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C.J. An­der­son has de­vel­oped his own test for gaug­ing the quar­ter­back com­pe­ti­tion un­fold­ing at Bron­cos train­ing camp.

“Maybe if I catch more touch­downs from one than the other,” the run­ning back mused while eval­u­at­ing the bat­tle be­tween Trevor Siemian and Pax­ton Lynch. “That’s how I look at it.”

Un­der An­der­son’s cri­te­ria, the race is dead­locked.

“I caught a nice touch­down pass from Trevor (on Fri­day) and on (Thurs­day) I caught an­other one from Pax­ton,” An­der­son said. “It feels like a win-win. I’m open and they put ’em right on the money. It looks good to me.”

An­der­son has been used as a re­ceiver of­ten dur­ing the first week of train­ing camp, a wrin­kle he is rel­ish­ing un­der new of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Mike Mccoy.

“I’m en­joy­ing it, man,” said An­der­son, who caught a ca­reer­high 34 passes in 2014. “It’s some­thing I haven’t done in two years. It feels good to get back to it, and I’m just glad my coaches trust me. It’s some­thing in my game I knew I had and it’s some­thing I worked on all off­sea­son. Hope­fully I’m run­ning come­backs and try­ing to take (wide re­ceiver De­mary­ius Thomas’) job next.”

Change in diet fu­els Fowler. Ben­nie Fowler has never been a fan of eggs. Now he’s shun­ning the rest of the dairy fam­ily, as well.

Fowler said he has lost 10 pounds since last sea­son, mak­ing him lighter and quicker as he has gained an edge early in camp in the race for the No. 3 wide re­ceiver job. The third-year pro from Michi­gan State has cred­ited a di­etary change in giv­ing him an ex­tra burst that team­mates say they have no­ticed.

“Me and (Thomas) have ac­tu­ally been ve­gan for about three weeks,” Fowler said Satur­day of his new no-meat, no-dairy diet. “I have to be ready to play 60 plays per game. That’s some­thing I’m pre­par­ing for. I’ve lost 10 pounds. D.T. has lost some weight. We both feel good, feel fast, feel light. It feels good.”

Pierce misses prac­tice. Run­ning back Bernard Pierce missed Satur­day’s prac­tice be­cause of an in­jured ham­string, coach Vance Joseph said.

Pierce, who signed a one-year con­tract with the Bron­cos in Jan­uary, suf­fered the in­jury late in Fri­day’s prac­tice.

“Not sure of his timetable, but it’s sore,” Joseph said.

Pierce is bat­tling for a ros­ter spot at run­ning back in a group be­hind An­der­son and Devon­tae Booker that in­cludes Ja­maal Charles, Ste­van Ri­d­ley, Juwan Thomp­son and rookie De’an­gelo Hen­der­son.

“Hit­ting guys.” The Bron­cos, who wore shoul­der pads for the first time at camp Satur­day, will have their first prac­tice in full pads Sun­day.

Count Do­mata Peko among the play­ers ea­ger to throw their weight around.

“It’s awe­some, man,” the 325pound nose tackle said. “Foot­ball isn’t played in just jer­seys. It’s played in pads.

“When you get the pads on, you are ac­tu­ally out there do­ing foot­ball things and play­ing the game you love. I’m ex­cited to get back to hit­ting guys.”

Foot­note. Booker had suc­cess­ful surgery on his frac­tured wrist Fri­day, Joseph said. Booker had two screws in­serted dur­ing the op­er­a­tion. He is ex­pected to miss at least six weeks.

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