Today, over 21,000 fans showed up at Sports Authority Field… for a practice.
And so it was confirmed: There will be another Broncos season, after all. The Super Bowl shellacking wasn’t end times for the Broncos.
If there was a bright spot for the Broncos in Seattle’s 43-8 triumph, it was Demaryius Thomas, who established a Super Bowl record with 13 receptions. Imagine how bad it would have been if DT wasn’t in the game.
After four practices in training camp, it is again clear the Broncos need DT. The 26-year-old wide receiver has been absent as he tends to a funeral for a family member. John Fox said today he expects Thomas in practice Monday.
They miss him. Without DT, the Broncos offense still looks good. Julius Thomas was a dominant pass-catcher in today’s open practice, scoring a touchdown over Kayvon Webster. Denver has big plans for Emmanuel Sanders, Wes Welker says he’s healthy, Cody Latimer is better than I expected, and Bubba Caldwell wrestled a deep ball away from Aqib Talib. The receiving corps is solid.
But with DT, the Broncos offense again can be record-setting. Peyton Manning turns average wide receivers into millionaires, but he turns DT into one of football’s top-five receivers. With DT, the Broncos have a threat to break an 80-yard touchdown at any time, a guy who demands coverage from the top cornerback on the opposing team.
“I’m looking forward to going against him, making each other better,” Talib said.
DT makes the Broncos much, much better. That’s been clear while he’s been away.