Camp winds down calmly

In stark contrast to the frenzy of previous years in Greeley, this year's Broncos training camp closing at Dove Valley was just another day of work. Read about it in the reports from the final day of preseason training camp.

Middlebrooks looking like keeper - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, August 21, 2003 - Before training camp, cornerback Willie Middlebrooks was in danger of joining the Broncos' first-round bust club.

Repeat performance - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, August 21, 2003 - Over the past few weeks, some of you have been kind enough to write and ask if I would get to make a second appearance on ESPN's "The Sports Reporters." Well, apparently I didn't embarrass myself enough on my first appearance July 17 to prevent a call back.

Dalton's contract stalls deal - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, August 21, 2003 - The Broncos are willing to make a deal. The hang-up with any potential trade is that defensive tackle Lional Dalton has had trouble striking a deal of his own.

New job thrown to Portis - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 21, 2003 - There are few sights Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak enjoys more these days than that of running back Clinton Portis in the open field. And by design, he's hoping that will occur with more frequency this season. The Broncos are making a concerted effort to get Portis more involved in the passing game with screens and flares out of the backfield.

End of Broncos camp lacks a stampede out - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
August 21, 2003 - As training camps go, Wednesday's end was about as anticlimactic as they get. There was no mad dash down the back roads of northern Colorado, or raucous cheers announcing the completion of two-a-days.

Griffin getting back into action at last - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer and Lynn DeBruin
August 21, 2003 - Training camp might be over for most Denver Broncos players, but for Quentin Griffin, it's just beginning. The fourth-round draft pick from Oklahoma ran on the treadmill Wednesday for the second consecutive day as he attempts to come back from a broken leg.

Ho-hum: Broncos close 2003 camp - Daily Camera - Zak Brown
August 21, 2003 - Fullback Reuben Droughns was one of the few Denver Broncos who seemed overly excited he was leaving the final day of training camp. "Now I can go home," Droughns yelled as he left the food tent and headed toward the players' lot. Then the punch line. "Oh, wait, I already am home."

A Calm Close to Camp - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Aug. 20, 2003 - For years at Greeley, the final post-practice speech of training camp from Head Coach Mike Shanahan was usually followed by an unrestrained chaos that was the antithesis of the crisp and efficient tone that was typical of the practice sessions.

Terry Pierce's Rookie Journal -- Camp Wrap - DenverBroncos.com
Aug. 20, 2003 - I'm pleased to report that in my second game against the Chicago Bears I had a lot more intensity than I did in Houston. I wasn't nearly as nervous and I felt a lot better in that game than I did in Houston, especially on defense. There was a mistake or two over the course of the game, but overall I feel I played a lot better. My overall mentality about the game was a lot different than it was in Houston.

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