July 28, 2005 — The Denver Broncos don't begin the regular-season schedule for another 45 days, but for their diehard fans the wait for football is finally over. The players report to training camp today with the first practice scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Friday. Mike Shanahan, entering his 11th season as the head coach, will casually dine with members of the media this afternoon before getting up from the table and putting his game face on for the next six months. Whether it's Jerry Rice trying to make the roster, Maurice Clarett trying to make a good first impression or Courtney Brown trying to stay on the field, there are plenty of important new players to keep an eye on during the preseason. Broncos camp: Home to second (or third or fourth) chances
Broncos camp: Home to second (or third or fourth) chances
- Vail Daily - Nate Peterson
July 27, 2005 - The names stick out on the roster like Martha Stewart would stick out if she were in prison. Oops, bad analogy. Um, a few new names on the Broncos training camp roster this summer stick out like Paris Hilton at bingo night. Yeesh. OK, you get the point. How about this? On Friday, the Denver Broncos will begin auditions for an experimental form of live theater in Englewood. Mike Shanahan is again directing, and his newly madeover cast has chosen the working title of "Secondchanceville" for this season's play, slated for a 17-week run starting in September, with the option of encore performances beginning in January.
Clarett works toward deal before camp - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
07/28/2005 - In his first statement as a Bronco, Maurice Clarett said in no uncertain terms that after his long wait to get to the NFL, he wouldn't contribute to a further delay. The former Ohio State tailback said after being drafted in April that he would not hold out from the Broncos' training camp. His agents were working feverishly with team officials late Wednesday evening to ensure their client, chosen with the last pick of the third round, keeps his promise. "We all know how important it is to get Maurice in camp on time," agent Steve Feldman said. "We have every intention of him reporting on time." Feldman said talks have progressed well.
Eight games not even halfway to real goal - Denver Post - Thomas George
07/28/2005 - The first day of training camp is like wearing a pair of new shoes. Everything sparkles. In a few months, though, scuffs appear. Depending on the maintenance, the quality, they will last. Or you chuck 'em. Which brings us to the Broncos. Oh, they know plenty about sparkling. At the start. For the last few seasons, they have kicked their way through the NFL, at the start, in imposing fashion. They have won their season opener the past four seasons. In the past two seasons, they began 5-1. Then funky things started to happen in the season's second half. At the end of the past few seasons, the Broncos' kick has turned into a limp.
Dread zone - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
July 28, 2005 - A grizzled football soul with a Nostradamus feel for play-calling, Ron Erhardt called the offensive shots for a Super Bowl champion when the New York Giants controlled the ball for a record 40 minutes, 33 seconds of the Big Game. He called the plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1992, when a little-known back named Barry Foster piled up a then-record 12 100-yard games that season. So when he so often was asked to name his favorite play, the creases around his eyes would get a little deeper, a smirk would creep across his face and Erhardt usually would say "The one that ends in a touchdown." And there was the off-season for the Denver Broncos in a nutshell, an off-season that officially ends today when players report to the team's Dove Valley complex for training camp.
Call Paymah a happy camper - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
July 28, 2005 - The Denver Broncos marched on in contract negotiations Wednesday, finishing a deal with cornerback Karl Paymah and closing in on agreements with cornerback Darrent Williams and running back Maurice Clarett as well. "Karl's excited, he's relieved," said Paymah's representative, Rocky Arceneaux. "He made it very clear to me he didn't want to miss a minute of camp, so I knew what I was working with there."
Filling in - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
July 28, 2005 - Virtually every time Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan was asked during the off-season about what, exactly, he planned to do with a team that has ended the past two seasons with dismal playoff losses in Indianapolis, he would narrow his gaze and inevitably say, "There's always missing pieces." And during the past four months, the Broncos have been the league's most active trading partner (five deals with four teams), they have acquired four defensive linemen who played on a 4-12 Cleveland Browns team last season, and they lost their leader in sacks (Reggie Hayward) and two starters in their secondary (Kelly Herndon and Kenoy Kennedy) during free agency.
Five questions of summer - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
July 28, 2005 - 1. Who will emerge as the starting tailback? The Broncos prefer to find one runner to be their workhorse instead of employing a rotation. In Mike Shanahan's 10 seasons as coach, one back has accounted for at least 51.4 percent of the team's carries in all but one season. With Reuben Droughns gone, Denver could opt for a speed-power tandem featuring Tatum Bell and Mike Anderson but is more likely to let one emerge. Bell has to prove he has the durability to be a 25-carry back. Anderson has to recapture the form that won him the No. 1 job last summer before he suffered two severely torn left groin muscles that ended his season - and show he has fresh legs while turning 32 in September. Behind the two favorites, Ron Dayne and rookie Maurice Clarett will get a chance to make a lasting first impression and become a potential fallback plan, while Quentin Griffin has to demonstrate his surgically repaired right knee has not sapped him of his quickness and cutting abilities.
Krieger: Too early to get up for Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
July 28, 2005 - Call me a grouch, a grump, a nabob of negativity. I don't care. I won't get fooled again. That's my new motto, assuming Pete Townshend doesn't hear about it. Nothing Mike Shanahan says at today's wretches' barbecue - no, they don't actually barbecue the wretches - will sway me. No amount of sunny optimism following Friday's first practice of training camp will shake my steely resolve.
Training Camp Preview: Defensive Backs - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, July 28, 2005 - For a unit that supplied the Broncos with its entire Pro Bowl contingent last season, questions abound in the defensive backfield. Few questions need to be asked about Champ Bailey and John Lynch, the secondary duo the Broncos imported last year from Washington and Tampa Bay, respectively. They represented the Broncos in Hawaii at the end of the year. Bailey became a first-team All-Pro. Lynch joined Al Wilson as a defensive captain and delivered the sort of game-altering hits that defined his 11 seasons with the Buccaneers. But the Broncos were hit in free agency by the departures of Kelly Herndon and Kenoy Kennedy, both of whom parlayed solid seasons into deals with the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions, respectively.
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