Roster set

As the Broncos prepare for the season opener at Cincinnati, read more about the moves that have left the team with just two quarterbacks on the roster.

Coyer setting stage - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, September 02, 2003 - Do not try to stop him. Best to simply get out of his way. Listen in as Denver defensive coordinator Larry Coyer provides the Broncos' defense with an angry challenge. "I think each of us know what the score is," Coyer said. "We've had two years here where we've been literally (expletive deleted), and that's a fact."

Quarterback waived to make room for cornerback - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, September 02, 2003 - Six days away from the season opener in Cincinnati, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan made his first big gamble. Shanahan cut third-string quarterback Danny Kanell on Monday to make room for reserve cornerback Roosevelt Williams, who was cut Sunday by the Chicago Bears. The move leaves the Broncos with two quarterbacks: starter Jake Plummer and 38-year-old backup Steve Beuerlein, the oldest player on Denver's roster.

Miami vise: QB pinched - Rocky Mountain News - Clay Latimer
September 2, 2003 - MIAMI - Just when it seems the spotlight can't get any more harsh for Brian Griese, it does. After wrestling with John Elway's legacy during five smothering seasons in Denver, the 28-year-old quarterback walked into Miami Dolphins headquarters in June with an opportunity to create his own identity in his hometown. Broncos intend to shred Dillon sequel - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 2, 2003 - Trevor Pryce remembers sitting with his head buried in his sweatshirt, reduced to muttering to himself in the darkness of the Denver Broncos player auditorium. "I can't believe this is happening," the defensive end said three years ago with a shake of his head.

Sapp glad to get another chance on practice squad - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
September 2, 2003 - Cecil Sapp's roller-coaster weekend at least had a pretty good ending. In a span of 10 hours Saturday, the former Colorado State running back had to endure being cut by the Denver Broncos, then watch his alma mater lose a shootout to rival Colorado.

Shanahan cuts Kanell, will go with only 2 QBs - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
September 2, 2003 - Who's the Denver Broncos' No. 3 quarterback? Try Rod Smith. Coach Mike Shanahan acknowledged as much Monday after cutting Danny Kanell just two days after Kanell seemingly had beaten out Jarious Jackson for the job. Shanahan opted to go with only two quarterbacks on his roster - Jake Plummer and 38-year-old backup Steve Beuerlein - to make room for another cornerback.

Krieger: Longing again for the lights of the 'Nati - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
September 2, 2003 - Don't get me wrong. I like Cincinnati, whatever Aaron Cook might think. For example, it's the only city I know with a bar named after Blind Lemon Jefferson, the great blues man of the '20s. Used to hang there, about the time Jerry Springer was mayor, which is when all the trouble started.

Then there were two - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 2, 2003 - If Jarious Jackson or Danny Kanell would have been running the play it would have been routine. But there is no longer a third option under center for the Denver Broncos. Jackson, a scout team hero the past three seasons, was cut on Saturday. On Monday, in the spirit of Labor Day, Mike Shanahan informed Kanell that he was also fired.

Williams gives Broncos added depth at corner - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 2, 2003 - The Denver Broncos don't have a No. 3 quarterback, but they are three deep at cornerback. The team subtracted Danny Kanell on Monday and added Roosevelt Williams — the 72nd overall pick in the 2002 draft — who was waived by Chicago on Sunday.

Beuerlein Knows the Two-Quarterback Drill - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Sept. 1, 2003 - If it's a circumstance related to pro football, Steve Beuerlein probably doesn't just have a vignette about it, but he's actually lived it. So when the word came down to the media just before practice that the Broncos had chosen to release quarterback Danny Kanell and sign cornerback Roosevelt Williams, thus leaving the Broncos with just two quarterbacks on their active roster, one would figure that Beuerlein knew a little something about the two-passer scenario -- having seen virtually everything in the NFL in his 17 years as a professional.

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