Training Camp News Briefs - Tuesday, Aug. 2

Read the latest news reports from Day 4 of the Denver Broncos training camp.

Time for Broncos to put it all on line - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
08/02/2005 - The battle on the defensive line - the famously reconstructed front that will look nothing like the group that took the field last year - has been and will be the fiercest competition of Broncos training camp. Every day, a long list of veterans has duked it out, jockeying for their roster lives. When the Broncos' final 53-man roster is determined, the line, which was a weak spot on an otherwise strong defense last year, should be stronger. "The only question is who'll be on it and who'll be playing," said Andre Patterson, a new coach to the Broncos line, who joins incumbent Jacob Burney. "It's going to be a wild camp."

Retiring Sharpe's number? Unlikely - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
08/02/2005 - So much for the mere formality of the day. Everyone knew Steve Atwater would be voted into the Broncos' Ring of Fame on Monday. Here's what inquiring minds - well, mine anyway - wanted to know: Are the Broncos ever going to retire Shannon Sharpe's number? The answer, from the sounds of things, is no. That would leave John Elway as the only Bronco to have his number retired. For the record, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen tried to be diplomatic when asked the question.

Broncos to honor safety - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
08/02/2005 - Memories are made in the Super Bowl. So are legacies. Steve Atwater cemented his Broncos legacy with a memorable Super Bowl performance. After Monday's announcement that the hard-hitting safety will be the 20th member of the team's Ring of Fame, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen didn't hesitate when asked about his top memories of Atwater. "I've got two," said Bowlen, harking back to January 1998 when Denver won its first Super Bowl (31-24 victory over Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXII). 08/02/2005 01:00:00 AM

Turnover frenzy thrills defense - Denver Post - Mike Klis
08/02/2005 - By nature, middle linebackers are known to snort, roar and intimidate. They don't just enjoy the tackle. They live to pulverize. Al Wilson is the Broncos' middle linebacker for going on seven years. Come Sunday, Wilson becomes a mean, bone-jarring machine. But after finishing off an encouraging/disturbing sequence of turnovers against the Broncos' offense with an interception during a controlled scrimmage Monday, Wilson made a stunning revelation. "My attitude has changed over the years," Wilson said. "It used to be a big hit for me was way better than an interception. Now, I'd much rather have the interception than the big hit.

Atwater chosen for ring of fame - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 2, 2005 — Steve Atwater was voted to a franchise-record seven consecutive Pro Bowls during his glory days with the Broncos. He made big plays in Denver's back-to-back Super Bowl victories, led the team in total tackles twice and started all 155 regular-season games he appeared in wearing orange and blue. But Atwater — who was elected as the 20th member of the Broncos Ring of Fame on Monday — will forever be remembered for knocking the sense out of Kansas City running back Christian Okoye on Sept. 17, 1990, a Monday night.

Putzier hopes for more looks from Plummer - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 2, 2005 — Shannon Sharpe retires and the Broncos forget how to score in the red zone. Coincidence? Not according to the Denver Broncos' current starting tight end. Jeb Putzier, whose 15.9 yards-per-catch average led all AFC tight ends, believes the key to scoring touchdowns inside the 20 this season will be for Jake Plummer to trust his tight ends again. In 2003, Sharpe led the Broncos with eight touchdown catches. Rod Smith, Ashley Lelie, Ed McCaffrey and Clinton Portis had five touchdown catches combined that season. Hint, hint.

Lelie cops get-tough attitude - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 2, 2005 - It has become glaringly obvious to Ashley Lelie that he has anger-management issues. The issue isn't one of controlling his emotions but, instead, conjuring up some. In other words, it's time to stop being Mr. Nice Guy on the field and start busting some heads - or, at least, carry that kind of attitude into every practice and game. The personality profile doesn't quite mesh with Lelie's normally laid-back demeanor. The dark side of his psyche in the past has surfaced only when he has been victim of a perceived cheap shot, inspiring his rage. But playing with a chip on his shoulder might ultimately be the key to transforming Lelie from one of the NFL's best deep targets to an all-around threat and among the elite at his position.

