On a sunny Friday morning, a dozen or so Broncos players were working out at a nearby gym.
Each player had his or her own set of gear, and each had a few minutes of practice before they went out and kicked a field goal.
As the players lined up and waited to take the field, a few dozen of them began to run up and down the sidelines.
At one point, a player had to give up his helmet and drop it.
He had to make a decision.
“The players were just really into it,” said Broncos offensive lineman Michael Schofield, a former player himself.
“They were going to give it their all, and that was really cool.”
For a team that was struggling to find its footing, the practice was an amazing moment.
For a few hours, the Broncos had an open field to try and fix their issues and move the ball.
The Broncos are in the middle of their second season in the NFL, and while they are still working on their defensive line, they are a much more cohesive unit than they were a year ago.
The new scheme gives the team a chance to improve and improve quickly.
For the second straight season, the team is starting to see some of the same players they saw last year, which is what you want for a rebuilding project.
“It’s been fun to see the guys get better,” Schofild said.
“We all are getting better, but I’m just so proud of the guys.
They’re working hard, and I think they’ll be just as good as they were in the past.”
The new coaching staff is also getting a chance.
Former Denver linebacker Mike Adams, who was hired by the team as defensive coordinator, will be the Broncos’ new head coach.
He has been around for a while, having served as the defensive coordinator in Denver from 2014-16, and he brought a wealth of experience to the job.
“I’m excited to have Mike back,” Schreold said.
Adams said he and Schofolds offensive line coach Josh Banderas worked on a lot of different things during their two seasons together, and the new coaches have been able to learn from each other.
“Mike and I have a lot in common, so it’s going to be great for us to get to know each other and know what we want to accomplish as a coaching staff and as players,” Adams said.
The first practice in training camp started at 11 a.m. and lasted nearly four hours.
It was the first practice since the end of the 2014 season, when the Broncos lost to the Houston Texans.
The last time the team had a practice, in March, it was one of the most intense practices of the season.
There were times when the field was packed with players in the stands, but the practice had to be kept under wraps.
The biggest highlight of the day came during a drill, when offensive linemen and receivers were allowed to practice together in the locker room.
It wasn’t the most glamorous of moments, but it was definitely a positive for the players.
It also gave the team another opportunity to get better, and it is a chance for the team to find out if they are ready to contend for a championship.
The players got together for the first time since the start of the offseason to work on a new defense, and there were some interesting moments.
The defense was still under construction, and this was the biggest test yet.
The team decided to go with a 3-4 scheme, which has the defensive ends playing in the defensive line and the outside linebackers and safeties playing in a hybrid defense.
The hybrid scheme allows the linemen to play with more athleticism, and they were able to work with the new offensive linemen.
For instance, the linemen used the outside linebacker to play inside on the outside of the defensive front, and when they ran a play on the edge of the defense, the defensive end would play in the slot and the tight end would be aligned in the backfield.
The coaches didn’t want the linebackers to be too predictable, so they were allowed the freedom to do things that might not have been seen in the league before.
“There are some things you can’t do in this league, but we got to be creative,” Schuofield said.
That creative side of the offense has been the most important part of the unit this season, and in the offseason, it looks like that creativity will be rewarded.
The offense looks like it will be in a more aggressive mode than it was in previous years.
“One of the things I love about this offense is it’s more of a fast-paced, power-based offense,” Schurield said of the new scheme.
“So when you get into those formations and they are so explosive, it’s almost like you’re running through the air.
And that’s not necessarily how you’re used to