Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - Camp hasn't begun, but the Broncos have already lost a player for the season. Head Coach Mike Shanahan confirmed Tuesday afternoon that linebacker John Mobley will miss the 2004 season as a result of the neck injury he incurred last fall at Baltimore. At the team camp in June, Shanahan indicated that Mobley would return if he passed a physical in July. Tuesday, Shanahan confirmed that Mobley failed the physical, and that the team would have to release him for now, although the door is open for a return if he heals and can play again.
Broncos release Mobley - Rocky Mountain News
July 27, 2004 - The Denver Broncos released linebacker John Mobley today because of a lingering neck injury that will keep him from playing this season. Mobley bruised his spine on Oct. 26 in a collision with teammate Kelly Herndon and Baltimore running back Jamal Lewis. Mobley had hoped to return this season, but a specialist determined last month that the bruise was still there.
Getting defensive - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - Still sweaty from his offseason workout, and flush with optimism for the upcoming season, Broncos cornerback Lenny Walls made a bold statement. "I think we have the talent to win the Super Bowl this year - with defense," Walls said recently. Informed of Walls' comment, defensive coordinator Larry Coyer was pleased, but added a touch of realism.
Third-round choice done deal - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - With training camp looming, the Broncos are bringing their rookie draft choices into the fold. Monday, they signed cornerback Jeremy LeSueur, a third-round draft choice from Michigan. LeSueur signed a three-year contract worth $888,000 that includes a $463,000 signing bonus. General manager Ted Sundquist said Monday he is optimistic all 10 drafted rookies - including first-round pick D.J. Williams, a linebacker - will be in the fold by the first practice of camp Wednesday.
Off-season shuffle - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
July 27, 2004 - In the loser's locker room in Indianapolis in January, Clinton Portis was asked to assess the off-season moves the Denver Broncos were facing. At the time, the status of Shannon Sharpe, Al Wilson and Ed McCaffrey still needed to be hashed out. "We lose Shannon, Al and Eddie Mac?" Portis said rhetorically after the team's 10-6 season had ended with a blowout loss to the Colts in a wild-card playoff game. "That's a rebuilding year." Fast-forward to today, when the Broncos report for their opening meeting of 2004 training camp -
Broncos receivers facing a challenge - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
July 27, 2004 - Training camp for the Denver Broncos will begin Wednesday. While most people will watch the feet of the running backs, some of us will be watching the feet - and hands - of the receivers. In 2004, the Broncos might look to open their passing game - especially after trading their primary offensive scoring threat from the past two seasons, running back Clinton Portis.
Training Camp Preview: Running Backs - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, July 26, 2004 - Every running back in the Broncos' stable carried or caught the football at some point during the team's offseason camps. They had the opportunity to execute plays, work behind blockers, and begin absorbing the team's scheme. But that was all they had -- a chance to learn and prepare. A burning question -- just who will be the starting running back for the regular season? -- wasn't going to be answered during the offseason camps. The conditions of the practices precluded that.
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