Training Camp Day 4: Bridgewater Struggles, Jackson, Defense Shines


Broncos safety Kareem Jackson gets hoisted in the air by left guard Dalton Risner following 1 of his 2 interceptions of Teddy Bridgewater. (Photo: Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos)

The daily quarterback competition scorecard was easy to read following Saturday's Day 4 of Broncos Training Camp because Teddy Bridgewater threw 3 interceptions, 2 of which were corralled by safety Kareem Jackson. The other came when defensive lineman McTelvin Agim batted a Bridgewater pass at the line of scrimmage and then snagged it out of the air.

Fellow defensive lineman Dre'Mont Jones thinks "Sosa" as his teammates call him, is poised for a big 2nd season. "I think he’s always had it," Jones said. "The biggest thing was just him and his confidence. Last year, his head was more in the clouds because he’s new and he doesn’t know what’s going on. Now he’s like, ‘Alright, I know what’s going on. I know my role and my capabilities.”

Head Coach Vic Fangio echoed Jones' sentiments on Agim's potential to have an impact this season. "We hope so," Fangio said. "The next four weeks will tell [along with] the season if he’s one of the 53. He’s a lot better than he was last year. I feel a lot better about him.”

As for the interceptions Bridgewater threw, Fangio didn't want to dissect, without watching the practice tape.

Because of Bridgewater's struggles, Drew Lock won the QB battle by default. But the defense certainly set the tone for the day. As Von Miller works back from injury and Bradley Chubb recovers from off-season ankle surgery, it's easy for Broncos fans and players alike to get excited about the pass rush. Jones certainly knows the potential for this defense to disrupt opponents passing games. "The pash-rush party [is] about to be lit," he said. "You’ve got [DE] Shelby [Harris], me, [OLB Bradley] Chubb, [OLB] Malik [Reed] incorporated into that. ‘Sosa’ (DL McTelvin Agim) will be incorporated into that, [DL] DeShawn [Williams] is going to be incorporated into that. Everybody has the ability to rush the passer. It’s going to be fun."


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