Broncos Update Insider - Monday, June 6

The reality of Jerry Rice's presence on the Denver Broncos is that one of the team's young receivers will lose his job. It seems hard to believe that Rice, the greatest receiver of all time, won't make the Broncos' roster. He could end up being as high on the depth chart as No. 3 ahead of Darius Watts (in photo).

The reality of Jerry Rice's presence on the Denver Broncos is that one of the team's young receivers will lose his job.

It seems hard to believe that Rice, the greatest receiver of all time, won't make the Broncos' roster. He could end up being as high on the depth chart as No. 3 ahead of Darius Watts.

If the Broncos keep five receivers, as Broncos coach Mike Shanahan has indicated, young receivers Triandos Luke, Nate Jackson and Charlie Adams, among others, could be battling for one roster spot.

"That's football," Jackson said. "There's always going to be competition for that spot. I would want what's best for the team, no matter what. If Jerry comes in and takes my spot, then it's probably better for the team that I'm not here."

Rice's signing probably wouldn't have happened had the Broncos been that pleased with their depth at wide receiver. The San Francisco 49ers, for example, passed on Rice in part because they want their young receivers to play.

In Denver, the receiving situation is shaky beyond starters Rod Smith and Ashley Lelie. Watts is the favorite to be the third receiver. He had a good start to his rookie year last season, but was a non-factor down the stretch so he'll have to prove he can be counted on this year.

Rice and Watts will probably battle for the No. 3 spot, and unless a dark horse contender has a great camp, Jackson, Luke or Adams should end up as the No. 5 receiver.

Jackson, Luke and Adams have a combined 14 career catches, but obviously have more long-term potential than Rice, who has said this will likely be his last season.

The young receivers all looked at Rice's addition as something that could help them, because they'll be able to pick up some tips from him.

"It would be a great thing for me to watch him and to pick (Rice's) brain and see what he knows," Watts said.

NOTES, QUOTES

-- Broncos running back Mike Anderson has been a full participant in all of Denver's offseason camps. Last year Anderson spent all season on injured reserve after tearing two groin muscles in the team's final preseason game.

"I feel like it's strong," Anderson said. "But honestly, it's something I don't go in that training room and want to talk to them about it. To me, that's behind me."

-- The Broncos signed offensive guard Cameron Spikes after P.J. Alexander tore the ACL in his left knee in an off-road vehicle accident. The team had its eye on Spikes before Alexander's injury and the injury might have just sped up the process a bit.

Spikes will compete to make the team as a backup. He began his Broncos career behind Cooper Carlisle at right guard.

-- D.J. Williams and Patrick Chukwurah are each wearing No. 55 this offseason. Williams gave up No. 52, which he wore last season, to Ian Gold, who re-signed with Denver. Williams wanted No. 55 but Chukwurah wasn't excited about giving it up.

"I'm not even commenting on that," Chukwurah said. "That's already bigger than it needs to be right now."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "This is a whole new start for me and I'm just happy to be here and be a part of this." -- WR Jerry Rice.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.
TRANSITION PLAYER: None.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: RB Garrison Hearst; DT Ellis Johnson.br> RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.
PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: S Sam Brandon; OG Cooper Carlisle; DE Marco Coleman; DT Dorsett Davis; DT Luther Elliss; OG Ben Hamilton; TE Patrick Hape; TE/LS Mike Leach; DE Anton Palepoi; DT Monsanto Pope; TE Jeb Putzier; CB Lenny Walls; S Chris Young.
PLAYERS ACQUIRED: TE Stephen Alexander; DE Courtney Brown; LB Keith Burns; OT Anthony Clement; RB Ron Dayne; DE Ebenezer Ekuban; LB Ian Gold; DT Michael Myers; WR Jerry Rice; P Todd Sauerbrun; OG Cameron Spikes; DT Gerard Warren.
PLAYERS LOST: OG P.J. Alexander; P Jason Baker; RB Reuben Droughns; DE Reggie Hayward; CB Kelly Herndon; S Kenoy Kennedy; G Dan Neil.

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