Over the weekend, 31 rookies and first year players participated in the Denver Broncos 2013 rookie minicamp practice sessions, their first exposure to life in the NFL.
After being encouraged by Coach John Fox to reach out to their respective mothers, the rookies are heading home after a successful first few days on the job. Up next for the team will be organized team activities, which will begin on May 20.
The youngsters on the roster put in a lot of work over the weekend, but it hasn't been all work and no play for the team.
Last week, quarterback Peyton Manning and a host of his teammates attended a Colorado Rockies game (Colorado defeated the New York Yankees, 2-0). Manning and wide receiver Eric Decker decided the trip would not be complete without somebody being pranked (naturally). So they chose offensive tackle Orlando Franklin.
While appearing on a TV interview, Franklin suffered a pie-to-the-face smearing, courtesy of Decker. Pranking is nothing new for Manning—he got Decker with a phony workout bill earlier in the offseason and was caught on TV pranking Wes Welker at the 2009 Pro Bowl.
While the veterans have been enjoying a few jokes and the rookies have been learning the system, the front office has continued to improve the team—on all levels.
Over the past week, the team has signed former Cleveland Browns G.M. Tom Heckert as a director of pro personnel, brought back former offensive line coach Alex Gibbs as an offensive line consultant, signed three drafted rookies, and worked out two undrafted rookies with the intention of signing them on Monday.
That's quite the week, and that's only a short summary.
We are now 115 days away from the team's Week 1 season opener against the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. But training camp is only a few months away—see you there!