The Denver Broncos were back on the practice field for day three of training camp Friday with 3,270 fans in attendance.
Here are five quick notes on camp after Friday’s session.
1 Derek Wolfe Retires As Bronco
Wolfe returned to Denver this week and attended Friday practice and officially retired from the NFL as the Broncos, which he said was important to him.
“The gratitude I feel for the organization as a whole and the city itself, the love they showed me from day one, it’s just amazing,” Wolfe told media after the interview. ‘coaching.
After spending eight seasons with the Broncos, Wolfe played for the Baltimore Ravens from 2020 to 2021. He was a key member of the Denver defense that led the team to a Super Bowl 50 win after the 2015 season.
Wolfe retires from the NFL with 350 tackles and 34 sacks on his resume.
2 Injury record: 5 players ruled out
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Broncos outside linebacker Randy Gregory (shoulder), offensive lineman Billy Turn (knee) and wide receiver KJ Hamler (knee) remains on non-football injury list and offensive lineman Tom Compton (back) remains on the sidelines, but it has not yet been officially placed on the PUP list. Meanwhile, the tight rookie Greg Dulcich (hamstrings) worked sideways during training.
A positive update: rookie outside linebacker Christopher Allen (foot) was activated from the non-football roster and back on the pitch on Friday.
3 Pat Surtain builds on an impressive rookie season
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After a stellar rookie season in 2021, Surtain built on the momentum of his impressive first season in training camp.
“He’s a great person to start with, he’s a smart guy and he’s starting to feel comfortable,” Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett said of Surtain on Thursday. “There are new things he’s doing there and I think he’s starting to feel good about it. … Then you add the range, speed, strength and all those things.
Surtain is a great test for the offense and facing quarterback Russell Wilson will also test and challenge the cornerback.
“It makes me better in all areas as a player – to compete every day against a guy like him,” Surtain said. “He makes terrific throws every day. When you’re up against a guy like that — a high-caliber QB like that — it just makes you better all around.
4 Iron sharpens iron
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It is typical in an NFL practice to see a first-team offense mounting a second-team defense with the first-team defense facing the second-team offense. Hackett has seen first-team units clash seemingly more often than they have in recent years.
“It’s good on good, and we want to improve,” Hackett said. “Watching Chubb go up against Garret and Malik, all those guys – you always want everyone to roll.
“Then every once in a while you can sprinkle those other guys on and see if they can step it up – whether it’s on offense or defense. It’s about making the team better. You want everyone to compete together.
5 rewind spin returns
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Just as they did in 2021, the Broncos have Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams split the first-team reps to a nearly even rotation. Fans can probably expect a double this year similar to last season’s rotation.
“For me, we’re going to need those two guys,” Hackett said. “We’re going to need all these guys. All those running backs are doing such a good job.
“They all do two or three different things, Javonte goes first or Melvin. We want to give them both a bit of the ball, because they are very good football players. I love how these two guys are doing.
Denver players will be back on the field Saturday before a day off Sunday.