Training camp kicks off

The Denver Broncos reported to training camp at Dove Valley on Tuesday. Read what coach Mike Shanahan has to say and about the comings and goings of players, including the release of linebacker John Mobley.

Broncos sign seven players, waive three - Broncos Update
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - The Denver Broncos on Tuesday signed seven of their 2004 NFL Draft choices, including wide receiver Darius Watts, cornerbacks Jeremy LeSueur and Jeff Shoate, center Josh Sewell, quarterback Matt Mauck, running back Brandon Miree and quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt. The team also waived safety Jarious Jackson, wide receiver MarTay Jenkins and cornerback Reggie Stephens. First round pick, linebacker D. J. Williams out of Miami, has agreed to terms with the team and will sign today.

Broncos sign seven, optimistic about final two picks - Casper Star Tribune
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - The Denver Broncos signed seven of their 2004 draft picks on Tuesday and are optimistic about getting the final two under contract before training camp starts. The Broncos were optimistic about having all 10 of their draft picks signed before the first workout on Wednesday and took a big step toward that goal by signing receiver Darius Watts; cornerbacks Jeremy LeSueur and Jeff Shoate; center Josh Sewell; quarterbacks Matt Mauck and Bradlee Van Pelt; and running back Brandon Miree.

Broncos Agree to Terms With Williams - - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - Nine down, one to go. Hours after announcing the signing of seven 2004 draft picks, the Broncos agreed to terms with their first-round pick, linebacker D.J. Williams. The accord with Williams leaves running back Tatum Bell as the only member of the 2004 draft class who has not yet agreed to terms or signed with the club. "We're happy to get this done and have D.J. in the fold," General Manager Ted Sundquist said. "We have high expectations for him."

Broncos kickoff camp - 9News
7/27/2004 - One constant in Mike Shanahan's 10 seasons as Denver's head coach was an offense that was basically set heading into training camp. Not this year. With running back Clinton Portis in Washington, tight end Shannon Sharpe in a TV studio and receiver Ed McCaffrey at home with his kids, the Broncos will have plenty of questions when camp starts on Wednesday. "There are some unproven guys that haven't been with us, but I think we have the people to be very good," coach Mike Shanahan said Tuesday, reporting day for the Broncos. "Until you get it done there are always going to be those question marks."

Training camp begins - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - As players reported to training camp Tuesday, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan tried to answer the same questions his offense will attempt to resolve starting today. Shanahan addressed questions surrounding wide receiver Ashley Lelie, offensive tackles Matt Lepsis and George Foster, the backup quarterback situation - some issues that, for the first time in his tenure as Denver's coach, make his offense the most closely scrutinized unit in camp.

Top picks closer to contracts - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - When the Broncos hit the practice fields bright and early this morning for their first day of training camp, they will have a nearly full house. All their draft picks - except the top two - have signed contracts. Tuesday night, the Broncos were working out the finer points of contracts with linebacker D.J. Williams, their top pick from Miami, and running back Tatum Bell, a second- round pick from Oklahoma State. General manager Ted Sundquist expressed optimism that both players would be signed in time to practice today.

Mobley sitting out 2004 after release - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - The Broncos have lost another link to their Super Bowl championship past. Outside linebacker John Mobley, still recovering from a neck injury suffered last season, failed his physical and has been released.

Off-season shuffle - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
July 28, 2004 - He's missing a 1,591-yard rusher. He's missing a potential Hall of Fame tight end. He's missing an experienced, sticky-handed receiver in the middle of the field. So when Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan stares at all the X's and O's in his offensive playbook these days, he can add another piece of punctuation to the mix.

Williams will skip morning drills to sign - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
July 28, 2004 - D.J. Williams won't arrive for today's opening of two-a-day practices, but the Denver Broncos' first-round draft pick doesn't figure to miss much time, either. Williams, the No. 17 overall pick in April's draft, agreed to terms late Tuesday night on a six-year deal that likely will void to five seasons based on playing time and team incentives. The contract also is expected to include approximately $6.3 million in guaranteed money.

Big year expected from WR Lelie - Daily Camera - Chris Shelton
July 28, 2004 - Ashley Lelie this season will be expected to play up to his potential as a first-round draft pick and fill the void left by the retirement of Ed McCaffrey, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said Tuesday. McCaffrey was never the same wide receiver after he broke his leg in a Sept. 10, 2001, game. He retired in March after 13 seasons in the NFL.

Broncos to waive linebacker Mobley - Daily Camera - Chris Shelton
July 28, 2004 - Pro Bowl linebacker John Mobley failed his physical and will be released by the Broncos, which opened training camp today, in a move that gives former Buff Jashon Sykes a better chance to retain his starting job. Mobley will be out for the season due to a neck injury he suffered last year against Baltimore. His release clears up a roster spot as the Broncos spend training camp and the preseason whittling down the roster from 94 to 53 players.

Mobley Gone for Year - - Andrew Mason
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.

Pre-Camp Comings and Goings - - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - Seven new Broncos careers formally arose Tuesday when the team signed 70 percent of its of draft picks, but the dreams ended for three others as the team released cornerback Reggie Stephens, safety Jarious Jackson and wide receiver MarTay Jenkins as the countdown to training camp entered its final hours. he team signed second-round selection Darius Watts, third-round pick Jeremy LeSueur, fifth-rounder Jeff Shoate, sixth-rounder Josh Sewell and seventh-round selections Matt Mauck, Bradlee Van Pelt and Brandon Miree. The finalizations of those contracts bring the Broncos' total of signed players to eight; sixth-round wide receiver Triandos Luke signed his deal in June.

Broncos training camp photos Day 1 - Broncos Update
Jul 27, 2004 - The Denver Broncos reported to training camp on Tuesday at the Dove Valley headquarters. View a photo gallery as coach Mike Shanahan meets the media before two-a-day practices begin on Wednesday. View a photo gallery of the day's events.

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