DENVER - By Mike Klis, Denver Post
Highlight: It's only practice. But if there was a Most Improved Award from last year's Broncos training camp to this one, Brock Osweiler would be the clear choice.
"Last year I knew it from a book standpoint," Osweiler, the second-year quarterback, said Monday.
"Draw up this play, draw up this protection. I could talk you through it, I knew where everyone was supposed to be. Where this year I'm transferring from the class room so things are slowing down for me on the field."
On Monday, Osweiler was completing darts, including two to Demaryius Thomas.
"When you're not sure what you're doing and you're thinking, you're going to play a little hesitant," Osweiler said.
"That's how I was this year. But now I have some familiarity with these receivers and I'm confident in what I'm doing. I can't wait for the preseason."
Lowlight: Another padded practice. Another injury scare.
Defensive tackle Sylvester Williams, the Broncos' first-round draft pick, went down with a knee injury. He walked off the field and didn't return. Williams underwent an MRI test, which was negative. He should return to practice in a day or two.
"It doesn't appear to be super serious," said Broncos coach John Fox. "But they all could be."
Defensive end Robert Ayers pulled a hamstring and tight end Jacob Tamme was limited with a quad injury. On the previous day's practice, the Broncos lost center Dan Koppen to a season-ending knee injury.
"Never wish anything like that for anybody but things happen in this game," said Manny Ramirez, who is once again the clear starter at center. "Just keep your prayers with him."
Position battle: With Koppen down and J.D. Walton not expected back from his ankle injury until the season's second half, the Broncos have Ramirez as their starting center.
C.J. Davis returned from injury to play back up Monday. Newly signed center Steve Vallos mostly observed Monday but the plan is for him to back up Ramirez.
"It's just being comfortable with the quarterback, with the other O-linemen," Vallos said about the challenges of joining a new team.
"It just takes time and we just have to make the most of what we have."
Next up: Broncos players are off Tuesday. Training camp resumes with a 10:25 a.m. practice Wednesday. Admission and parking will be free.
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