Broncos set to face another top back

Last week it was Priest Holmes. This week it's Jacksonville's Fred Taylor, another in a list of top NFL running backs that the Denver Broncos must face in the early part of the season. Read more about Taylor in today's news reports.

Broncos (1-0) at Jaguars (1-0) - Daily Camera
September 19, 2004 - KEY MATCHUP: Reggie Williams vs. Kelly Herndon. Williams, a rookie from Washington, stands 6-foot-4, 223 pounds with good speed and hands. Lenny Walls, 6-4, will be out for a month with a dislocated shoulder, which means the 5-10, 180-pound Herndon will be checking Williams most of the day while Champ Bailey covers veteran Jimmy Smith.

Broncos won't dwell on Game 1 victory - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 19, 2004 - Super Bowl XXXIX will be played here at ALLTEL Stadium on Feb. 6. Does Mike Shanahan plan on coaching in the big game? Yeah, that's the plan every year. Despite an impressive 1-0 start, however, Shanahan isn't going too get carried away. In fact, he took the "one game at a time" clich to a new level as the Denver Broncos prepared for today's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at ALLTEL Stadium. "It's not one week at a time," Shanahan said. "It's really one day at a time." Not winning a playoff game since John Elway retired tends to keep things in perspective.

Broncos defense not running scared - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 18, 2004 - Champ Bailey listened to the roll call of premier running backs the Denver Broncos defense has been charged with slowing in the first five weeks of the season - Kansas City's Priest Holmes, San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson, Carolina's Stephen Davis, Jacksonville's Fred Taylor. A knowing smile then crossed the cornerback's face. Those four athletes last season each finished in the NFL's top 10 in rushing, all collecting at least 1,400 yards. They combined for 1,296 carries, 6,081 yards, and a 4.7-yard average per carry in 2003.

Shanahan not dwelling on losing draft pick - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 18, 2004 - Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said losing a draft pick will sting, but he's ready to move on from the NFL's most recent sanctions. The Broncos lost their third-round pick in the April 2005 draft and were fined $950,000 on Thursday as part of a settlement with the NFL's Management Council, the league's legal arm.

Broncos scouting report, September 18 - Rocky Mountain News
September 18, 2004 - The Broncos need to get running back Quentin Griffin to the edges because the Jaguars' power is in the middle of the field. Tackles Marcus Stroud and John Henderson move like much smaller men, eat space and close the rush lanes. The stubborn pound away at them and go home bruised.

Broncos' Wilson sings praises of Taylor - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 18, 2004 - The Broncos know it's difficult to find someone who can simulate the speed (4.42 in the 40-yard dash at his peak) and size (234 pounds) of Jacksonville running back Fred Taylor. "When I was coming out (of college) a lot of people asked me the question of who is the best player I ever played against," said linebacker Al Wilson, who played at the University of Tennessee.

Southern hand: Two of a kind - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 18, 2004 - Indianapolis Colts tight end Marcus Pollard says the only way to decide who's the better quarterback - Peyton Manning or Steve McNair - is to let them play one-on-one. "Let them play so we can see who can tackle better, who can pass better, who can run better," Pollard said. "Let them go at it."

NFL injury report, September 17 - Rocky Mountain News
September 18, 2004 - NFL injury report, September 18

Jake can joke about miscue - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 18, 2004 - Jake Plummer's left-handed interception in the Denver Broncos' regular-season opener, an inexcusable throw for a high school quarterback, brought back a lot of bad memories for NFL fans in Arizona. So much so that an Arizona Republic columnist compiled a list of Jake's Big Five "What the Heck is He Thinking?" Moments. Three of the big five had nothing to do with football — a quote about Cardinals fans in 2002 Plummer probably wish he could take back, an accusation against the former Arizona State star of groping women at a Tempe nightclub eight years ago, and Plummer calling off his wedding last summer.

