Denver Broncos: ‘Jog-through’ workout gives players time to rest, mental reps


Yogi Berra would have liked the Broncos practice yesterday – it was 90% mental. And the other half was physical.

The math never added up for Berra, but the feeling was always solid – a big part of any game is the mental side.

So that’s a big reason Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett sped up Friday’s practice in favor of a “jog” — all reps happening at half speed and no contact — to work on. the mental part of the game and let the players body recover.

“There’s so much you want to cover, and this game is so mental,” he said. “Everybody talks about people’s physical attributes and the amazing plays they make. But nobody talks about their amazing intelligence. It’s the ability to develop that more and more, that’s why we like to do that.

And after starting for two days after a month off, Hackett knew day three was key to not going overboard.

“My philosophy has always been – I learned that while I was with Green Bay, I thought it was great – it’s always about those three days. Three days is when all kinds of bad things happen,” he added, noting that he learned this was true. “You want to make sure you can refresh them, so you can come back really strong on that fourth day. So that’s what we’ll keep doing that as we go along, we’ll just make sure we’re good and hard for a few days and always have a little reminder to get their legs back.

The trainer also acknowledged that a guided tour can also be beneficial for getting more reps.

“A lot more,” he said. “The last period is probably the most rehearsals we’ve had since we’ve been here. This is where you give and receive.

Hackett noted that he was also setting up the team for the season’s concessions.

“To get through this whole season, you have to learn to train with that jogging mentality,” he said.

The coach was impressed with the energy level despite training at half speed, calling it “really a test” to see how they would handle it with helmets. DJ Jones had what Hackett called “an incident” where he hit a ball, but that was the only infraction.

“I am incredibly impressed with how they were locked up. We didn’t have many mental errors at all,” Hackett said. “The guys were ready to communicate and talk, that’s what you’re trying to create in this environment. By spending two days with the conditioning tests, we want to be sure they’re ready to rock tomorrow.

Practice today returned to normal ahead of a day off on Sunday, preparing for Tuesday’s first practice in the pads.

“At the end of the day, it’s a question of availability. You want all year round; you want all the guys we need,” Hackett said, adding that he treats the process scientifically, meeting with players individually to determine what works best for them. “So I want to make sure they’re doing everything the right way and learning to take care of their bodies.”

Jerry Jeudy, who knows injuries after spending time on IR last season, enjoyed the mental rep day and noted that for a wide receiver, there’s a lot to process and benefit from such practice.

“There are a lot of new formations, new plays, new patterns and little details that you have to make sure you stay in tune with,” he said. “That’s the most important thing as a receiver is that you have to know every position as a receivers body, and just know where to be and why you’re there at the same time.”

Jeudy voluntarily participated in quarterback meetings to better understand the attack.

“It helps me a lot. You just have to sit in the quarters room and understand their language, understand their thought process and each game to understand what read they watch first versus what cover,” said Thursday.”[It] really helps me with my itinerary. So I just wanted to go out there and learn as much as possible. The more I learn, the better I can improve. so that’s what I decided to do.

Hackett noted the day before Jeudy had impressed him in training.

“I like how he’s attacked this training camp so far. I know it’s early and it’s a long way off, but he’s been really great,” Hackett said. just more, working harder in everything he did. He’s just a very focused person. He asks good questions at coaches meetings – he calls me a few times which is great. I like this.”

Jeudy’s quarterback also took notice.

“What I love is how our receivers are sitting at the front of the room, taking notes and highlighting,” Wilson said after practice Thursday. “Jerry was at our QB meeting for an hour just for fun and just to listen and just to study and figure it all out. It’s to his credit and his work ethic.

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