Marshall reports but isn't happy
Brandon Marshall made it clear by his body language and evasiveness during a terse five-minute news conference that he remains dissatisfied in Denver.
Not that they missed all that much -- just some basic drills and a conditioning test that had most of their fellow rookies sweating.
That's when the pads go on, and the real work begins.
"Once we install something on Friday, we're not going to install it again on Saturday," McDaniels warned. "As you start putting things in and start putting responsibilities on players, if they miss those meetings, those sessions and those practices, they're going to have some work to catch up. We're no different than any other team. We'd like to have our players here at the beginning, and hopefully they will be."
The agents for Moreno and Ayers didn't return e-mails seeking comment Monday.
Moreno, a running back out of Georgia, and Ayers, a pass rusher from Tennessee, remain the only members of McDaniels' first draft class not to agree to deals in time for the first workout. The other eight draftees were all signed by Sunday night.
That included second-round pick Alphonso Smith, who made it a priority to get a deal done and not miss time. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, worked out a four-year contract.
"It was the only thing I asked Drew to guarantee: I was going to be in camp on time," Smith said.
Smith has some friendly words of advice for Moreno and Ayers: The conditioning test is a doozy. The Broncos implemented an interval run to evaluate the shape of players showing up for camp.
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So far, everyone has passed.
"That was good to see," McDaniels said.
As for his two first-round picks, McDaniels remains optimistic they will be in camp soon. He said it's just a matter of other first-round picks falling in line across the NFL.
"Everything is working in a positive direction, and we'll hopefully have them here as soon as we possibly can," McDaniels said. "I know that most of the league is going through the same thing."
Ayers was selected at No. 18 to help revamp a dismal defense that allowed 448 points last season. With the Broncos implementing a 3-4 scheme, Ayers will play more of a hybrid role as he alternates between the line and linebacker. He primarily was a defensive end at Tennessee.
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