Broncos Update - Monday, June 21

The Denver Broncos have an abundance of wide receivers on the roster, but very little experiece. Read the latest about the receivers along with notes, quotes, anecdotes and the latest personnel news in today's edition of Broncos Update Inside Slant.

The only position more crowded than running back is wide receiver, with 12 on the roster. Quarterback Jake Plummer admitted he's still trying to lean Romar Crenshaw from MarTay Jenkins.

"I can name all of the guys who have been here for year, but some of the young guys I just know their numbers. But they're getting better, making plays. The way they get me to know their names is making more plays out here."

Rod Smith is about the only proven wide receiver on Denver's roster. Ashley Lelie certainly has the potential to be a Pro Bowl player, but he hasn't done it on a consistent basis.

Beyond that it's anyone's guess who will take the field in three-wideout packages.

Adrian Madise saw part-time action last year, and has put in the work this offseason to make the jump. So has second-year pro Nate Jackson, who recently returned from NFL Europe. Jackson, who reminds some coaches of Ed McCaffrey, admits it's been tough seeing all the competition.

"They've been here for while and they're farther ahead than me as far as the learning curve," he said. "I've been thrown into fire, but that's way it has to be if I'm going to make this team."

Don't look for the Broncos to add any more bodies at wide receiver as they have in June and July in past years. Coach Mike Shanahan admitted there's no room on the roster.


--John Elway had a tough decision to make just a few months before being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Who would introduce him?

He wanted all four of his children to present him but the Hall of Fame said only one person could do so. It came down to his mother and his oldest daughter. While his mother didn't want the spotlight, Jessie did.


"It's coming. It's a lot like San Francisco but different terminology. I've just got to change words in my head. But it's the same plays." -- Garrison Hearst on learning Denver's west coast offense.


UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers): OT Blake Brockermeyer; S Ryan McNeil.



PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: FB Reuben Droughns; OG Ben Hamilton; TE Patrick Hape; DE Reggie Hayward; CB Kelly Herndon; TE/LS Mike Leach; LB Johnny Rutledge; CB Jimmy Spencer; LB Donnie Spragan; LB Jashon Sykes; CB Scott Turner; LB Al Wilson; S Chris Young.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED: CB Champ Bailey; TE Byron Chamberlain; DE Marco Coleman; DT Luther Elliss; OT Cornell Green; RB Garrison Hearst; WR Willie Jackson; DE Raylee Johnson; S John Lynch; QB Mike Quinn; TE O.J. Santiago; CB Reggie Stephens; TE Jed Weaver.

PLAYERS LOST: DE Bert Berry; QB Steve Beuerlein; LB Keith Burns; WR Chris Cole; DT Daryl Gardener; LB Ian Gold; OG Steve Herndon; WR Ed McCaffrey; CB Deltha O'Neal; RB Clinton Portis; OT Ephraim Salaam; TE Shannon Sharpe.


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