Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - The group of tight ends working at the Broncos' practice Tuesday in preparation for Sunday's season opener was much different from the unit gathered for the first training camp practice July 28. "It's a long shot (unit), for sure," agreed Jeb Putzier, a prime reason for the late upheaval at the position. "It's a different group than expected." Broncos coach Mike Shana- han said the adjustments are an example of the heated competition coaches crave.
Sharpe criticism for Chiefs' defense - Denver Posts - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - According to the new depth chart released Tuesday by the Broncos: Luther Elliss is the starting right defensive tackle. Donnie Spragan is the starter at weakside linebacker, ahead of first-round draft choice D.J. Williams. Jashon Sykes is No. 1 at strongside linebacker. Kelly Herndon begins the regular season as the starting right cornerback ahead of Lenny Walls. But don't read too much into that chart. Exactly who starts on defense in the season opener Sunday night against the Kansas City Chiefs remains a mystery - the way coach Mike Shanahan likes it.
Chukwurah glad to be working Sundays with Broncos - Denver Posts - Bill Williamson
Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - Steve Cheek is one rookie who is not afraid to admit he's a little nervous. "Sure, to be honest with you," said Kansas City's new punter. "Absolutely." Cheek will not be alone in his jitters. A few Chiefs coaches and a city full of fans feel skittish about starting the season with both a punter and a place- kicker who never have appeared in a regular-season NFL game.
Mastering the win - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 8, 2004 - The core philosophy remains the same nine years into Mike Shanahan's head-coaching tenure with the Denver Broncos. Win. Attention to detail, intense preparation and deep focus are the means Shanahan employs in working toward the expected realization of a championship goal. Those underlying principles haven't changed since the 52-year-old football lifer was entrusted with his current position - and given considerable pull in personnel matters - by team owner Pat Bowlen in 1995. But the pursuit of victory and its ultimate achievement, at least when it comes to the playoffs, haven't intersected quite as often as Shanahan or the Broncos have hoped since successive titles in 1997-98.
Chiefs don't scare Broncos' defense - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn,
September 8, 2004 - The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off a season in which they: Won the AFC West by three games over the Broncos. Scored a franchise-record 484 points and led the NFL with 348 first downs. Rushed for 32 touchdowns, the third-most in league history, and scored touchdowns a league-best 77.8 percent of the time when in the red zone. Saw Trent Green earn his first Pro Bowl invitation by throwing for 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, helping five receivers finish with 50 or more receptions. Entering Sunday's regular-season opener against Denver at Invesco Field, Dick Vermeil's offense returns 10 of the 11 starters from last year, including Priest Holmes and Tony Gonzalez. So, should the new-look Broncos defense fear this fantasy football dynasty?
Carswell No. 1 tight end - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn,
September 8, 2004 - A week ago Dwayne Carswell was a backup left tackle. Now the 295-pound "House" is listed as the Denver Broncos' starting tight end on the depth chart released Tuesday. Head coach Mike Shanahan was the only person in the building not somewhat shocked when both veterans Byron Chamberlain and Jed Weaver lost their jobs over Labor Day weekend.
House Call: Carswell Back to Tight End - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, September 7, 2004 - A glance at the updated depth chart Tuesday revealed the first seismic shift of the regular season -- the move of Dwayne Carswell back to tight end. After an offseason, training camp and preseason spent manning a backup left tackle slot behind behind starter Matt Lepsis, the team transferred Carswell back to the position at which he played for his first 10 Broncos seasons, a place where he earned a Pro Bowl bid following the 2001 campaign.
Fantasy Week 1: Early Game Will Prove Crucial - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, September 7, 2004 - All sorts of doings at tight end this week with major fantasy ramifications. Byron Chamberlain, the first-teamer throughout the preseason, was released Sunday, along with Jed Weaver, the man who some publications -- including Sports Illustrated recently forecast to be the opening-day starter. Dwayne Carswell is back at tight end, wearing his familiar No. 89 once again; he is listed as the first-team tight end on the depth chart. The last time he entered the season as the No. 1 tight end was in 2001.
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