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“He surpassed me as my son’s favorite player on the Broncos,” Stokley conceded.

The crowd even burst into applause when Tebow scrambled out of the pocket in 7-on-7 drills without the rush of any linemen.

For all the adulation, Tebow remains a raw rookie buried not only in the playbook but in the film room studying ways to improve his mechanics as he adjusts to the pro game.

“I’m still working on footwork and my drops and things like that but as far as just my throwing motion, it’s more of just getting my feet in place,” he said.

Tebow is working behind starter Kyle Orton and fellow newcomer Brady Quinn and throwing to a deep stable of 10 receivers, including fellow first-round pick Demaryius Thomas.

The Broncos‘ backfield is another story.

Moreno injured his hamstring and could miss the rest of camp, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t confirmed the injury.

Moreno, who missed the start of last year’s camp as a holdout, was carted off the field midway through the two-hour morning practice after hurting his right leg, and Buckhalter hurt his back minutes later and limped off favoring his left leg.

Coach Josh McDaniels, who 48 hours earlier traded veteran running back J.J. Arrington to Philadelphia for special teams stud Joe Mays, said he didn’t know the extent of their injuries.

“Certainly, you don’t want to see two of your guys that you really count on at the same position come off the field on the first day of training camp,” McDaniels said.

The Broncos‘ backfield now looks like this: waiver wire pickup Kolby Smith, undrafted rookie Toney Baker and second-year pros Lance Ball and Bruce Hall.

Moreno caught a pass in 7-on-7 drills and turned upfield when his leg buckled. He grimaced as he hopped into the team’s headquarters for tests. Buckhalter got hurt about 10 minutes later during the same drill and limped off the field.

“One guy goes down, a guy moves up,” Ball said. “Chance to get more reps, get on film and impress the coaches.”


AP Sports Writer Pat Graham contributed to this report.