Minicamp Day 2

Denver Broncos running back Quentin Griffin is the forgotten man among the running backs, but is back to practicing at full speed in the three day minicamp with hopes of regaining top form. Catch up on all the latest news from minicamp.

Diminutive back still has giant aspirations - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
July 8, 2005 - If it truly is better to burn out than fade away, Quentin Griffin as much as anyone seemed headed for disappointment. The diminutive, jitterbugging running back had his star turns in a Denver Broncos uniform. He was electrifying in a December 2003 game in Indianapolis that earned the team a wild-card playoff berth. He opened 2004 looking every bit the starter he had become with 156 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns and one receiving against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Carswell hopes to not get lost in latest shuffle - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer and Jeff Legwold
July 8, 2005 - Dwayne Carswell is on the move again. After another brief trial at offensive tackle - and 11 years as a tight end - Carswell, one of the Denver Broncos' longest-tenured players, is taking snaps this week at right guard behind projected starter Cooper Carlisle.

Quiet Griffin working way back into mix - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
07/08/2005 - The quiet Bronco is quietly plotting his comeback. Running back Quentin Griffin, often overlooked in discussions regarding Denver's running back corps for 2005, said Thursday that his injured knee is nearly mended. And even though Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell appear to be locked in a battle for the starting tailback job, Griffin said he's determined to regain a prominent place in the offense.

Kanell takes cut to preserve backup role - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
07/08/2005 - A chance to maintain his place as the Broncos' No. 2 quarterback was worth $350,000 to Danny Kanell. That's how much salary the veteran gave up to better his chances of making the roster. Kanell, penciled in as the primary backup to starter Jake Plummer, was scheduled to make $1 million this season. But when the Broncos recently asked him to take a pay cut, he obliged and now is scheduled to make about $650,000. "They asked me to do it," Kanell said Thursday after the second day of the Broncos' three-day minicamp. "I didn't want any reason - other than my on-field performance - to determine my chances of making the team." Kanell is running the No. 2 offense, but when training camp opens in three weeks, he is expecting a challenge from second-year quarterbacks Matt Mauck and Bradlee Van Pelt, who are making less money.

Healthy body, healthy attitude for Anderson - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
July 7, 2005 - These days, the numbers simply swirl around Mike Anderson. The Denver Broncos running back missed 17 games last season because of two torn left groin muscles. He will be 32 in September. He is almost five years removed from a 1,487-yard rushing season in 2000 that earned him the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

Sauerbrun boots away lingering doubts - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
July 7, 2005 - It had been a while since rookie Darrent Williams fielded punts, so Wednesday during the first Denver Broncos minicamp practice, he took the field early to get some extra repetitions. He lined up about 40 yards deep for his first attempt and watched the ball sail about 25 yards over his head, nearly through a goalpost.

Coyer's focus is big picture - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
07/07/2005 - It was time for Larry Coyer to let go. The Broncos' defensive coordinator has turned over his chores as linebackers coach to Kirk Doll, who served as a defensive assistant last year. Coyer, who joined the Broncos as a linebackers coach in 2000, has been serving a dual role since becoming defensive coordinator in 2003. "We've been fortunate, but sometimes there's a need for a new approach," Coyer said Wednesday as the Broncos opened their three-day minicamp. "I think the time was right for the new approach. There were times a year ago when I felt like I might have cheated the linebackers a little bit trying to do both jobs. You cheat them just a little bit. I just thought it was time, and Coach (Mike) Shanahan was great about the deal. Doll is a great communicator. That's not going to do anything but help us there." Coyer said the move gives him a little more freedom to oversee the entire defense.

All is quiet on punt front - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
07/07/2005 - The Broncos launched their mandatory offseason minicamp Wednesday. Not that all the others weren't. Those optional workouts? They were optional, all right, provided you had no aspirations of making the team. I only mention this because, with Mike Shanahan officially taking names, Todd Sauerbrun decided it was high time that he made his Denver debut. And sure enough, he came as advertised. His agent, David Canter, had said Sauerbrun wouldn't talk to the media - not now, not ever - and he didn't. "I've got no comment, guys," Sauerbrun said as he walked off the field. "I'm happy to be here, that's all." A punter boycotting the media? Have you ever? Middle linebackers and wide receivers boycott the media, not punters. Punters are barely above sports writers and urine-specimen collectors on the NFL food chain.

D-linemen get fresh start - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
07/07/2005 - Kids playing their summer games do it all the time. Mess up, and they shout "do over." For the quartet of former Cleveland Browns defensive linemen now lining up as Broncos - defensive ends Courtney Brown and Ebenezer Ekuban, and defensive tackles Gerard Warren and Michael Myers - 2005 is the ultimate do over. For Brown, the overall No. 1 pick in the 2000 draft, and Ekuban, Dallas' first-round pick in 1999, Wednesday was Day One of their do over.

Mini-Camp Day 2: Griffin's Road Back - - Andrew Mason
Thursday, July 7, 2005 - When one looked back at the Broncos' 2004 campaign immediately following the 49-24 wild-card loss at Indianapolis, it was easy to focus on the recent weeks and difficult to recall the season's opening act, particularly when it came time to call roll at running back. Reuben Droughns? He'd become the star of the ground game through much of the year, becoming the fifth different 1,000-yard back of the last decade in spite of not starting until Week 5. Tatum Bell? He was hurt early, but split carries with Droughns in the last month of the year and showed flashes of the talent that caused the Broncos to make him their highest running back selected in 19 drafts, averaging 5.3 yards per carry and scoring three times.It was almost as though Quentin Griffin was the forgotten man. His moment in the spotlight was months in the past; his final start of 2004 came on Oct. 3 at Tampa Bay. Nine months, a knee injury and a half-year of rehabilitation later, Griffin is back on the field, but only as part of a bridge mix of running backs that includes one former 1,000-yarder (Mike Anderson), one ex-first-round pick (Ron Dayne), Bell, and rookie Maurice Clarett. But being overlooked by observers doesn't faze Griffin one bit.

Mini-Camp Notebook: Rice Left Catching His Breath - - Andrew Mason
Thursday, July 7, 2005 - Five practices into his Broncos career, and Jerry Rice is still trying to catch his breath. "Rod Smith told me yesterday, 'You need to get in some shape,'" Rice said as he departed the field following the Broncos' second mini-camp practice. Not even 20 seasons of NFL experience could adequately prepare the NFL's all-time leader in receptions, receiving yardage and touchdowns for the challenges posed by practicing at an elevation of over 5,700 feet. "I'm still trying to get used to this mile-high (air)," Rice said. "But I look at some of the other guys, and they're having a little difficult time, too. So there's hope. "I don't care what type of work you do down at sea level; once you get here, it's a whole new ballgame." But Rice noted that Smith wasn't immune from the same challenge to the lungs he faced. "He was gasping for air, too," Rice said.

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