Cutler big fan of Royal's work ethic

It has been seven years since quarterback Jay Cutler and wide receiver Eddie Royal were teammates in Denver.

But Cutler has fond memories of that 2008 season, his third and Royal's first with the Broncos.

"Extremely hard worker," Cutler said. "In the first OTA (in Denver), he was on Field 2 because we split fields, and he came over to Field 1 with us. We break the huddle, and you see him looking down. I was like, 'What is he doing, man?'

"So he came back to the huddle, and I grabbed his arm, and he had written down all the plays and what (responsibility) he had for each route. That just tells me it's important to him. He doesn't want to mess up. He wants to come out here and do the right things, and that's still the same to this day."

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Royal has never come close to matching the 91 catches or 980 receiving yards he accumulated as a rookie. But his next-best season was last year with the San Diego Chargers, when he caught 62 passes for 778 yards; 15 of his 25 career touchdowns have come in the past two seasons.

A Long look:

Offensive left tackle Jermon Bushrod and right tackle Jordan Mills didn't practice Tuesday, giving Pro Bowl right guard Kyle Long another day of work at right tackle and adding fuel to the speculation that he could make the switch permanent during training camp.

"To be honest, I haven't been able to pay that much attention to him," Cutler said of Long. "I know he's enjoying it. We've got a few guys banged up, so we're moving guys around. I think it's safe to say he'll be on the field at one of those five positions when we open up."

Wait and see:

First-round draft pick Kevin White was missing from Tuesday's practice and several other players were in attendance but merely as observers.

"Everybody's day to day with me," coach John Fox said. "I'll meet with the medical people, and we'll make that call and (White) will be out here when he's ready to be."

Outside linebackers Willie Young (Achilles) and Lamarr Houston (knee) did not practice, although they continued their rehab. Houston appears on track to return to practice at some point in training camp. Veteran linebacker Jon Bostic and safety Alan Ball also did not practice.

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