Broncos News Briefs - Monday, June 26

Catch up on the latest news about the Denver Broncos in today's reports.

Foxworth's First Steps - - Andrew Mason
Monday, June 27, 2005 - When you don't have much in the way of professional accomplishments to build upon, even the smallest achievement can seem as significant as the biggest one possible. Such is the case for rookie cornerback Domonique Foxworth, just two months into his NFL career. Flash back a month to the Broncos' quarterback camp -- the first organized NFL practices in which he participated. It was the first week of Foxworth's professional indoctrination, and his head was swimming in a daunting sea of schemes, assignments, and tasks, all to be performed at the increased speed the NFL demands. Just being able to get his hands on the football was enough to cause the rookie cornerback to exult -- something he did as that first week concluded.

Cindy Galloway's Answers - Denver
Friday, June 24, 2005 - A graduate of Northwestern University, Cindy Galloway became a part of the Broncos family in 2001 and has been striving to extend the team's community presence ever since. As Vice President of Community Development, she is responsible for all community relations programming for the organization including the Denver Broncos Charities and other aspects of the Community Development Department. "Over the past several years, the Denver Broncos have branded their community work under the campaign ‘Champions in the Community' and have focused on three primary areas of focus: youth, health and hunger relief initiatives, with a secondary focus on individuals with special needs," she said. "In August of 2003, the youth category surfaced to the top with the opening of the Denver Broncos Boys and Girls Club in Montbello, a historical first for the organization."

Ekuban Readies for Mini-Camp - - Andrew Mason
Thursday, June 23, 2005 - Little by little, Ebenezer Ekuban continues to work his way back to 100 percent. The most experienced of the three former first-round picks acquired from the Cleveland Browns spent the bulk of the offseason recovering from knee and shoulder surgeries, the result of playing the entire 2004 season with pain in both areas. But Ekuban didn't miss a game last fall and posted a career-best eight sacks in the process, and now only two weeks separate him from being at optimum health for the first time since last season opened. "When they had a quarterback school (in May) I didn't really do anything, so (at team camp) I worked in individual drills," Ekuban said. "Then by the mini-camp I should be good to go. I'd say by July I should be 100 percent." He would have rather been at that level for the Broncos' team camp, which they completed two weeks ago.

Quiet Confidence for Bell - - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - Fourteen months ago, Tatum Bell was confident to the point of being brash. When the Broncos picked him in the 2004 NFL Draft, he immediately asked for jersey No. 7, not realizing that it sits out of circulation in deference to -- and honor of -- a certain Hall of Fame quarterback. After settling for jersey No. 26, he promptly declared that he could be the best in the league -- right away. "My goal is to lead the league in rushing," Bell said on the day he entered the NFL. "I don't want to come in and just average the minimum and get 100 yards." Only experience could create humility, and Bell's rookie season was more humbling than that of most first-day selections, as he spent the year battling four injuries -- a fractured pinkie, torn rib cartilage, a pulled hamstring and a separated shoulder. Being the NFL's rushing leader was a goal Bell wouldn't come close to approaching, and he only hit the century mark once in a year in which he failed to crack the starting lineup.

Hard-hitting Lynch has a soft spot - - Stephen Dorman
June 20, 2005 - On game days, Denver Broncos safety John Lynch has long been known as a fierce, tough-nosed competitor who can deliver a knockout blow to any pass catcher coming across the middle of the field. But away from the field, the 13-year veteran and six-time Pro Bowler, who helped lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl championship in 2003, shows a softer side by immersing himself in a variety of charitable organizations. Lynch and his wife, Linda, run the John Lynch Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides educational and athletic-based incentives for school children. While recently in Los Angeles filming a United Way commercial, Lynch said he was more than pleased to volunteer his services to the United Way.

For Ernster, Everything Changes - - Andrew Mason
Monday, June 20, 2005 - As Paul Ernster fielded a phone call from the Broncos on the final Sunday afternoon in April, he couldn't help but sense a future in Denver. The incumbent at his dual-pronged position, Jason Baker, was not among the league's leaders in punts and kickoffs; it seemed as though the door was wide open for Ernster to step in and provide an immediate jolt. There was an ongoing, massive reconstruction of the special teams that weekend, as Ernster was the third of the six picks who had the potential for significant contributions on special teams, along with cornerback/returner Darrent Williams and offensive lineman Chris Myers, who took up long snapping at the Senior Bowl three months prior. "When they actually called me, everybody saw I was pretty excited," Ernster recalled. "They were obviously at the top of my list, because they had a need for a punter, and it was a good fit." A month later, the landscape was unrecognizable.

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