Denver Broncos Training Camp Notes Day Six: Ayers, Moss Impressive

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Denver Broncos Training Camp Notes Day Six:  Ayers, Moss Impressive

Day six of training camp was lacking for pure excitement at Dove Valley Headquarters, aside from a little rookie hazing at the outset.

After the team finished calisthenics, the rookies formed a line in a corner of the practice facility that had been watered down by the turf crew, making it a muddy mess.

With other players holding buckets of water and/or hoses, the rookies had to dive one by one into the muck after a fumble.

After that, the practice seemed very relaxed and easy going, though not for lack of effort by any means.

Instead of doing an 80-yard scrimmage, the offense and defense honed their red-zone skills, and each had their moments.

Chris Simms hit Brandon Lloyd in the back of the end zone for what was arguably the offensive play of the day, and Kenny Peterson laid a hit on Correll Buckhalter that the running back will never forget.

The team also practiced situational ball, such as third-and-four, third-and-eight, and so on. 

Jarvis Moss got to the quarterback on one play, Andre Goodman jumped a Kyle Orton pass, and Alphonso Smith picked off a Chris Simms toss, but this session was largely dominated by the play of the offense.

In the third-down drills, Brandon Stokley, Tony Scheffler, and Eddie Royal all proved why the Broncos had one of the league's top offensive units in the NFL last season by snagging passes from Kyle Orton.

Orton also found a streaking Jabar Gaffney in one-on-one coverage against Joshua Bell on the right side of the field, although it appeared Gaffney pushed off of the second year corner.

One disappointing aspect from Wednesday's session was that Chris Simms' second offensive unit was sent running a lap around the field yet again.  This seems to be a popular trend from Simms lately, and quite frankly I am not impressed.

Rookie Robert Ayers showed off some skills as a pass defender today, jumping a quick screen toss from Orton and swatting it to the ground.

Another inspiring series of events came after a pass interference call on Alphonso Smith who was covering Brandon Stokley.

Smith appeared to be unhappy with the call, and Stokley was trying to convince him that the rookie was in the wrong.

He would not buy it.

So, on the very next play, Stokley caught an eight yard pass, faked a juke to his left which sent Smith flying, and spun to his right for a big gain.  When the play was over, he motioned to the crowd to make some noise, and he was not done.

On the next play, Stokley caught another pass for a first down, and again motioned for the crowd to applaud and give the offense some support.

I will give another update tomorrow night after the practice at Invesco Field at Mile High.

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