C.J. Anderson has developed his own test for gauging the quarterback competition unfolding in Broncos training camp.
“Maybe if I catch more touchdowns from one than the other,” Anderson mused while evaluating the battle between Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch. “That’s how I look at it.”
Under Anderson’s criteria, the race is deadlocked.
“I caught a nice touchdown pass from Trevor (on Friday) and on (Thursday) I caught another one from Paxton,” Anderson said. “It feels like a win-win. I’m open and they put ’em right on the money. It looks good to me.”
Anderson has been used as a receiver often during the first week of training camp, a wrinkle he is relishing under new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
“I’m enjoying it, man,” said Anderson, who caught a career-high 34 passes in 2014. “It’s something I haven’t done in two years. It feels good to get back to it, and I’m just glad my coaches trust me. It’s something in my game I knew I had and it’s something I worked on all offseason. Hopefully I’m running comebacks and trying to take (wide receiver Demaryius Thomas‘) job next.”
Change in diet boosts Fowler
Bennie Fowler has never been a fan of eggs. Now he’s shunning the rest of the dairy family, as well.
Fowler said he has lost 10 pounds since last season, making him lighter and quicker as he has gained an edge early in fall camp in the race for the No. 3 wide receiver spot. The third-year player out of Michigan State has credited a dietary change in giving him an extra burst that teammates say they have noticed.
“Me and (Demaryius Thomas) have actually been vegan for about three weeks,” Fowler said Saturday of his new no-meat, no-dairy diet. “I have to be ready to play 60 plays per game. That’s something I’m preparing for. I’ve lost 10 pounds. DT has lost some weight. We both feel good, feel fast, feel light. It feels good.”
Pierce misses practice
Veteran running back Bernard Pierce missed Saturday’s practice with an injured hamstring, coach Vance Joseph said.
Pierce, who signed a one-year deal with the Broncos in January, suffered the injury late in Friday’s practice.
“Not sure of his timetable, but it’s sore,” Joseph said.
Pierce is battling for a roster spot at running back in a group behind C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker that includes Jamaal Charles, Stevan Ridley, Juwan Thompson and rookie De’Angelo Henderson.
Eager for pads
The Broncos, who wore shoulder pads for the first time in camp Saturday, will have their first practice in full pads Sunday.
Count Domata Peko among the players eager to throw their weight around.
“It’s awesome, man,” the 325-pound nose tackle said. “Football isn’t played in just jerseys. It’s played in pads. When you get the pads on, you are actually out there doing football things and playing the game you love. I’m excited to get back to hitting guys.”
Booker had successful surgery on his fractured wrist Friday, Joseph said. Booker had two screws inserted during the operation. He is expected to miss at least six weeks.