Broncos Training Camp Day 4 Takeaways: Defense steps up – Denver Broncos News

Broncos Training Camp Day 4 Takeaways: Defense steps up – Denver Broncos News

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Saturday, the offense pushed down the field. Sunday, the Broncos’ defense, teeming with talent and pulsating with pride, pushed back.

When throwing windows existed, they were narrow. When running lanes opened, they quickly closed.

“That’s what we’re trying to do,” cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. “We’re trying to drown them deep in the water every day and that’s our motivation.

“We were upset with [Saturday’s] performance and we wanted to come back today and show them who we are.”

The defense’s next goal is to string together consecutive strong days.

“These are good days and now we’ve got to try and stack them up,” Harris said. “We don’t want to come out like we did in practice yesterday, tomorrow. We want to keep stacking these days up, keeping getting better and that’s the main goal.”

For the offense, its task will be to rebound after Sunday’s scattershot performance.

The Broncos hope that somehow, they’ll get both.

Other takeaways from the day’s work:

1. FULL PADS, FULL-SCALE FOOTBALL

Since the NFL and the NFL Players Association agreed on its collective bargaining agreement in 2011, the fourth day of training camp has always had a little extra pop in the air because it is the first day on which teams can work in full pads.

“This is when the real football starts, when you put these pads on,” Harris said. “Receivers have been playing finesse football with no pads and we could barely touch them for so long.”

Until this point, the coaches could gather only so much about what the team could do.

“We’re going to learn a lot in the next couple of weeks in pads, the way it’s supposed to be played,”…

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