Cuts loom after game tonight

It's showtime for players trying to secure roster spots as the Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks tonight in the final preseason game. Most of the top line players will sit this one out, but for players such as quarterback Jarious Jackson (in photo), this game will go a long way in determining their NFL future. Read about it in today's reports.

Final cut the deepest - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, August 29, 2003 - As much as some of the Broncos on the bubble need a break the night before final cuts, they also need a sedative. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan: 'We've got some tough decisions to make.' "The night before, you don't get any sleep," said wide receiver Herb Haygood, who was cut last year before being re-signed to the Broncos' practice squad. "You're up worrying. You're up thinking. You're just hoping that you played well enough to make it.

Gardener is optimistic - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, August 29, 2003 - Broncos coach Mike Shanahan called it a longshot that Denver defensive tackle Daryl Gardener would be ready to play in the Sept. 7 season opener in Cincinnati. Shanahan said there was an outside chance Gardener, who underwent surgery on his right wrist in July, would be able to play in San Diego the following week.

Broncos to take last look - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 29, 2003 - Pro Bowl linebacker Al Wilson was asked this week what advice he'd give the Denver Broncos players still sweating out roster spots going into the fourth and final preseason contest. "Approach it like it's your last game," he replied.

Practice spun into Gold - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 29, 2003 - You expect the wisecracking comments from Al Wilson to motivate his Denver Broncos teammates. You anticipate the hummingbird body language, too — always flying around at breakneck speed. What generally isn't seen is that all this happens in practice, too.

Liquid Plummer - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 29, 2003 - Go ahead and call Jake Plummer a retread. Label him a journeyman. He should be so lucky. Sure, the new Denver Broncos starting quarterback will be suiting up this season for only his second pro team, so such descriptive terms might appear to be stretching things a tad.

Five key questions - Rocky Mountain News
August 29, 2003 - Can Jake Plummer take the heat in Denver and become the pro player so many expected after he left Arizona State?

Preseason report card - Rocky Mountain News
August 29, 2003 - Clinton Portis looks as quick and agile as he was a year ago and is showing even better vision and instincts. Mike Anderson and Reuben Droughns, meanwhile, have proved themselves capable fullbacks and also running out of the one-back set. The key is whether Denver can keep its offensive line healthy.

Krieger: If Broncomania is virus, Shanahan's a carrier - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
August 29, 2003 - At the risk of making you feel like Bill Murray waking up to Sonny and Cher, I repeat that the Broncos' prospects this season are excellent, as they always are. I should probably note that the Broncos' prospects differ quite markedly from the Broncos' results lately. Discussing the latter, particularly this time of year, is considered crass.

Motor mouth running silent - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
August 29, 2003 - For once in his life, tight end Shannon -Sharpe isn't talking. Well, he's talking, but he isn't saying. Will he or won't he retire after the 2003 season? "I'm having fun," Sharpe said. "The only part of the game that I have a problem with is the meetings, because I've heard everything so many times it starts to get boring. But I still enjoy playing the games, still enjoy working out."

'Grandpa' rocks on - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
August 29, 2003 - Steve Beuerlein admitted he was in his own little world, rocking out in the privacy of his headphones. Everything changed as he turned to get up from his locker. The next thing he heard was hysterical laughter from his teammates. "My headphones had popped out and my back was to them. I couldn't figure out what they were laughing at," Beuerlein said. "They were just looking at me, cracking up."

For Bradford, 10 is enough ... as player - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
August 29, 2003 - The toughest task for most NFL players isn't enduring the rigors of training camp or mastering a complicated playbook. It's admitting that it's time to say goodbye. For cornerback Ronnie Bradford, though, the realization was pretty obvious.

Glass slipper awaits perfect fit - Rocky Mountain News - Clay Latimer
August 29, 2003 - At the end of the 1998 season, the St. Louis Rams packed their bags in a gloomy funk, too beat up from a last-place finish to even fantasize about better days. A year later, they won the Super Bowl.

Gardener vows to play in opener - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 29, 2003 - Mike Shanahan has learned a lot about human anatomy over the years but is still not a medical doctor. So he never diagnosed Daryl Gardener as out for the regular-season opener on Sept. 7. The Denver Broncos head coach just assumed it would be mission impossible for a mortal man to play defensive tackle at this level less than two months after tearing ligaments in his right wrist.

Jackson, Kanell battle for QB spot - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 29, 2003 - A quarterback competition between Jarious Jackson and Danny Kanell isn't exactly the definition of fantasy football. But that's about as juicy as it gets tonight when Denver finishes the exhibition schedule against Seattle.

Holland Simply Looks to Enjoy Moment - - Andrew Mason
Aug. 28, 2003 - The offseason motored along, spring lapsed into summer, but free-agent defensive tackle Darius Holland elicited barely a ripple of interest from around the NFL. His last nibble had come in a tryout with the Washington Redskins in early March. Following that, the former Minnesota Viking and Green Bay Packer -- a man who owns a Super Bowl ring from spending the 1996 season with the Packers -- was about to slip into NFL oblivion before his 30th birthday.

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