- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Random observations from Denver’s second day of minicamp on a rainy, cold Saturday:
• Rookie quarterback Tim Tebow bounced back nicely Saturday after struggling some the day before. Tebow was very sharp and threw some real lasers. Truly, I don’t get the knock on Tebow’s arm strength. He had good zip. While he needs to work on accuracy and reading defenses, his arm strength seems fine.
Tebow was particularly impressive in a goal-line drill in which coach Josh McDaniels told the team it was fourth and goal from the five-yard line. Tebow seemed poised and patient in those drills.
It seems to me that Tebow is a typical rookie. And rookies are going to have good days and bad days.
• Speaking of bad days, 2009 first-round pick Robert Ayers is having a rough time. Ayers didn’t practice Friday or Saturday despite being in uniform and apparently not injured.
Saturday, Denver coach Josh McDaniels was terse when asked about Ayers. “I’m not going to talk about it.,” McDaniels said of Ayers' situation.
Whatever the deal is with Ayers, the Broncos need to get it figured out by training camp. Denver had high hopes for Ayers after he had a disappointing rookie year. McDaniels had been talking highly of Ayers, who was the No. 18 overall pick.
• McDaniels reiterated that Kyle Orton is currently the starting quarterback despite open competition. Orton looked very strong this offseason while trying to hold off Tebow and Brady Quinn. McDaniels has been saying Orton will be the starter for the past three months.
• The head coach liked how third-year receiver Eddie Royal is adjusting to being a slot receiver. Royal struggled last year after playing well as a rookie under Mike Shanahan in 2008.
“I think Eddie, his role, in terms of playing in the slot is now, I would say, significant and he has a smile on his face and he knows what he’s doing and he feels great about being in there,” McDaniels said. “I think everybody has a good feeling about that.”
• Fifth-round pick Perrish Cox has looked good. He will likely get a chance to help at cornerback and in the return game.
• In both days of the minicamp, safety Brian Dawkins had led a huge pray group at the end of practice. More than 30 players attended both sessions.