Terrell Still Talking

David Terrell has never lacked for confidence, but now he's focused on getting his career on track. Turning around the perception of the receiver not being a hard worker appears to be part of the plan.

Terrell was a first-round pick of the Bears in 2001. He didn't live up to expectations in Chicago, as he never caught more than 43 balls in a season. Hardly enough production for the eighth overall pick, who received more attention for his mouth than his play. Before being released by the Bears after four seasons, he caught 128 passes for 1,602 yards and nine touchdowns.

Terrell spent training camp last year with the New England Patriots, but was slowed by a staph infection and didn't make the team. The Denver Broncos signed Terrell and after spending most of the 2005 season on the inactive list, he's hoping to have an impact this year.

Terrell admitted that he has learned from his mistakes in Chicago and has changed his late-night lifestyle.

"There's been more focus on football and less focus on spending the money and having fun, partying," Terrell said.

With Ashley Lelie a likely holdout, so Terrell will have a chance to be Denver's third receiver.

Those around Terrell say that his attitude has changed, that he realizes the work he has to put in to be successful in the NFL. Charles Collins, who runs a receivers camp in California called Phenom Factory, said Terrell went through the motions early in his career. This off-season, when Terrell heard Collins was in Florida helping work out some NFL receivers, he flew there to join them.

"Before, he wouldn't have made it to a workout in a 15-mile radius," Collins said. "Now he travels 3,000 miles. It's amazing."

Terrell needs to have a solid showing in training camp to solidify a spot on the team and on the depth chart. Denver is deep at receiver but Terrell thinks he can be a factor.

"I know what I got to do, and all the talking in the world won't do anything for me," Terrell said. "I can talk all day, but when August comes in, No. 13 needs to be on that field somewhere. I got to get it right."

Something Terrell never did in Chicago and the Bears are still paying for him being a bust. It resulted in the team having to give Muhsin Muhammad a six-year $30 million contract as a free agent. Among the wideouts that went after Terrell include Santana Moss, Reggie Wayne and Chad Johnson.


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