Broncos News Briefs - Friday, July 16

Read more pre-season previews of the Denver Broncos in today's news reports, including a feature on Denver's special teams.

Broncos pre-camp preview - - Brian DeLucia
Thursday, July 15, 2004 - The Broncos have an optimistic feeling heading into this season, despite very high turnover. Although they lost some key members on offense, they feel good about their upgrades on defense. CB Champ Bailey and safety John Lynch — two players with Pro Bowls on their resumés — should strengthen the secondary and provide much needed leadership. Head coach Mike Shanahan is always in a "win now mode", never more than this season.

Training Camp Preview: Special Teams - Denver - Andrew Mason
Friday, July 16, 2004 - For some Broncos, preparation for training camp includes some unorthodox methods. Take punter/kickoff specialist Micah Knorr for instance. The 6-foot-2, 199-pounder took to triathlons in the past two months, supplementing his regular workouts at the facility with a more demanding, results-oriented method. Anything to get ready and prepare oneself to make a mark. Knorr wants to improve on his per-punt average of 43.2 yards, which ranked fourth in the AFC and seventh in the NFL. But more important is improving the net average, which hovered around 32.2 yards.

Vice President of Public Relations Jim Saccomano Answers Your Questions -
Friday, July 16, 2004 - The Denver Broncos will commence their 45th season when they open the 2004 campaign against the Kansas City Chiefs at INVESCO Field at Mile High. For the 27th consecutive season, Jim Saccomano will be in the press box as the club begins play. The Denver native is the team's Vice President of Public Relations, a role in which he serves as the club's primary spokesman and handles all of the organization's interactions with the local, national and global media outlets. He has worked on Super Bowls XXI, XXII, XIV, and the World Championship Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII. In addition to his five Bronco Super Bowls, he has worked for the National Football League's public relations staff at 15 additional Super Bowls, including being a seven-time co-captain of the NFL's Super Bowl PR staff.

Training Camp Preview: Defensive Backs - - Andrew Mason
Thursday, July 15, 2004 - Since 2001, Denver's defense mastered the art of being good -- very good. Not since the heyday of the Orange Crush (1976-78) had the Broncos ranked in the league's top 10 defenses for three straight years until the team's most recent campaigns. For the past three years, Denver's defense has been among the league's best, and has improved relative to the rest of the league each season, from No. 24 in 2000 to No. 8 a year later, sixth in 2002 and fourth last fall. Spearheading the improvement was the team's pass defense, which rose from 17th to sixth on the league tables in spite of boasting two first-year starters at cornerback for most of the season.

Wild AFC West will showcase firepower -
July 15, 2004 - The Broncos were involved in a rare blockbuster NFL trade -- running back Clinton Portis for cornerback Champ Bailey -- and might very well have gotten the better of it. Portis is a tremendous talent, but the Broncos' long history of running the ball successfully with a variety of backs is impossible to ignore. Somehow, you have to believe that, through know-how and commitment, they will find a way to put together a productive ground attack from among second-year man Quentin Griffin, veteran Garrison Hearst and rookie Tatum Bell. But coming up with one of the league's foremost shutdown corners is another matter. It was a gutsy move that could pay huge dividends because Bailey not only can minimize the effectiveness of the opponent's best receiver, he can free up safeties and linebackers to be involved in blitzing and other coverage.

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