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Broncos DT Knighton: Short week 'more mental,' 'about who wants it more'

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 10:00am
 
Editor's note: Catch Monday Night Madness with Terrance Knighton at 5:30 p.m. in The Locker Room with Nate Kreckman live from Dave & Busters throughout the football season. Tune in on 1023 and 1055 ESPN or listen online at ESPNDenver.com.
 
By Johnny Hart
ESPNDenver.com
 
The Denver Broncos had but a few (regular season) blemishes in 2013 on the way to a 13-3 record and a trip to the Super Bowl.
 
Among those blemishes was a Thursday Night Football loss at the hands AFC West rivals San Diego in Week 15 –– Denver’s only home loss of the season.
 
The Chargers and Broncos again will face off this week on a short turnaround, in prime time, on Thursday Night Football.
 
In The Locker Room this week for Monday Night Madness, Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton said it’s a mental challenge to have such a quick turnaround –– in Denver’s case from prime time Sunday to prime time Thursday.
 
“You know, it’s more mental. A lot of guys bodies aren’t ready by Thursday, but it’s about who wants it more,” Knighton said. “So it’s about who prepares themselves mentally and who can fight against adversity better.”
 
Knighton said preparing better for the short week is something the team took away from the loss last season to San Diego.
 
“Well I think something we learned from last year, guys are more focused on getting their bodies back. And we’re just going to let the process handle itself,” Knighton said. “Our coaches are going to take good care of us.”
 
Denver’s players had film and a short lift Monday, according to Knighton, but no interaction with coaches.
 
Tuesday, he said, would be like a regular Wednesday practice, minus the pads and more like a walkthrough.

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