Camp Begins

The Denver Broncos began their 2005 training camp on Friday. Read the latest in today's news reports.

Training Camp Day 1: Rice Rejuvenated - Denver - Andrew Mason
Friday, July 29, 2005 - Karl Paymah was still going through his terrible twos when Jerry Rice began the first training camp of his career 20 summers ago. He was just 6 when Rice became a Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, only 12 when Rice held up the third Lombardi Trophy of his decorated career and had yet to play a down at Washington State University when Rice's 16-season career in San Francisco ended. Yet midway through one-on-one drills at the first practice of Denver's 46th training camp, there was Paymah -- the first of the Broncos' three third-round picks last April -- standing face-to-face with Rice. It underscored just how long Rice has been playing the game -- and just what kind of generation gap exists between the NFL's all-time leading receiver and many of his teammates.

All Bronco draft picks in fold - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
July 29, 2005 — There will be plenty of interesting story lines when the Denver Broncos open training camp here today at team headquarters. Dealing with the distraction of player holdouts, however, will not be on the list. On Thursday night, the Broncos signed Darrent Williams, Maurice Clarett and Chris Myers to contracts, which means all six of the team's draft picks will be on the field for the first practice at 8:30 a.m. Earlier in the day, head coach Mike Shanahan had predicted there would not be any problems getting the I's dotted and T's crossed.

Broncos aren't so certain at camp - Greeley Tribune - Matt Schuman
July 29, 2005 - Guarantees. There are so few in life. Death. Taxes. Endless reruns of Gilligan's Island. It is about the only certainties one can expect. When it comes to Denver Broncos training camp, there are even fewer guarantees except the weather will be hot and players will always hate camp. Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan is making no guarantees. Just ask wide receiver Jerry Rice. The most prolific receiver in NFL history may not even make a Broncos squad that has uncertainties at nearly every position as the Broncos begin the first two-a-day workouts of training camp today at their Dove Valley headquarters.

Third year critical for Plummer - Denver Post - Mike Klis
07/29/2005 - Jake Plummer reported to the first day of training camp with another year of experience and the same old qualifiers. Yes, Plummer is a talented quarterback for the Broncos, but. Nobody improvises better than Jake the Snake, but. Plummer can pass on the run with the best of them. But. Can Plummer stop making the occasional kick-the-ottoman decision? The rap of making the wrong play at the wrong time leeched onto Plummer during his first six seasons with the Arizona Cardinals and followed him to Denver before the 2003 season. And although he has posted a two-year starting record of 19-8 since joining the Broncos, the criticism stains the professional résumé he brought into Dove Valley camp No. 3.

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