Training Camp Day 1 wasn't necessarily about any sizzle, although it was unseasonably warm, it was about just getting back on the field, for the players and perhaps, for the fans in attendance as well at UC Health Training Center. The biggest theme of camp, as it has been perhaps too often in the post-Peyton Manning-era, is who will win the Broncos Quarterback job
As Vic Fangio promised Tuesday, Drew Lock got the very first reps with the 1st team but he and Teddy Bridgewater's 50/50 splitting of the reps was almost exactly that. Both QBs were good, and without pads, and no real pass rush, it's hard to get a real gauge, but Lock seemed a little more decisive at times, and certainly more willing to take chances deep, connecting more than once with wide receiver Jerry Jeudy down field, and finding speedy wideout Trinity Benson for maybe the best touchdown pass of the day on a deep post.
Fangio, staying true to his word, isn't going to over-analyze every practice for his signal-callers, but did say this about how they both looked on Day 1, "It was good," he said. "I prefer to watch the tape first to give you a better answer. From my point of view out there, I thought they both did well."
The other open position battle is at right tackle. Calvin Anderson, who made a spot start on the left in place of Garrett Bolles in Carolina because of food poisoning, is looking to beat out a pair of vets in Bobby Massie and Cameron Fleming. Fangio said they'll keep rotating all 3 of them every day in the early part of camp, but he had no problem complimenting the young tackle, "He’s a good athlete, Fangio said. "He plays hard, plays tough, and I just like the way he plays. He got a couple games in last year, and I think he’s a viable candidate for that job. I really do."
It's human nature for fans in attendance, and certainly media members to keep score of how the QBs play day-to-day. Here's what Bridgewater said when I asked him if there was anything specific he's focused on to try to win the starting gig, "No. Honestly, I’m just practicing with purpose. That’s one of our goals that coach talked about last night. Practicing with purpose and having purpose when you come out here. I tell the guys when we break it down, ‘Let’s make sure every rep has a purpose.’ There’s a lesson in evert rep. There’s a lesson in everything you do. When I’m out there, it’s one play at a time. I make sure I maximize it and have purpose."
And, I asked Lock how does he guard against keeping score every day after he finishes practice.