The three-part 2022 training camp edition of Behind the Broncos has dropped, and the episodes provide an inside look at training camp and the Broncos’ preseason slate.
In Episode 1, we learn how Head Coach Nathaniel Hackett defines a championship mentality, join Russell Wilson on his drive to Empower Field at Mile High and get a behind-the-scenes view of the first preseason game.
In Episode 2, Justin Simmons and Pat Surtain II walk us through some of their best plays during training camp, and the Broncos reunite with a good friend in Buffalo.
And in the series finale, we get a closer look at the Broncos’ preseason finale and are able to watch how the team’s roster takes shape ahead of final cuts to get the roster down to the mandatory 53-man limit.
Here are some of our favorite moments from the trio of episodes, but make sure to check out the full episodes to see the rest, including glimpses inside the fun, competitive games that take place during team meetings and why Hackett enjoys fostering a competitive spirit even outside of football.
A FIRST LOOK AT THE NEW LOCKER ROOM
As the 2022 season got underway, the Broncos unveiled a newly renovated home locker room at Empower Field at Mile High. Players and coaches got to see it for the first time when they arrived for the preseason Week 1 game against the Cowboys.
Their reactions were priceless, ranging from awe and disbelief to bubbling excitement. Justin Simmons was one of the first players to arrive, and he didn’t know how to fully express his thoughts on the team’s new digs.
“I don’t even know if I can put it into words — are you serious?” Simmons said as he walked around the locker room. “Look at this place; this is amazing.”
KJ Hamler was blown away as soon as he walked in the door, repeatedly shouting, “Ooh!” as he took everything in.
“Oh, they went crazy,” Melvin Gordon III said as he arrived. “You hear me? Y’all went crazy. I don’t know if this was the Walton family, I don’t know if it was George [Paton], I don’t know if this was Broncos Country. But whoever it was, that’s what I’m talking about.”
COACH HACKETT’S VICTORY SPEECH
Following the 17-7 win over the Cowboys, Hackett gave his first postgame victory speech of the season, and it is impossible not to feel fired up after watching it.
“That was really fun to be a part of right there; I think everybody enjoyed that,” Hackett said to kick off his speech. “We all get after it nonstop, right? Every day we’re busting our butts, we’re working so hard, and then we were able to go out there and execute and do some real good stuff. I mean, how great does that [stuff] feel? That’s a credit to all you guys.”
He gave appreciation to the starters, who were enthusiastically supporting from the sidelines, and shouted out multiple players who impressed him. He praised PJ Locke for his interception, Baron Browning and multiple players on offense, including wide receiver Jalen Virgil.
“Virgil! Holy [expletive]!” Hackett shouted, receiving thunderous applause [receptions] for 83 [yards]!”
Hackett closed his speech by showing his appreciation for how hard the team has worked and noted that they still have a lot to improve on.
“I’m telling you, it was so much fun to be out there with you guys,” Hackett said. “I can’t tell you that enough. I mean, all you guys fighting for each other, we’ve got new guys that are running the rock, all kinds of good stuff.”