Mini-camp Day 2

The Denver Broncos held their second day of mini-camp on Thursday. A hot topic in today's news is the new rule on "horse collar" tackles. Also - Champ Bailey believes the Broncos have the talent to win it all this year.

Defenders feel trapped by new rule - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
June 3, 2005 - The latest NFL rule change - one that outlaws the "horse collar" tackle - has left some Broncos defenders feeling defenseless. "Well, they've got to stay consistent," cornerback Champ Bailey said Thursday after Denver's team-camp practice. "They do it every year. They've got to make it harder for us every year." "They" are the NFL's competition committee. Last week, NFL owners, voting on a recommendation from the committee, agreed by a 27-5 margin to ban such tackles in the open field. Utilizing the tackle could draw a 15-yard penalty next season. Violators also could be fined.

Denver can win it all, Bailey says - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
June 3, 2005 - It's June, it's mini-camp and hope springs eternal throughout the NFL. It's no different in the Broncos' Dove Valley complex this week. As the team has gathered its rather eclectic mix of rookies, holdovers and veteran free agents for mini-camp this week and next, at least one of those players believes the Broncos are closer to competing for trophies than some might have given them credit for. "I just want to win championships," Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said. "I've been to Pro Bowls, I've done that, individual goals have been reached. You want to win those every year, but that championship is what I'm looking for. And this is our year."

Team Camp, Day 2: Adjusting to a New Teammate - Denver - Andrew Mason
Thursday, June 2, 2005 - It's not that Jerry Rice's accomplishments aren't meaningful to cornerback Champ Bailey. Nothing could be further from the truth. But when Bailey catches a glance of Rice running his routes and working at the Broncos' team camp, he sees a man who is just another receiver -- for now. "Right now, he looks kind of like everybody else running the routes," Bailey said. "The guy's going to pick it up real quick and then you'll start seeing the real Jerry Rice." But just knowing that it's the NFL's all-time leading receiver lurking behind that No. 19 blue jersey gives fellow starting cornerback Lenny Walls pause.

Offensive Support - - Mike Sarro
Thursday, June 2, 2005 - Many of us are quick to dismiss the value of sleep. There are numerous factors that work against us to steal time from which we could be enjoying a deep slumber. But proper sleep is a key element to being a productive person, whether you play professional football or are a member of the United States military. How many of us have that favorite pillow to wrap our arms around and provide comfort and support for our head? It's a basic possession that most of us take for granted and fail to realize its full value until we no longer have one. Now imagine trying to rest peacefully -- without a pillow or proper bedding -- as a member of the United States military in a foreign, war-torn nation where split-second decisions could mean the difference between life and death. Operation Pillow is dedicated to help ease this situation by providing pillows and other items of comfort to American troops overseas to assist in an area so many of us don't even give a second thought to.

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