Training camp is less than two months away, but the position battles are in full swing.
At Thursday’s OTA practice session, safety David Bruton received first team reps with the defense. Bruton has been a standout special teams player with the Broncos the last few seasons, most notably on the punt coverage team.
The Broncos thought highly enough of Bruton’s performance in 2012 that they signed him to a three-year contract extension in the off-season. As training camp approaches he has made a point to stand out to defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio to the point that Del Rio gave him a serious look with the first team.
“It’s a competitive situation right now,” Del Rio said. “Really, we try to make every position across the board as competitive as possible. Corner is not the only position that’s competitive. Safety is as well.”
Come training camp, the safety position will be an intense battle. Starters Mike Adams and Raheem Moore both return and Quinton Carter should be recovered from an injury that kept him out for the entire 2012 season.
The Broncos also brought in Quentin Jammer, who will make the shift from cornerback to safety.
“We’re all family. We’re close, we joke around, we’ll give each other hell, this, that and the other. But we all, in the same breath, know that it’s a competition,” Bruton said. “We know that in the NFL you only can have 53 men on the roster – generally five, six safeties and five, six corners. So we know that there’s competition. We know that every day we get a chance to come on this field we have to prove our worth because the next guy could potentially do that job if he’s put in that situation.”
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