Denver corners' a mystery to Pats

Denver's starting cornerbacks are not well known to teams around the league and the Boston Patriots are no exception. They've spent much of this week studying films on Kelly Herndon and Lenny Walls. Read more about it in today's reports.

No-names no longer - Boston Globe - Michael Smith
11/1/2003 - So, can you? Name Denver's starting cornerbacks? No? Thought not. Guess he was right. "The two corners, I'm sure a lot of people couldn't even name who they are," Bill Belichick asserted this week. Full disclosure? We were in that boat. But there were a lot of other passengers at Gillette Stadium.

Holding it together - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
November 1, 2003 - Defensive tackle Daryl Gardener wasn't trying to play off an old campaign slogan, but his message was equally blunt. It's the defense, stupid. He was talking about the New England Patriots, a team he knows very well after spending six years in the AFC East playing for Miami.

Looking for a spark - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 1, 2003 - Ashley Lelie often has pointed to the New England game last October as the turning point of his rookie season. A 40-yard, fourth-down catch that day sealed a Denver Broncos victory and sent the wide receiver's confidence soaring. Self-assurance isn't the problem for Lelie as he prepares for Monday night's rematch against the Patriots at Invesco Field at Mile High.

NFL fine socks Billick after rapping referees - Rocky Mountain News
November 1, 2003 - NEW YORK - The NFL fined Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick $15,000 for his criticism of officiating in his team's game Oct. 19 at Cincinnati. Peter Hadhazy, the NFL's director of game operations, leveled the fine in a letter sent Monday to Billick. That was three days before commissioner Paul Tagliabue suggested Thursday at the league meetings in Chicago that the Baltimore coach should be fined.

NFL injury report - Rocky Mountain News
NFL injury report - November 1, 2003

Patriots riding high after early debacles - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 1, 2003 - The New England Patriots' season couldn't have started off worse, from a public relations or playing standpoint. On Sept. 2, five days before the regular-season opener at Buffalo, the team released popular defensive leader Lawyer Milloy. Even worse, the AFC East rivals picked him up just in time for the big game.

Week 9 NFL Previews - November 1 - Daily Camera - Lonnie White Los Angeles Times
November 1, 2003 - Week 9 NFL Previews

Slow going for Colvin - Boston Herald - Michael Felger
Saturday, November 1, 2003 - Coach Bill Belichick said linebacker Rosevelt Colvin will soon be able to increase his workload as he rehabs from a broken hip suffered in Week 2 in Philadelphia. To this point, Colvin has been able to do virtually no physical activity, as he has been ordered off his feet by doctors. As a result, Colvin has been using crutches and/or a wheelchair to get around. And that makes locomotion difficult. Belichick said Colvin has been checking in at Gillette Stadium about once a week.

Warren settles in - Boston Herald - Michael Felger
Saturday, November 1, 2003 - When it comes to NFL rookie development, it's a three-year marathon, not a sprint. If it were a quick dash, many observers would have taken the Pats out of the race at the conclusion of last April's draft.The Pats were roundly criticized in some quarters for not trading up to nab one of the marquee names at defensive tackle, their biggest position of need. Instead of packaging their two first-rounders (as the Jets and New Orleans did), the Pats basically stood pat, moving up only one spot to nab a player who underwhelmed the vast majority of fans: Texas A&M's Ty Warren [news].

Friday Notebook: Sharpe Sits Out Practice - - Andrew Mason
Friday, October 31, 2003 - For the second consecutive day, freezing precipitation forced the Broncos to practice inside the South Suburban Sports Dome just over a mile away from the team's Dove Valley facility. But the team went through work on Friday without tight end Shannon Sharpe, who sat out after injuring his ankle Thursday.

James Merilatt - - Andrew Mason
Sunday, November 2, 2003 - On a Monday night in August of 1985, a man in his late 30s was running through the parking lot at San Francisco's Candlestick Park wearing only running shorts and sneakers. He was sweating profusely and looked disheveled, as his clothing appeared torn and dirty. The man circled the stadium, frantically looking for an entrance to the facility. The 49ers were about to kick off their second preseason game of the year against the Denver Broncos and it was imperative that he get inside to see the action.

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