ENGLEWOOD, Co - After Monday's fireworks, the Denver Broncos and head coach Gary Kubiak conducted a peaceful, easy practice on Tuesday.
“We had a good practice yesterday in pads," Kubiak said after practice. "It ; he and quick today because we are going to be in pads a couple days against San Francisco [49ers]. It was good.”
The team was without pads, treating the practice as a glorified walk through. Despite the light nature, though, there were still plenty of interesting developments.
Here's what we saw:
DWare almost there
If you went out to practice late, you would have missed it, but there on the field before any of his teammates in the morning was DeMarcus Ware. Ware worked with staff members on the berm and the field and looked strong in doing so, an encouraging sign for his progression.
“He’s real close. I think you could see him be a part of the team here in four, five days," the head coach said after practice. "That’s what we’re thinking. He’s made that much progress. Hopefully next week I’m sitting here talking about him playing on the field.”
The Broncos have quietly taken a nice bite from the ol' injury bug, finally getting their unquestioned leader back on the field will be a nice step in the other direction.
Phillips phinally back
You may have forgotten by now but back on July 28, the Broncos signed veteran tight end John Phillips. Phillips rolled his ankle on his first day of practice with the team and had been out of practice since.
On Tuesday, Phillips returned, and the veteran looked good, mixing in right away and connecting early on a deep cross from Trevor Siemian.
“My hope was that he would play this weekend," Kubiak said. "If today is an indication, we’ll have to see how he gets through the next two days. I think John has a chance to compete and help this football team with what little bit we’ve seen him. Hopefully, he’ll be okay to go tomorrow.”
Aside from Virgil Green, the Broncos tight ends have been largely disappointing thus far in camp. Phillips, who has played for both Wade Phillips and Joe DeCamillis in his career, has a real chance to make his mark and make the team.
Zaire is everywhere
When the Denver Broncos lost Danny Trevathan in free agency, much was made about the tandem of Todd Davis and Corey Nelson filling in at inside linebacker, but one name that was largely overlooked was Zaire Anderson.
Anderson, mostly known as a thumper during his college days at Nebraska, has come a long way in rounding out his game. It seems anytime No. 50 is on the field, he's around the ball.
“Wade [Phillips] and I were having a nice conversation about him on the field today," Kubiak explained. "He’s probably one of the players that has come the furthest. The only thing that holds Zaire back is the total understanding of the defense because he has to make calls. He has to do all that. His effort, how he plays and his reactions are really good now that he understands the defense. You’ll see a better player.”
Von Miller and Russell Okung are both full-go now in practice, Kubiak said he is leaning towards playing both of them on Saturday.