Training camp news briefs - Saturday, July 31

As the Denver Broncos practiced in full pads for the first time this season, they received some good and bad news. Rookie running back Tatum Bell ended his holdout and signed a contract, while defensive tackle Dorsett Davis was lost for the season.

The old Mike gets new lease on life - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
July 31, 2004 - Only one running back remains on the Denver Broncos roster who has managed a season in the 1,500-yard range while earning himself offensive rookie of the year honors. It's not Clinton Portis. "You're looking at him," Mike Anderson said this week with a smile. But there have been plenty of times during the past three years when one wondered if Anderson really was that same person. Playing a position far removed from his days as a workhorse ball-carrier, paving the way for another top-dog rookie in Portis most of the time, Anderson hasn't seemed to be the Anderson of 2000.

Capital investment - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
July 31, 2004 - ASHBURN, Va. - Clinton Portis has moved 2,000 miles east, to a different time zone and into a much different tax bracket. But some things never change, like the mischievous laugh that emanates as he talks about playing his former Denver Broncos teammates in his current team's first preseason game Aug. 9. "I just want to get the opening kickoff and run it back, then I ain't got to go in the game at all," Portis quips.

Bell accepts offer, ends holdout - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
July 31, 2004 - Tatum Bell's first official training camp practice today will amount to a grand entrance, with the second-round draft pick getting to practice at Invesco Field at Mile High in his first workout with the team. The Broncos will conduct the first of its two workouts today at the stadium at 8:30 a.m. The rookie second-round pick ended his three-day holdout Friday night and agreed to a five-year contract worth $3.715 million including a $1.72 million signing bonus, according to a league source. Guaranteed money can reach $800,000 based on playing time incentives, which, if reached, also will void the contract to a four-year deal.

Today at camp - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
July 31, 2004 - The Broncos cranked things up early Friday with their first workout of training camp in full pads. They did not have a live goal-line drill - it usually is one of the most physical drills of any training camp - but there still were plenty of collisions to go around.

Broncos will be there for Elway - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
July 31, 2004 - Denver coach Mike Shanahan informed his players during the morning practice that they would be departing Sunday morning for the preseason opener in Canton, Ohio. The early departure will allow the entire club to attend John Elway's induction ceremony at the Hall of Fame.

Bailey itching to test hands-off mandate - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
July 31, 2004 - The NFL's power brokers have made it clear that rules are rules, but Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey sees dollar signs at the root of the decision to make life a little more difficult for the league's defensive backs. "As we all know, this is a crazy business," Bailey said. "It's all about selling tickets and making money. And there's no way to get around it. Of course, the defense is going to get the worst part of it. But I don't care; I welcome it."

Eason's presence being felt this year - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
July 31, 2004 - If you're looking for Nick Eason this summer, he's much easier to locate. Eason's smack in the middle of the Denver Broncos' front four at the three-technique tackle position. On Friday morning, he was running with the first-team defense. Luther Elliss, the projected starter, was getting the first full-pad practice off because of a hamstring strain, while backup Dorsett Davis was having season-ending surgery in Vail to repair a torn tendon in his left pinkie.

Mobley sentenced in drunken-driving case - Denver Post
Friday, July 30, 2004 - A judge today sentenced former Denver Broncos linebacker John Mobley to a year in jail on a drunken-driving conviction, but suspended all but seven days of that sentence. Mobley's attorneys plan to appeal the decision, and the athlete won't go to jail right away.

Chamberlain in the lead as Sharpe's replacement - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Fri, Jul. 30, 2004 - When Byron Chamberlain signed with the Denver Broncos in May it appeared he would be one of many tight ends on the roster vying to replace Shannon Sharpe. But since Chamberlain signed, the Broncos have shown how much faith they have in him. Chamberlain worked as the first-team tight end in Denver's June minicamp and during the first three days of training camp practice he took almost every snap as the first-team tight end.

QB Kanell reaches new level of comfort - Daily Camera - Kyle Ringo
July 31, 2004 - Nine years into his professional football career, Danny Kanell has the equivalent of one Dan Marino season under his belt. Kanell, the Denver Broncos backup quarterback, has amassed 5,129 yards passing and 31 touchdown passes with three NFL teams since leaving Florida State in 1996 after a stellar college career.

Elway visits, addresses team - Daily Camera - Kyle Ringo
July 31, 2004 - When the young quarterbacks in the Denver Broncos organization roam the hallways of the team headquarters, they are bombarded with images of the standard they are held to. John Elway is everywhere. For a few moments Friday morning on the third day of training camp, Elway was back on the field addressing those quarterbacks and the rest of the team before practice. Elway was visiting Dove Valley to apply his autograph to memorabilia in advance of his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction Aug. 8. Coach Mike Shanahan invited Elway to speak to the team on the field, and before giving way to Elway, Shanahan informed his players they would all have the opportunity to see the induction ceremony.

Dominating D? - Greeley Tribune - Matt Schuman
July 31, 2004 - There's no doubt, this year's Denver Broncos training camp has a different feel to it. In all the time I've covered training camp since Mike Shanahan took over as coach, the emphasis on improving the defense has never been as clear as it is this season. Shanahan has not just given his defense a face lift, he has given it a complete makeover. By the time the season starts, there could be as many as seven new starters on the defensive side of the ball.

They're All In: Bell Signs His Contract - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, July 30, 2004 - The last deal for the Broncos' 2004 rookie class is done. Running back Tatum Bell signed with the club Friday night, ending a three-day holdout. Terms of the deal with the second-round pick were not disclosed. "We're glad to have this deal done," General Manager Ted Sundquist said. "We're excited to see what he'll do on the field for us this year, and look forward to having him on the practice field among our running backs."

Day 3 Training Camp Report: Kanell Hopes Comfort Zone Yields Results - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, July 30, 2004 - Many a passer's digit has fractured when the velocity of an arm flinging a pass met a stationary football helmet, and the same fate nearly befell quarterback Danny Kanell on Thursday. But as the Broncos strolled onto the practice fields for their first training-camp practice in full pads, Kanell was ready. It was just a bruise. "I did the same exact thing with the same finger and broke it (in Atlanta)," Kanell said, referring to an injury he incurred during the 2000 season. "I was fortunate that it was only a bruise and a blood blister."

Rich Tuten Answers Your Questions! - DenverBroncos.comRich Tuten Answers Your Questions!
Friday, July 30, 2004 - This week's Q&A is with Denver's Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Rich Tuten. After working with the Broncos for the past 10 seasons, including two World Championship years in 1997 and '98, Tuten has helped the team become one of the best conditioned in the NFL. During training camp, it's Tuten's responsibility to make sure that every Denver Bronco from rookie prospect to seasoned pro gets in to the best physical condition possible. Gaining peak strength and endurance during August is vitally important if players are to remain uninjured for the rest of the season. As the regular season progresses, Tuten helps players maintain and build on the physical advances they've made.

Training Camp Day 3 Update: Davis Lost For Season - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, July 30, 2004 - Dorsett Davis' 2004 season is done, less than two days after it began. The third-year defensive tackle underwent surgery Thursday afternoon to repair a torn tendon in his left pinkie finger. The operation will keep him out for the season. "If you don't get it fixed right away, you lose the finger very quickly, because of the lack of blood going to the finger," Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. "It's normally a recovery time of about three-and-a-half months before he can even practice, so therefore, he's gone for the season."

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