Broncos News Briefs - Thursday, August 26

The 2004 Denver Broncos draft class is making a solid contribution so far, with players such as linebacker D. J. Williams and wide receiver Darius Watts (in photo) sure bets to make the roster. Read about it in today's news reports.

Draft: "So far, so good" - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Thursday, August 26, 2004 - Being a rookie in the preseason doesn't mean much in an NFL camp. The youngsters, no matter their potential, are the lowest form of NFL kind this time of year. That's why first-round pick D.J. Williams - he of $6 million in guaranteed contract money - had to carry a leaning, 10-foot high stack of shoulder pads into the locker room after a long, hot practice this week. Rookies do the chores around camp.

Plum roll for Plummer - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 26, 2004 - If Jake Plummer is going to flourish as the Denver Broncos' quarterback, he's going to have to just roll with it. Not the punches. Not the changes. He's going to have to roll with the ball in his hands and make throws on the move. "It's a big part of this offense," Plummer said. "Luckily, it's something I've always kind of been able to do." And, in large part, the overall success of the Broncos' passing game this season just might depend on how the team does when Plummer has left behind the traditional pass pocket and is moving to his left or right.

Hearst ready for more carries - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 26, 2004 - Time heals all wounds, but so does a lack of time. Running back Garrison Hearst's practice repetitions were limited by the Denver Broncos during off-season mini-camps and at the beginning of training camp. The reason: Hearst was working his way back from arthroscopic knee surgery in December that ended his 2003 season with San Francisco, and the Broncos wanted to make certain he was fully healthy before increasing his workload. The kid gloves are now officially off.

Walls ready, but will wait - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 26, 2004 - Lenny Walls was expected to miss all of the preseason after suffering an ankle injury that required surgery the first week of training camp. With two exhibition games remaining, the Broncos' starting right cornerback reports that he is ready to play. The only problem is Denver is hosting Houston on Friday in a meaningless game. Kansas City doesn't arrive for the regular-season opener until Sept. 12. "I'd say (Walls) is 100 percent," head coach Mike Shanahan said after Wednesday's practice. "But I'd say it's 99 percent he won't play (against Houston), and we'll get him ready for the Arizona game."

'Surreal' journey leads to the NFL - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 26, 2004 - A lot of college students work odd jobs during the summer to get by, but not many jobs are as odd as the one Jeff Shoate did as an undergraduate at San Diego State. In fact, he wouldn't even know how to word it on his rsum. "We didn't even have a term for it, really," Shoate recalled Wednesday after working a shift for his new employer, the Denver Broncos. "We worked for mortuaries. We were like a contract service where we would go and pick up dead bodies."

Walls on the Mend - - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, August 25, 2004 - A few minutes after Wednesday afternoon's practice session -- the last before the team laces up its cleats for the preseason home opener Friday night against the Houston Texans -- nearly all of the Broncos had adjourned to the locker room. But one of the last players on the field was a man who isn't likely to see even one snap of action against Houston -- cornerback Lenny Walls.

Broncos' kicker trained in offseason to help stave off injuries - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Wed, Aug. 25, 2004 - The Denver Broncos still have a few things to fret about - namely, the starting offense - before the regular season begins. But there's not much worry when kicker Jason Elam trots onto the field. Elam is 9-for-9 on field goals in three this exhibition games season, and is practically an afterthought as the season nears. "I don't get into many pep talks with Jason," Broncos special teams coach Ronnie Bradford said. "He's been around this thing for many years and he knows what he needs to do to take care of business."

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