Earlier this week, the Denver Broncos released their 2013 training camp schedule. It includes 16 free open practices for the public that will be held in Englewood, Colo’s Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre. There is one venue exception: the team’s annual Summer Scrimmage which takes place at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
2013 Training Camp Schedule
The following practices are all open to the public.
Thursday, July 25, July 27, July 29, August 1, August 6, August 10, August 13, August 15 – 8:50-11:30 a.m.
Friday, July 26, July 28, July 31, August 2, August 5, August 12, August 14 – 10:25 a.m.-1:05 p.m.
Saturday, August 3 – 5-9 p.m. (Summer Scrimmage)
August 8 – At San Francisco 49ers 7:00 p.m. MDT
August 17 – At Seattle Seahawks 8:00 p.m. MDT
August 24 – St. Louis Rams 6:00 p.m. MDT
August 29 – Arizona Cardinals 7:00 p.m. MDT
Training Camp Storylines
Expectations are high for this team after finishing 13-3 last season and at the top of the NFC West. But for 2013, there’s some holes to fill with offseason changes. One will start with the team’s running back position after the release of veteran Willis McGahee.
Fortunately the team has a crowded running back stable with the heir apparent appearing to be Knowshon Moreno; however, 2012 wasn’t the greatest for the player. He had 3.8 yards per carry with 525 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
Nipping on his heels is sophomore Ronnie Hillman. He should improve from his 3.9 yards per carry last season with 330 yards and one touchdown. He stepped up in the playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens with 83 yards and no fumbles.
And because things happen in threes, there’s rookie Montee Ball who enters the NFL with a long list of NCAA accolades.
Over at the wide receiver role, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker have secured the top three spots but what about a fourth player? Rookie Tavarres King could be an interesting option as an outside receiver.
Andre Caldwell aka Bubba has improved his timing with Manning and could see some additional playing time. Diminutive Trindon Holliday, who usually plays as kickoff/punt returner. as well as practice squad members Greg Orton and Gerrell Robinson, formerly of the Arizona Cardinals and a former teammate of backup quarterback Brock Osweiler, will also look to compete.
On the defensive side, there’s questions about the team’s middle linebacker. Nate Irving should get a shot at the starting role. He’s entering his third season and has already been more vocal in this summer’s practices, showing leadership. Steven Johnson will also look for a shot as well as the offseason acquisition of former Philadelphia Eagles two-year starter Stewart Bradley.
There’s also a hole at safety and former San Diego Charger Quentin Jammer, the newest Broncos safety who previously played cornerback, wants to compete for a starting role against the team’s safeties of David Bruton, Quinton Carter and Duke Ihenacho.
Bruton impressed defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio at training camp while Carter, a former starter, has been out of the conversation thanks to injuries; Ihenacho is green.
And the third question for the Broncos defense is who will replace outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil? A void will also be felt in the team’s leadership without him.
Robert Ayers seems to be the likely one to step up but in his four seasons in the league, he has only 6.5 sacks. He’ll need to see some improvement.