Broncos near deal with D. J. Williams

The Denver Broncos are reportedly near to completing a deal with their first round draft pick, linebacker D. J. Williams. So far, only 10th pick Triandos Luke has agreed to a contract. Also in today's news - a look at Denver's tight ends.

Training Camp Preview: Tight Ends - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, July 23, 2004 - In terms of conversation volume, Denver's tight ends might be quieter this year. But when collective production is measured, recent history shows that Denver's tight ends might be more productive without Shannon Sharpe than with the future Hall of Famer at the position. In 2000 and 2001, when the Broncos did without Sharpe and utilized a rotation including Desmond Clark, Dwayne Carswell and Byron Chamberlain (in 2000 only), Broncos tight ends grabbed 202 passes for 2,111 yards and 20 touchdowns. During the two years after Sharpe returned, the team's tight ends had 39 fewer receptions, 323 fewer yards and five fewer touchdowns.

Steve Antonopulos Answers Your Questions! - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, July 23, 2004 - This week's Q&A is with Denver's Head Athletic Trainer Steve Antonopulos. The training staff on any athletic team plays a huge role in helping players with injuries heal and work to get back on the field. With training camp opening next week, a new season will commence. Camp presents unique challenges as there is an expanded number of players who are vying for roster spots, two-a-day practices and the heat of summer. Because of this, it is a time when players become more susceptible to injuries. Antonopulos and his staff work with the players in camp and throughout the season to help keep them healthy so that they will be able to perform at their best on the field.

Williams, Broncos near deal - Rocky Mountain News - Less Rasizer
July 23, 2004 - The agent for Denver Broncos first-round draft pick D.J. Williams was expecting to receive a counterproposal from the team Thursday and was optimistic the sides could reach an agreement soon. Tony Fleming of Impact Sports was expected to review the latest offer today, adding, "So far, we're on the same page. We just started getting serious over the last week," he said in characterizing the negotiations. "It could get done by the end of the weekend. Our goal is to get D.J. in camp on time, and Denver's goal is the same."

Broncos' Hayward finally ready for starting role - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Thu, Jul. 22, 2004 - Denver Broncos defensive end Reggie Hayward is upfront about what happened in his last two training camps. During each of those camps he was named the starter only to become a backup by the time the regular season started. "The last couple years when I went into camp as the starter, I always had that feeling in the back of my mind that I wasn't ready," Hayward said. "They knew I wasn't ready, and I wasn't fulfilling everything I needed to fulfill, either not enough pass rush or wasn't doing enough against the run." The Broncos can't afford a three-peat from Hayward, who reports for this year's camp with the rest of the team Wednesday.

Sentencing of Broncos' Mobley delayed until next week - Rocky Mountain News
July 23, 2004 - Sentencing for John Mobley was postponed Thursday after the Denver Broncos linebacker said he couldn't appear in court because of a family emergency. Mobley faces anywhere from seven days to two years behind bars and a fine for driving under the influence and speeding. His sentencing was rescheduled for next Friday.

Romo deadpans fishy story - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, July 23, 2004 - Sometimes in life we find ourselves in situations we never could imagine. Like surfing. In Malibu, Calif. With Bill Romanowski. When three fish are spotted about 20 yards away, their triangular fins sticking straight out of the water.

'Monday Night Football' to ESPN? - USA Today - Rudy Martzke
7/23/2004 - The NFL has had talks with various network officials that might lead to Monday Night Football shifting from ABC to the network's cable partner, ESPN, and NBC resuming NFL telecasts with the Sunday night package, according to Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, chairman of the league's TV committee.

Training Camp Preview: Offensive Line - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, July 22, 2004 -Those words define the major storyline of the Broncos' offensive line as the days to training camp dwindle. Matt Lepsis moves from right tackle to left tackle, while George Foster upgrades from little-used backup to first-team right tackle on a unit under the solo direction of Rick Dennison for the first time after three years in which Alex Gibbs helped coach the linemen on a part-time basis. The interior of the front line remains intact and solid; left guard Ben Ben Hamilton is in his third year as a starter, Pro Bowler Tom Nalen his 10th and right guard Dan Neil his seventh.

For our use, it's a two-team division - USA Today - Matt Pitzer
7/22/2004 - The AFC West again will be one of the most interesting divisions to watch, with two teams embarking on significant overhauls and the other two retaining their scintillating fantasy upside. Owners should mine the Chiefs and Broncos as much as they can. What we learned in 2003: The Broncos might have known what they're doing with quarterback Jake Plummer. Limited to 11 starts because of injury, Plummer had a career-high 91.2 passer rating and threw 15 touchdown passes vs. seven interceptions, a career-best ratio.

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