Broncos News Briefs - Saturday, July 30

Read all the latest news from the Denver Broncos training camp.

Backup Kanell says commitment renewed - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
July 30, 2005 — As a young player, Danny Kanell was good. Maybe too good. At Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., football was easy for Kanell. He won a state championship and was a Parade Magazine All-American in 1991, which led to a scholarship at Florida State. By the time Kanell's career with the Seminoles was over he was the second-leading passer in the history of the program behind former Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward. His 57 career touchdowns easily broke the school record and helped convince the New York Giants to select him in the fourth round of the 1996 draft.

Similar plots for Rice, Clarett - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
July 30, 2005 — The number of Day One was 21. That's how many NFL training camps Jerry Rice has now participated in. It's also the age of Maurice Clarett. The Denver Broncos didn't make a lot of changes on the offensive side of the ball during an otherwise aggressive offseason, but the franchise did find itself in the national spotlight after signing the greatest receiver of all time at the age of 42 and drafting the litigious rookie running back in the third round. Financially, neither decision was much if a risk for the Broncos. Rice became a very rich man several contracts ago and will be paid the league minimum; Clarett signed an unusual incentive-based deal on the eve of camp that did not include a signing bonus. Both men say the opportunity to simply play football is the real motivation for them in 2005.

He paid his Pryce - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
July 30, 2005 - The low point for Trevor Pryce came last December. He already had undergone back surgery two months earlier, enduring several stages of rehabilitation leading up to that procedure while carrying the nagging - and ultimately correct - feeling he was headed under the knife anyway. He had done a second round of rehabilitation trying to return by the end of the season but was feeling discouraged by the results. Yet somehow, Pryce also managed to convince himself that perhaps he might be able to gut out a few games for the Denver Broncos, despite the numbness he still was experiencing in his right leg. It was at that moment that humiliation hit.

Broncos camp report, July 30 - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
July 30, 2005 - The Broncos, who took their off-season workouts deeper into the summer than any other team in the league with a mini-camp July 6-8, were back on the field Friday for their first two-a-day workouts of training camp. The crowd on hand for the morning practice was most interested in the one-on-one drills between wide receiver and defensive backs, especially when 21-year veteran Jerry Rice was involved. Rice battled several of the team's young defensive backs.

Consider Myers a hidden talent - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
July 30, 2005 - He is The Other Guy. He is the player to be named. The player tucked away at the end of a conversation between Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist and Cleveland general manager Phil Savage about the March trade that sent running back Reuben Droughns to the Browns and defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban to Denver. "I wanted a draft pick, too. That's what we were asking for, we wanted a little more," Sundquist said. "Then Michael's name came up." He is a guy named Michael Myers, a defensive tackle who has been somewhat lost in the blizzard of new faces from different places dotting the Broncos roster during this training camp.

Clarett on high-risk, high-reward road - Denver Post - Eddie Pells, AP
07/30/2005 - Given that many folks thought he wouldn't get drafted at all, Maurice Clarett might have felt like he won the lottery when the Denver Broncos chose him in the third round. Then, what did Clarett do? He passed on the guaranteed $400,000 signing bonus he could have taken, instead choosing an incentive-filled deal that could earn him first-round money ... or leave him broke. It was the kind of move that fits right in with the rookie tailback's pattern of high-risk, high-reward decisions - leaving school, suing the NFL, quitting in the middle of the league's scouting combine.

Training Camp Day 1: Afternoon Report - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, July 29, 2005 - A defense is typically ahead of the offense at this point in training camp, but the Broncos' first afternoon practice of their summer session took that to the extreme. And in doing so, the Broncos gave the first indication that a stated offseason goal of being able to dramatically increase the number of turnovers forced just might turn into reality come autumn. "We had five turnovers today," Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. "It's one of the things we've been stressing, and guys made some plays." Darrent Williams, Jashon Sykes and Sam Brandon each intercepted passes, and the defense forced fumbles from Maurice Clarett and Nate Jackson as the Broncos' defense dominated proceedings to close out the first day of the team's three-week training camp.

Training Camp Day 1: Rice Rejuvenated - Denver Broncos.com - 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.

Camp Day 1 Notebook: Blond Ambition - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, July 29, 2005 - If Danny Kanell was going for shock value when he walked into Dove Valley this week, he succeeded admirably. Usually, Kanell is a fairly low-key, laid-back individual. He's the son of a prominent South Florida doctor; he matriculated at a private school in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; his idea of getting away from football was to go pick up a bat, a glove and swing away, as he did for the independent-league Newark Bears in 2001.Few were prepared for the bleached-blond mop of hair he carried into the facility Thursday when the players reported for training camp."I was a little shocked," Head Coach Mike Shanahan said, adding a smiling "no comment" before departing after the morning practice.

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