Broncos gear up for Chiefs

As the Denver Broncos get ready for the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, new faces such as linebacker D.J. Williams and Darius Watts have moved into key roles for the team. Read about it in today's news reports.

Playing out his destiny - Denver Posts - Bill Williamson
Friday, September 10, 2004 - The Broncos have high expectations of D.J. Williams after selecting the 6-foot-1, 245-pound linebacker with the 17th pick of the April draft.In two days, linebacker D.J. Williams will suit up for his first NFL game. It will mark an accomplishment those close to him have been anticipating since his freshman year. In high school.

Elliss looking like game-time decision - Denver Posts - Patrick Saunders
Friday, September 10, 2004 - If Broncos defensive tackle Luther Elliss were a major-league pitcher, he would be Greg Maddux. Elliss was in complete control Thursday afternoon, throwing verbal curves and changeups as the media attempted to find out if he would play in the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.

Watts new - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Friday, September 10, 2004 - When will Darius Watts assume a starting role in the Broncos offense? His preseason play seems to have been too impressive to ignore.

Stand in the corner - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 10, 2004 - Sometimes Champ Bailey's idle hands are the work of some devilish offensive coordinators. The Denver Broncos cornerback wants to be challenged, but how can he be when he's the player being singled out by the laser pointer in quarterback meetings? "You know, I just play my game, I can't control it," said Bailey, a four-time Pro Bowl selection. "Obviously, I don't have the ball in my hands, I can't control where it's going to go. I've just got to play my game and, hopefully, I get up in the mix somewhere and they start throwing some balls that way."

Many clubs happy in end after getting off on the right foot - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 10, 2004 - Winning the opener isn't the be-all and end-all. Or is it? In the past three seasons, the team that eventually hoisted the Lombardi Trophy lost in Week 1: New England (2001), Tampa Bay (2002) and New England again (2003). But, overall, 31 of 38 (81.6 percent) of the eventual NFL champions won their season openers.

Measuring up - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
September 10, 2004 - It was Monday night in the nation's capital, a prime-time season opener for a pair of NFC East contenders, and Phil Simms knew he needed a big play. So he turned to the smallest guy on the field, ordered up a Meggett Special and let the rookie show his stuff. "It was his first game, the first time he ever touched the ball (on offense), and he took it (62) yards for a touchdown," Simms said of diminutive running back David Meggett, who turned Simms' short dump pass that night into a long score.

Broncos face share of short backs - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
September 10, 2004 - Besides Priest Holmes in Sunday night's opener, the Broncos will face three other backs 5-foot-10 or shorter this season. They will see Charlie Garner in Week 4 against Tampa Bay, then Atlanta's Warrick Dunn and Houston's Domanick Davis in Weeks 8 and 9, respectively.

NFL injury report, September 10 - Rocky Mountain News
September 10, 2004 - KANSAS CITY CHIEFS at DENVER BRONCOS - Chiefs: OUT: TE Kris Wilson (ankle). DOUBTFUL: LB Kawika Mitchell (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: WR Samie Parker (hamstring). PROBABLE: WR Dante Hall (shin); CB Dexter McCleon (shoulder); WR Johnnie Morton (Achilles' tendon); G Brian Waters (biceps). Broncos: QUESTIONABLE: DT Luther Elliss (shoulder); T Cornell Green (groin). PROBABLE: LB Patrick Chukwurah (back); LB Terry Pierce (knee).

Cunningham gives 'D' new mindset - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn,
September 10, 2004 - Mack Brown may be dreading it, but the University of Texas' new defensive coordinator has to be looking forward to coaching in the Red River Shootout this fall. If Greg Robinson's group gives up fewer than 63 points to Oklahoma, it will be an improvement in Austin. And regardless of how the talented Longhorns do this season, none of the head coaches in the AFC West can use Robinson as a scapegoat.

Broncos ready for Chiefs' Hall - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn,
September 10, 2004 - What are the Broncos going to do when Dante Hall is standing back there on Sunday night? Punt it to him, even when he's inside the 10, and risk another one of those touchdown returns video game creators hadn't even thought of? Or kick it out of bounds, giving Trent Green, Priest Holmes, Tony Gonzalez and the rest of the Kansas City Chiefs' offense a shorter field to work with?

More Dante Hall's in store for Broncos' defense - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Fri, Sep. 10, 2004 - The last thing the Denver Broncos want to see Sunday is more of Dante Hall on the field for the Kansas City Chiefs, but that's what they'll be up against. Hall, the punt and kickoff returner who has scored three of his 11 career touchdowns against the Broncos, appears set to start at wide receiver against Denver because of a season-ending injury to Marc Boerigter and an Achilles' tendon injury that limited Johnnie Morton through the exhibition season.

Elliss Works Back Into Shape - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, September 9, 2004 - Even if the Broncos had drawn the Thursday night opening date that befell the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots, Luther Elliss felt he would have been ready to go. The veteran defensive tackle has been sidelined since suffering a slight tear of his pectoral muscle early in Denver's 31-17 preseason win over the Houston Texans on Aug. 27.

Bronco Dan's Fantasy Preview: Week 1 - DenverBroncos.com - Bronco Dan
Thursday, September 9, 2004 - Quentin Griffin - All eyes will be on Q this weekend, as he plays his first official game as Clinton Portis replacement. And he'll be making his debut against the archrival Kansas City Chiefs, a team CP torched for 359 yards and six touchdowns in two games last season. As a result, he figures to get plenty of opportunities to fill Portis' shoes. On a big stage, in a big game, Griffin will get the chance this week to post some big numbers.

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