Wanted: More scoring

There were lots of field goals but few touchdowns for the Denver Broncos Monday night against the Colts. Denver's first-team offense gained 269 total yards Monday on seven possessions, but managed only 13 points. Increased red zone production is the hot topic in today's Bronco reports.

Mistakes alarming to Sharpe - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, August 27, 2003 - The way Shannon Sharpe sees things, waste is an unforgivable NFL sin. That's why he was so upset Monday night after the Broncos' 28-23 preseason loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Invesco Field at Mile High.

Jackson, Kanell in QB runoff - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Wednesday, August 27, 2003 - Friday night's preseason finale vs. Seattle is supposed to determine whether Jarious Jackson or Danny Kanell wins the Broncos' No. 3 quarterback job. But the competition might be influenced by an audible that does not take place on the field.

Bake Jake at your own risk - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Wednesday, August 27, 2003 - If you think Mars is close, the Super Bowl is even closer. Don't panic. Don't go to (Reese's) pieces. Don't lose control of yourself. Get a grip. Calm down. Lighten up. Jake The Ophidian is doing just fine, thank you.

Dalton finds home in Washington - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Wednesday, August 27, 2003 - Washington hopes Lional Dalton's Redskins career goes better than his first day on the job. Hours after Washington traded a seventh-round pick that could become a fifth-rounder to Denver for Dalton, the defensive tackle made it through only 35 minutes of his first Redskins practice in hot, steamy conditions.

Heading in wrong direction - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 27, 2003 - Under optimal conditions, the level of play in an NFL team's first three preseason games should steadily improve with the number of snaps taken by the starters. But the Denver Broncos are literally moving backward, and in the process, they're losing style and, perhaps, actual points.

Former CU player Kelly is cut - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer and Lynn DeBruin
August 27, 2003 - The return game couldn't bring Ben Kelly back to the Denver Broncos roster. Kelly, the former University of Colorado star, was among 10 players released Tuesday to reach the NFL-mandated 65-player limit after the first round of cuts.

Dalton trade talks on again - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
Washington Redskins. Dalton said the Kansas City Chiefs also were interested, though he wasn't sure that would be a good fit for him because the Chiefs recently drafted a top pick at his position.

Dealt to Redskins, Dalton has tough start - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
August 27, 2003 - The Denver Broncos are lucky their trade of Lional Dalton wasn't conditioned upon his making it through his first practice with the Washington Redskins. He didn't, as heat-related symptoms forced him to sit out the second half of drills Tuesday at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va. But in Dalton's defense, he had just flown cross country and hit the field with no breakfast or lunch.

Interception haunts Kanell - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
August 27, 2003 - Danny Kanell was the first player out of the Denver Broncos' locker room Monday night. And with good reason. "I'm sick to my stomach over one throw I'd like to have back," the reserve quarterback said. He was referring to a fourth-quarter pass that sailed on him, making for an easy interception that Indianapolis returned 28 yards to the Broncos' 7.

Broncos struggling to produce in red zone - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 27, 2003 - Jason Elam has a good thing going with the Broncos. He's a very popular teammate, despite the fact that he is a placekicker. Usually "specialists" receive the cold shoulder pad from the other players. For example, Elam's counterpart during Denver's 28-23 preseason loss Monday night, Mike Vanderjagt, is loathed in the Indianapolis locker room for using his First Amendment right's to critique Peyton Manning's pathetic playoff performance last offseason.

Dalton dealt; Kelly among cuts - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 27, 2003 - Most of the Broncos were given Tuesday off. A few of them were given extended vacations. The team, which had to trim its roster by 11 to meet NFL guidelines, cut 10 players and traded defensive tackle Lional Dalton to Washington for a conditional draft pick.

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