Broncos keep workouts short and sweet by design; Bennie Fowler making his mark; more

The Broncos ended each of their first two practices after roughly 90 minutes, about an hour shorter than scheduled.

The early abbreviated sessions are by design, coach Vance Joseph said.

“We’re going to build on this,” he said. “The first day, we were in the red zone. It was more of first and second down today. Just thinking about injury — hamstrings going early on in camp. While we have a chance to build on this thing, that’s the way to go. We’re probably going to add more team periods, probably next week when the pads go on. It’s by purpose.”

Players have applauded the early approach.

“I think it’s smart,” cornerback Chris Harris said. “It gets our legs up under us to avoid injuries and make sure everybody is ready to go for that first game. A lot of teams, their approach, they might come out full go and full field with three-hour practices and then they’ll have a lot of injuries. I think it’s smart the approach that we’re taking.”

Fowler making his mark

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Broncos wide reciever Bennie Fowler during Day 2 of Broncos training camp.

Among the most notable, if sometimes overlooked, positional battles at Broncos training camp this year is at receiver, as nine players battle for the coveted No. 3 spot behind veterans Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Last season, Jordan Norwood took the third-most snaps at receiver, but his deal expired after an up-and-down season.

Heading into camp this year, the front-runners among experienced players were believed to be Cody Latimer, a 2014 second-round pick, and Bennie Fowler, an undrafted player out of Michigan State. But in the mix, too, were Jordan Taylor, who earned a roster spot after going undrafted in 2015, and rookies Carlos Henderson and Isaiah McKenzie.

But two days into camp, separation is already seen.

“I think Bennie has that job right now,” Sanders said. “Bennie doesn’t want to lose it, but that’s Bennie’s job right now to lose if you ask me. He’s the one playing in the slot a majority of the time.”

Crab shelves Wolfe

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Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe takes part in drills at NFL football training camp Friday, July 28, 2017, in Englewood, Colo.

Defensive end Derek Wolfe was a surprise absence during the first day of training camp Thursday.

The culprit? An abundance of seafood at a team dinner Wednesday.

“I don’t eat seafood a lot. I saw those crab legs and thought, ‘Oh, I’ll eat as many as I can,’ ” Wolfe said. “Big mistake. Huge.”

Quotable

The Broncos will put on their full pads for the first time Sunday. Some players are clearly eager to elevate the intensity.

“I always say, ‘When you put the pads on, that’s the difference between the boys and the men,’ ” wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said. “So we’re going to see who the men are.”

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