Portis wants to improve on last year

Denver running back Clinton Portis had a great rookie season, but he's looking for even more this year. Read about it in today's reports.

Sold by the yards - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Monday, September 01, 2003 - As eye-popping as his rookie season was - and hoopster LeBron James could only hope his is so productive - Broncos running back Clinton Portis' offseason might have been even more startling.

Holland, Fatafehi keepers - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Monday, September 01, 2003 - The last two players signed during training camp - defensive tackles Darius Holland and Mario Fatafehi - have the Broncos buzzing. Denver already has entered into talks with Holland, a 29-year-old former Colorado standout, about a contract extension that would tie him to the Broncos beyond this season. Neither side expects it to be a problem for a deal to be consummated shortly.

Portis hopes 2nd verse is better than 1st - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
September 1, 2003 - Ask Clinton Portis what he wants for his 22nd birthday today, and he doesn't talk in terms of new stereos or DVD players. Nah, when Portis dreams, he dreams big. "If I said Kelly Rowland from Destiny's Child, would that be too much?" he asks.

Gardener pained to admit he won't be ready - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
September 1, 2003 - This time there was no tough-guy talk, no bold predictions about knowing his body better than anybody else. Instead, Denver Broncos defensive tackle Daryl Gardener admitted he was wrong to think he would be ready to play in the season opener Sunday against Cincinnati.

End result has winner Berry happy - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 1, 2003 - If Bert Berry's house has a rooftop on which he can plant himself, you might have heard him shouting from it Sunday night. News that he has been named the starter at right defensive end for the Denver Broncos induced a multitude of emotions in Berry, foremost among them joy, pride and incredulity, the latter relating to darker times when he believed his NFL career might have ended.

Ex-Broncos back Gary traded - Rocky Mountain News
September 1, 2003 - ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - The running back-depleted Detroit Lions acquired former Denver Broncos tailback Olandis Gary from the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, giving the team another option for replacing injured starter James Stewart. Stewart is expected to miss up to six weeks after dislocating his right shoulder in Detroit's preseason finale, a 22-16 loss to Buffalo.

Spencer gets chance to double up - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 1, 2003 - For the first time since the 1970-71 season there will be a player/coach in the NFL. Denver Broncos rookie defensive backs coach Jimmy Spencer has also made the team as a player, marking his 12th season in the league at cornerback.

QB Jackson Among Those Released As Broncos Get Down to 53 - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Aug. 31, 2003 - The Broncos got down to the roster limit of 53 by waiving 16 players and placing defensive end Clint Mitchell on the injured reserve list with a right thumb injury. The longest-tenured Bronco among the players released was quarterback Jarious Jackson, who spent three seasons with the club after being selected in the 2000 NFL Draft from Notre Dame.

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