Broncos News Briefs - Thursday, May 5

Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan has ditched the traditional May mini-camps. Read about the reasons in today's news reports.

In draft, keepers can be found - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
05/05/2005 - Something's amiss in Dove Valley. There is no May minicamp. For the first time in Mike Shanahan's 11 years as head coach, the team is not holding its traditional minicamp this month. Instead, the mandatory three-day session of two-a-day practices is July 6-8. That's three weeks prior to the players' reporting for training camp July 28. While a number of NFL teams have pushed their minicamps into June, the Broncos are the only team holding a July minicamp.

In draft, keepers can be found - Denver Post - Thomas George
04/23/2005 - After delivering players at slots 2, 5, 9 and 25, including the first complete backfield ever selected in the first round, Auburn is fuming again about finishing second to Southern Cal in voting for the mythical national championship. After nabbing a receiver with its first-round pick for the third straight draft, the Detroit Lions offer new meaning to plugging a leak.

Shanahan picks a quitter during draft - Greeley Tribune - Matt Schuman
May 5, 2005 - Sometimes, I wonder if Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan has lost his mind. When I heard Shanahan had selected former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett with the final compensatory pick of the third round on draft day, I nearly fell out of my wheelchair laughing -- and that isn't easy to do. Believe me, I have no illusions in the world of professional sports. Despite all the preaching most coaches do about wanting "character guys" in their locker room, most coaches put up with a player's shenanigans if the guy can help their football team. After all, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens are still playing in the NFL, so you know coaches will put up with about anything if the talent is there.

Ekuban: Hitting His Stride - - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, May 4, 2005 - How one perceives Ebenezer Ekuban and his potential contributions depends on the view one takes of the injuries that dogged him in 2004. Knee and shoulder injuries made life painful for Ekuban throughout his only season with the Cleveland Browns, and necessitated a pair of surgeries when the offseason commenced following the Browns' 5-11 finish. But he still managed to notch eight sacks last year -- the highest total of his career and a figure that easily surpassed the total of 3.5 sacks he recorded during the 2001-03 campaigns, his final years with the Cowboys.

For Plummer, Waiting's Not the Hardest Part - - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, May 4, 2005 - Unlike in the past two years, quarterback Jake Plummer is not spending the first full week of May preparing for a Broncos mini-camp -- and the shift in schedule is fine by him. The traditional early May mini-camp is scrapped this year, with the three days of practice shifted until early July, just over three weeks before training camp. "I kind of like it, instead of having to get ready for one this weekend," Plummer said. "It's like your bodies aren't ready quite yet for two-a-days (as the team has during mini-camps). You get sore really fast, and then you've got to come back and work out the next week, and it's like your body's not quite ready."

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