A DAY'S DIFFERENCE:
Twenty-four hours after cold weather and an equally cold performance level, the Denver Broncos closed out their 2004 Training Camp with perhaps their most rousing level of intensity to date.
"I think everybody was just glad to get camp over with," joked rookie running back Tatum Bell, who's lobbying for some playing time Saturday night against the Seattle Seahawks, despite having two screws implanted in the middle finger of his right hand.
"I haven't been able to catch any passes yet but hopefully I can take some handoffs," said Bell.
Bell will be on the Broncos active roster for the game but is unsure as to how many reps, if any, he will receive throughout the contest.
"I don't really know yet," Bell said. "The starters are pretty much going to go the whole first half, so any time after that. I've been getting hit in practice so if I get hit during the game, it's something I've already been through. I don't think it (the injury) will affect the way I run, just blocking and catching a little bit."
Friday's lone practice session saw a concerted effort to try and overcome the recent offensive woes as Jake Plummer and first team receiving corps. spent time working on both short and long field passing patterns.
Plummer hooked up with wide receiver Rod Smith on back to back crossing patterns along the left sideline, with Smith straddling the hash mark as he brought the ball in.
LONG TERM TIGHT END:
Tight end Jeb Putzier is steadily working his way up the depth chart while his agent and Broncos management are working their way toward a contract extension that would lock up the potential free agent for the next several years.
Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist and Joe Litna, Putzier's agent, admitted Thursday that they are in negotiations for the extension, but declined comments on the specifics of the deal.
Putzier has split time between the first and second units this week and stands as a serious contender to challenge Byron Chamberlain, who had been the Broncos number one wide receiver throughout camp, as the teams' starter.
Both sides expect a contract to be worked out by next week.
THE NOISE FACTOR:
Looking to overcome a disappointing an 0-2 preseason record the Broncos did their best to simulate the kind of conditions they may face in Seattle Saturday night, utilizing several loudspeakers around the field heavily cranked with cheers and various crowd noise during team drills.
The audio system is nothing new to the Broncos, it's used regularly at practice as preparation for road games against teams that are known for having extremely loud stadiums.
While each player has their own specific goals for this Saturday's game against the Seahawks, head coach Mike Shanahan's was perhaps the most direct and to the point.
"I'd like to score some touchdowns," said Shanahan flatly.
(Saturday night's game against the Seahawks will be broadcast locally on KCNC-Channel 4 beginning at 8:00 MST.)