Broncos left short at tackle

Coach Mike Shanahan was wondering if there are any tackles left on the team after Matt Lepsis went down with a sprained ankle, adding to a long list of sidelined offensive linemen. Read about it in today's camp reports.

Depth chart's stature a start - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - On another picturesque Colorado morning, sunshine splashed across the Broncos' practice field. The thermometer read 88 degrees, with 24 percent humidity. "Let me tell you what," left tackle Blake Brockermeyer said Monday as he walked off the practice field, wiping the sweat that covered his face. "This is like winter compared to Texas, and I'm not kidding. It's sounds funny, but I'm dead serious. These are winter-like conditions compared to what we're about to step into."

Hayward regains high hopes - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - One demotion, one broken hand and one year later, right defensive end Reggie Hayward is once again No. 1 on the Broncos' depth chart. For now, at least, Hayward is running with the first team, just a hair ahead of Bertrand Berry, who had 6 1/2 sacks last season, second on the team behind Trevor Pryce's nine. According to first-year defensive coordinator Larry Coyer, there's a simple reason Hayward holds the edge over Berry.

Positions available at tackle - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - The Broncos are losing offensive tackles so quickly that, after Monday's afternoon practice, coach Mike Shana- han eyed the media horde and quipped, "Anybody want to play tackle?" Job's open.

Tackling adversity - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
August 5, 2003 - It was enough to give Alex Gibbs, the Denver Broncos assistant line coach, a few more gray hairs. There was right guard Dan Neil sitting out Monday morning's practice because of fatigue in his surgically repaired right knee. Then center Tom Nalen limped off at the end of one series, only to push through the rest of the morning drills. Back in the training room, starting left tackle Ephraim Salaam was off crutches, yet still two weeks away from returning from knee surgery.

Mobley breathes easier - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
August 5, 2003 - Tests on John Mobley's inflamed knees were negative, but at least one teammate predicted he would sit out the Denver Broncos preseason opener against Houston. "I have more chemistry with John than anybody, and he's one of those guys I need on the field with me," starting middle linebacker Al Wilson said Monday.

Hayward, Berry battle for prime spot - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 5, 2003 - Trevor Pryce isn't sure who eventually will win out at the defensive end spot opposite himself. All he knows is whoever does will be living the good life for the Denver Broncos.

Adams: Broncos' D-line is bringing 'the heat' - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
August 5, 2003 - Hands down, the Denver Broncos quarterbacks will agree that the team's defensive linemen are putting on a heated rush during training camp. However, the Broncos quarterbacks are concerned about the defensive linemen rushing in with their hands up. Several times during camp, Denver's quarterbacks have been hit in the arm by oncoming linemen.

Broncos camp report, August 5 - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
August 5, 2003 - Today at camp -- The Broncos will practice only once, starting at 8:30 a.m., then fly to Houston in the afternoon. In Houston they will hold three joint practice sessions with the Texans, then battle them in the preseason opener Saturday.

Sykes makes headway on depth chart - Daily Camera - Zak Brown
August 5, 2003 - In the building and on the field where Jashon Sykes worked himself into one of the nation's better football players — then worked to simply play football again — the former University of Colorado standout imparted some wisdom in the halls of the Dal Ward Athletic Building and on the practice field this summer.

Hayward tops first depth chart at DE - Daily Camera - Zak Brown
August 5, 2003 - The Denver Broncos released their first depth chart of the 2003 training camp on Monday, and one of the few surprises was at defensive end. Reggie Hayward, the team's third-round selection in 2001, is listed first at right end, in front of Bertrand Berry.

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