Broncos News Briefs - Friday, August 20

As training camp nears an end, safety John Lynch has taken a leadership role with the Denver Broncos. Read about it in today's news reports.

Putzier may catch new contract - Denver Post - Bill Williamson and Patrick Saunders
Friday, August 20, 2004 - As an indication the Broncos think Jeb Putzier may be their tight end of the future, the team is negotiating with his agent about locking up the third-year pro to a long-term contract. The Broncos and agent Joe Linta are talking about a contract extension that would take the potential restricted free agent - one of the team's preseason standouts - off the market for several years.

Bowlen losing to unworthy foe - Denver Post - Al Lewis
Friday, August 20, 2004 - Should anyone feel sorry for Pat Bowlen? In 1998, the Broncos owner used the euphoria of a Super Bowl win to coax metro-area taxpayers into funding most of a new $360 million stadium. The team hasn't won a playoff game since taxpayers built this steel monstrosity - named after Invesco, a scandalized mutual-fund company that isn't exactly adding to Denver's reputation. While we're stuck paying for Bowlen's palace, Bowlen's fortunes keep rising.

Defensive positions remain up for grabs - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Friday, August 20, 2004 - Two realizations about the Broncos' defense are apparent with three preseason games remaining before beginning the quest for the AFC West title: The group is improved, but it is an incomplete unit. While Denver's defense has been the positive story of the preseason, a significant percentage of the starting lineup remains up for grabs.

Fame game postponed - Denver Post - Terry Frei
Friday, August 20, 2004 - Citing Wednesday's wet weather and the possibility of further rain, promoters postponed the "Game of Fame" flag football event scheduled for tonight at Invesco Field at Mile High. The game, featuring John Elway quarterbacking a team of former Broncos against an NFL all-star unit led by Joe Montana, was rescheduled for Oct. 1 at the stadium.

Rookies pool their talents - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 20, 2004 - The water isn't fine. But they are the kids, after all, the fresh faces, and they want to jump in anyway. It doesn't matter that the pool that is the Denver Broncos' season will be filled with steely-eyed passers waiting to find the kids. Not even if the quarterbacks are the likes of Indianapolis' Peyton Manning and Tennessee's Steve McNair - the NFL's co-MVPs last season - and Kansas City's Trent Green, Jacksonville's Byron Leftwich, Atlanta's Michael Vick and Carolina's Jake Delhomme.

Ferguson understands backup plan - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 20, 2004 - Nick Ferguson has been through this drill before: Thrown into the starting lineup, removed, made a key reserve with considerable special-teams responsibilities. It happened to him while with the New York Jets earlier in his career.

Broncos camp report, August 20 - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 20, 2004 - The Broncos moved their morning practice to a nearby indoor facility because of the weather. They practiced for about 2 hours. The team moved outside for its afternoon session. At one point in the workout, safety John Lynch, because he didn't like the way the practice was going, gathered the team at the middle of the field to make his feelings known.

Lynch takes on leadership role - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 20, 2004 - The Denver Broncos' Thursday afternoon practice was as sloppy as a rainy drive up Interstate-25. Offensive linemen were moving early, receivers were dropping passes, and Mike Shanahan's face was turning red. So the team was asked to huddle up for a lecture midway through the session. Interestingly, the head coach wasn't in the huddle or giving the lecture. John Lynch took charge of his new team.

The good, the bad, and ugly of camp - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 20, 2004 - Mike Shanahan's 10th training camp as the Denver Broncos head coach will officially end today when the team goes through a walk-through in preparation for Saturday's preseason game at Seattle. After wrapping up two-a-days on Thursday, Shanahan was asked to talk about the good, bad and ugly of training camp 2004.

Back from retirement, Coleman making an impression in Denver - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Thu, Aug. 19, 2004 - Veteran defensive end Marco Coleman called Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan before the team's June minicamp to let Shanahan know he was retiring. And Coleman said he was at peace with the decision to retire ... for about two weeks. "I really was fine with it," Coleman said. "I had no qualms, I wasn't looking back. "But the competitive nature in me kicked in and I said I don't know how I'm going to feel once it comes time for the season and I'm watching those guys out there."

Herndon playing in Bailey's shadow - Mercury News
Thu, Aug. 19, 2004 - He's the other guy, the Denver Broncos cornerback playing opposite Champ Bailey. And yet, Kelly Herndon accepts that fate. "I know Champ's reputation and with Champ's reputation, they will throw at me more," Herndon said between Thursday's two workouts. "I come to work every day prepared for it." The third-year pro out of Toledo has seen plenty of footballs thrown his way since camp opened July. Herndon gets a break only when coaches order quarterbacks to throw into Bailey's area just to keep him sharp.

Training Camp Day 17: Eason Emergent - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, August 19, 2004 - The Broncos have endured numerous injuries throughout camp. But perhaps the most frightening of all might have been when defensive tackle Nick Eason was transported to the hospital on July 31, suffering from dehydration. "It was kind of scary, waking up in the hospital, not knowing that I got transported over in an ambulance," Eason said. "It was real scary."

Training Camp Day 17: Afternoon Update -- Lynch Takes Command - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, August 19, 2004 - As the Broncos went through their final training-camp practice Thursday afternoon, safety John Lynch sensed that the on-field atmosphere was as cool as the air that surrounded him and his teammates. Lynch sensed it was time for him to step in and say something. Time for him to demonstrate the kind of vocal leadership and timely prodding of his teammates that helped define his years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, when he was as valuable to the team for his words and example as he was for any tackle, hit or interception.

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