Friday Notebook: Leftwich, Watts Share Bond - - Andrew Mason
Friday, September 17, 2004 - For three seasons, Byron Leftwich tossed passes to Darius Watts. But after a year apart last year when Leftwich joined the Jacksonville Jaguars while Watts finished his career at Marshall University, Leftwich threw something perhaps more valuable in Watts' direction -- advice.

Back in Force - - Brady Smith
Friday, September 17, 2004 - For defensive end Marco Coleman, the fact that the Broncos were victorious in their season-opening 34-24 win over the Kansas City Chiefs was simply icing on the cake. Just starting the game was enough for him. The veteran wasn't even sure he would be playing at all in this his 13th NFL season, let alone making an impact with three tackles in his first start since 2002. "It really felt good to be out there," said the Georgia Tech alumnus. "I never actually thought I would have the opportunity to start again. I understand my role here and I'm just willing to do anything it takes to help this football team win. If that's starting every game then I'm obviously up for it."

At a Glance: Jacksonville Jaguars - - Tucker Gilmore
Friday, September 17, 2004 - When the Broncos travel to Jacksonville this weekend they will face their first road challenge of the 2004 regular season. Both teams are 1-0 at this point in the season and are looking to make it two straight wins. All eyes will be on Broncos running back Quentin Griffin after his opening performance against the Chiefs. Griffin will attempt to break down a rigid Jaguars defense that has not allowed a back to gain more than 100 yards since Week 1 of last year.

Broncos-Jaguars Capsule and Notes -
Friday, September 17, 2004 - After beating AFC West rival Kansas City 34-24 in the opening game of the season, the Broncos (1-0) travel to Jacksonville (1-0) to face the Jaguars this Sunday at ALLTELL Stadium in Florida. Though the teams matched up against one another in several pivotol games in the 1990s, including two playoff games in 1996 and 1997, the Broncos and Jaguars have been strangers to each other in recent years. December 13, 1999 was the last time the teams battled, and Jacksonville came away with a last-second Monday night vicotory after Jaguar kicker Mike Hollis booted a field goal as time expired to give the Jaguars at 27-24 victory on their home turf.

Broncology: Strength vs. Strength - - Andrew Mason
Friday, September 17, 2004 - During both the past two seasons and the past 10, no team has run for more yards than the Denver Broncos. During the past two seasons, no team has allowed fewer 100-yard rushing games and yards per carry than the Jacksonville Jaguars. Based on last year's numbers, Sunday's game in Jacksonville represented a classic case of strength against strength. Those were only heightened last week, when the Broncos amassed 192 yards against Kansas City (Baltimore only had 88 at Cleveland, allowing the Broncos to take a 59-yard lead over the Ravens in rushing yardage since Week 1 of 2003), while the Jaguars only allowed two runs of double-digit yardage at Buffalo and held the Bills to a piddling 2.6 yards per carry.

Reggie Hayward Answers Your Questions -
Friday, September 17, 2004 - This week's Q&A is with Broncos defensive end Reggie Hayward. Hayward played a big part in Sunday night's game against Kansas City, teaming with Mario Fatafehi to throw Kansas City quarterback Trent Green to the ground for the Broncos only sack of the evening. In 2003, Hayward produced some of the best numbers of his career, posting career highs in sacks (8.5 for -47 yards) and tackles (44 with 32 solo). Though Hayward spent a good part of 2002 on injured reserve, his rookie campaign in 2001 showed glimpses of the valuable pass rusher he has become for the Broncos. Playing ten games in a backup role, Hayward tied the record for most sacks by a rookie in a game, dragging down the quarterback three times vs Seattle (12/9/01). In college, Hayward was named to the All-Big 12 team his senior year after receiving two honorable mention nodds for his work at Iowa State.

NFL Announces Settlement in Broncos Salary Cap Case -
Friday, September 17, 2004 - The National Football League Management Council, the NFL Players Association, and the Denver Broncos have agreed to a resolution of a salary cap circumvention case involving an investigation into undisclosed agreements with certain Broncos players during the period of 1996-1998, the NFL announced.

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