Bailey shuts 'em down

When the Denver Broncos signed Champ Bailey, the word was they were getting a 'shut-down' cornerback. In Thursday's mini-camp, Bailey lived up to that promise. Read all the camp news in today's reports.

Business as usual for Bailey - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, June 11, 2004 - The Broncos' offense tested cornerback Champ Bailey during practice Thursday. Quarterbacks Jake Plummer and Danny Kanell tried to beat Bailey deep and tried to beat him short. They repeatedly failed.

Elway calls final play - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, June 11, 2004 - Before succeeding her father at Stanford, Jessie Elway will be preceding her father at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. After weeks of consideration, John Elway selected his oldest daughter, Jessie, to introduce him at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony Aug. 8 at Canton, Ohio.

Elliss what Denver 'D' needs - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
June 11, 2004 - Football coaches often attempt to light a fire under a player with their words. On Thursday, Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Larry Coyer got out his matchbook - and not for one of his daily puffs on his pipe. Asked at team camp about newcomer Luther Elliss unseating Darius Holland with the first unit at defensive tackle, Coyer in plain-spoken language lauded Elliss' efforts since signing with Denver as a free agent in March while sending a direct message to Holland - and to the entire defense - to shape up.

Hearst hits ground running - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
June 11, 2004 - A month ago, Garrison Hearst was more bystander than contender when it came to the Denver Broncos' running back job. Now, Hearst is at least getting a chance to show he belongs in the mix. Fully recovered from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in the off-season, Hearst has been taking his share of repetitions in the Broncos' team camp this week.

Bailey, Lynch bring new vibe to Broncos - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
June 11, 2004 - It was only a minicamp practice, but a big statement was made by one of the new Denver Broncos. "Didn't I tell you to stop throwing over there?" Al Wilson barked at Jake Plummer and his understudies. Over there, where the quarterbacks were throwing during Thursday's session, was Champ Bailey. And the Pro Bowl cornerback routinely slapped the ball to the ground or intercepted Plummer.

Smith Leads the Way Once Again - Andrew Mason
Thursday, June 10, 2004 - Rod Smith's place in Broncos history is secure. A decade of diligence and persistence not only gives him an exalted place in the franchise's record books, but adds weight to his words. By deed and by experience, he is a leader. Few in the team's lineage have ever been more valuable as a mentor than Smith, who never hesitates to share trade secrets he learned over the course of his NFL career. But Smith has rarely had more young receivers to tutor than he does now.

Broncos' rookie linebacker in coach's doghouse - The Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Thu, Jun. 10, 2004 - Before Wednesday's team minicamp practice, Denver Broncos first-round draft pick D.J. Williams was being projected as a starter at weakside linebacker. By the end of practice Thursday, he was in defensive coordinator Larry Coyer's doghouse. After practice Thursday, Coyer made it clear that he expected more out of Williams than he had seen Wednesday and Thursday, and said Williams had lost his grip on a starting job as a result.

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