Broncos News Briefs - Wednesday, October 6

Jake Plummer may not have an impressive quarterback rating, but shines in the one stat that counts most - wins. Read about Plummer as well as the resurgence of defensive back Willie Middlebrooks in today's news reports.

Carolina aches for next victim - Denver Post - Anthony Cotton
Wednesday, October 06, 2004 - There are two schools of thought to be found when trying to assess the state of defending NFC champion Carolina, theories perhaps best explained not by NFL experts, but rather Jack Hanna, Joan Embry or some other denizen of the animal world. Those closest to the 1-2 team prefer to subscribe to the wounded Panther motif, which - if true - wouldn't bode well for the Broncos in their meeting Sunday at Invesco Field at Mile High.

Timely revival boosts 'D' - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Wednesday, October 06, 2004 - A big part of the Broncos' defensive surge this season has been the performance by role players. Most encouraging, though, has been the emergence of backup cornerback Willie Middlebrooks. The former first-round pick has played exceptionally well since the preseason and had a big game Sunday at nickel cornerback in the Broncos' 16-13 victory over Tampa Bay. Middlebrooks had three tackles against the Buccaneers, including his first sack since "pee- wee" football.

One stat means most to Jake: W - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Wednesday, October 06, 2004 - It's as obvious as that scraggly excuse for a mustache Jack Plummer recently tried to grow on his face. As an NFL quarterback, he ain't always pretty. But after 16 games as a starter for the Broncos, his record is a spiffy 12-4. So this much we know: Plummer is a winner. Scan the list of professional football's top-rated quarterbacks and you have to go deep to find Plummer. He ranks a very mediocre 19th in a 32-team league, behind such household names as Tim Rattay and Billy Volek.

Willie's familiar feeling is gone - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 6, 2004 - Willie Middlebrooks didn't realize he could be so excited about nothing. So excited about nada. Zippo. Yes, Middlebrooks has waited a long time to feel good, to feel strong, to feel like he has wanted to since the Broncos made him their first-round pick in the 2001 draft.

Quarterbacks, receivers get tryouts with the Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 6, 2004 - The Broncos continued to see what's out there in terms of players once again Tuesday. They worked out seven players at their Dove Valley complex, including two quarterbacks. The Broncos have only two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster - Jake Plummer and Danny Kanell - to go with rookies Matt Mauck and Bradlee Van Pelt on the practice squad. shing on 19 of 26 offensive snaps to secure Denver's 16-13 victory.

Thorburn: So far, so good for Bronco report card - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 6, 2004 - It's already time to hand out quarter grades for the Broncos. Even though Denver is 3-1 and leading the AFC West, the Camera will use pencil. Jake Plummer will start his 16th regular-season game with the Broncos on Sunday when the defending NFC champion Carolina Panthers visit Invesco Field. His record so far is 12-3, which is hard to argue with. No one is going to forget about John Elway anytime soon, but you have to admit watching the Snake scramble around is a lot more entertaining than Brian Griese's horizontal passing game.

2004 Broncos Wives Food Drive is This Sunday - Denver Broncos.com
Tuesday, October 5, 2004 - The Broncos Wives Food Drive is easily one of the most recognizable and respected community efforts by a single NFL team in the nation. For 23 years, the wives of Broncos coaches, players, and staff members have enlisted Broncos fans to contribute to the Drive by collecting cash donations and non-perishable food items at gates outside INVESCO Field at Mile High prior to a home game. Last year's Drive raised over $90,000 in cash donations and 120,000 pounds of non-perishable food.

Fantasy Review: Week 4 - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, October 5, 2004 - Kicker Jason Elam continued his strong start Sunday, scoring 10 points on three field goals and an extra point to boost his season tally to 37 points -- tops among all players in the AFC and second among NFL kickers. Through four games, he's on pace for 148 points -- which would be a career high. One of the greatest fantasy players had one more moment in the sun this past week.

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