Broncos quarterback Drew Lock likes to say he doesn’t want to make the same mistake twice and treats each error as an acquired lesson.
Lock and the rest of the offense will have plenty to learn from when they return to the Broncos’ facility on Monday morning to watch video of Saturday’s practice at Mile High.
The Broncos’ secondary intercepted four passes and created all kinds of pass-rush pressure.
“I’ve always been a guy who has learned more from mistakes than when it’s roses all the time,” Lock said. “It will be good for us to go back and see how we struggled and what we did wrong, especially for the young guys.
“It’s big to struggle early. I feel like, I would rather us struggle now, obviously, and then be great when the season comes along.”
The season comes along Sept. 14 against Tennessee, leaving the Broncos at least nine practices to clean things up.
Cornerback Davontae Harris and safeties P.J. Locke, Trey Marshall and Justin Simmons all had interceptions.
So, coach Vic Fangio, encouraged to see that from the defense, but concerned to see that from the offense?
“It all depends on which lens you’re looking through,” he said. “If you’re an offensive player or an offensive coach, you didn’t like it. If you’re a defensive player or a defensive coach, you liked it. Obviously, we can’t have that many turnovers on offense. It would be great to get that many on defense each and every week.”
Lock was intercepted by Harris on a miscommunication with receiver Courtland Sutton.
“It was called ‘Pump’ in the huddle and Mr. Lock didn’t throw the pump — he threw the curl,” Lock said. “That will result in a pick most of the time. That one’s on me.”
Said Fangio: “I think (Saturday) will be a very good learning experience for Drew and the entire offense. There is a story behind every interception, be it poor read or poor throw on his part or a poor route on somebody else’s part. I think it was a very valuable day for him.”
Thankfully for the offense, the pumped-in crowd noise doesn’t feature a track for boos.
Fans who would have attended would have been concerned by the offense and the injuries. On the fourth play of the day, right guard Graham Glasgow limped off with an ankle injury and was replaced by Austin Schlottmann.
Later, outside linebacker Bradley Chubb had his left knee examined by trainers; he tore his left ACL last Sept. 30. Chubb had an ice pack on the knee before taking it off and watching practice from the sideline.
“Bradley just didn’t feel right out there so (being) precautionary, we took him out,” Fangio said.
Outside linebacker Von Miller, who tore his ACL in 2013, visited with Chubb on the sideline throughout practice.
“I don’t think it’s a serious injury,” Miller said. “Now is not the time to push it. I told him, ‘We’re Ferraris and sometimes, the check engine light comes on.’ That doesn’t mean the car is broken. He was kind of disappointed not to be out there, but he’s still working his way back. I have all the faith he’ll be ready for the first game.”
Before the first game, the final cuts will happen next Saturday, following five consecutive days of practice.
“I like our team,” Fangio said. “I like where we’re at. Obviously, we wish some of the guys who have missed time with nagging injuries were practicing. We have five days of practice this coming week before we get into Tennessee Week and these are probably the most valuable practices we’ll have in camp. We have to take advantage of them, iron some things out, get sharp and get ready for our opener.”