Broncos News Briefs - Wednesday, May 18

Denver Broncos wide receiver Darius Watts (in photo) hopes to make a big improvement in his second season. Read about Watts and all the latest news from quarterbacks camp in today's news reports.

Watts seeks lights-out year - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
May 18, 2005 - If Darius Watts fails to improve on his uneven rookie season with the Denver Broncos, it will not be for lack of trying. Watts, the team's No. 3 receiver last season, has been a fixture at Dove Valley since February, lifting weights and catching passes six weeks before the official start of Denver's off-season strength and conditioning program. Back then, only a handful of teammates were around, a stark contrast to the full roster filling the locker room this week during quarterback camp. "I felt it was important," Watts said Tuesday. "That's why I stayed out here this off- season." And make no mistake, Denver is counting on Watts to break through in his sophomore season.

Brown takes it a step at a time - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
May 18, 2005 - Courtney Brown said Tuesday he is feeling "pretty confident" his recovery from left foot surgery last year is on track and he hopes to be fully healthy by the July 28 start of Denver Broncos training camp. "I feel great. I have no complaints," the sixth-year defensive end said. "Everything's going well with strength and conditioning and the previous rehab we had. My body feels good. It's just a matter of getting on the field and doing other things the guys are doing and getting ready for football."

Plummer's backup won't be snap decision - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
05/17/2005 - The Broncos know Jake Plummer is their No. 1 quarterback. They're still searching for No. 2. At the team's spring quarterback camp this week, four players have begun the process of trying to prove they are a capable backup to Plummer. In the NFL, chances are a team will call on its backup quarterback. Last season, Plummer became the first Broncos quarterback to take every snap. Only he and New Orleans' Aaron Brooks took all the snaps for their teams.

Calls for more production in red zone - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
05/18/2005 - Time after time last season, the Broncos squandered prime opportunities. Once they moved inside their opponent's 20-yard line, they scored a touchdown 45.3 percent of the time, ranking 28th in the league in red-zone production. Wide receiver Rod Smith and quarterback Jake Plummer are acutely aware of that statistic. "Our red zone, honestly, was horrible," Smith said Tuesday after finishing up the second day of the team's eight-day quarterback camp. "We need to be more efficient and take care of the ball. If we do that, we can go back to having high 400-point seasons."

Seeing Red - - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - In the past decade, no one in the AFC has been as efficient at moving the football up and down the field as the Broncos. Denver has averaged 6,058.9 yards per season -- a figure bettered only by the Minnesota Vikings in that time frame. Last year, the team amassed 6,332 yards -- the second-highest total in team history and the best since 2000. So the yardage was there. The scoring, however, was not. "We had 381 (points) last year," wide receiver Rod Smith said. "We should have high 400s."

Head to Head: The Dueling Van Pelts - - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - We're going to have a little fun through the start of training camp with our latest weekly feature – Broncos Head to Head. Most football analysts look at match-ups you're likely to see on the field. But what about all those match-ups that you could see off the field? In our third match-up, we break down a potential meeting between Broncos backup quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt and the most philosophical 6-year-old ever concoted, Peanuts cartoon mainstay Linus Van Pelt.

Mike Anderson: Ready for a Renaissance? - - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - You can talk to Mike Anderson about the Broncos' crowded competition at running back; you can ask him about the recent arrivals of Maurice Clarett and Ron Dayne; you can query him about how he feels as he returns to the practice field for the first time in nearly nine months. Just don't even ask him whether he could have a recurrence of the torn groin that ended his 2004 campaign in the preseason. The very notion of it pains the usually unflappable face of the former Marine.

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