The Denver Broncos' training camp has been brutal lately, and not just in the sense of up-downs and sprints. There have also been fights, with tempers flaring and that competitive spirit breaking out. Peyton Manning might not like it, but this is a good thing in camp, a very good thing.
Denver needs that anger and toughness. It needs that edge. The team was technically phenomenal last year, but it didn't have the rough attitude that you need to really impose your will on another team. Denver could do it with finesse and skill, and that's plenty in many games, but not in all of them.
The new attitude has shaped the camp, and it's been pushing players through the ranks as the roster is sorted out. There are still a lot of cuts to be made before it's all finalized, and the camp—along with preseason games, of course—is where coaches make these decisions.
Check out some of the players who are falling downward by not producing as expected and others who are rising rapidly through the ranks. It's an exciting time to be a Broncos fan as the 2014 squad really takes shape.