Training Camp News Briefs - Friday, Aug. 12

As the Denver Broncos prepare for their opening preseason game against the Houston Texans, interest focuses on Bradlee Van Pelt in his quest to become the backup quarterback. Read the latest from Houston in today's news reports.

Van Pelt ready to take shot - Denver Post - Mike Klis
Friday, Aug. 12, 2005 - Go ahead, sell Bradlee Van Pelt short. The 2005 Broncos are about to begin their preseason schedule, and there is a growing sense that what makes this one different from the others is enormous curiosity surrounding Van Pelt. Does he have the goods to become a No. 2 NFL quarterback?

Smart answer is Anderson - Denver Post - Mark Kizla
Friday, Aug. 12, 2005 - The reason your Broncos have not won a playoff game in six years is the same reason so many recent sideline photographs of Mike Shanahan reveal that angry Barney Fife vein popping in the coach's neck. Dumb football.

Hometown fans will have to wait to see Griffin - Denver Post -
Bill Williamson
Friday, Aug. 12, 2005 - Quentin Griffin considered the predicament. Would he rather have his friends and family watch him labor in person Saturday night, or watch during the regular season on television, running injury-free?

Minor injury shelves Lepsis - Denver Post -
Bill Williamson
Friday, Aug. 12, 2005 - While several key players' availability for Saturday night's preseason opener against the Houston Texans remains in question, a newly injured player's status is clear. Left tackle Matt Lepsis will not play after suffering a hamstring pull Wednesday in practice.

Happy to be home: Broncos linebacker - Greeley Tribune - Matt Schuman
Friday, Aug. 12, 2005 -
Life these days is as good as his last name for Ian Gold. He's back home where he wants to be, among friends. He's in a system where he feels comfortable. And he's as fast as ever.

Rice: Owens a distraction and out of control - - Reuben Frank
Friday, Aug. 12, 2005 - No less than the greatest wide receiver in NFL history has had enough of Terrell Owens. Broncos receiver Jerry Rice, Owens' long-time teammate with the 49ers, told the Houston Chronicle Owens is "out of control" and "needs to be dealt with."

Events are par for course - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 12, 2005 - HOUSTON - All Danny Kanell keeps hearing is the Denver Broncos know what he can do. It's the reason he has been consistently given for his demotion to fourth-string quarterback this preseason, which, depending on the day, is either a source of comfort or concern for his future. Deep down, he wonders if the team really is fully aware of his abilities, as things stand right now.

Today at camp - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 12, 2005 - Both running backs vying for the starting job appeared sharp during the team period with the Texans. Tatum Bell showed good burst and was authoritative making cuts, while Mike Anderson continued his steady camp performance that has made him the man to beat. Quarterbacks Matt Mauck and Bradlee Van_Pelt displayed good decision-making by throwing away the ball under pressure, and Jake Plummer scrambled for big yardage another time with the Texans pushing the pocket against a Denver line that had Cornell Green at left tackle.

Punt team doesn't look very special - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 12, 2005 - HOUSTON — Todd Sauerbrun ripped the helmet from his head and scanned the surreal scene in disgust. He glared at teammates, coaches and even up into the Wednesday night lights at the Reliant Stadium practice field. It was almost as if the red-faced kicker was hoping Ashton Kutcher would suddenly show up with a camera crew to say, "You've been Punk'd." But this wasn't an elaborate practical joke. It was the Denver Broncos' first live punting drill of the season. And it failed miserably.

Broncos ready to derail Carr-Johnson combo - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 12, 2005 - HOUSTON — The consensus here is that Houston Texans quarterback David Carr and wide receiver Andre Johnson are going to have a huge year. Both talents — Carr was the No. 1 overall pick in 2002, and Johnson was the No. 3 overall pick in 2003 — have endured NFL growing pains and believe they are now experienced enough to lead the expansion franchise to the playoffs in its fourth year of existence. The Broncos defense has obviously been reading the potentially dynamic duo's press clippings.

Broncos' Van Pelt getting far on grit - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Thu, Aug. 11, 2005 - HOUSTON - (KRT) - Brad Van Pelt remembers a soccer game his son Bradlee played when he was about 6 years old, an age when most kids cared more about postgame ice-cream cones than who won or lost. Bradlee's team lost 2-1 as Brad recalls. The teams lined up to shake hands after the game but Bradlee was nowhere to be found. "I finally saw him behind a tree - I saw his feet," said Brad Van Pelt, who played linebacker in the NFL with the Giants, Raiders and Browns from 1973-86. "I said `You have to shake hands' and he said `Dad, we could have won, we could have won!'

Day 13 Notebook: Stage Set for First Game - Denver - Andrew Mason
Thursday, August 11, 2005 - HOUSTON -- Different year, same plan. Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced following Thursday's practice that the procedure for using the team's starters in the preseason games will "probably" remain the same as it has in recent years. "Anywhere from 10-12 plays first game, 20 plays the second game, into the third quarter one series or two in the third game and then in the fourth game a lot of the starters don't play,' Shanahan said. "Obviously they've earned a position and have been starters for a while. Guys that are competing for a position usually play and it will be based on competition at certain positions." Some of the key competition will take place outside of the starting lineup. At backup quarterback, Bradlee Van Pelt heads into the game as the team's No. 2 signal-caller. The action he will receive Saturday is his first since a one-possession, one-touchdown stint in the preseason-closing game against the Arizona Cardinals last September. But as of Thursday afternoon, Van Pelt did not know how long his on-field time would last.

Jashon Sykes Answers Your Questions - Denver - Andrew Mason
Friday, August 12, 2005 - After beginning his NFL career on the Denver Broncos' practice squad in 2002, linebacker Jashon Sykes has emerged as a powerful starter and force to be reckoned with on special teams. The third-year California native was signed by Denver as an undrafted free agent on April 29, 2002 and waived just four months later. He was resigned to the practice squad two days later. Sykes played just three regular-season games with Denver in 2004 but came up huge for the Broncos in 2003. Sykes started eight games and totaled 64 tackles. He was also tied for fourth on the team with 12 special-teams tackles in 2003.

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