Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater returned to practice on Friday for the second day in a row, most likely starting in Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Bridgewater went on strike for a long time in the first half of the Broncos’ defeat at the hands of Baltimore. He observed the exercise on Wednesday and was listed as a limited participant on Thursday.
The only player not accounted for was the tight Albert O’Keefe, who injured his hamstring on Wednesday and sat out on Thursday.
Cornerback Ronald Darby (hamstring) and runner Mike Bone (quad) have been training all week. They are on the injured reserve so the Broncos will have to do two relevant roster tricks to activate them.
Respect for Watt. Despite losing to Cincinnati in Week 3, the Steelers are second in the NFL with five sacks outside linebacker TJ Watt.
Against Green Bay last week, Watt received two sacks when he could have deliberately tripped quarterback Aaron Rogers and when Rogers slipped behind Scrimmage’s line and Watt was the closest defender.
Watt mostly deals with Cat Turner, who is lined up against the Packers, which means Bobby Messi can get regular assignments to deal with the Broncos right.
“Really good player,” Fengio said of Watt, who led the league with 15 sacks last year. “What stands apart from the obvious – and the production is very clear – is his passion for the game at the top. That helps him make all the plays. He’s a very talented guy with a high level. Has instinct and it produces a great player.
Watt had 2 1/2 sacks against the Broncos last year.
“I respect his constant effort for the ball,” said outside linebacker Van Miller. “I remember watching two plays, I think two years ago, when it wasn’t even about dealing with a rush or a loss. He would chase the ball 20 yards down the field and cause a mess.
Tuszka a stellar. Outer linebacker Derek Tusca was the Broncos’ seventh-round pick in 2020 and played in nine games (six tackles). But it was cut short after this year’s pre-season, with duo Jonathan Cooper and Andre Mentze passing on the dope chart.
Tusca signed with the Pittsburgh practice squad and played 35 snaps in two games (two tackles).
“He’s a fast learner,” Tomlin said. “He managed to get on the moving train – I describe the process when you are not with us at the beginning of the camp. He has done a great job of joining the group and gaining a sense of the environment, the culture and finding his place in it. We are happy with the addition. ‘
Tosca is the only player in the Broncos’ 10-member draft class who is not with the organization.
Harris is being threatened. The Steelers made private Harris their first running back draft in April. Harris leads the team with 26 catches, mainly on a flat checkdown.
“It’s a big challenge for us,” said safety Justin Siemens. “It’s important to have discipline in our acquisition angles and to make sure we’re moving towards football. He does a great job of breaking tackles on the open field.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said: “His level of talent has met our expectations, which we envisioned before the weekend draft. Equally impressed by his approach to attention and work, he is a football lover and it appears.