In his first two seasons, Broncos coach Vic Fangio’s in-week schedule gave the players Monday off, semi-abnormal because most teams have Tuesday off.
But when the Broncos reconvene for their first regular-season week, Fangio will flip the schedule — players will work Mondays and be off Tuesdays.
“There are benefits to both,” Fangio said. “Most coaches would tell you they’d rather give them Monday off and bring them in Tuesday from the perspective that you’re more prepared on Tuesday to give them some more information on the next opponent.”
Previously, Fangio said the Broncos’ coaches would “traditionally devote about 40 minutes,” to the next opponent during their Tuesday meetings, which also included a review of the previous game.
“You’re not going to be quite as ready for that on Monday,” he said. “That’s the sacrifice there.”
The practice schedule (Wednesday-Friday) remains the same, but now, players will have weight-lifting sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursday or Friday.
The additional bonus developed last week when the NFL and NFLPA agreed to test players once a week (instead of every 14 days).
“That test will occur on Monday,” Fangio said. “If you get a close contact-type thing where you have to be out three, four or five days, (the player) could still be available for the game on Sunday whereas if you bring them in and you wait for that test on Tuesday, you could run out of days.”
Darby’s familiarity. Broncos cornerback Ronald Darby played the previous four years in the NFC East (three with Philadelphia and one with Washington), so he has a head-start on preparing for the New York Giants.
Last year, Darby had eight tackles in two games against the Giants, which returns play-caller Jason Garrett and quarterback Daniel Jones.
“You can be a little familiar with what they do, but they like to switch things up a lot,” Darby said. “(When) we played them last year — even in years prior to that — things looked the same, but they ran different things off it. But you do pick up tendencies.”
Managing Sutton. Fangio hopes the Broncos have to manage receiver Courtland Sutton’s snaps early in the season, a year removed from his torn left ACL. It would mean the offense is sustaining drives.
“The (snap) count can be a little misleading at times,” Fangio said. “It’s more so how the drives are going. If we’re going three-and-out a bunch, he can play them all. If we can get some nice drives going, he’ll need some time off.”
2018 draft review. Running back Royce Freeman’s departure (he was claimed by Carolina via waivers on Thursday) leaves three of the Broncos’ 10 draft picks in 2018 on the roster: Sutton (second round), outside linebacker Bradley Chubb (first) and inside linebacker Josey Jewell (fourth).
Cornerback Isaac Yiadom (third round) is on his third team (Green Bay), receiver DaeSean Hamilton was waived/injured by the Broncos this spring, tight end Troy Fumagalli (fifth) is on New England’s injured reserve, guard Sam Jones (sixth) is on Atlanta’s practice squad, linebacker Keishawn Bierria (sixth) plays for the CFL’s Edmonton Elks and running back David Williams (seventh) is out of the league.