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McDaniels: Broncos QBs quick learners

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Denver Broncos quarterbacks Kyle Orton (8) and Tom Brandstater (3) watch as Chris Simms, center, passes during drills at NFL football practice at the team's training facility in Englewood, Colo., on Wednesday, July 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Broncos coach Josh McDaniels today said quarterbacks Kyle Orton and Chris Simms are ahead of the game in terms of learning the Broncos’ new offensive system.

“The information flow in the quarterback room is much quicker,” the coach said. “Their recall is certainly very high right now, and they know what to do.

“There is nothing we’re saying to them in the meeting room or on the field that’s foreign to them. That’s comforting, but it still means they have to go out and execute when there’s a defense and a different look, disguising, and (running) everything and at full speed.”

Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall and linebacker D.J. Williams did not participate in training camp drills today. The disgruntled receiver was absent for the second consecutive day and Williams, a co-captain last year, missed his second practice in three days.

Williams was ill Monday, but both veterans are complaining of soreness. They remained inside the club’s complex during an hour-long practice with mostly rookies and quarterbacks.

Coach Josh McDaniels said it is his standard procedure to shield any injured player from the field, even though viewing his new systems might benefit injured onlookers.

“They’ll get all the teaching and coaching that everyone else gets in the meeting room,” McDaniels said. “Every drill that we need filmed is going to be filmed They won’t get any less coaching.”

McDaniels said the same rule will be in effect when veterans report Friday. All injured players will be quarantined to the training room during on-field drills, and rejoin the rest of the team in post-practice meetings.

“If we have 12 guys, or 10 guys, that can’t participate in a practice because they’re banged up, we don’t need all those guys just hanging around on the field,” McDaniels said. “There are going to be enough people on the field as it is.”

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