Broncos News Briefs - Tuesday, July 26

The Denver Broncos are working hard to sign their draft picks before training camp opens. Read about the talks in today's news reports. Also - a preview of a crowded defensive line.

Pipe Dreams - Longmont Daily Times-Call - Pat Graham
7/26/2005 — Champ Bailey was just saying the right thing. That's all. No way could the Denver Broncos cornerback really believe the words coming out of his mouth, right? He was simply being a good employee and giving the company line. You waited for the smirk or smile to give away the fact Bailey was only kidding. No smirk or smile. Bailey honestly believes the Denver Broncos have what it takes to win the Super Bowl this season. "With the talent we have, there's no way we can't win it," Bailey said.

Top pick closer to signing deal - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
07/26/2005 - As the Broncos moved closer to signing their top draft choice, cornerback Darrent Williams, they cut three players Monday to make room for their four remaining unsigned draft choices. Denver talked to the agents of all four Monday and general manager Ted Sundquist said he remains confident they'll be signed by the time the team reports to training camp Thursday. Practices begin Friday. The Broncos' remaining unsigned draft choices are Williams (second round, Oklahoma State), cornerback Karl Paymah (third round, Washington State), running back Maurice Clarett (third round, Ohio State) and offensive lineman Chris Myers (sixth round, Miami).

Broncos make room for rookies - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
July 26, 2005 - As they closed in on deals with their four unsigned draft picks Monday, the Denver Broncos cleared some roster space for some of those players. The team released three players who faced uphill battles to make the final 53-player roster, kickers Jeff Crowell and Tyler Fredrickson and guard Reese Hicks. The Broncos have two of their six draft picks - kicker Paul Ernster and cornerback Domonique Foxworth - signed and must be down to 87 players by Thursday when players report to the Dove Valley complex for training camp. With the moves, the Broncos have 88 players on the roster, so they still have some decisions to make as rookies sign.

Training Camp Preview: Defensive Line - - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, July 26, 2005 - Just under three weeks ago, as the Broncos convened for their final mini-camp, the defensive line offered perhaps the most tantalizing questions heading into those last three offseason practices. Half of the four-man haul of former Cleveland Browns was going to go full-speed for the first time since joining the Broncos in March. How would Courtney Brown and Ebenezer Ekuban fare? Would the practices represent the first indication that each had recovered successfully from surgeries that defined their year up to that point? In the eyes of General Manager Ted Sundquist -- who helped orchestrate the deals -- and defensive coordinator Larry Coyer, the response was a resounding yes.

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