Training Camp News Briefs - Wednesday, Aug. 3

Former CSU quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt has been elevated to the second team by the Denver Broncos. Read about Van Pelt as well as all the latest news reports from Day 5 of training camp.

Time for Broncos to put it all on line - Denver Post - Mike Klis
08/03/2005 - Colorado football fans had better hurry up and decide. The way Bradlee Van Pelt is moving up the quarterback charts, CU Buffaloes boosters will be confronted with the ultimate dilemma: Does the love of the NFL home team Broncos supersede the collegiate dislike for the Colorado State Rams? Only the gradual rise of the swashbuckling Van Pelt can elicit such a mental and emotional conundrum. In what may be the most surprising depth-chart shake-up in the early days of Broncos training camp, Van Pelt took all the snaps with the second-team offensive unit Tuesday.

WR Smith keeping watchful eye on talks - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
08/03/2005 - Rod Smith considers himself a burgeoning businessman. The accomplished receiver aspires to own several ventures when his NFL career is over. After a quick study, Smith knows the league is good business. That's why as the Broncos' player representative, Smith is closely watching talks regarding the collective bargaining agreement. The contract is up in less than two years. Smith is confident both sides will come to an agreement.

Ex-Bronco still questions Plummer's skills - Denver Post - Bill Briggs
08/03/2005 - In his final season, Shannon Sharpe became one of Jake Plummer's favorite targets. But in Sharpe's chatty new life, those roles have reversed. Now an NFL studio analyst for CBS, Sharpe took dead aim again Tuesday at Plummer's aerial precision and his game decisions, snapping the Broncos' quarterback with a backhanded compliment - along with a dose of numeric pressure. "In order for them to win, Jake needs to have a great season, a great season, a 30-touchdown, 10-interception-type season," Sharpe said. "You can't turn the football over like he did, like this offense did last year, and win. No team in football is good enough to turn the ball over that much and win."

"Tiny pushes" add up each day in first season - Denver Post - Domonique Foxworth
08/03/2005 - Rookie cornerback Domonique Foxworth, whom the Broncos drafted in the third round this year, will share his thoughts and experiences with readers in a weekly journal during training camp. Foxworth was a three-year starter at Maryland, where he earned a bachelor's degree in American studies and graduated in 3 1/2 years.

Intimidation no longer an issue - Daily Camera - Chris Shelton
August 3, 2005 — Former Colorado State quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt ran Denver's second-team offense for much of Tuesday's morning practice and ran the goal-line offense in the training camp's afternoon session. Van Pelt is in his second season with the Broncos after spending last year on the practice squad, but his position on the field Tuesday does not mean he's unseated Danny Kannell as Jake Plummer's backup.

Van Pelt getting a second look - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 3, 2005 - In the culmination of a growth process that has been ongoing since last season, Bradlee Van Pelt has been given a trial as the backup quarterback of the Denver Broncos. The offensive coaches met Monday night and decided Van Pelt's improved abilities throwing the ball, coupled with his athleticism and ability to rally the troops was worth a few days in the No. 2 role to see if he can handle being the first option behind Jake Plummer.

The Champ of self-improvement - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 3, 2005 - He knows it's coming. No time off, no breaks, no chance for escape. Champ Bailey knows the critic is waiting. And the critic is unblinking, unrelenting and without remorse. Right there in the mirror. "I want to be the best corner in the league," said Bailey, the Denver Broncos' shutdown cornerback. "I don't want to give up a touchdown. Hell, I don't want to give up a completion. I want to be perfect. Perfect technique, perfect positioning, perfect footwork.

Brown says his foot holding up - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 3, 2005 - Courtney Brown still hasn't completely hit his stride in his first training camp with the Denver Broncos, but it isn't because one of his feet hurts. Brown missed the final 14 games last season because of a torn left Lisfranc ligament that required surgery. And other than the two-day minicamp to start July, the defensive end was held out of on-field activities. He's being pushed harder now, and so far has emerged unscathed.

Broncos camp report, August 3 - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 3, 2005 - The team continued its work in the red zone - inside an opponent's 20-yard line - and included some short-yardage work near the goal line in both practices. Running back Mike Anderson, who is getting most of the carries with the starting offense, scored twice in goal-line work. The drill does limit the defense some, however. "So it's not very realistic," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "But it was a good goal-line period. I thought we got a lot done." Shanahan said he expected to run a full-pads, live goal-line period during Saturday morning's practice.

Training Camp Day 5 Notebook: Offense Back on Track - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, August 2, 2005 - It may be "only" practice, and the proceedings taking place on the fields at Dove Valley may lack the gravitas of what takes place on gamedays between September and January. But that doesn't mean that the Broncos don't get peeved when they play poorly, or when the ball doesn't happen to bounce in their direction. So it was unsurprising that the offense convened Monday night and glumly broke down its collective performance during "move-the-ball" work at the end of that morning's session; five turnovers and only one first down in six possessions was justification for a blunt reassessment.

Rising Through the Ranks - Denver Broncos.com - J. Michael Moore
Tuesday, August 2, 2005 - The learning curve between high school and college is tough.The gap between junior college and Division-I football is tougher. The jump from Division-I football to the National Football League is the toughest. Lucky for Broncos defensive tackle Demetrin Veal, he has experience just about every type of football aptitude available. The three-year veteran from Tennessee started playing football his senior year of high school in Paramount, Calif. He went on to Cerritos Junior College and played two years at Tennessee with NFL star defensive linemen Albert Haynesworth (Titans) and John Henderson (Jaguars). So he's used to being the underdog.

Van Pelt: No Significance in Running With Second Team - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, August 2, 2005 - For the second straight day, Bradlee Van Pelt closed out the morning practice by running the second-team offense in the daily "move-the-ball" drills that simulate game-action possessions. But don't read too much into it. After all, Van Pelt doesn't. "I don't think there is any significance at all," Van Pelt said. "You're going to see Matt (Mauck) play with the twos; you're going to see Danny (Kanell) play. No job has been won or lost."

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