Countdown to cuts begins

As the Denver Broncos go into a regular practice schedule this week in preparation for their game against the Houston Texans, the first round of personnel cuts looms. Read about it in today's news reports.

Pryce approaching 30 with new game plan - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Tuesday, August 24, 2004 -Trevor Pryce turns 30 - a fairly advanced age in NFL tree-ring years - in 344 days. Yet, 49 weeks shy of the landmark, Pryce finds himself doing everything he can to prolong his NFL career and ward off those tree rings. "I can see a little bit of that light at the end of the tunnel," said Pryce, a four-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman for the Broncos. "So, I want to do everything I can to make sure I'm still effective after 30, and as many years after that as possible. I'm going to be 30 pretty soon, so I need to do things differently."

Walls, Sykes return - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - The Broncos' defense moved a step closer to having its first unit healthy Monday with the presence of cornerback Lenny Walls and linebacker Jashon Sykes on the practice fields. Both practiced on a limited basis. Still, their status for Friday night's preseason game against the Houston Texans at Invesco Field at Mile High remains in question. Both said they would like to play but wouldn't be surprised if they were saved for the preseason finale, at home Sept. 2 against the Arizona Cardinals.

Players aware 37 cuts are just around corner - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 24, 2004 - In some ways, it is addition because of subtraction. As in, the closer it gets to the time the Denver Broncos must trim 37 players from their roster, the more chance there is for those watching the calendar to worry about the whole thing. "It's hard to keep from worrying about what the future might hold," rookie defensive tackle Brandon Kennedy said. "But all you really can do is keep trying to get a look. You just go out there and keep working. The coaches are going to do what they have their mind to. What you want to do is make it as hard as you can for them."

Pope's play gets Coyer's blessing - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 24, 2004 - A Denver Broncos coaching staff that has been seeking stability from defensive tackle Monsanto Pope is itself displaying some consistency. Pope is running with the first-team defense at nose guard for the second consecutive week. And while defensive coordinator Larry Coyer warned that the depth chart can change, he said Pope acquitted himself well during Saturday's 19-3 victory at Seattle.

Broncos not much closer to figuring out starters -
Monday August 23, 2004 - Training camp is over and the Denver Broncos have already played three preseason games. That doesn't mean they're any closer to figuring out starters for several key positions. Beginning with Friday's home game against Houston and the preseason finale Sept. 2 against Arizona, the Broncos will begin the process of whittling down the roster.

Bell set to make Bronco debut - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 24, 2004 - Tatum Bell sprinted through the secondary so fast during Monday's practice that the defensive backs coach felt the breeze as the rookie roared past him. "Hey," David Gibbs hollered. "Fresh legs!" Bell should be feeling relatively refreshed after a brief holdout at the start of the Denver Broncos' training camp and then sitting out of the majority of contact drills and the first three preseason games with a fractured right middle finger. On Friday in the exhibition game against Houston at Invesco Field, the speedy second-round pick is expected to make his NFL debut.

Plummer has plenty to prove Friday - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 24, 2004 - Jake Plummer thinks his critics are just beating a dead horse, or Bronco, as the case may be. "I'm sick of hearing about it, really," Denver's starting quarterback said after Saturday's 19-3 win at Seattle. The first-team offense moved the ball effectively but once again failed to get into the end zone. "It's the preseason. I know we need to start scoring down there. I'm not in panic mode yet. When the regular season starts and we start scoring touchdowns, I don't think anybody is going to care that we didn't score three TDs on three drives against Seattle in the preseason."

On Schedule - - Andrew Mason
Monday, August 23, 2004 - For Watts and Other Rookies, It's Time to Get Used to a Regular-Season Routine - The fact that the Broncos practiced with far more players than they will use in the regular season -- 89, to be exact, with the Monday addition of linebacker Riall Johnson -- meant that in one respect, Monday's work was little different than what the team faced for the previous three and a half weeks. But the hundreds of spectators who attended the practice sessions were gone, along with the bleachers in which many of them sat. So too were the phalanx of television cameras that documented every snap of training-camp practice.

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