July 6, 2005 - Like those sun-baked souls who looked to the sky hoping the corn would be eye- high by the Fourth of July, Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan will take one last look at his off-season yield this week in the team's final collective on-field workouts before training camp. And Shanahan will have gone deeper into summer than anyone else in the league to do it. "I like the schedule, I like the way things have worked out," Shanahan said recently. "We've never done it this way before, but I thought we'd give it a try." The Broncos will stage their final off-season minicamp today through Friday at the team's Dove Valley complex. And while most of any team's off-season program technically is voluntary - coaches around the league, however, usually are unforgiving to those who miss much of it - the collective-bargaining agreement allows coaches to make three days of each off-season mandatory for players.
Punter ready to go in mandatory minicamp - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
07/06/2005 - With a reworked contract on the horizon, Todd Sauerbrun will make his Broncos practice debut today when the team opens its three-day mandatory minicamp. "Todd is already in Denver, and he'll be there at minicamp," Sauerbrun's agent, David Canter, said Tuesday. "He's excited about playing in Denver, helping the Broncos win a Super Bowl and setting punting records in the high altitude there." The Broncos acquired Sauerbrun, a three-time Pro Bowl punter with Carolina, in a trade in May. In exchange, Denver sent punter Jason Baker and its seventh-round pick in the 2006 NFL draft to Carolina.
Safety Brandon arrested on a charge of assault - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
07/06/2005 - Broncos backup safety Sam Brandon was arrested early Monday morning on domestic violence charges, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Department. According to Lt. Alan Stanton, Brandon was arrested between 1:30-2 a.m. July 4 and charged with third-degree assault, a Class 1 misdemeanor. He also was charged with criminal mischief for causing $100-$500 in damage. It marked the second time in the past 13 months Brandon was arrested for domestic violence. The first time was June 2, 2004, but misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and child abuse were dismissed.
Recovery Near for Brown - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, July 5, 2005 - The Broncos had just concluded the last of their 14 organized team activities when Head Coach Mike Shanahan sounded the most optimistic words yet regarding Courtney Brown's recovery from a foot injury. As Shanahan broke down the practices that had just been completed just under four weeks ago, he revealed that, indeed, Brown could have worked out during the six team camp sessions that concluded the OTAs. But he and the training staff exercised discretion. "We were a little bit cautious rather than trying to put him out there too quick," Shanahan said in June. "But I think he could have went in this camp. So with a good conditioning program the next three weeks and him starting again, I think it's a good time frame."
Chris Myers: Maximizing His Versatility - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, July 4, 2005 - Rookie center/guard Chris Myers began observing the Broncos years ago. But when he watched them, he looked at one man in particular -- a man who is now his teammate, and who has sat atop the depth chart at center for a decade. That man, of course, is Tom Nalen. "I've been watching him play for years -- ever since before I was in high school," Myers said. "To be able to get a chance to play with him and under him, it's amazing."
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