Jackson makes push for roster

Denver Broncos wide receiver Nate Jackson stole the show in Thursday's practice at Dove Valley. Jackson is one of several players vying for the final wide receiver roster spot. Also in today's news - <i>Denver Post</i> Broncos writer Adam Schefter says goodbye.

Parting's sweet sorrow - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, August 13, 2004 - Denver Post sports writer Adam Schefter has posted his Broncos Mailbag on DenverPost.com since 2000. This 156th installment of the Internet-exclusive series is also his last, for next week Adam starts work with the NFL Network.

Kanell to see more snaps in next game - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, August 13, 2004 - The Broncos' playing rotation for Sunday night's game in Buffalo will closely resemble the one they used in Canton, Ohio, against the Washington Redskins. With one slight change. Instead of rookie Matt Mauck getting the majority of snaps at quarterback, veteran quarterback Danny Kanell will. Broncos offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said after starting quarterback Jake Plummer exits the game, Kanell will play about 1 1/2 quarters.

Coleman's game of love - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, August 13, 2004 - Marco Coleman didn't need the money. And he certainly didn't want the hassle of uprooting his wife and three children and moving to Denver for the sake of an uncertain future with the Broncos. So the veteran defensive end quit football in early June, shortly before the Broncos' camp. But just days into an uneasy retirement, Coleman looked deep inside himself and discovered that part of him still needed football. Two weeks later, the 34-year-old was back in Denver.

Too big a drop in performance - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 13, 2004 - Watching the Denver Broncos try to catch passes in the preseason opener was like seeing one of those choreographed fight scenes in the old Batman TV show, without the sounds of glass shattering in the background. Doink. The ball caroms off the face mask of rookie Darius Watts. Thwack. The ball bounces off the hands of fullback Reuben Droughns as he turns upfield prematurely, negating a chance at a touchdown. Thud. The ball deflects off an outstretched Jed Weaver on a corner route in the end zone. Good thing the preseason, like a superhero, is only make-believe.

Broncos camp report, August 13 - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 13, 2004 - Receiver Nate Jackson was chewed out for going offsides Wednesday, then responded with several nice catches. The upswing continued Thursday morning, when he beat Champ Bailey and Roc Alexander on deep sideline routes. Jackson is battling Charlie Adams and Willie Jackson for perhaps the final roster spot at wideout.

Wilson leads revamped LB corps - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 13, 2004 - John Mobley and Ian Gold are gone. Jashon Sykes is hurt. And Terry Pierce and D.J. Williams are raw. But the Denver Broncos linebackers, regarded as one of the NFL's best units a year ago, are expected to lead a revamped defense this season. So is there more pressure on middle man Al Wilson? "It's not any more pressure than I would put on myself to be successful and make sure our unit is successful," Wilson said after Thursday's practices. "It's no pressure on me, man. I just want to go out and play my game and make sure we play together as a unit, have fun and not be the weak link of this defense."

Hessler gets lift at Bronco practice - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 13, 2004 - How bad is Matt Lepsis struggling at left tackle? After Thursday morning's practice he couldn't even move a rushing media mob out of the way. Lepsis, the Denver Broncos' starting right tackle the previous five seasons, has always been very professional on and off the field. Even though he is growing tired of talking about a shaky performance in the first of five preseason games, the former Colorado tight end was able to put the adversity into perspective with some help from an old friend. John Hessler was in the house. The former CU quarterback, who was badly injured during a hit-and-run accident last October, watched the Broncos practice from the sideline in his wheelchair.

Denver Broncos 2004 Season Preview - Seattle Post Intelligencer
Thursday, August 12, 2004 - It's time for the Denver Broncos to give up the ghost. The ghost, John Elway, wore the No. 7 jersey for 16 glorious seasons in the Mile High City, and recently took his rightful place alongside the other immortals in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Though Elway hasn't taken a snap since leading his team to a win in Super Bowl XXXIII, his aura continues to haunt an organization that hasn't won a playoff game since his departure following the 1998 season.

Training Camp Day 12: The Nate Jackson Show - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, August 12, 2004 - By the time Thursday morning's practice session ended, wide receiver Nate Jackson had tallied enough acrobatic receptions to be sufficient for an entire week's worth of training-camp work. But midway through the team's two-hour practice at Dove Valley, things were not faring so well. As the team went through seven-on-seven drills, Jackson snared a short pass near the right sideline and turned upfield. But Jackson held up around his shoulder, allowing cornerback/assistant coach Jimmy Spencer to get a hand on the football, causing Jackson to bobble the ball before regaining control. Although Spencer's area of coaching responsibility is in the defensive backfield, he had some words for Jackson as he finally regained control of the football.

Brandon Miree's Rookie Journal: Week 3 - DenverBroncos.com
Wednesday, August 11, 2004 - It was a great experience, playing in my first NFL game. Well, not all of it was that great. I got a wakeup call at 4:55 Sunday, along with the rest of the rookies, to get up and get to the airport. When I was there, it was my job to get food for all the running backs. I grabbed everything I could- hash browns, burgers, breakfasts sandwiches, whatever I could find. Everything seemed to be going great, and I thought I was going to have enough to go around, so I gave a sandwich to fellow rookie Santonio Beard. I was sweating bullets just minutes later, though, when I found out that Reuben Droughns hadn't gotten anything.

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