Training Camp News Briefs - Tuesday, August 3

With wide receiver Ashley Lelie sidelined, rookie Darius Watts got a chance to solidify his claim to the third wide receiver slot for the Denver Broncos. Read all the latest news from training camp in today's reports.

Tough acts to follow - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, August 04, 2004 - Rookie linebacker D.J. Williams is carrying a legacy on his broad shoulders. It began with John Mobley in 1996 and continued with Al Wilson in 1999. Williams is the third linebacker to be drafted in the first round during Mike Shanahan's 10 years as coach of the Broncos. Mobley and Wilson became full-time starters their rookie seasons. The Broncos are hoping Williams, the 17th overall pick this year, will do the same. But one week into training camp, the former Miami Hurricane is not there yet.

Asking more of Elway - Denver Post
Wednesday, August 04, 2004 - Former Broncos quarterback John Elway, who will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Sunday, appeared on "The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn" on Tuesday night.

Walls' preseason likely over - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Wednesday, August 04, 2004 - The Broncos open their five- game preseason Monday night. But cornerback Lenny Walls' preseason could be over. Walls said Tuesday that last week's foot surgery will sideline him four to six weeks, not the three the Broncos initially said. A Broncos official said Walls' injury will keep him out three to four weeks.

Dove Valley Days - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, August 04, 2004 - Defensive end Trevor Pryce made a big impression on second-string right tackle Cornell Green on Tuesday. During the morning practice, Pryce's powerful bull rush left Green flat on his back. Pryce, who improved his diet and lost weight during the offseason, is having a terrific training camp.

Big fish, new pond - Denver Post - Anthony Cotton
Wednesday, August 04, 2004 - In his new northern Virginia home, Clinton Portis indulged in a few fish - well, a few hundred of them. So many, says new teammate and neighbor Mark Brunell, "you need a wet suit and scuba gear to get through the front door."

Big task left up to Lepsis - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 4, 2004 - Some of the most important real estate for the Denver Broncos offense sits squarely beneath Matt Lepsis' feet. The Broncos left tackle often will be the last line of defense between some of the top-shelf pass rushers in the NFL and Denver quarterback Jake Plummer's blind side. So Lepsis' move from the right side - where he spent the past six seasons for the Broncos - to the left is no small matter.

Watching isn't Elliss' idea of fun - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 4, 2004 - Defensive tackle Luther Elliss has been sidelined for much of training camp because of pain in his hamstring, but that isn't close to the frustration he's feeling. "It is aggravating," said Elliss, a Mancos native. "For me, personally, it bothers me watching my fellow teammates working out so hard, doing the things they need to do to get better - and you can see them get better daily - and right now I'm not a part of that, and that's frustrating."

Broncos camp report, August 3 - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 4, 2004 - The Broncos will practice twice at their Dove Valley facility. The morning practice will begin at 8:30, with the gates opening at 7:15. The afternoon practice will begin at 3:50, with the gates opening at 3. Admission to practice and parking on the west side of the team's facility are free.

Back bruise sidelines Broncos' Lelie - Daily Camera - Zak Brown
August 4, 2004 - John Elway will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday. Two of the guys he threw to on the way, Ed McCaffrey and Shannon Sharpe, are no longer at Denver Bronco training camp. McCaffrey retired after last season and Sharpe is working out his mouth for a new gig with CBS. Throwing the football is not going to be as easy as it once was for the team, although wide receiver Ashley Lelie is expected to make a bigger contribution. So when Lelie didn't practice Tuesday because of a lower back/hip bruise, it was a bigger deal than his minor injury usually would have warranted.

Once a fan, Elliss now member of the family - Daily Camera - Zak Brown
August 4, 2004 - Living rooms across Colorado are dedicated to the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoons in the fall. Even for Bronco detractors, it's hard to avoid the team. Every regular season game is broadcast statewide, so it's no surprise that it has always been hard to avoid the Broncos at the Elliss residence in Mancos. Everyone in Luther Elliss' family is a Broncos fan.

Broncos looking to receiver Lelie - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Tue, Aug. 03, 2004 - Denver Broncos receiver Ashley Lelie was asked what he expects from himself this season, and he didn't hesitate to answer. "To get to the Pro Bowl," Lelie said. "Seriously." The Broncos may not need Lelie to be a Pro Bowler this season, but they are relying heavily on him to be better than he was in 2003, a season even he said was disappointing. The Broncos' offense lost Clinton Portis, Shannon Sharpe and Ed McCaffrey in the offseason, and Denver could be in some trouble if Lelie doesn't play up to his ability again. Unlike last season, when he disappeared at times after a fantastic training camp, Lelie said he's going to be more productive.

Training Camp Day 6: Day of the Defense - - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, August 3, 2004 - For the first time at 2004 training camp, the Broncos were on the clock. Midway through Tuesday morning's practice session, the Broncos cranked up the game and play clock, giving the offense a specific scenario with which to attack the defense -- four minutes remaining, a two-point deficit and one timeout left, with the drive beginning at the offense's 35-yard-line. The first-team offense went against the No. 2 defense, the second-team offense moved against the first-team defense, and then the third-teamers went against each other. Three possessions. No first downs.

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