Young secondary to get test

The pressure will be on Denver's secondary on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals as several new starters assume key roles. Read about it in today's reports.

Youngsters likely to age quickly - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, September 05, 2003 - They're young, they're restless and they're passionate. No, they're not soap opera stars. They're the baby-faced members of the Broncos' defense. They're the young men who will be targeted, tested and scrutinized Sunday when the Broncos open their 2003 season Sunday in Cincinnati against the Bengals. Target No. 1 is 23-year-old left cornerback Lenny Walls, a second- year pro who will make his first NFL start.

Kennedy plans to keep the hits coming - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, September 05, 2003 - Like the stance Broncos safety Kenoy Kennedy is adopting, the NFL refused to back down. The league recently denied his appeals to overturn $42,500 worth of fines levied against him for last season's helmet-to-helmet hits. But now, with the Broncos opening the season Sunday in Cincinnati, Kennedy is vowing his hits will keep coming. Only this time, he believes the NFL won't be able to find fault with them, or him.

Broncos' staff feels Holland will help on the defensive line - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Friday, September 05, 2003 - He ... could ... note ... all ... the ... way ... Early leader in the clubhouse for NFL quote of the year: Broncos defensive tackle Darius Holland. Said Holland, when asked Thursday about his commercial real estate company: "People look at me like I'm an idiot because of what I do. There's that astigmatism about football players." ... Well, yeah, not to mention a stigma. ...

Elway's missing Super Bowl SUV found - Denver Post
Friday, September 05, 2003 - COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Sheriff's deputies have recovered a stolen sport utility vehicle belonging to former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway. The white 2000 Ford Expedition - Elway's prize for being named most valuable player of the 1999 Super Bowl - was stolen from the Coeur d'Alene airport in late August. It was found Thursday afternoon elsewhere on the airport grounds, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department said.

Holland in business - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
September 5, 2003 - Whether it's his real-estate business or football career, Darius Holland is like the ugly carp - scavenging his way up the food chain. "We consider ourselves bottom feeders," the Denver Broncos defensive tackle said Thursday of his side venture into commercial property management. "We go after anybody that's in trouble - foreclosures, bankruptcies - then come in and take their position."

Bold, brash and a big deal - Rocky Mountain News - Clay Latimer
September 5, 2003 - It was 11:50 on Prom Night, the time for locking doors and flipping off lights, but Clinton Portis likes to make everything a little breathtaking, so he slowly led his date back to the dance floor. With his typical sense of theater, Portis gracefully guided her through the last dance, drifting toward an exit, where the Gainesville (Fla.) High School football star made his big move.

Safeties are in this together - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 5, 2003 - The Denver Broncos are instituting a new approach at the back end of their defense this season: the buddy system. Safeties Kenoy Kennedy and Sam Brandon might have started only one regular-season game together, but they're confident the strong bond they've forged has enhanced their communication and will serve them well Sunday at Cincinnati as they embark on their first season as a full-time tandem.

Rationing the burden - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
September 5, 2003 - Much attention has been focused on who will start at wide receiver opposite Rod Smith this Sunday at Cincinnati. Second-year sensation Ashley Lelie directs those inquiries to coach Mike Shanahan. "He told us that he has three starting receivers," Lelie said Thursday. And the burden might prove equal at crunch time, too, between Lelie and veteran Ed McCaffrey.

Gardener targets return for Raiders - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
September 5, 2003 - An issue that wasn't so black and white before now has turned to silver and black. Defensive tackle Daryl Gardener is targeting Denver's game against Oakland for his return. Not the Broncos' season opener Sunday at Cincinnati. Not their Week 2 game at San Diego. "That's evidently the most realistic," Gardener said Thursday about his return for the Broncos' Sept. 22 Monday night showdown with the rival Raiders. "I guess what I was talking about before was foolishness."

Lincicome: Mending the house Shanahan built - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
September 5, 2003 - Seriously, the Broncos are the worst team in the AFC West. It says so right here, and right there, just about everywhere. Even Tom Jackson, the Broncos' Bronco, has Kansas City winning the West and the Broncos not in the playoffs. Same with Mark Schlereth, recently grunting and sweating with many of the current Broncos linemen. Schlereth goes with the Chiefs, too, and puts the Raiders in as a wild card.

Dillon still gives Broncos nightmares - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 5, 2003 - The Road Runner has Wile E. Coyote. The Harlem Globtrotters have the Washington Generals. The Big 12 has Baylor. And in the NFL, teams have the Cincinnati Bengals to beat up on.

Shanahan expects a more mature Plummer - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 5, 2003 - Jake Plummer will be tempted to go back to his dark side. To run out of the pocket, assuming it's about to collapse. To force throws into tight coverage, forgetting there are other options on this team. To fall behind early, so he can make another fourth-quarter comeback attempt. Coach Mike Shanahan hopes the Denver Broncos new quarterback avoids these temptations and remembers he's not in Arizona anymore.

Elway's stolen SUV recovered - Daily Camera
September 5, 2003 - COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho — The SUV former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway was given for being selected MVP of the 1999 Super Bowl has been recovered by sherriff's deputies. The white 2000 Ford Expedition was stolen from the Coeur d'Alene airport in late August.

Berry Knows the Path the Bengals Are Attempting to Take - - Andrew Mason
Sept. 4, 2003 - Bertrand Berry is innately familiar with the Cincinnati Bengals' frame of mind as the regular season draws closer. He, too, was once with a team that was attempting to wrest itself from an abyss, attempting to use a gaggle of alterations in order to fashion a turnaround. Four years ago, Berry helped man the defensive line for the Indianapolis Colts -- a team that has made three postseason appearances in the past four years, but before then was a denizen of the NFL's skid row.

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