Broncos get serious for Texans

When the Denver Broncos face off against the Houston Texans in tonight's preseason game, the starters will see their most extensive action to date as the team tunes up for the regular season. Read about the game in today's news reports.

Broncos to play Texans as if it counted - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold,
August 27, 2004 - It's not something the NFL's powers-that-be would want on the marquee, but if folks were going to take the time to see the Broncos once this preseason tonight is the night. "We put in a game plan this week, treated it like a normal regular-season game week," Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer said. "I feel real prepared, and I want to go out and perform, look good."

Bell set to ring for Broncos - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 27, 2004 - Clinton Portis? The preseason production of Quentin Griffin and Mike Anderson has helped the Denver Broncos forget about the brash back-to-back 1,500-yard rusher so far. But some senior members of the starting offense, which has struggled to score touchdowns — as in zero through three exhibition games — hope Tatum Bell reminds everyone at Invesco Field of Portis tonight against Houston . Bell, who missed the start of training camp as a holdout and then fractured his right middle finger on his first day with the team, will make his NFL debut against the Texans.

PREVIEW: Texans (1-1) at Broncos (1-2) - Daily Camera
August 27, 2004 - KEY MATCHUP: Ashley Lelie and Darius Watts vs. Eric Brown. There is no question the young Bronco receivers have talent and the ability to make plays down the field. But can they consistently make the tough catches over the middle like Rod Smith? Doing that against Brown, the former Bronco, would be a painful but positive sign.

Nalen lets others make noise for him - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, August 27, 2004 - With his scruffy beard, gruff manner and penchant for flannel shirts, tough Tom Nalen could be a lumberjack, a longshoreman or a New England fisherman. Nalen is none of those, but that doesn't make the Broncos' five-time Pro Bowl center any less blue-collar. He was an unheralded seventh-round draft choice from Boston College who spent part of his 1994 rookie season on the practice squad. The first car he bought with his rookie money was not a Mercedes or a BMW, but an Isuzu Rodeo.

Nalen lets others make noise for him - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Friday, August 27, 2004 - Champ Bailey saw Deion Sanders up close last month. What the Broncos left cornerback witnessed in a football camp was enough for him to try to convince his friend to attempt an NFL comeback. But when Bailey approached Sanders, 37, about the idea he said Sanders was playing it cool.

He's about end result - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 27, 2004 - They called him Herman Munster. And with a square, 6-foot-4 build and a stiff, wobbly running style that borders on the, well, unusual, Jeb Putzier never tried to suggest he should be called anything else during his time at Boise State University.

Darn Tuten, Walls eager to start playing - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold,
August 27, 2004 - Broncos cornerback Lenny Walls might have escaped the clutches of strength and conditioning coach Rich Tuten, but Walls didn't expect to escape the sidelines tonight against the Houston Texans in Invesco Field. "I'm tired of Tuten, man, been tired of Tuten the last few weeks," Walls said. Walls has missed much of training camp after having arthroscopic surgery to repair some cartilage in his ankle. He had spent much of his time with Tuten until he returned to practice this past week, but coach Mike Shanahan said he planned to hold Walls out of tonight's game.

Big Foot - - James Merilatt
Thursday, August 26, 2004 - There are a lot of thankless jobs in the world &ndash assignments that bear a much bigger downside than upside. These are the types of endeavors that earn very little recognition when done properly, but garner an unrelenting wrath when things go awry. The people performing these duties only get noticed in the rare instances when they error, toiling in relative anonymity when they perform flawlessly.

This Week in Gameday: Aug. 27 Issue -
Thursday, August 26, 2004 - The New York Jets coach of that moment and now was talking about the regular season, with his team 2-5 and languishing at that particular juncture. But those words apply to the preseason, as well. Evaluating young players to see if they&rsquore NFL-worthy? That's a goal. Emerging from the game relatively free of injuries? That's another. Implementing schemes and concepts and giving them a game-speed rehearsal? Sure, that's part of it.

Darius Watts: A Quick Start - - Doug Collins
Thursday, August 26, 2004 - For some reason, morning practices at the Broncos' training facility in Dove Valley seem to be hotter than one would otherwise expect a crisp Colorado morning to be, and this particular day about a week in to training camp was no different. Despite the heat, hundreds of Broncos fans packed the bleachers next to the artificial grass field, creating, if not at sea, then at least a small pond of blue and orange with the jerseys, hats, and t-shirts of their hometown team.

Offense Looks to Find Stride Against Texans - - Andrew Mason
Thursday, August 26, 2004 - In any endeavor, progress rarely transpires all at once. Usually it takes place in increments, as it did for the Broncos' first-team offense in the past two preseason games. The first two games saw the same pattern -- early drives ending in interceptions, and a final march that culminated in a field goal. A week later against the Seattle Seahawks, the Broncos avoided turnovers, scored twice, executed the two-minute drill offense for a field goal and gained 178 yards in 30 minutes of play -- but again did not find the end zone.

Texans, Broncos looking for answers - Mercury News - John Marshall
Thu, Aug. 26, 2004- The Denver Broncos have struggled through three preseason games, unable to get much going on offense. The Houston Texans were blown out last week after an impressive win in the opener. Both teams have cause for concern, but it can all go away with one game. With a game plan in place for the first time this season and the starters expected to play at least half the game, Friday night's contest should go a long way toward helping the Texans and Broncos figure out if they are really that far off.

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