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Some Denver minicamp notes:
Veteran cornerback Champ Bailey said defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio coming back for a second season is huge for the unit. Last year, Del Rio became Denver's seventh defensive coordinator in seven seasons.
“It means a lot,” Bailey told reporters Tuesday. “For a corner, specifically, it doesn’t change a whole lot for me personally. But I can see the difference in the guys around me. That makes a huge difference in what we can do up front and on the back end with the safeties.”
Bailey said this is the deepest group of cornerbacks he’s seen in his 10 season in Denver.
Safety David Bruton, meanwhile, has been getting some work with the first unit. He has been largely a special-teamer, but might see more time with the base defense.
Veteran running back Willis McGahee is participating in the team’s mandatory minicamp after staying away from the voluntary portion of the offseason for what he described as family reasons. McGahee will likely have a lesser role in the offense this season after the Broncos drafted Montee Ball in the second round and with second-year player Ronnie Hillman set to see more playing time.
Denver running-backs coach Eric Studesville is working at the minicamp, a week after his parents were killed in a motorcycle accident.
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