Denver Broncos News Blogs - Sunday, Aug. 21

The Denver Broncos walk away with their second consecutive win of the preseason, 26-21 over the San Francisco 49ers. Check out all of today's stories on our Denver Broncos News Blogs.

Plummer feeling fine - Denver Post - Mike Klis
Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005 -
As Jake Plummer rolled nimbly to the left on one play, swiftly to the right on another, throwing accurately wherever he went Saturday night, game-day adrenaline had another endorsement. Funny how the aches and pains felt in practice are soothed and cured come kickoff.

Preseason or not, it's always game on for Lynch - Denver Post - Mark Kizla
Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005 -
Forget the merlot sippers in the expensive club seats. Nobody pays more to attend Broncos home games than safety John Lynch. Why? When tackling, Lynch hits harder than the NFL law allows. The scores don't count in exhibition games. But the rattled brains do.

UPDATE: Niner collapses, dies after game - Denver Post - Wire Reports
Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005 -
San Francisco offensive lineman Thomas Herrion collapsed in the locker room and died this morning, shortly after the 49ers played the Denver Broncos in a preseason game. He was 23.

Watts' drops catching up with him - Denver Post - Thomas George
Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005 -
When the Broncos drafted Darius Watts from Marshall last year in the second round and made him the 54th overall pick, no one was surprised that Denver liked him. Plenty of other NFL teams did, too. But many executives in personnel across the league were shocked that Denver thought that much of Watts. At that spot in the draft, he was a reach, they insisted. Good player. Costly infatuation.

49ers' rookie quarterback upbeat - Denver Post - Adrian Dater
Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005 -
San Francisco rookie quarterback Alex Smith summed up his first-half performance against the Broncos on Saturday night as good. If Smith has what he terms a bad half, San Francisco 49ers fans may be in need of an indigestion remedy. After his first NFL preseason game, in which he completed 3-of-9 passes for 25 yards, the top pick in the 2005 NFL draft completed only 2-of-7 for 18 yards against the Broncos.

Van Pelt not pleased with play in second preseason game - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005 -
Bradlee Van Pelt strolled off the field, down on himself after his second game as the Broncos' backup quarterback. "I'm walking as a disappointed guy," the former Colorado State star said Saturday night after Denver's 26-21 victory over the San Francisco 49ers at Invesco Field at Mile High. "I want to be that perfect guy. I know I can't, but I can be better than I was tonight."

Adams lone special teams hero - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005 -
The members of the Broncos' special teams should brace themselves. It could be another testy week of work coming up. Last week, the unit caught the ire of the coaching staff. Tuesday, coach Mike Shanahan stopped a morning practice to give the unit a tongue-lashing. Later that day, in a driving thunderstorm, special teams coach Ronnie Bradford threw down his clipboard in disgust. The next day, Shanahan kicked rookie Brandon Browner out of a drill for lack of effort on a special teams play.

Broncos starters hitting on all cylinders - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005 -
Before the Broncos had taken one snap in the summer sun, before they had crossed one day off the training camp calendar, coach Mike Shanahan was mulling what might be in 2005. And he said; "It's about winning those close games you're supposed to win. You need some luck, to be healthy, but in the end you can't let those games get away that you should win."

Quick Improvement - Denver - Andrew Mason
Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005 - It's preseason.  The result of Saturday's game will soon be forgotten by all but the most ardent die-hards.But it's still a game.  Still a chance for the Broncos to provide a statement -- both to themselves and to the league at large.  And when the Broncos' defense gathered prior to a 26-21 win over the San Francisco 49ers, safety John Lynch had a message."We came out today and John got us all in the huddle and (said), 'Last week, the starters didn't cut it,'" cornerback Darrent Williams said.

Broncos - 49ers Game Center - Denver
Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005 - A steady rain at Invesco Field at Mile High lifted an hour before kickoff of the Broncos' preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers. Denver entered the game with a 1-0 record in the preseason, having defeated Houston 20-14 Aug. 13. San Francisco also won its presesaon opener.

See Broncos, see them run? - Greeley Tribune - Matt Schuman
Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005 - Sometimes two heads are better than one, especially if it is a two-headed monster.
The Denver Broncos don't need a starting running back. They appear to have two. While in the past Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan has always had a feature back in his offense, this year it may be time for a double-feature.

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