Jake Plummer gears up for first start

Jake Plummer's impending first start for the Broncos against the Bengals was the center of interest at Wednesday's weekly press conference. In other news, the team filled the last spot on the practice squad when they signed CB Brandon Williams.

BRONCOS SIGN CB WILLIAMS TO PRACTICE SQUAD

Sept. 3, 2003 - The Denver Broncos Wednesday signed CB Brandon Williams to their practice squad, filling the last spot on the five-member unit. Williams, 22, was with the Broncos in training camp as a rookie free agent from Michigan. The 5-11, 186-pound cornerback was waived by the club Aug. 26.

In four seasons at Michigan Williams played in 45 games, posting 74 tackles and two interceptions. He is a native of Omaha, Neb., where he graduated from Central High School.

Hints, Henson escape brain trust - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, September 04, 2003 - Let's start out by saying, I'm not smart enough to ever second-guess anybody. Ever. I mean, I became a sports writer! It's a job with low pay, high stress, deadline pressure, little sleep, holiday shifts, no life. Some genius I am, huh?

Plummer tries for better start - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, September 04, 2003 - It's on, the season. It's on Jake Plummer. "I think Mike (Shanahan) and the organization have put a lot of eggs in his basket," Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe said about Plummer. "We just hope he doesn't trip on the way to the market."

No royal pain for this king - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Thursday, September 04, 2003 - All the king's men sat at the knee of Mike Shanahan, as the lord and ruler of the Denver Broncos dispensed his football wit and wisdom, kindly granting an audience to us unwashed masses. Throughout the rest of the NFL, this weekly Wednesday gathering is humbly known as a news conference.

Chad Pennington - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, September 04, 2003 - Like a great Broadway show, Jets quarterback Chad Pennington created a buzz around New York. But then, in a preseason game against the Giants, Pennington suffered a broken wrist. He will be out about 12 weeks, including tonight's regular-season opener against the Washington Redskins, the team that signed four of Pennington's teammates this offseason. But for one day, Pennington was back in action with us.

Chad Pennington - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, September 04, 2003 - On Jan. 14, the Cincinnati Bengals hired Marvin Lewis to lead them out of the dark ages. He faced a monumental task: transforming a franchise widely regarded as the cheapest and most antiquated in the NFL into a winner.

Elway's SUV from '99 Super Bowl stolen - Denver Post
Thursday, September 04, 2003 - The symbol of John Elway's comeback from Super Bowl ignominy, a 2000 Ford Expedition he won for being the most valuable player in Super Bowl XXXIII, has been stolen from the airport in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Holland receives extension - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, September 04, 2003 - For a moment this week, the Broncos cut defensive tackle Darius Holland, an NFL source said Wednesday. Coaches around the league wondered what was going on. They thought Holland had been enjoying a standout training camp.

Jake's stakes high - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 4, 2003 - Ready or not, here he comes. It has been seven months since Jake Plummer became coach Mike Shanahan's handpicked choice to quarterback the Denver Broncos.

Blake vows he'll outdo Plummer - Rocky Mountain News
September 4, 2003 - TEMPE, Ariz. - Jeff Blake says the Arizona Cardinals will be a better team with him at quarterback than it was with Jake Plummer. In an interview with the Arizona Daily Star, Blake spared few words in expressing feelings about his 11-season NFL career, Plummer's play at Arizona and what he expects to bring to the Cardinals.

Lewis an agent of change - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
September 4, 2003 - Years ago, earning one's stripes in Cincinnati meant sorting through boxes of old socks and used jocks the day equipment was issued. Today, instead of pinching pennies, the Bengals are treating their players with respect and demanding professionalism in return.

Gardener eyes Game 2 return - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
September 4, 2003 - Daryl Gardener's wrist is healing as doctors expected, but that doesn't mean the prized defensive tackle will be suiting up to practice today. "I don't think he'll be able to," Denver Broncos trainer Steve Antonopulos said. "But it's hard to say."

Adams: Hooking up with good-hands people - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
September 4, 2003 - Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer should feel as if he's in really good hands this season. Hands, that is, that have made 1,858 regular-season receptions. By the end of the 2003 season, Plummer could be throwing to three receivers - Shannon Sharpe, Ed McCaffrey and Rod Smith - who have compiled 600 or more career receptions apiece. At the start of the 2003 season, only 29 players in league history have caught 600 or more passes.

Krieger: Bengals turn Broncos into Cheshire cats - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
September 4, 2003 - Most of the time, the Broncos train at Dove Valley, but this week, it's their very own Happy Valley, and it's a wonderful place to be. For one thing, they haven't lost yet, so no one is asking questions about why this or that went wrong. Nothing has gone wrong.

NFL injury report, September 4 - Rocky Mountain News
September 4, 2003 - Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals • Broncos: Doubtful: DT Daryl Gardener (hand). Probable: T Blake Brockermeyer (back); RB Quentin Griffin (leg); TE Jeb Putzier (shoulder); T Ephraim Salaam (knee); S Chris Young (ankle). • Bengals: Out: RB Rudi Johnson (thigh); G Victor Leyva (chest).

Plummer ready for the spotlight - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 4, 2003 - Something had to be done. Quarterback Brian Griese had lost his credibility in the locker room after a humiliating performance at Oakland in a game he labeled the most important of his career. A few days later, Christmas Day to be exact, Griese told reporters he had been benched for the last game, despite the fact that the Denver Broncos were still mathematically alive for a playoff spot.

Porter will be back this season - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 4, 2003 - Lenny Walls is the only cornerback in the league who can look Randy Moss in the eye. But there are no guarantees the undrafted free agent, who will make his first NFL start on Sunday, will play well enough to still be on the field by the time Denver travels to Minnesota on Oct. 19. The Broncos starting cornerbacks, with the gifted but inconsistent Deltha O'Neal edging Kelly Herndon for the starting job on the right side, are the great unknown for Mike Shanahan this season.

Elway's SUV stolen in Idaho - Daily Camera
September 4, 2003 - COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho — The SUV John Elway received for being selected MVP of the 1999 Super Bowl has been stolen. The white 2000 Ford Expedition was stolen from the Coeur d'Alene airport around Aug. 23, Kootenai County Sheriff's spokesman Capt. Ben Wolfinger said Wednesday.

Eager Plummer Hopes Script Yields Success - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Sept. 3, 2003 - Quarterback Jake Plummer didn't choose acting as his profession; he went the pro football route -- certainly the right choice given his years in the league to date. But six full seasons in the NFL -- plus an offseason and preseason with the Denver Broncos -- has taught him the value and necessity of adhering to a script.

Growing Champions in the Community - DenverBroncos.com - James Merilatt
Sept. 3, 2003 - The familiar squeaking of basketball shoes shuffling on the hardwood. The resounding slap of a foosball striking against the back of the goal. The faint patter of fingers tapping on a computer keyboard. The giggles of little girls and the laughter of small boys as they run and play.

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