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Special Teams turns not so special, Mike Anderson still listed as number one and Maurice Clarett is delegated to picking up other players helmets. Check out all the stories in today's Denver Broncos News Blogs.

Back in the saddle - Denver Post - Mike Klis
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005 - In what was supposed to be the great running back race, the favorite is about to pull off the upset. With Mike Anderson, all things are possible. Anderson reported to Broncos training camp 19 days ago listed as the No. 1 running back, but with odds-on expectations of getting pushed aside.

NFL debut tops other big 'firsts' - Denver Post - Domonique Foxworth
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005 -
I finally had my first day on the job. I had been merely a cornerback-in-training until Saturday, when I played my first NFL preseason game in Houston against the Texans. I have had numerous first days in my 22 years. First day of school, first job, first day of college, just to name a few; however, none bears the magnitude of last weekend's game.

Shanahan critical of special teams - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005 - When Broncos coach Mike Shanahan halted a special-teams portion of practice Tuesday morning, he wasn't congratulating the unit on a solid performance in the preseason opener. It was a scolding.

Carries for Clarett turn to equipment - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005 - Another day passed with Maurice Clarett on the sidelines instead of in the huddle for the Broncos. Clarett's only action Tuesday was carrying veterans' helmets off the practice field, a rookie ritual. The helmets represent the four players ahead of Clarett, who is buried as the No. 5 tailback on the depth chart. With a nagging groin injury bothering him for nearly two weeks, Clarett is falling further behind the tailback pack, putting his chances of being a viable part of the 53-man roster in jeopardy.

Playmakers for Broncos look long gone - Denver Post - Mark Kizla
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005 - No offense, but the old gray Broncos ain't what they used to be. The big play is dead in Denver. The offense that made coach Mike Shanahan famous now moves like 35-year-old receiver Rod Smith after a grueling practice in the hot Colorado sun. Very slowly. And with a slight limp. Where have all of Denver's playmakers gone?

Theismann wastes breath on Clarett - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005 - No-frills notes. ... The problem with Joe Theismann is he never has an opinion on anything. Uh-huh. And Rafael Palmeiro never has used steroids. With Theismann scheduled to join Al Michaels in the ESPN "Monday Night Football" booth in 2006, I took the opportunity to ask him about a handful of issues swirling around Broncos training camp.

Out to be ringleader - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005 - The hole opened fast and Tatum Bell shot through the back-side lane even faster, leaving the Houston Texans defense in the dust. The breakaway play, which occurred last week as the Denver Broncos and Texans practiced in preparation for their preseason opener, was commonplace late in the 2004 season, when Bell got his chance in the backfield. But this year, through three weeks of training camp, it has been a rarity.

Adams' position coming into focus - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005 - Most with the Denver Broncos can see what kind of training camp receiver Charlie Adams is having. That includes Adams himself. "I guess you could say that," Adams said with a smile Tuesday. "It's a lot better."

Broncos camp report, August 17 - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005 - Special teams was the theme as Broncos coach Mike Shanahan dressed down several players during the special teams portion of the morning practice. Shanahan said later he still was not happy about the team's performance in the kicking game Saturday against the Houston Texans.

A flash to the finish - San Francisco Chronicle - Ira Miller
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005 - Eighty is gone. Nineteen has replaced it. His passion seems gone, too, although that doesn't show on the practice field. Jerry Rice sounds conflicted but, here he is, two months shy of his 43rd birthday, preparing for his 21st season in the NFL.

Truth hard to come by in Clarett situation - Loveland Reporter-Herald - Pat Graham
8/16/2005 — On his way to the weight room Monday, Denver Broncos rookie running back Maurice Clarett was asked if he had time to chat. "I've got to get over here real quick," Clarett said as he pointed toward his destination. Real quick? Clarett's not doing anything real quick these days. He's been slowed by a groin injury during training camp. Clarett didn't make the trip to Houston because of the injury. Instead, Clarett stayed behind to rehab. After finishing with his rehab Monday, Clarett sauntered by again, and this time he agreed to answer questions. But getting responses was like pulling teeth of a non-tranquilized lion. He was less than forthcoming with insightful answers.

Shanahan irked at Broncos' not so special teams - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Tue, Aug. 16, 2005 -- Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan usually doesn't make a scene during practice, but he didn't hold much back during the special teams period Tuesday morning. Shanahan yelled often during punting drills, singling out Sam Brandon and D.J. Williams among others. He said the outbursts were directly related to the special teams' mediocre performance against Houston on Saturday.

Camp Day 16 Notebook: Slight Injury to Lynch - - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, August 16, 2005 - The collision of the terms "John Lynch" and "injury" in the same sentence are enough to send shivers pulsing up and down the spine of anyone who cares about the Denver Broncos. Especially when the pain is in his neck. While Lynch has been durable in the nine seasons since tearing a posterior cruciate ligament late in the 1995 campaign for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he remains less than two years removed from neck surgery following the 2003 campaign, a procedure that helped lead to the Bucs' decision to release him. So when Head Coach Mike Shanahan said Tuesday that Lynch had "tweaked a little nerve in his neck," alarms rung.

Davis Enjoying Life With Broncos - - Jennifer Tavlian
Tuesday, August 16, 2005 – Many people would give their right arm to play for the Denver Broncos. Dorsett Davis almost gave his left pinkie. During the second day of training camp last season, the defensive tackle locked his finger in a teammate's helmet. "I was in a pass rush and I stuck it in there," Davis said. "It was Dan Neil. He ducked and my finger got caught in the side grill of the helmet. "I tried to snatch it out and he pulled the opposite way." Instead, the tendon was ripped off the bone.

Darrent Williams' Rookie Journal Week - - Darrent Williams
Wednesday, August 17, 2005 - It felt good being out there on the field in Houston. It was my first NFL game and I was so nervous at first. But then I calmed down and reminded myself that it's still football. I just play with better athletes now. I feel like I'm one of the better athletes, too. As soon as I settled down, it felt great.

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