August 27, 2005 - The calendar is looming. Denver Broncos young and old know a lot more preseason dates have been crossed off than remain ahead. And tonight, with the Indianapolis Colts visiting Invesco Field at Mile High, will be the third of four preseason games for a team set to send at least 15 players on their way by Tuesday. "I think everybody knows, at least everybody who is on the bubble, so to speak," wide receiver Charlie Adams said. "All you can do is do everything you possibly can every time you get a chance to make it a hard decision for them. When you get the opportunity, you just want to give them reasons to keep you around." The Broncos, like every other team in the league, must be down to 65 players by Tuesday. But because of roster exemptions they earned for sending players to NFL Europe this spring, the Broncos have to get their roster count down to 72 by Tuesday.
Youngster gets second(ary) look - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 27, 2005 - The Denver Broncos never want to see cornerback Champ Bailey on the sideline, but his preseason hamstring injury has had at least one benefit. The coaching staff has been able to take a long look at a young group of defensive backs, especially rookie Darrent Williams. Williams, the Broncos' second-round draft pick in April, has played in Bailey's left cornerback spot with the starting defense in practice and in the first two preseason games. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said Bailey will be ready for the Sept. 11 regular-season opener in Miami but noted the extra work has been good for others.
Broncos motivated for Colts - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 27, 2005 — It was Roc bottom. The Denver Broncos — despite trading for Champ Bailey and signing John Lynch — experienced a Groundhog's Day nightmare again in January as Peyton Manning shredded their secondary for 458 yards passing and four touchdowns in a 49-24 Indianapolis victory. The Colts, who visit Invesco Field at 6:05 tonight for a preseason game, have eliminated the Broncos from the playoffs in humiliating fashion the past two years. This time, however, Manning and Reggie Wayne won't be able to pick on Roc Alexander, who was thrown into the most recent playoff matchup as an undrafted rookie because of injuries. Although Bailey won't play tonight due to a nagging hamstring injury, the Broncos will have Lenny Walls and their top three draft picks — cornerbacks Darrent Williams, Domonique Foxworth and Karl Paymah.
Peyton's Place - Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald - Pat Graham
8/27/2005 — Denver Broncos rookie cornerback Darrent Williams doesn't intimidate easily. Upon finding out today's game against the Indianapolis Colts will be televised nationally, Williams was as giddy as a kid told he could go to the carnival. "That means I can showcase my skills," Williams said. "People back home can watch my talent." Obviously Williams hasn't watched footage of the Broncos' past two playoff losses to Indy. Quarterback Peyton Manning and company have made the Broncos look silly as the Colts have outscored Denver, 90-34. In particular, Manning has been tormenting Denver cornerbacks.
Broncos try to stop Colts once again - Fort Collins Coloradan - Eddie Pells, AP
Saturday, August 27, 2005 - Both times Peyton Manning has gone crazy on them in embarrassing playoff losses, the Denver Broncos have responded by shaking up their secondary. In 2004, they got Champ Bailey and John Lynch. In 2005, they used their first three picks of the draft on cornerbacks. "I'm sure it's not a coincidence," Broncos third-round pick Domonique Foxworth said. The teams meet today in the third preseason game, which is traditionally the one the starters play in most. It means another meeting between Manning and the Denver defense, and given the way their last two seasons ended, there could be no better test for the Broncos.
Colts: Broncos Mirror Season-Opener Opponent - CBS4
Aug 26, 2005 - The Denver Broncos face their playoff opponent from the last two seasons Saturday night when the Indianapolis Colts visit Invesco Field at Mile High for a nationally televised contest on CBS. Kickoff is set for 6:05 p.m. With a 26-21 home victory against San Francisco last week, Denver (2-0) has won its first two exhibition games for the seventh time in Head Coach Mike Shanahan's 11 preseasons with the club. In the 46 exhibition schedules Denver has played in its history, the Broncos have opened the year with a 2-0 preseason record 11 times.
Broncos face their nemesis again: the Colts - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Fri, Aug. 26, 2005 - When the NFL regular season ends in about four months, nobody will care if the Denver Broncos beat the Indianapolis Colts in a preseason game on Saturday night at Invesco Field at Mile High. "So why do you all keep bringing it up?" Broncos linebacker Al Wilson asked the media this week. The Broncos' concentration on the Colts apparently doesn't apply to exhibition games. Blowout losses to the Colts in the playoffs the last two seasons were on the minds of Denver's players and coaches this offseason. On the eve of training camp, the Broncos spoke often about the Colts - a team Denver doesn't play in the regular season. But the Broncos mostly downplayed their history with Indianapolis this week. "It's in the past," Wilson said. "Time to move on." A preseason win won't change Denver's history against Indianapolis, but it wouldn't be a bad way to go into the season.
2005 Fantasy Football Preview - Denver Broncos.com - J. Michael Moore and Bronco Dan
Friday, August 26, 2005 - The Broncos have their fair share of solid fantasy players for 2005, and a few that might surprise some folks midway through the season. With as many as three tailbacks up for the starting spot, fantasy owners need to be patient (if they have that luxury) until Mike Shanahan makes his ultimate decision. If you need to make a quick decision on a tailback, hope you guess right and enjoy first-round value later in the draft. Then there are the usual Broncos fantasy studs. Quarterback Jake Plummer - The Snake is coming off a pretty good fantasy season that saw him pass for more than 4,000 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Patrick Hape Answers Your Questions - Denver Broncos.com
Friday, August 26, 2005 - Not every player makes history in their first season with a new team.Patrick Hape is the exception. He came to the Broncos after spending four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and scored the first touchdown in the history of INVESCO Field at Mile High.The fullback and tight end from Alabama was considered one of the nation's top tight end prospects when he was a senior at Brooks High School, where he earned All-State honors while playing tight end, running back and linebacker. Hape didn't roam far after high school, staying in his home state to play football at the University of Alabama. He was a four-year letterman with the Crimson Tide and acted as fullback and tight end in 47 games during his collegiate career.
Notebook: Keyed Up, But Not Over-Anxious - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, August 26, 2005 - No one on the Broncos would dare say that defeating the Indianapolis Colts in Saturday night's preseason game would provide equal revenge for the 49-24 wild-card loss the Colts pinned on them in January; the circumstances of this weekend's contest simply don't measure up. That doesn't mean there isn't some desire for even a small payback. "I've got a bad taste in my mouth right now," wide receiver Ashley Lelie admitted. So the glowing embers of emotion now await only for the right moment to be resuscitated into a flame of emotion that would outstrip any that one would expect to see in August.
Adams Hopes Returns Help Secure Roster Spot - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, August 26, 2005 - There comes a point where a noise is simply too deafening to ignore. The on-field ruckus that Charlie Adams has raised this preseason just might be at that stage. During the past two weeks, few have made their case for placement on the 53-man roster more forcefully than Adams, who followed his three-catch, 43-yard night at Houston by averaging 25.7 yards on three punt returns against the San Francisco 49ers seven days later.
Denver Broncos 2005 Season Preview - Seattle Post Intelligencer - Tony Moss
Friday, August 26, 2005 - Someone needs to direct Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan, general manager Ted Sundquist, and owner Pat Bowlen to a craps table. Apparently, these guys like to gamble. The Broncos' offseason was littered with risky personnel moves that had longtime fans of the franchise and NFL pundits alike scratching their heads.
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