ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- When the Denver Broncos return to the practice field Wednesday, the plan is for center Matt Paradis, running back Jamaal Charles and defensive end Adam Gotsis to get a bigger workload.
It doesn’t mean the Broncos will toss aside their slow-and-steady approach for the three players -- all are returning from injuries -- but all three will begin to do a little more in practice than they have in training camp's opening week.
“The plan for all three guys … is to get them more team reps,’’ Broncos coach Vance Joseph said after Monday’s practice. The Broncos players have an off day Tuesday.
Paradis had offseason surgery on both hips. He was cleared to start training camp, but the Broncos have held him out of most drills.
Connor McGovern, who was a fifth-round pick in the Broncos’ 2016 draft class, has played with the starters much of the time so far. Joseph said Paradis will get two plays or so in some team periods for at least the remainder of the week, with a steady build-up from there.
“Matt, we’re going to go slow,’’ Joseph said.
Charles has played in eight games in the last two seasons combined because of multiple knee surgeries. He signed a one-year deal with the Broncos in the offseason, and Joseph has said it’s unlikely Charles would play much, if at all, in the preseason.
Thus far he has done only individual work with the running backs in practice, but on Wednesday he’ll start to get some snaps in 7-on-7 drills. Joseph said Charles may get some work in full team drills next week.
Gotsis, who had arthroscopic surgery to repair knee cartilage just before the team adjourned from offseason workouts in June, will be moved into team drills the most quickly.