Mini-camp wraps up

The Denver Broncos first mini-camp wrapped up on Sunday with battles shaping up at wide receiver, outside linebacker and backup quarterback. Find out which players made an impression in today's reports.

Inspirational Bronco turns tide for little girl - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Monday, May 10, 2004 - Jensen Jones, 10, shows off her Alabama Crimson Tide gear, including pompoms, stuffed elephant and hair ribbons.The first time Triandos Luke looked at Jensen Jones, she couldn't look back. J.J. was in a hospital bed, deep in a coma, clinging to a life doctors expected would end before she reached her 10th birthday. Two months later, J.J. sat in a wheelchair at Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium watching the Crimson Tide play Mississippi State. Her eyes focused on only one player.

Foster eyes hefty goals - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Monday, May 10, 2004 - At 6-feet-5, 338 pounds, tackle George Foster is the biggest Bronco. He's also one of the biggest question marks of the 2004 season. However, coach Mike Shanahan appears to have no doubts Foster will be the right answer at right tackle.

Remedy includes winning division - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Monday, May 10, 2004 - Tuesday last, Mike Shanahan was anguishing with the flu. "Sickest I've ever been." That's an ill-advised diagnosis. Wasn't the Broncos coach sicker on Jan. 4 past? Indianapolis 41, Denver 10. All of us hereabouts were feeling kind of pukey that day. Shanahan has recovered from the flu. But he will never get over the yersinia pestis that struck the Broncos in the playoffs ... unless and until the Broncos return to the Super Bowl.

Plenty of outside (LB) chances - Denver Post - Lynn DeBruin
May 10, 2004 - Even after three mini-camp practices, Al Wilson admitted it still felt a bit strange not having John Mobley and Ian Gold at his side. "It's like they cut off my left and right arm or something," the Denver Broncos middle linebacker said. "I still feel that way. But the guys we have now are working hard." Coaches know that will only intensify come July, when the real camp - training camp - opens. If this past weekend is any indication, the fight for the two outside linebacker spots should be no less intense than the battle for the starting tailback job.

Right, left: Lepsis marches to new drill - Denver Post - Lee Rasizer and Lynn DeBruin
May 10, 2004 - No matter what the various drills were called during three days of Denver Broncos mini-camp, they meant the same thing to Matt Lepsis. Everything was an adjustment -period. Lepsis is making the switch to left tackle after starting on the opposite side for five years. One weekend wasn't enough to locate the comfort zone he had experienced at his former spot.

Lelie shows he's in it for long haul - Denver Post - Lee Rasizer
May 10, 2004 - The words jarred Ashley Lelie harder than bump coverage. "I don't think Ashley took a step forward," Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said during his season-in-review news conference in January. "I think Ashley probably played a little bit poorer than he did as a rookie."

Rookie QBs get first taste - Daily Camera - Kyle Ringo
May 10, 2004 - Denver Broncos minicamp ended Sunday with two recently drafted rookie quarterbacks exhausted. Matt Mauck, who won a national championship at Louisiana State last season, and Bradlee Van Pelt, who starred at Colorado State over the past three years, had a three-day taste of what it takes to be a pro.

No First-Day Jitters for Lynch, Bailey - - Andrew Mason
Saturday, May 8, 2004 - For John Lynch, the move from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' locker room to that of the Denver Broncos didn't sink in when he glanced at his white-and-blue practice jersey, nor when he glanced at the streamlined horse-head logo on the sides of his new helmet. It was when he glanced at his feet.

Mini-Camp Day 3: Foster Wraps Up Initial First-Team Work - - Andrew Mason
Sunday, May 9, 2004 - As mini-camp concluded, so too did the apprenticeship of offensive tackle George Foster. Prior to the weekend of practices at the Broncos' Dove Valley facility, Foster had been no more than a reserve, only utilized once in 2003 as he spent 15 of 16 regular-season weeks on the inactive list, only able to learn his trade during mid-week practices. But throughout mini-camp, Foster was a first-team mainstay, lining up at right tackle while Matt Lepsis shifted to the left side in place of Ephraim Salaam, whom the Broncos released prior to the start of free agency.

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