Atwater's name has ring to it - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 2, 2005 - When the Denver Broncos put Steve Atwater's name into their Ring of Fame in October, they should have those on hand close their eyes for a moment or two. Then they would know what some of the league's running backs and receivers felt like when the safety was done with them. "Just one of the hardest-hitting safeties I ever saw," former Broncos defensive coordinator Joe Collier said. "And one of the brightest guys I ever saw. It was a slam dunk to put his name up there." Atwater formally was elected Monday as the 20th member of the Broncos' Ring of Fame. A ceremony will be held at halftime of the Broncos' Oct. 9 game against the Washington Redskins.

Sauerbrun may provide kick-start - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 2, 2005 - Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey was among a handful of players standing about 65 yards from Todd Sauerbrun earlier this week, awaiting a run-of-the-mill, training camp punt. It wasn't long before Bailey understood why the Broncos have rolled the dice on the embattled punter. "I was standing right there, he kicked that ball, it goes 60 (yards), 70, past 70, over my head, one hop and that was it, that ball was gone, right over the wall into the parking lot," Bailey said. "I caught another 70-yarder from him the other day, too, that took like five minutes to come down. I ain't never seen a guy with a leg like that.

Adams wants to finally catch on - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 2, 2005 - In a training camp where most of the discussion about receivers has been pointed in the direction of players named Smith, Lelie, Watts and Rice, it is Charlie Adams who continues to make his case, consistently hauling in most every pass that has come his way. Adams, who has been signed by the Broncos six times and released four times in his three-year career, said he took a discussion last season with general manager Ted Sundquist to heart to try to stick on the roster this time.

An Honor Well Deserved - Denver - Andrew Mason
Monday, August 1, 2005 - Two hours had passed since Steve Atwater received the phone call that confirmed his induction into the Broncos' Ring of Fame, and the afterglow had yet to even begin wearing away. He was in the middle of a typical workday of his post-football life as an investment manager in Atlanta, Ga., a job that keeps him busy more than 40 hours a week, not to mention the time he spends at home with his family. His life doesn't leave him much time to follow the Broncos. But he knows all about the Ring of Fame. Every glance he stole at the names on the facade of Mile High Stadium reminded him of the legends who came before him. Now, five years and 10 months after he played his last game in Denver -- as a member of the New York Jets in his final NFL season -- he'll take his place alongside the most exalted names in the Broncos' 46-season history as the 20th member of the Ring of Fame.

Training Camp Day 4 Notebook: Takeways Aplenty - Denver - Andrew Mason
Monday, August 1, 2005 - "Move the ball!" is the three-word phrase that Head Coach Mike Shanahan bellows to begin the phase of training camp practice where the Broncos simulate drives beginning at the offense's 30-yard-line. Yet the offense could not heed those three words Monday. The final moments of the Broncos' fourth morning of training-camp practice saw the defense produce a flurry of turnovers, providing another glimmer of hope that the team's recent struggles in producing takeaways could be a thing of the past. There were six drives -- two for the first-team offense versus the second-team defense, two for the second-team offense versus the first-team defense, and a pair for the third-string units.

LeSueur is Broncos' safety net - Loveland Reporter-Herald - Pat Graham
8/1/2005 — There are the good moments when Jeremy LeSueur is glad he was switched to safety. Like when the Denver Broncos' second-year player correctly read the eyes of quarterback Jake Plummer and intercepted a pass during training camp drills. But then there are those forgettable times that make him miss being a cornerback. Like when he had cleat marks on his chest from when rookie running back Maurice Clarett stomped all over him. LeSueur is going to have up-and-down days. That's an occupational hazard of learning a new position in this league. It wasn't until two months before camp was set to begin he even found out about the position change. The Broncos asked him to switch and he willingly accepted.

Fab Five compete for Broncos tailback spot - San Diego Union-Tribune - Eddie Pells
August 1, 2005 – The Denver Broncos have a history of turning no-names into stars at the tailback position. This year, they won't have to do that. Mike Anderson, Tatum Bell, Ron Dayne, Quentin Griffin and Maurice Clarett have all been heard from before, and all have the credentials to win the starting job and become Denver's next 1,000-yard rusher. Along with the defensive line, this is the most intriguing position battle in camp. Anderson, who is fully rehabilitated from a groin injury that kept him out last year, is sharing reps with Bell on the first team. But Griffin, who began last season as the starter, also has a chance. Dayne, who came in as a free agent, has looked pretty good in camp. Only Clarett, the rookie with the troubled past, has struggled a bit, but everyone knows what he did during his lone year of college.

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