Training Camp News Briefs - Tuesday, August 3

Rookie cornerback Roc Alexander and rookie quarterback Matt Mauck are making their marks as training camp continues for the Denver Broncos. Read about some changes as the Broncos release their first depth chart of the season.

Mauck rising rookie at QB - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, August 03, 2004 - Matt Mauck enters the NFL with the distinction of being a higher draft pick in baseball than he was in football. In 1997, the Chicago Cubs drafted him in the sixth round; in April, the Broncos drafted Mauck in the seventh round. Less than a week into training camp, Mauck holds a more significant distinction.

Bell's status uncertain after surgery - Denver Post - Mark Kizla
Tuesday, August 03, 2004 - Thwack is the primal sound that makes Americans foam at the mouth for football. Thwack sounds like two-by-fours smacking together flush in the heart of the wood. Thwack was the sound that echoed throughout Broncos training camp Monday, when running back Mike Anderson violently collided with linebacker Al Wilson.

Roc looks like rookie gem - Denver Post - Patrick Saunder
Tuesday, August 03, 2004 - Eager to put legal problems in Seattle behind him, cornerback Roc Alexander is listed ahead of two drafted rookies on the depth chart.Rookie cornerback Roc Alexander made a name for himself during the first week of Broncos training camp. So much so that the graduate of Colorado Springs' Wasson High School found his name listed second at right cornerback Monday when the Broncos released their first depth chart of camp.

Neil Smith camping out as coaching intern - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, August 03, 2004 - The Broncos' newest face in training camp is an old one. Former Pro Bowl defensive end Neil Smith arrived in Denver during the weekend to begin his coaching internship with the Broncos. He spent Sunday reviewing videotape of the Broncos' defensive line, Monday offering pointers to it, and will continuing doing the same for at least the next three weeks.

Passing expectations - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 3, 2004 - The question after the first week of Denver Broncos training camp isn't whether Matt Mauck figures to stick as the team's No. 3 quarterback. The amount of practice repetitions he's receiving, like the amount of chatter about the player who last season helped lead Louisiana State to its first national championship since 1958, seemingly grows by the day. And at this point, it appears he'll have to fall on his face not to earn primary clipboard duties. A more pertinent question is whether a seventh-round draft choice actually could give Danny Kanell a run for the job as Jake Plummer's backup.

Linebackers to get a close look - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 3, 2004 - The first depth chart of the Broncos training camp was handed out Monday before practice. It took less than an hour before it was rendered obsolete. Listed No. 1 were Donnie Spragan at weak-side linebacker and Jashon Sykes on the strong-side. When team drills commenced, first-round draft pick D.J. Williams and Terry Pierce had taken their places.

Broncos camp report, August 3 - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 3, 2004 - The Broncos will practice twice at Dove Valley. The morning practice will begin at 8:30 with gates opening at 7:15. The afternoon practice will be for special teams only starting at 3:50. Gates will open at 3. Special-teams practices are abbreviated, usually about an hour, and don't include the full squad.

Adams: Experience is fresh in assistant's mind - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
August 3, 2004 - How the time flies. At the end of the Denver Broncos' morning practice session Monday, veteran defensive lineman Trevor Pryce walked off the field in conversation with coaching assistant Neil Smith. Yes, it's the same Neil Smith who earned six Pro Bowl berths as a defensive end and finished his NFL career ranked No. 17 on the league's all-time list for sacks with 104 1/2. The same Neil Smith who helped Denver win Super Bowl XXXII when Pryce was a rookie in the 1997 season.

Hearst ready to make an impact - Daily Camera - Kyle Ringo
August 3, 2004 - Garrison Hearst is 33 years old, a real gray-hair among running backs. He has carried the football 1,861 times in the National Football League, and he would like a few more opportunities this season with the Denver Broncos. It will be his 12th year in the league if he makes the team. He was listed third on the depth chart on the fifth day of training camp Monday.

Working his way up quickly - Daily Camera - Kyle Ringo
August 3, 2004 - When the Denver Broncos released their first depth chart of training camp Monday morning, there were a few surprises. Tops among them might be the emergence of Roc Alexander, a former standout at Wasson High School in Colorado Springs, as a second-string right cornerback.

Training Camp Day 5: Roc on a Roll - - Andrew Mason
Monday, August 2, 2004 - The Broncos drafted two cornerbacks in the first five rounds last spring. But for now, it's the undrafted free agent who sits ahead of the two draftees on the depth chart. Denver released its first 2004 depth chart Monday morning, and amidst all the names and placements, the one that jumped out was Roc Alexander's status as second-team right cornerback, right behind Kelly Herndon and ahead of fifth-round pick Jeff Shoate, who sits on the third team, and third-round selection Jeremy LeSueur, who is listed on the fourth string.

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