Denver Broncos News Blogs - Saturday, Aug. 20

The Denver Broncos, coming off a 20-14 win at Houston last week, host the San Francisco 49ers on tonight at INVESCO Field at Mile High at 7 p.m. MDT. The 49ers feature quarterback Alex Smith (in photo), the first player taken in this year's draft.

Rice's old team hardly looks the same - Denver Post - Eddie Pells
08/20/2005 - Jerry Rice held no animosity toward the San Francisco 49ers when they parted ways in 2000. "They were going in a different direction, and I understood that," Rice said. As everyone knows now, the different direction has been down. The 49ers have fallen so far that when they visit Rice's new team, the Denver Broncos, for a preseason game today, they will bring with them the prize that goes to the worst team in the NFL - the first pick of the 2005 draft, who in this case is quarterback Alex Smith.

Strong-arm tactics - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 20, 2005 - It is often the difference between now and later, between what you want and what you need. And while most everybody is looking for something in the NFL preseason - mostly a way out of it without a limp - the Broncos know the San Francisco 49ers will hope for a little more tonight at Invesco Field at Mile High. On the heels of last season's 2-14 cave-in, the 49ers hired Mike Nolan to be the coach to dig them out. And first-year coaches routinely push a little harder in preseason games, use a little more of the eventual playbook and have a little more concern for how it all looks.

Mapping out a strategy - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 20, 2005 - It's a career travelogue that might have made even Johnny Cash want to ditch the tour bus. From Ogden, Utah, to Ithaca, N.Y., to San Luis Obispo, Calif. From Greenville, N.C., to Gainesville, Fla., to Des Moines, Iowa, to New Brunswick, N.J., and Newark, Del. From Austin, Texas, to Chapel Hill, N.C., to West Lafayette, Ind., and points beyond. The three full-time position coaches hired this season by the Denver Broncos might have been everywhere, man, at least in the United States.

Change in air for Plummer - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 20, 2005 - Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer said he might have to adjust what he does before and during games this season to deal with his sore left knee. Plummer originally injured the knee in the Broncos' playoff loss in January against the Indianapolis Colts, then had some cartilage surgically repaired during the off-season. He has worn a wrap on the knee during training camp but has left only one practice early because of it. Plummer was pulled out of a practice Aug. 6 after getting tangled up with tackle Matt Lepsis and defensive tackle Luther Elliss. Last season, Plummer took every snap for the offense.

Broncos to see top pick Smith - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 20, 2005 — Two years ago, Alex Smith and Bradlee Van Pelt were the starting quarterbacks when Utah visited Hughes Stadium for a critical conference game against Colorado State. The Utes were gaining respect under first-year coach Urban Meyer, but still had a lot of work to do before knocking down the BCS door. The Rams were the class of the Mountain West and expected to stay that way with the reigning player of the year under center for his senior season. But after a costly Marcus Houston fumble in the fourth quarter, everything changed.

Friday, August 19, 2005 - A formal game plan? Not quite. There are too many aspects of the team that Head Coach Mike Shanahan wants to examine during Saturday night's preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers, whether it's personnel groupings, the individual efforts of the players and how they react to situations presented to them in the games. "You really don't game-plan it, because you're trying to go through all different scenarios to get yourself ready for the season," Shanahan said. That's not to say Shanahan and his players haven't been studying their opponents.

Raylee Johnson Answers Your Questions - Denver
Friday, August 19, 2005 - Success on the field is nothing new to Raylee Johnson. He earned all-state, all-county and all-district honors at Fordyce High School in Fordyce, Ark. He was named the league's MVP as a senior in 1988.In his career at the University of Arkansas, he rang up 16 sacks and 91 tackles after not playing his freshman year and standing as a reserve defensive end as a sophomore. As a senior in 1992, he was a first-team all-conference selection by the NFL Draft Report after recording 11 sacks and 17 tackles-for-loss. He also received the Chasm Reed Award for outstanding senior leadership.

Denver Broncos vs San Francisco 49ers - Denver
The Denver Broncos, coming off a 20-14 win at Houston last week, host the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, Aug. 20, at INVESCO Field at Mile High in their preseason home opener. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. MDT. The Broncos will face their most common preseason opponent in the 49ers, and Saturday's matchup marks the 31st exhibition meeting between the two teams. Denver owns a 16-14 all-time preseason record against San Francisco, which opened its preseason with a 21-13 win against Oakland last week.

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