August 14, 2004 - When training camp ended last season, Danny Kanell was left holding the bag. He walked out of the Denver Broncos training facility, equipment hanging over his shoulder after the team released him as part of its final roster cutdown, and faced an uncertain future. The Broncos liked him, but they also wanted to see if they could survive with two quarterbacks on the roster. Jake Plummer's shoulder separation in Week 2 answered that question and gave Kanell back his livelihood.
Hearst always pushing limits - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 14, 2004 - The way Garrison Hearst figures it, after 11 NFL seasons he still runs with plenty of power. The power of knowledge, that is. "It's different now," Hearst said. "Now I just know. I know how to prepare, what to do. When I was younger, you just didn't know. Trying to learn and perform at the same time, you can't do as well. That's because you're out there thinking instead of reacting."
Oft-flagged Broncos weren't the worst - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 14, 2004 - The Broncos have spent much of the past week trying to tie up whatever loose ends they found in their first preseason game - Monday at Canton, Ohio. And one of the items on the things-to-do list has been reducing penalties. The Broncos were flagged 13 times for 118 yards in the 20-17 loss to the Redskins.
Broncos camp report, August 14 - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 14, 2004 - The Broncos practiced the hurry-up offense extensively, with offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak giving play calls and encouragement into a walkie-talkie miked into his quarterbacks' helmets. Nate Jackson, continuing a couple of solid practice days, made an impressive fourth- down catch with Willie Middlebrooks draped on him on fourth-and-6 during the afternoon period. Darius Watts had a tough day, having a deep post batted away by Sam Brandon in 7-on-7 drills and dropping a third-down pass in the 2-minute drill.
Johnson bumps Hayward as starting defensive end - Daily Camera - Dave Southorn
August 14, 2004 - One of the most pressing needs on the Bronco defense is a player to replace defensive end Bertrand Berry's 11.5 sack output from last season. Fourth-year pro Reggie Hayward began training camp No. 1 at right defensive end, but lost his starting position to 12-year veteran Raylee Johnson this week.
Herndon welcomes getting 'picked on' - Daily Camera - Dave Southorn
August 14, 2004 - Denver Broncos cornerback Kelly Herndon is used to being challenged. After all, Herndon went undrafted coming out of the University of Toledo in 1999 and was cut from the San Francisco 49ers training camp that year. He was out of football for the rest of that season and the 2000 season. He caught on with the New York Giants in 2001, only to be cut in September of that year. Finally, the Denver Broncos gave him a chance and he was with the practice squad for most of 2001.
KCNC kicks up heels with Broncos - Daily Camera
August 14, 2004 - They're in the midst of a week of change at a couple of the sports departments at Denver's major TV network affiliates. Channel 9 has its first new No. 1 sportscaster in four years. And Channel 4, back as official station of the Denver Broncos for the first time since 1995, is going to let everyone know they've returned.
Training Camp Day 13: Miree Out for Season - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, August 13, 2004 - Brandon Miree's rookie season is over before it began. Thursday, the rookie fullback injured his thumb in practice, tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. A day later, the team announced that it will necessitate surgery and a rehabilitation that will keep him from playing this fall. "Basically the thumb came all the way back," Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. "Anytime it's dislocated, they're going to go in there and have surgery. It will probably take two to three months to heal. He'll be out for the season."
Broncos' Pierce will use extra game to learn new position - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Fri, Aug. 13, 2004 - Terry Pierce can't complain about the Denver Broncos having an extra exhibition game this season. He needs all the experience he can get learning a new position. Pierce, a second-round draft pick last year, is making the transition from middle linebacker to outside linebacker. Denver plays its second of five exhibition games at Buffalo on Sunday night. Defensive coordinator Larry Coyer said Donnie Spragan will start at strongside linebacker Sunday ahead of Pierce, but Pierce will get plenty of playing time.
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