At 6:50 am on Tuesday morning, the Denver Broncos’ defensive captain Wesley Wooyard came up with the idea to swap numbers for practice and start the bye week off with a little lighthearted fun; they continued the trend Wednesday.
Some players like DeMaryius Thomas and Von Miller simply swapped jersey numbers. Others, like Rahim Moore and Mike Adams, chose to go back to their old college or even high school numbers. Defensive tackles Kevin Vickerson and Terrance Knighton, who were never able to wear single digit numbers during games, chose No. 1 and No. 2, making their “dreams come true,” Moore joked. However, by far and away the most conspicuous number exchange was 18, which was donned by long time Peyton Manning teammate, Jacob Tamme.
When jokingly asked whom he was looking to throw to, Tamme laughed and replied, “I was looking for 84 but he wasn’t out there.” He later added, “I was actually 18 in college and obviously I know Peyton pretty well. It was fun… a fun way to lighten it up a little bit while we’re trying to take advantage of these couple days and get better.”
With the meat of the Broncos’ schedule appearing in the second half of the season, including two meetings against their division rival, the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. The Broncos need a great week of practice during the bye week, and as Moore put it, “[the jersey swap] was a good way to spark us up and get us ready for practice”
Written by John Spina. Follow him on Facebook or on Twitter @jsspina24.