crowder, Mario Haggan and Darrell Reid. If he decides to retire the Broncos may be entitled to a prorated refund of his original $8 million guarantee. It’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out.

McD took it easy on Saturday with only one practice scheduled – but there was still plenty of action for the fans that showed up. Josh Barrett going up against Brandon Marshall was epic – the more I watch Marshall the more I think he’s here for the season. He wants more cash and he probably deserves more cash, but just getting back on the field and taking some hits goes a long way in getting your head straight for the season.

With Knoshon Moreno still unsigned the battle at running back heats up between Correll Buckhalter, Peyton Hillis, Ryan Torain and LaMont Jordan. Look for Hillis to play a significant role in the Broncos new offensive scheme. I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen of Torain as well… wondering if he can stay healthy?

Not overly impressed with Orton, but he looks like he can be effective. Simms made some good throws as well but needs to work more on his reads. Trusting McDaniels on this one…

One thing about training camp – kickers always look good. Matt Prater connected on some beautiful shots but I have a hard time forgetting his meltdown last season when he couldn’t even connect on extra point attempts.

Still no word on the contract situation with Ayers and Moreno, but the longer this drags out the harder it’ll be for everyone involved.

Eddie Royal is the new Ed McCaffrey, minus about seven inches in height – if you’re looking to invest in a jersey, he’s your guy.

Sunday’s schedule goes back to 2-a-days with the morning session running from 8:45 to 10:30 and the afternoon session re-schedule at 4:45 to 6:00 pm.





Michael John Schon has covered the National Football League and the Denver Broncos for the past twelve-years. As a member of the Pro Football Writers Association he has published and syndicated columns to both newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and Canada. His syndicated radio broadcast: “Schon Live” airs weekly on various radio and Internet stations around the country. You can follow all of Schon's updates on Twitter or drop him an email at Michael John Schon



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