AFC West: Michael Jackson
August, 11, 2009
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
ENGLEWOOD, Co. -- Camp notes from the Broncos' early practice, where the day began with a Michael Jackson tribute over the loud speakers as players and fans assembled on the field.
- The Broncos were pleased to see right tackle Ryan Harris back on the field, one day after he left the field with an arm injury.
- Denver coach Josh McDaniels downplayed the release of the team's depth chart Monday. He said it was a league mandate and said "it is not our depth chart." Receiver Brandon Marshall was listed No. 2 on the chart. He has been out for nine days with an apparent hamstring injury.
- Marshall isn't expected to travel to San Francisco for the Broncos' preseason opener Friday night. Marshall has a trial for a misdemeanor battery charge on Thursday in Atlanta. If he is convicted, he could face league discipline.
- Second-round pick Darcel McBath was working ahead of fourth-round pick David Bruton at Brian Dawkins' safety position. Bruton had been working ahead of McBath. Dawkins will be out at least two weeks with a broken hand.
- The Broncos really like undrafted rookie defensive tackle Chris Baker, who is cruising up the depth chart. He began his college career at Penn State and finished at Hampton.
- Quarterback Kyle Orton definitely has a lot of weapons to use. The Broncos' receivers and running backs look strong.
- The morning practice went 25 minutes longer than scheduled. Most practices have gone 30 minutes late or longer.
- Defensive lineman Kenny Peterson definitely feels comfortable with McDaniels. Peterson stood behind McDaniels as he addressed the media Tuesday morning. Peterson, a projected starter, was a freshman while McDaniels was a senior quarterback at Canton, Ohio's McKinley Senior High School.