Newcomers make impression

Newcomers such as Ben Kelly, shown here returning an interception, and wide receiver Chris Cole made their presence felt in Saturday's Broncos win over the Houston Texans. Read more about Kelly and Cole in today's report as the Broncos resume practice at Dove Valley.

Kanell steps closer to backup QB job - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Monday, August 11, 2003 - HOUSTON - Conclusions, like excitement, can be tough to come by during preseason football. Yet the Broncos' 20-12 victory over the Houston Texans in the teams' preseason opener Saturday night at Reliant Stadium was not entirely devoid of them. One of the most notable involved the gap between Jarious Jackson and Danny Kanell in their battle to be one of the Broncos' backup quarterbacks. It is closing.

Kelly quick to make Broncos notice him - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Monday, August 11, 2003 - Ben Kelly slipped onto the Broncos' roster last week as something of a forgotten man. Anyone who saw the electrifying Kelly return kicks for the University of Colorado might find that impossible to believe.

'Gamer' hopes for bigger role in game plan - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Monday, August 11, 2003 - HOUSTON - Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer rolled right, threw off his back foot into the end zone and connected with Chris Cole? Chris Cole. The Broncos wide receiver still waiting to catch his first regular-season touchdown pass caught one Saturday night during Denver's 20-12 preseason win over the Houston Texans.

Plummer's debut uniformly applauded - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
August 11, 2003 - As Ben Kelly's last-minute interception sent Houston's faithful hurrying toward the exits Saturday night, one lone Denver Broncos fan stood tall in the west stands at Reliant Stadium. But it wasn't his white Broncos jersey that made him look out of place; it was the fact he was wearing Brian Griese's former No. 14. As the Broncos' preseason opener at Houston showed, this is Jake Plummer's team now.

McCaffrey 'way ahead' in bid to play in preseason - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer and Lynn DeBruin
August 11, 2003 - No game? No problem. Denver Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey was held out of the preseason opener as a precaution, coming off a week that included his tearing scar tissue from his surgically repaired groin. But three workouts against the Houston Texans preceding the game Saturday have the wide receiver convinced he's on the right track.

Cole quick to dust himself off nicely - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 11, 2003 - On the same calendar weekend Saturday night, only one year removed from the wrist injury that ended his previous season, Chris Cole again is venturing over the middle into dangerous territory. The Denver Broncos receiver leaps, catches a pass and braces himself as Houston Texans safety and former teammate Eric Brown applies a hit.

Broncos Camp Report, August 11 - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 11, 2003 - The Broncos will conduct one practice today, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the team's Dove Valley headquarters.

Saunders: Broncos dominate, at least on the air - Rocky Mountain News - Dusty Saunder
August 11, 2003 - So when does cornerback Willie Middlebrooks get his own TV show? Now that another five-month epidemic of Broncomania has broken out, a plethora of players will be on local screens, reminding us how talented the team is while talking about the camaraderie.

Cole makes strong statement - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn,
August 11, 2003 - Rod Smith, Ed McCaffrey and Ashley Lelie. The big three at receiver for the Denver Broncos, right? Absolutely. But the first two names on that list are getting older and therefore slower. Which means, perhaps this season, Lelie will step into the starting lineup.

McBriar: 'Few Things to Work On' After Debut - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Aug. 11, 2003 - It was the Broncos' fourth play from scrimmage against the Houston Texans, and the hubbub from Jake Plummer's first snaps in a Broncos uniform had barely abated. The Reliant Stadium crowd roared, as their hometown Texans had forced Denver into a three-and-out. Amid all that, punter Mat McBriar's first foray onto an NFL field in a game was hardly noticed by most of the 70,000 in attendance. But at that moment, the rookie from the University of Hawaii -- in the midst of a duel for a job with returning punter/kickoff specialist Micah Knorr -- felt the pressure that goes with the first moments at the highest level of his profession.

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