Broncos News Briefs - Thursday, August 19

Read about former CSU quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt in today's news reports on the Denver Broncos. Also - running back Tatum Bell hopes to play against Seattle this weekend.

QB waiting for work - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, August 19, 2004 - Bradlee Van Pelt's rookie NFL training camp has been a seesaw ride. The former Colorado State quarterback has tried to balance his need to be patient against his relentless passion for the game. It has not been an easy trick.

Mauck feels for Bloom - Denver Post - Bill Williamson and Patrick Saunders
Thursday, August 19, 2004 - Matt Mauck made money as a professional baseball player. Jeremy Bloom made money from endorsements as a skier. Mauck got to continue to play college football. Bloom didn't. His appeal to play football was denied by the NCAA because he took ski endorsement money. "I think it's a double standard," Mauck said Wednesday. Bloom decided to continue to fight the NCAA for the right to play football at the University of Colorado despite accepting commercial ski endorsements.

Plummer, Broncos can't run from problems - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Thursday, August 19, 2004 - The Broncos are cranky. The quarterback is cruddy. The coach is crusty. No wonder. For a decade, Denver's football identity has been its offense. And now the Broncos have none. In answer to the testy question posed by Plummer, today is the outset of a crisis the likes of which Mike Shanahan has not dealt with during his previous nine years as the franchise's coach. Plummer is upset that anyone dare be concerned about the sorry recent exhibitions by the Denver offense, which so far has been inept when not invisible. Well, pardon me.

Jackson eyes roster spot - Daily Camera - Dave Southorn
August 19, 2004 - Nate Jackson has not made a catch yet in the NFL, but he hopes to catch on in Denver. Jackson, who has played in one NFL game, was acquired via trade on Aug. 12, 2003, from San Francisco. The wide receiver spent all but the final regular season game against Green Bay on Denver's practice squad last season. He said that coming to the Broncos in the middle of training camp was a struggle.

Bell hopes to play Saturday - Daily Camera - Dave Southorn
August 19, 2004 - Rookie running back Tatum Bell, who has missed Denver's first two preseason games, expects to see his first game action Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks. Bell fractured his right middle finger during his first day of practices on July 31, had surgery the next day and returned to practice on Aug. 11. He has worn a splint on his finger since then, and he slowly has been brought into the offense and given more contact.

Middlebrooks' interception was `long time waiting' - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Wed, Aug. 18, 2004 - Denver Broncos linebacker Al Wilson made sure to grab the ball after Willie Middlebrooks' interception in Sunday's exhibition game at Buffalo, and he presented it to Middlebrooks on the sideline. Don't tell Middlebrooks that interception didn't count for anything. It was his first one since 2000, when he was in his final season at the University of Minnesota, and he said he's keeping the ball. "First NFL pick, even though it's the preseason," said Middlebrooks, a 2001 first-round pick. "It was a real long time waiting." That Middlebrooks got his first interception in an exhibition game in his fourth season says a lot about the Broncos' patience with him.

Elway, Broncos represented more than just football - Papillion Times - Mitch Beaumont
Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - He was an icon of my childhood. Sunday afternoon was not complete without watching No. 7 in his orange jersey scamper across the field before he rifled a pass to a wide receiver. When he was hurt, nothing seemed right with the world, and when he was on top of his game, nothing could go wrong. Depending on the time of year and relative success of his team, John Elway was either the most loved or most hated man in Denver. Following the Super Bowl massacres in the 1980s, we all wondered if Elway was destined to be another quarterback yearning for a championship ring when he retired.

Training Camp Day 16: Bailey Would 'Like to Play Every Snap' - - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - One day after cornerback Champ Bailey caught multiple passes while taking part in several snaps at wide receiver, a palpable buzz regarding Bailey's offensive moonlighting remained. It lingered in spite of the fact that Bailey worked exclusively on defense during Wednesday morning's practice session. But while Bailey's offensive action Tuesday was his first of training camp, it was not his first of the year. "We've been doing it in our summer camps and our OTA (organized team activity) days," Head Coach Mike Shanahan said following Wednesday morning's practice session. "He's been learning for a while so it has nothing to do with our receivers."

Brandon Miree's Rookie Journal: Week 4 -
Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - I remember that it was a draw play, and the linebacker was playing deep in the secondary. I ran through the hole in the line, searching for him. When I finally did hit him, I felt like I had jammed my hand. It was stiff and sore, but nothing out of the ordinary. Only when I went back to the sideline to get some water did I know that anything was wrong. I tried to grasp a water bottle, and it immediately slipped through my hand. My grip was weak, and my hand was beginning to hurt more than just a jam should.

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