O'Neal switches sides

Deltha O'Neal has had many ups and downs this season and his career took an odd twist this week as he's been working out as a receiver with the Broncos offense. Read the latest about Denver's former number one draft pick in today's reports.

O'Neal becomes receiver - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, November 14, 2003 - Deltha O'Neal is trying to make the switch to wide receiver.When Rod Smith and the rest of the Broncos' wide receivers gathered for their daily meeting, they encountered a surprise no less startling than a former U.S. Marine testing positive for marijuana. "Guys were like, 'Yeah, Deltha is in our meeting,"' Smith said Thursday. "I was like, 'What is he doing?"' Trading places, essentially.

Error of my ways obvious - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Friday, November 14, 2003 - How right you are. I have the wrong stuff. If loving me is wrong, you don't want to be right. If I were an architect, I would be called Frank Lloyd Wrong. If I were a pilot, I would be Orville Wrong - or Wilbur. If I played in the NFL, I would line up on the right side and be named Trevor Wrong.

Depleted but determined - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, November 14, 2003 - Al Wilson, Ian Gold and John Mobley: They were the Broncos' contemporary version of the Three Amigos. Buddies, comrades in arms and lightning quick, the linebackers formed the heart and soul of Denver's defense. But when the Broncos take to the field Sunday for their game against the San Diego Chargers, featuring fleet-footed quarterback Doug Flutie and game-breaking running back LaDainian Tomlinson, Gold and Mobley will be wearing street clothes.

Latest catch for O'Neal: new task - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
November 14, 2003 - Benched and publicly ridiculed by his coach this season, cornerback Deltha O'Neal is being given another chance with the Denver Broncos. But as his white practice jersey indicated, O'Neal's hope of salvaging his career in Denver might be as a wide receiver.

Elam says his injury making progress - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer and Lynn DeBruin
November 14, 2003 - One day after cutting short a practice session because of pain in his groin, Jason Elam was able to kick 50 to 60 balls Thursday at about three-quarters speed and felt he was progressing "pretty well" from his injury. But the Denver Broncos veteran remained unsure of his availability for his team's game Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.

Droughns set for leading role - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 14, 2003 - Reuben Droughns last season learned to open holes in his first trial as a fullback with the Denver Broncos. But there also were wide gaps in his knowledge of his new position. At times, when he was supposed to zig, he zagged. When he was supposed to zag, he zigged. It was all an understandable part of the transition process after Droughns volunteered to play the position when the ranks were depleted in training camp.

Labor of love - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 14, 2003 - Mike Shanahan and Al Wilson are playing hardball - not at the negotiating table, at least not yet. That frenzy of activity between coach and player in the financial realm won't occur for several months, when the linebacker's contract with the Denver Broncos expires at season's end.

Denver has scary task with Flutie - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
November 14, 2003 - He has played drums with Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and rocked out on stage with Dave Matthews Band. Come Monday night, he'll even jam with Barenaked Ladies during ABC's halftime show. Sunday afternoon, though, is when Doug Flutie usually has the most fun.

How the Broncos and Chargers match up - Rocky Mountain News
November 14, 2003 - Denver running back Clinton Portis sorely missed Jake Plummer when the quarterback sat out four games because of an ankle injury. Opposing defenses put an extra defender near the line of scrimmage to stop Portis, and while he twice rushed for 100 yards, the extra congestion limited his breakout runs.

Broncos report, November 14 - Rocky Mountain News
November 14, 2003 - Player to watch - Doug Flutie: The 41-year-old quarterback put some life into the San Diego offense Sunday in his first start this season, engineering a 42-28 upset of Minnesota. His mobility gives the Broncos something extra with which to deal.

O'Neal tries to catch on at wide receiver - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 14, 2003 - Deltha O'Neal is still a member of the Denver Broncos, but it appears he has a better chance of catching one of Jake Plummer's passes than intercepting an opposing quarterback this season. The former first-round pick, a Pro Bowl cornerback in 2001 who lost his starting job after the Oct. 5 loss at Kansas City, is the new face in the wide receiver crowd.

Droughns fills in for friend - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 14, 2003 - The permanent grin on Reuben Droughns' face left for a moment on Thursday when asked about his bittersweet opportunity to help the Denver Broncos get back on track. The reserve fullback will be in the starting spotlight for the next four games, but only because his best friend on the team, Mike Anderson, has been suspended for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

O'Neal on the Offensive - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, November 13, 2003 - The Broncos have a new wide receiver -- and they didn't even have to sign another player to the active roster to get one. Following Thursday's practice, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced that Deltha O'Neal has shifted sides of the line of scrimmage, and is now working out with the Broncos at wide receiver after three-plus years as a cornerback. "We've moved him over,"

Voice from the Booth: CBS' Ian Eagle - DenverBroncos.com
Thursday, November 13, 2003 - CBS play-by-play announcer Ian Eagle knows the Chargers quite well -- almost as well as the local media who follow the 2-7 club. Sunday's game at INVESCO Field at Mile High will represent the fourth San Diego game he's called this year. He and color analyst Solomon Wilcots also had the call for the teams' meeting in Denver last season, a game the Broncos won 26-9 in Clinton Portis' first career start.

Fantasy Focus: Plummer's Impact on Other Skill-Position Players - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, November 13, 2003 - Jake Plummer's return to the practice field this past Monday wasn't merely in the nick of time for the Broncos -- but perhaps for everyone who has one of the team's key skill-position players on their fantasy football rosters heading into the stretch run of the season.

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