'Sunshine' overshadows quarterback derby on second day of Broncos camp

'Sunshine' overshadows quarterback derby on second day of Broncos camp
Posted at 3:17 PM, Jul 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-29 19:23:34-04

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- He was strong, fast, agile and smirking at the end of the play. On the second day of Broncos training camp -- calisthenics centered on finding a quarterback -- "Sunshine" overshadowed everything else. Receiver Jordan "Sunshine" Taylor provided a moment that broke up the monotony of practice, reminding the 4,073 fans why they wandered out to Dove Valley on Friday.

During drills, Taylor burst upfield, creating slight distance on cornerback Taurean Nixon as he veered right. Mark Sanchez, running more with the second team, lofted a spiral. It appeared destined to become a harmless incompletion. Taylor jumped, and with the ball working its way behind him he pawed the football with his right hand. It stuck. The crowd erupted. Taylor would later thank the glove, but the athleticism required was breathtaking, drawing comparisons to an Odell Beckham feat.

"I saw it from like 75 yards away. It was obviously something special," coach Gary Kubiak said. "Jordan's an interesting kid. It seems like the harder things get and the longer we practice is when he starts to play his best. Legs get a little tired and yet he keeps going. I think his conditioning level gives him a chance to be a really good player."

Taylor's highlight turned the attention, if only briefly, away from the quarterbacks. They will continue to be a story until someone fills the vacancy. Second-year player Trevor Siemian, who considered a career in commercial real estate before the Broncos drafted him, showed improvement. He was more decisive in his reads and sharper in his passes a day after throwing a bad pick. Sanchez remained solid and rookie Paxton Lynch received relentless reps with the third team as the Broncos continue to try and microwave his development.

The first notable injury occurred as defensive tackle Phil Taylor hurt his left knee. He limped into the locker room and was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Friday. Taylor, trying to become this camp's version of Marvin Austin, has battled injuries throughout his career. Kubiak hoped that the Taylor could give the defensive line a seven-deep rotation as a low-risk, high-reward signing. Nose tackle Sylvester Williams also exited with a shoulder injury. Right tackle Donald Stephenson turned his ankle, but returned to practice. 

Watch Jorday Taylor's jaw-dropping one-handed catch below:



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