Bailey tries hand at offense

Heralded cornerback Champ Bailey said he wanted to play some wide receiver when the Denver Broncos signed him. He got his chance on Tuesday. Read about Bailey's workout at wide receiver in today's news reports. Also - Darius Watts pushes Ashley Lelie for a starting spot.

Broncos see Watts providing electricity - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - When training camp began, all eyes were on Ashley Lelie in the Broncos' attempt to find a suitable starting wide receiver opposite Rod Smith. However, after two preseason games, all eyes are on Lelie and rookie Darius Watts in the battle for the No. 2 receiving job. Watts, a second-round pick from Marshall, has been one of the standouts of camp. Lelie is the starter, but Watts is outperforming him and could supplant him.

Bailey receptive to offense - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - The Broncos are looking to their defense to find a playmaker for their offense. Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey lined up as a wide receiver Tuesday during practice at training camp. Bailey, who likely will be part of the Broncos' third-down pass packages, said practicing at wide receiver is no training camp stunt.

Dove Valley Days - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - The Broncos were back on the practice fields Tuesday afternoon for the first time since their 16-6 preseason loss Sunday night at Buffalo. A bulk of the practice time involved nine-on-nine drills focused on run defense.

Spragan the total package - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 18, 2004 - There is an adage that has been passed down through the years in the NFL, pushed along from those with gray around their ears and years of worry lines around their eyes to those still hoping to construct a career in football. The more you can do . . . "Yeah, I heard that my rookie year, and I'll hear it years from now," Broncos linebacker Donnie Spragan said. "I guess I'd play offense if they wanted me to. They probably wouldn't need me, but I guess I could do it if they want."

As promised, Bailey gets chance to play on offense - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 18, 2004 - Get ready for Mountain Standard Time. It doesn't have the same ring as "Prime Time," the nickname given to two-way player Deion Sanders. But with cornerback Champ Bailey officially running pass routes with the Denver Broncos, the moniker fits for now. Bailey has openly talked of his desire to run routes as well as defend them. But Tuesday he was his first chance to do it, operating in four wide-receiver sets during Denver's lone practice.

Bell countdown in single digits - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 18, 2004 - The Denver Broncos offense will feature something both familiar and foreign Saturday night in Seattle: the sight of No. 26 carrying the football. Second-round pick Tatum Bell, who signed late and then missed time after undergoing finger surgery Aug. 1, is expected to make his preseason debut, barring complications in practice this week. Bell, sporting the number made famous in recent seasons by the since-departed Clinton Portis, likely won't get a huge workload, given his late arrival at camp. But Bell has been taking practice repetitions since Aug. 11 and can function in the offense, even if not fully healed.

Bell countdown in single digits - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 18, 2004 -The Broncos had one practice Tuesday and went for slightly more than 2 hours. They spent plenty of time in 11-on-11 team drills that included red-zone work and some different end-of-game scenarios when the team is facing a variety of down-and-distance situations with one or no timeouts remaining.

Bailey ready to go on the offensive - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 18, 2004 - After Tuesday's practice, Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan decided to censor the media. What you saw didn't really happen. Champ Bailey wasn't playing wide receiver and catching passes from a smiling Jake Plummer. Now go write something positive about Ashley Lelie. Upon further review, Shanahan decided to lift his ban on freedom of the press. Bailey owns a copy of the offensive playbook. Make some catches or some room, Lelie.

Absence of Sharpe has Broncos searching - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 18, 2004 - As Jake Plummer likes to say, what's the date? Well, today is Aug. 18. The Denver Broncos still haven't finished training camp two-a-days. Three more exhibition games are on the schedule. And a 10-day gap exists between the final preseason tune-up and the regular-season opener against Kansas City. So perhaps we'll take Plummer at his word when he says it's too early to worry about the passing game. Despite the fact that he hasn't thrown a touchdown pass to anyone, hasn't completed a single pass to either Rod Smith or Ashley Lelie, and has three interceptions through to preseason games.

Broncos' Bailey trying hand at offense - MSNBC.com
Aug. 17, 2004DENVER - Champ Bailey has made a name for himself as a cornerback. Now the four-time Pro Bowler wants to show what he can do as a wide receiver for the Denver Broncos. Bailey split time with the offense in the only practice run by the Broncos on Tuesday. "I told them I would like to do it," said Bailey, who has spent all five of his NFL seasons as a cornerback. "I intend to do it." Bailey said the move had been in the works for some time. It wasn't until last week that coach Mike Shanahan gave him a playbook.

Training Camp Day 15: Bailey on Offense - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - It took a mere juke move for Champ Bailey to proclaim his arrival as a two-way threat. Not long after he broke the huddle with the offensive unit for the first time at training camp, Bailey took off on his route, stopping and starting to freeze cornerback Willie Middlebrooks just after he got past the line of scrimmage. With that little bit of separation, Bailey zipped by and sprinted downfield, catching a pass from Jake Plummer in perfect stride, as if the two had connected hundreds of times before.

Broncos Waive Willie Jackson - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - Willie Jackson's comeback attempt officially ended Tuesday. The Broncos waived the veteran wide receiver, cutting ties with the former New Orleans Saints standout five months after signing him. Jackson took on a leadership role during his time with the Broncos. When the team released MarTay Jenkins prior to training camp, it was left with just Jackson and Rod Smith as receivers above the age of 25. As a result, Jackson assumed the role of mentor, helping guide the young receivers through the offseason based in part on his own experience as a rookie a decade earlier, when he didn't have veterans who guided him in the same way.

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