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Broncos camp glance for Monday

By: FRANK SCHWAB
August 10, 2009
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DENVER — With new schemes on offense and defense to learn, Broncos coach Josh McDaniels sounded like he’s ready to give his starters more than a cameo appearance during Friday’s preseason opener at San Francisco.

McDaniels said the starters will “be ready to play the whole game.”

“That is what the philosophy is, and that is how we are going to prepare for the games in the preseason,” McDaniels said. “We will determine as we go who needs more work or less work as we get into the game.”

Realistically, the Broncos starters will depart sooner rather than later. But they might play more than what was the norm for Mike Shanahan. Shanahan had his starters play a series, or two at most, in preseason openers.

HIGHLIGHTS AND LOWLIGHTS

There hasn’t been a fight in camp, but there was a close call Monday. Receiver Kenny McKinley and safety Josh Barrett got upset during a drill, McKinley got his helmet knocked off and swung at Barrett. Then McKinley refused to let go of Barrett’s helmet before they were broken up. … Britton Colquitt got the first repetition with the punt team, although he is listed as second on the depth chart behind Brett Kern.

QUOTABLE

“It is a part of football. This is a physical, sometimes violent, game. You have emotions that run high, and sometimes that happens.” — Broncos coach Josh McDaniels on training camp fights.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Broncos have a pair of practices, at 8:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. today. Both sessions are open to the public.

FOCUSING ON

Chris Baker, nose tackle. Baker, an undrafted rookie, has moved up to second-team nose tackle with Marcus Thomas moving to second-team left defensive end. Baker is 329 pounds and has impressed McDaniels. Baker was dismissed from Penn State after being involved in a couple of fights in 2007.

BLOG

“Outside linebacker Jarvis Moss, a former first-round pick who left camp for a few days about a week ago, drew some praise from coach Josh McDaniels after practice Monday morning.” For reports visit gazettebroncos.freedomblogging.com.

TWEETS

“Hard to describe how impressive Ryan Clady can be in pass rush drills. He just swallowed up Dumervil” Get The Gazette’s coverage as soon as something happens on Twitter. Join and follow us @fs3142.

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