Wednesday, August 25, 2004 - One player can't replace Shannon Sharpe, but a gaggle of tight ends may. To replace a legend, a franchise must become creative. The Broncos' tight end group is a perfect example of a team trying to come up with a solution for how to replace a future Hall of Famer. Denver decided one player couldn't replace Sharpe, who retired in May to become a game- day studio host at CBS. Instead, the Broncos have assembled a group of capable players. A veteran receiver here, a couple of stout, experienced blockers there, a young potential starter over there.
Luke catching big chance - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, August 25, 2004 - The Broncos opened training camp nearly a month ago searching for players who could provide many happy returns. After three preseason games, the search has narrowed significantly. In rookie wide receiver Triandos Luke, the Broncos have discovered a sure-handed punt returner. The job isn't Luke's to keep just yet, but it improves his chances of making the final roster.
Many happy returns? - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 25, 2004 - The battle for return jobs with the Denver Broncos has played out much like the attendance pattern of major league baseball teams that quickly fall out of the pennant race. In April, there were plenty of bodies everywhere you looked. In August, only a few have stuck around until the finish. As the Broncos head into preseason game No. 4 Friday night against the Houston Texans, some experimenting continues on special teams.
Taste of coaching whets Smith's appetite - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 25, 2004 - Former Pro Bowl defensive end Neil Smith wanted to spend his summer vacation with the Denver Broncos. And after answering the urge to return to the field - four years after his retirement as a player - Smith said he now would like an opportunity to coach full-time in the future. "No doubt," Smith said. "I really have that gut feeling this is something I want to do. I just have to adapt to the hours."
Watts aims to raise the bar with Broncos - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Tue, Aug. 24, 2004 - Denver Broncos wide receiver Darius Watts has made more plays in the exhibition season than anyone would have predicted. But there's a flip side. Watts has also made plenty of mistakes, which should remind everyone he's a rookie who can't be expected to step on the field for the Broncos this year and not have some slip-ups. "Right now I'm an average receiver making average plays and I need to step it up another notch," Watts said. Part of that statement is probably Watts trying to prove he's not complacent although he's had a fast start to his career, but there is a bit of truth to it too.
Broncos' Elam continues to get job done - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 25, 2004 - Ronnie Bradford has a lot of important details to worry about in his new job as the Denver Broncos' special teams coach. Like finding the right mix of stars and scrubs for kickoff return/coverage, punt return/coverage/block, field goal attempt/block, and so on. But unlike a lot of special teams coaches around the league, Bradford doesn't lose a wink of sleep wondering how the placekicker will perform when the game is on the line. Jason Elam — the first player in NFL history to score more than 100 points in each of his first 11 seasons — is already in midseason form having converted all nine of his field goal attempts through the first three exhibition games.
Sykes antsy on sidelines - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 25, 2004 - While Jashon Sykes sat out with a sprained knee, Donnie Spragan played well, making three tackles, including a sack, during Denver's preseason game at Seattle. And while Spragan was filling in on the strong side, first-round pick D.J. Williams was getting a chance to figure things out on the weak side. Unlike last season, Sykes is not fighting for a roster spot. But after overcoming a serious neck injury at Colorado and going from undrafted free agent to starter, there is some anxiety attached to being out with an injury.
Bell Gets Ready - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - Tatum Bell believes that his healing right middle finger is only at "about 80-85 percent." But he believes that level of recovery will have him ready to make his Broncos debut Friday night for the team's preseason home opener against the Houston Texans. "I'm just ready to get my feet wet," Bell said as he strolled off the field after Tuesday afternoon's practice session. "Practice is good tempo, but it's not the game tempo and game speed with contact. That's what I'm ready for now."
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