Training Camp News Briefs - Saturday, August 7

Denver Broncos rookie defensive tackle Brandon Kennedy, younger brother of safety Kennoy Kennedy, is turning heads in practice. Read about Kennedy in today's news reports as well as more on John Elway as Hall of Fame day approaches.

Younger Kennedy turns some heads - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 7, 2004 - One thing Brandon Kennedy doesn't need to worry about, despite being an undrafted rookie, is getting noticed. At a smidge over 5-feet-9 and 315 pounds, the squatty defensive tackle tends to stick out, especially standing next to other Denver Broncos defensive players. Even some of the team's safeties and cornerbacks - one of whom is his brother Kenoy - tower above him.

Training Camp Day 10: A Final Tune-Up - Rocky Mountain News - James Merilatt
Saturday, August 7, 2004 - In what amounted to little more than an extended walk-through, the Denver Broncos concluded their final full practice before taking the field on Monday night for the team's preseason opener against the Washington Redskins in Canton, Ohio. Practicing without pads at INVESCO Field at Mile High, the Broncos were on the field for more than two hours on Saturday morning, making sure they would be ready to go for their 2004 opener. "Today was a mental day," explained veteran safety John Lynch. "The young guys are going to play a lot on Monday, so they got most of the reps today."

Interception 101: Catch one if you can - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 7, 2004 - Not so long ago, watching Denver Broncos defensive players seemingly clad in concrete gloves or trying to replicate Edward Scissorhands while attempting to catch the ball was a running joke among the team's defensive staff. "It's why they're on defense, not offense," was how they would explain away the bobbles and drops by cornerbacks, safeties and linebackers. When the Broncos picked off a mere nine passes in 2002, losing at least two games by failing to hang onto the ball in the fourth quarter of close games, humor turned to concern.

Brandon determined to survive - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 6, 2004 - Defensive coordinator Larry Coyer and defensive backs coach David Gibbs are busy teaching in front of a Denver Broncos meeting room full of safeties and cornerbacks. Sam Brandon casts his eyes toward the seat next to him, where veteran John Lynch is scribbling notes, and Brandon strains himself with a sideways glance.

Today at camp - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 7, 2004 - The Broncos will practice twice today - their last two workouts before they leave for Canton, Ohio, early Sunday morning. Today's first practice will be at 8:30 a.m. at Invesco Field. Gates at the stadium will open at 8. The second practice will be at 3:40 p.m. at their Dove Valley complex and will be special teams only.

Eager for somebody else - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 7, 2004 - It is the last piece of the celebration puzzle at the Pro Football of Fame this weekend, but the Denver Broncos' preseason game against the Washington Redskins Monday at Canton, Ohio, will be the first game-speed step in ironing out the kinks in the Denver depth chart. "It's football, and that's what we come to play," wide receiver Ashley Lelie said. "The game is a lot more fun than practice. After hitting each other through camp you finally get to hit somebody else instead of Champ (Bailey) all day."

Sharpe in domestic dispute - Denver Post
Saturday, August 07, 2004 - Retired tight end Shannon Sharpe appeared in court Friday in Atlanta on misdemeanor simple battery charges for removing the mother of one of his children from his home. Erika Evans of Austell, Ga., went to Sharpe's Atlanta home June 29 to pick up their son, but at some point during the visit Sharpe lifted Evans and removed her from his house against her will, according to the affidavit for Sharpe's arrest.

Welcome to Denver, Ohio - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
August 7, 2004 - CANTON, Ohio - The dark blue No. 7 jersey had been behind glass the past five years, but Kenny Medina decided the time finally was right to break it out once more. This weekend, after all, is about as special as it gets for Denver Broncos fans, particularly the horde that descended upon this historic Ohio town for John Elway's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "This is our pilgrimage," Denver resident Josh Thompson said as he toured the hall Friday afternoon. "This is our Mecca." It was hard to argue. A sellout crowd of more than 22,000 will fill Fawcett Stadium on Sunday. And though the 2004 class includes Barry Sanders, Carl Eller and Bob Brown, there's little question the majority will be there for Elway - the first career Broncos player to be enshrined.

Elway's daughter will pass it to dad - Rocky Mountain News - David Montero
August 7, 2004 - In the past week, she's recited her speech in the car. In the house. About five times a day and pretty much anywhere she can. The 18-year-old doesn't care if people think she's talking to herself because, for three minutes Sunday in Canton, Ohio, the nation will get to know her dad through her own words.

Adams: Brown-out did not diminish fondness for No. 7's exploits - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
August 6, 2004 - It was a Friday afternoon, Nov. 5, 1993. That day, I decided to vent at John Elway. The Denver Broncos had just ended practice and the next day we were traveling to Cleveland. Cleveland is my hometown and the football home away from home for Elway. Two words - The Drive. The AFC Championship Game, played on January 11, 1987 - four days after my 27th birthday.

Broncos are waiting in Hall's wings - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 6, 2004 - In the past, the Denver Broncos might have chosen to spell the locale of the Pro Football Hall of Fame with an apostrophe, as in Canton. John Elway's induction Sunday rates as one of the club's shining moments, yet it doesn't obscure the fact no other player who spent most of his career with the Broncos has donned a yellow Hall blazer in the 44 years since the team's inception.

Special Section: 7 heaven - Rocky Mountain News
Special John Elway section from the Rocky Mountain News

Canton just a 'Drive' away from Cleveland - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 7, 2004 - CLEVELAND — This city is finding it hard to stomach today's sports turncoats. And now the long-suffering city will be taken down nightmare lane with John Elway being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in nearby Canton, Ohio, this weekend. No. 7, of course, took his first national steps on the path to greatness on Jan. 11, 1987, when the Denver quarterback produced "The Drive" and a victory over Cleveland in the AFC Championship Game.

Pierce works on pass defense - Daily Camera
August 7, 2004 - Running back Mike Anderson attempts to shake a defender on a pass play near the goal line, but the linebacker matches him step for step and the throw goes in another direction. Surprised? The defender is Terry Pierce, who coaches say needs to be a better on pass defense.

Nalen has healthy outlook for 11th season - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Fri, Aug. 06, 2004 - Denver Broncos center Tom Nalen never complained to the media about his surgically repaired knee last season. Of course, Nalen doesn't conduct interviews with reporters during the regular season, but the main reason his knee wasn't an issue is it never hindered him. "I put pressure on myself to come back and do well," said Nalen, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in 2002. "It never bothered me. It never affected me. From the first day on I didn't think about it."

Training Camp Day 9: Better to Receive - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, August 6, 2004 - The story at the Broncos' Friday morning practice revolved around the wide receivers, as one came back, one sat out and one stepped up. Ashley Lelie was the returning receiver. After missing three straight days with back and hip problems, Lelie returned to action in impressive fashion. Seemingly eager to make up for lost time, he caught everything thrown his way throughout the two-hour practice, including a leaping fingertip catch in the corner of the end zone against Jimmy Spencer during goal-line one-one-one drills.

Marco Coleman Answers Your Questions! - DenverBroncos.com
Friday, August 6, 2004 - This week's Q&A is with Bronco defensive end Marco Coleman. After finishing his collegiate career at Georgia Tech, where Coleman finished as the team's all-time leader in sacks with 28, he was originally drafted 12th overall in the 1992 draft. Coleman has started for four different NFL teams, amassing over 61 sacks in 171 games. A durable player, Coleman has only missed five games in his career while starting all 16 games in seven of his 12 seasons in the National Football League. Voted to the Pro Bowl in 2000, Coleman came to the Broncos this year as an unrestricted free agent, where his presence will add experience and leadership to the Denver defensive front.

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