‘‘He'll tell me what I'm doing wrong or how to look at this play the right way,’’ said Hillman, who also learns plenty by just watching McGahee go to work: ‘‘You get the same result out of him every day. Just watching him go to work every day, you see why he’s a 10-year vet.’’
With an average pro career of about 2½ years, most running backs don’t stick around the league long enough to become locker room leaders like McGahee has.
‘‘It’s a testament to the physical condition that he’s in, and I think there’s a burning desire to compete that’s inside there, too,’’ Studesville said. ‘‘He loves this game.’’
That passion rubs off.
‘‘He makes coaching fun,’’ Studesville said. ‘‘Because he’s what you want. He’s what you want as far as a guy that gives it to you physically all the time and mentally, too. I love coaching this guy.’’
Notes: RG Chris Kuper participated in practice Thursday for the first time since breaking his left forearm on Aug. 14. If he replaces Manny Ramirez in the lineup Sunday, the Broncos will have two new players on their line. The other is C Dan Koppen, who played the second half against Oakland after J.D. Walton broke his left ankle. ... S Quinton Carter, who’s on I.R., tweeted that surgery on his left knee this week was successful.
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