Did not practice: Active/PUP — CB Duke Dawson (knee), CB Essang Bassey (knee) and OLB Baron Browning (leg). Active roster — NT Mike Purcell (ankle), ILB Josey Jewell (groin), WR Tyrie Cleveland (back), CB Mac McCain III (hamstring), DT Deyon Sizer (hamstring), RG Graham Glasgow (day off) and OLB Von Miller (day off).
Returned to practice: S Kareem Jackson (day off), OT Cam Fleming (ankle) and WR KJ Hamler (COVID-19 protocols).
During the second period of 11-on-11, TE Noah Fant beat ILB Justin Strand in coverage to catch QB Teddy Bridgewater’s pass at least 30 yards downfield.
WR Courtland Sutton. He had his best practice of training camp, catching five passes during 11-on-11 work.
CB Rojesterman Farris. Three practices and two interceptions for Farris, who was signed Sunday. He intercepted a pass by QB Teddy Bridgewater to end practice. “He has a great opportunity and he’s done well so far,” coach Vic Fangio said. “He has a license to compete and make the team in some shape or form.”
Midfield footing. The overnight/early-morning rain on the south practice field played early havoc with the footing as multiple skill-position players slipped.
False starts. Five penalties by the offense.
End-of-game situations. Two drives, two interceptions.
Odds and ends
*The Broncos ran 62 plays of 11-on-11 and 19 plays of 7-on-7.
*11-on-11 highlights: First period — QB Drew Lock threw incomplete to RB Mike Boone in the left flat (coverage by OLB Derrek Tuszka) and overthrew WR Courtland Sutton down the right seam (coverage by CB Bryce Callahan). QB Teddy Bridgewater’s first pass was complete to WR Jerry Jeudy, who got a step on CB Michael Ojemudia. … Second period — Bridgewater’s second snap was a false start, after which Fangio blew the whistle and said, “Start the (bleeping) thing over — back to Play 1.” Bridgewater’s pass was behind Sutton, who made a one-handed catch. Lock completed the period with four consecutive completions, including a fine back shoulder pass to WR DeVontres Dukes. … Third period — Several members of the offensive line false started on Lock’s second play. … Fourth period (red zone) — Bridgewater and Lock combined to complete all five of their pass attempts during the 12-play period. … Fifth period (two-minute drill) — Lock completed six of his first seven passes, but the drive ended with S Justin Simmons’ interception. Bridgewater completed five of his first six passes, but practice ended with CB Rojesterman Farris’ interception.
*7-on-7 highlights: After rookie Dukes dropped a pass to end the first period, a young fan yelled, “Catch the ball 84!” WR De’Mornay Pierson-El made a leaping touchdown catch on a throw by QB Brett Rypien.
*Lineup notes: RG Netane Muti worked with the first team in place of Graham Glasgow. With OLB Malik Reed getting most of the first-team work, Pita Taumoepenu moved up to second-team duty. Calvin Anderson got the initial set of first-team right tackle snaps.
*The first play of 11-on-11 was a false start … and it didn’t get much better from there. “It was (sloppy), a little bit,” Fangio said. “We tried to change up the snap counts, pre-snap communication and checks and audibles.” Following the first false start, Lock looked at TE Noah Fant, holding up three fingers and saying, “On three. On three.”
*DL/OLB vs. OL pass rush/protection highlights: Anderson and Muti both went 2-0 and the wins on defense came from Tuszka, DT McTelvin Agim, DL Jonathan Harris and OLB Andre Mintze.
*CB Savion Smith practiced for the first time after signing.
No practice. Friday’s practice is at 9:15 a.m. and open to fans.
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