August 18, 2009
ENGLEWOOD – For once, there was plenty of quarterback talk at Denver Broncos training camp and none of it had to do with Kyle Orton being on the hot seat.
News of Brett Favre’s return to the NFL with Minnesota was a topic of conversation among the Broncos.
“I’m interested to see how it turns out,” Broncos quarterback Chris Simms said. “They have the potential to have a good team there. We’ll see if the big man can still sling it around, which I’m sure he can.”
Broncos defensive end Kenny Peterson was Favre’s teammate in Green Bay from 2003-05, so he knows the Vikings-Packers rivalry well and figured there would be some mixed feelings for Green Bay fans.
"They're not going to be OK with it because he will be wearing purple, but for the most part, it's Brett Favre," Peterson said. "He created the Green Bay Packers. It's going to be a love-hate thing."
HIGHLIGHTS AND LOWLIGHTS
Simms threw a couple of interceptions in practice. His second one was to cornerback Rashod Moulton. That came during a period in which the winning unit got out of conditioning, so the defense watched the offense run. … Brandon Marshall laid out safety Josh Barrett with a big block during a running play, then let Barrett know about it with some trash talking. … Cornerback Jack Williams, running back Knowshon Moreno and receiver Brandon Lloyd were all out of practice with injuries.
“Bill’s great to work with. We continue to have a solid relationship and we didn’t have any arguments about this thing.” – Broncos coach Josh McDaniels on working with former boss, New England coach Bill Belichick, on a trade for defensive end Le Kevin Smith.
The Broncos have two practices today, at 8:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Britton Colquitt, punter. Colquitt hit about a 65-yard punt out of his own end zone, but was helped when returner Alphonso Smith misplayed the ball and it went over his head. Colquitt and Brett Kern each had one punt in the preseason opener. Both punts were downed inside the 20-yard line.
"I’m not talking about (meeting with Brandon Marshall’s agent)," McDaniels said. "Those were all private meetings and we’re trying to do what’s best for the football team." For reports visit gazettebroncos.freedomblogging.com.
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