For an offense that ranks 29th in points scored over the last six years, it made sense that Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett would prioritize red-zone work during Monday’s opening organized team activity workout.
The Broncos have struggled to score in general and been particularly bad in the red zone, finishing 26th, 32nd, 19th, 28th, 27th and 22nd during their six-year playoff drought.
“We started off with the red area just because it’s our first day getting after it and we wanted to save their legs and shorten the field (and) at the same time practice that situation because that is so important,” Hackett said. “We’ll always have a major emphasis each day.”
The Broncos’ first full-team practice integrating veterans and rookies lasted around two hours and was held minus at least seven projected Week 1 starters who are either rehabilitating last year’s injuries, nursing current injuries or declined to attend the voluntary session.
Quarterback Russell Wilson was present and led the first-team offense through a variety of offense-only and offense-vs.-defense drills.
“You saw a lot good stuff out there,” Wilson said. “We’re going to have a really good football team and that’s exciting.”
During Wilson’s first red zone period, he completed both of his passes (to receivers Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick). In the first 7-on-7 red zone session, he completed three of his first four passes but had his final two attempts broken up by safety P.J. Locke and…