Broncos News Briefs - Saturday, September 25

As the Denver Broncos continue preparations for the game with the San Diego Chargers, defensive end Reggie Hayward, defensive tackle Ellis Johnson and safety John Lynch are featured in today's news reports.

More power to him - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 25, 2004 - Potential and consistency. Those two words invariably have come up in any conversation about Reggie Hayward with Denver Broncos decision-makers over the past four seasons. The defensive end has been widely viewed as having substantial physical traits; the overriding opinion is he just hasn't seemed to fully apply them on an every-down basis. Hayward's maddening combination of talent and capriciousness can be described another way, as well. He has been a tease.

Johnson has added incentive to play well - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 25, 2004 - For the Broncos' newest defensive tackle, Ellis Johnson, the next 14 games could be the audition that leads to something more in Denver. The Broncos traded a conditional pick in the 2005 draft to the Atlanta Falcons for Johnson earlier this week. And with the 10th-year veteran set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, the Broncos can take a long look at him to decide about the future.

Broncos scouting report - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 25, 2004 - The Chargers will give the Broncos a different look than last week. Unlike the Jaguars, whose power on defense was in the middle, San Diego wants nose tackle Jamal Williams to hold his ground in its 3-4, and it will attack the Denver formation from the perimeter. The Broncos will have to find the extra rushers, because the Chargers will blitz the run.

Rod Smith remains the 'go-to' receiver - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 25, 2004 - Who is Jake Plummer going to throw the ball to? Well, just about everybody. Through two games, the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback has completed 41 passes to 11 different targets. Plummer has thrown two touchdowns — both in the opener against Kansas City — one each to running back Quentin Griffin and tight end Patrick Hape.

Lynch still delivers hits, only now it's for Broncos - San Diego Union-Tribune - Jay Posner
September 25, 2004 - It's a jarring sight, somewhat akin to seeing Junior Seau in aqua and white or Jerry Rice in silver and black. John Lynch in the blue and orange of the Denver Broncos. But if the average fan thinks it looks weird seeing Lynch in anything but Tampa Bay Buccaneers colors – whatever they are – imagine how it looks and feels to Lynch.

At a Glance: San Diego Chargers - - Tucker Gilmore
Friday, September 24, 2004 - After the heartbreak of Jacksonville last week, the Broncos look to rebound with a win and hold on to first place in the AFC West. The task will not be easy, as the San Diego Chargers look improved from last season and have arguably the best running back in the National Football League. Last week the Chargers made a valiant effort at a comeback against the New York Jets but came up short in the end, losing 34-28 at home. Quarterback Drew Brees was held to 27 yards passing in the first three quarters, leading the Chargers to a 27-14 deficit.

Broncology: The Disparity Between Yardage and Results - - Andrew Mason
Friday, September 24, 2004 - When the Broncos pulled away from Jacksonville following their 7-6 loss to the Jaguars, a sense of disbelief was present among some players, who still couldn't believe that the team could amass major statistical advantages in first downs, time of possession and total yardage, and yet still lose the game. Unfortunately for the Broncos, it wasn't that unusual, at least not in the past three seasons The game marked the seventh time since September 2002 that the Broncos outgained an opponent and still lost.

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