ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos' offseason ended Sunday night when rookies reported for training camp. They'll go through their first full day of work Monday.
The team’s veteran players will not join them until Wednesday, but as camp gets underway, the Broncos will pay particular attention to two rookies they hope will be ready to take part in all or much of camp.
Defensive lineman Adam Gotsis and running back Devontae Booker, the Broncos’ second- and fourth-round picks in this year’s draft, respectively, did not got at full speed in the offseason program, and coach Gary Kubiak has said he hopes both would be "full go" by the start of training camp.
Camp has arrived, and the two players could carve out some significant playing time in the regular season if they participate as much as Kubiak has hoped.
“I feel like I’ll be ready," Booker said. “You always want to show what you can do."
Gotsis tore his ACL during his senior season at Georgia Tech and did not take part in any of the team drills in the offseason program. Kubiak said Gotsis should “be ready to go" when camp begins, but the Broncos could limit his work in camp and preseason games.
Gotsis is a player the Broncos want to be available in the defensive line rotation, and he could have a significant impact as a rookie. Kubiak has promised Gotsis’ snaps will be monitored and evaluated with an eye toward the regular season.
Booker, who had knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus that shortened his final season at Utah, and another procedure following the season, took part in some of the team drills in the offseason program.
C.J. Anderson is expected to be the Broncos’ lead back, and he promised to return to training camp in the best shape he's ever been in. Running back is one of the most crowded spots on the depth chart, with Anderson, Ronnie Hillman, the team’s leading rusher in 2015, and Juwan Thompson.
But Booker, who quickly flashed top-tier skills as a receiver -- he had 80 catches in his two seasons at Utah -- and some glimpses of quality vision in no-pads workouts in the offseason program, is expected to push for carries.
"They didn’t draft him to not do anything, and we’ve seen what he can do," Anderson said. "In our room, our group, we all push each other and we’re all going to push him and he’ll push us. We don’t want any days off from that."
That chase begins this week, and in earnest on Thursday with the first full team practice.
"Camp is where the team gets put together, those 53 guys to get into the season," Anderson said. "And everybody’s here for a reason, rookies, vets, everybody, because they think you can help us."