Plummer gets high marks

The Broncos got what they wanted out of Saturday's game - no injuries, a look at newcomers, and an excellent performance out of quarterback Jake Plummer. Read about it in today's story links.

Passing grade for Plummer - Denver Post - Terry Frei
Sunday, August 10, 2003 - HOUSTON - After changing NFL teams, Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer could be changing nicknames. In Arizona, Plummer was known as "The Snake." In Denver - should events such as Saturday night's continue - Plummer could be known as "The Boot- legger."

Bronco's debut something sweet - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Sunday, August 10, 2003 - HOUSTON - Sweet 16! The quarterback adeptly feigned a handoff, rolled to his right, fired - while on the sprint with his weight on the wrong, back foot - an unspoiled, seamless, heat-seeking bunker buster and completed his first touchdown pass with the Broncos. Greetings and salutations, Jake Plummer. Epochal-ypse Now.

Dalton conjures up diet to sink teeth into - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, August 10, 2003 - HOUSTON - The world-famous dietitian and nutritionist Dr. Robert C. Atkins once wrote in one of his best-selling diet books, "I hope to amaze you as I amazed millions of dieters in the past." Denver's once 340-pound defensive tackle Lional Dalton also has amazed. But in ways directly opposite to Dr. Atkins'. Dalton once ate an extra-large Pizza Hut meat lovers pizza. By himself.

Bowlen may invite another team to Dove Valley in 2004 - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, August 10, 2003 - HOUSTON - The week in Houston was such a success, the Broncos will consider practicing against another team for a few days next summer. But only in Denver. Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said he would prefer to host another team for a few days.

Defense gets points for pressure - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, August 10, 2003 - HOUSTON - New Broncos defensive coordinator Larry Coyer wants a rip-snorting, quarterback-sacking, fearsome front four. His defensive scheme depends upon it. In Saturday night's opening preseason game, deep in the heart of Texas, the foursome wasn't exactly fierce, but it showed flashes of what Coyer is seeking.

Plummer passes first test - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn,
August 10, 2003 - HOUSTON — The live Snake was finally in the preseason laboratory, so let the dissection begin. First, the numbers — 56 yards (47 passing, nine rushing), 12 plays, five passes, three completions and one touchdown. The early statistical data added up to a quarterback rating of 130.8 and a 7-6 victory for the Broncos first team over the Texans starters.

Ex-Buff Sykes struggles in debut with starting unit - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn,
August 10, 2003 - HOUSTON — Jashon Sykes started for the Denver Broncos and made all of the postgame highlight packages offered on local television stations. Unfortunately for the former Colorado linebacker, the most popular replay featured him being dragged into the end zone by Rashod Kent after the Houston tight end had beaten him for the reception.

Texans fall to Broncos in opener - Houston Chronicle - Carlton Thompson
August 10, 2003 - For most of the night and for many of the players, Saturday's preseason opener no doubt felt like just another meaningless exhibition game. Get in, get your work done and hopefully get out without an injury. That was the furthest thing from Mike Quinn's mind. For him, Saturday night was real; especially the closing minutes of the Texans' 20-12 loss to the Denver Broncos before 70,021 at Reliant Stadium.

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