Broncos report: Foxworth taking charge
Rocky Mountain News
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DENVER, Colorado ” It was expected to be one of the top battles of camp.
But so far, Domonique Foxworth is turning the competition with Karl Paymah for the starting nickel cornerback spot into a runaway.
Foxworth’s status was only underscored Tuesday, when, with Champ Bailey resting a sore right hamstring, he took Bailey’s spot with the starting defense.
“We look at him as a starter, and I expect him to play as such,” assistant general manager Jeff Goodman said. “And he’s so far played well in camp.”
Foxworth was bumped from the first team at corner last offseason because of the addition of Dre Bly, then was forced to play safety last season because of injuries.
It likely has helped that he has been able to focus on his primary position. But he also has been aggressive playing the ball, a knock previously levied against him.
Bailey chalks up Foxworth’s development to maturity.
“That’s just awareness and experience,” Bailey said. “His awareness has gotten so much better over the last couple years. And that’s just from playing. Once you start playing a lot and seeing everything, you’re going to start picking off balls you should have picked off years ago.”
The Iceman cometh
Kicker Matt Prater went 13-for-14 on field-goal attempts in his latest on-field session Tuesday, with the kicks ranging from 34 to 58 yards.
Afterward, he was applying ice to his right groin, the same area he strained during minicamps. But Prater said it was only a precaution.
“I’m fine,” he said. “Just because I had it before, I want to keep it healthy.”
Prater’s miss came from 54 yards, wide left. He’s 45-for-49 this summer.
Don’t expect Tom Nalen (inflamed left knee) to participate in practices any time soon. Coach Mike Shanahan was talking about weeks instead of days, though Nalen continues to work in the weight room on conditioning.
Nalen has missed a week of workouts, but the goal is to get the 15-year veteran right for the regular season and not worry about the preseason.
“Right now, the MRI’s negative and we’re not going to do surgery just to do surgery,” Shanahan said. “Hopefully, rest will be enough. We’ll find out in the next couple weeks. But it must be very painful for Tom not to be out there.”
Fullback Peyton Hillis (left hamstring), Bailey and safety Hamza Abdullah (groin) also sat.
* Tight end Tony Scheffler twice got behind the defense for long catches of Jay Cutler passes.
* Linebacker Jamie Winborn continued his strong camp, deflecting a Cutler pass that was intercepted by cornerback Lamont Reid.
* Rookie receiver Eddie Royal made one of the best catches of camp to date, laying out for a two-handed, over-the-shoulder catch on a sideline fade route with cornerback Jack Williams draped on his back.
The Broncos will practice at 8:30 a.m. and 3:50 p.m. The afternoon session will be a “jog-through.”
The team announced there will be only a morning practice Friday and it will be closed to the public. After the hourlong workout, the Broncos will travel to Houston.
Staff writer Jeff Legwold contributed to this report.