Monday, August 23, 2004 - Second halves of preseason games rarely offer intrigue or glances into the future or past. However, late in the Broncos' first preseason win Saturday night, a 19-3 victory at Seattle, a compelling thing happened: Mike Anderson took over.
Penalties on "D" red flag for Shanahan - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Monday, August 23, 2004 - Aggressive? Check. Swarming? Check. Potential to be something special? Check. Perfect? Far from it. For all of the good things it has accomplished in three preseason games, the Broncos' rebuilt defense continues to draw too many yellow flags. Coach Mike Shanahan wants that mess cleaned up.
Denver players notice flashes of potential - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 23, 2004 - Folks might dig the long ball, but with three games of their preseason schedule off the docket, the Denver Broncos have chosen to show their less sensitive side. That when push comes to shove this season - and it will if they have any designs on winning the AFC West - they will be willing to get some dirt under their fingernails. "There's some potential there," Broncos linebacker Al Wilson said. "We'll see, there are still some things we need to clean up, but there's something there."
Almost in vintage form - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 23, 2004 - Mike Anderson rammed through defenders. He darted around them. He even showed a little shimmy with a nifty spin move or two. It was a vintage performance by the Denver Broncos running back. This past weekend? Yeah, then, too. "They've been showing a lot of classic stuff on NFL Network, and I saw him and told him about it," Broncos right tackle George Foster recalled of a recent conversation he had with Anderson after watching a Denver game circa 2000, the running back's Rookie-of-the-Year season. "I said, 'Boy, you were a beast back then.' " Four years later, Anderson has turned in another monster performance.
Elam still a perfect example for offense - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 23, 2004 - Jason Elam wouldn't call it perfect, but his preseason has gone just fine so far. With the Denver Broncos offense still in the hunt for more touchdowns, Elam has had plenty of opportunities to get himself in the groove. Elam, who is headed into his 12th season, has gone 9-for-9 in field-goal attempts in the Broncos' three preseason games.
Broncos' talent, depth in backfield paying off - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 23, 2004 - On the eve of training camp, Mike Shanahan was quizzed about his backfield after trading back-to-back 1,500-yard rusher Clinton Portis during the offseason. Would the Denver Broncos' new starter be Quentin Griffin, Mike Anderson, Garrison Hearst, Tatum Bell? Through three preseason games it appears like the running game will continue to be one of the strongest in the league.
Anderson Soldiers to Stellar Night - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Sunday, August 22, 2004 - It took the words of wide receiver Rod Smith to truly put Mike Anderson's splendid, 120-yard, one-touchdown performance during Saturday night's 19-3 win over the Seattle Seahawks into focus. For a decade, Smith has been a mainstay at the Broncos' offseason workouts. If the facility was open for players to lift weights and run windsprints, Smith was there without fail, not only pushing himself, but exhorting his teammates, leading by words and by example. But he often takes particular interest in players who he feels might need encouragement the most. This offseason, one such player was Anderson, whose 2003 season was dominated by the four-game league substance-abuse suspension that kept him sidelined through much of the year's stretch run.
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