Denver Broncos News Blogs - Wednesday, Aug. 31

So far, the results are favorable for the Denver Broncos rebuilt defensive line. Read about Trevor Pryce's return as well as the addition of new players on the line in today's news reports.

Denver feeling fine at D-line - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
08/31/2005 - Like everyone connected to the Broncos, by employment or emotion, Larry Coyer couldn't wait to see what would shake out on the defensive line. The reconstructed line - sponsored by a heavy influx of former Cleveland Browns and a repaired Trevor Pryce - was the Broncos' most intriguing area heading into training camp. Less than two weeks before the season opener at Miami, the early returns are positive on the new-look D-line.

Clarett's first move: pack and leave - Denver Post- Mike Klis
08/31/2005 - In case NFL teams not named the Broncos care, Maurice Clarett worked out in his hotel fitness room Tuesday afternoon. "Excuse me," Clarett said after his workout when approached in the lobby by a reporter. Towel draped over his head, headphones planting music into his ears, sweat soaked through his thick clothing, Clarett was offered the chance to express his thoughts about officially being cut by the Broncos on Tuesday. His first response was to fold back the towel and flash a disbelieving smile. "I can't hear anything," he said, gesturing to his headphones.

Players create strong bonds while in competition - Denver Post- Domonique Foxworth
08/31/2005 - What if a hospital's top neurosurgeon had to reapply for her job annually, regardless of the number of successful operations she completed the year before? What if a teacher was asked to resubmit a résumé and go through weeks of interviews at the beginning of each semester? What if the post office brought in 10 new mail carriers to compete for two existing delivery routes every year? While it is somewhat far- fetched for most professions, this is the reality of life for a professional football player.

Plenty in reserve - Rocky Mountain News- Lee Rasizer
August 31, 2005 - The starting tailback job finally is in Tatum Bell's grasp. Only the one-game assignment for the preseason finale Friday hardly is what the Denver Broncos second-year running back had in mind when the summer began. While Mike Anderson locked up the No. 1 assignment for the regular-season opener with a 159-yard rushing performance Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts, Bell largely was an observer and special-teams contributor. He had one carry for 2 yards and played only three offensive snaps.

Game takes backseat to hurricane - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 31, 2005 - The images of the devastation left behind by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi flickered across the television screens all day Tuesday. But one Broncos player felt the teeth of the storm more than some others. Defensive tackle Dorsett Davis was excused from practice Monday to check on his father, Larry, in Cleveland, Miss., a city near the Mississippi River, about 90 minutes south of Memphis, Tenn. Dorsett Davis flew to Memphis, arriving Monday morning as Katrina plowed through the state and made the 118-mile drive south to Cleveland. Davis returned to Denver and was at Broncos practice Tuesday. He said he gave some thought to flying his father out as well, but there weren't many flights to book.

Lincicome: Long, lonely road awaits Clarett - Rocky Mountain News- Bernie Lincicome
August 31, 2005 - Ah, Maurice, we hardly knew ye. Your fault, not ours. I had planned to defend young Maurice Clarett what with all the piling on going on, not because he and I may have passed through the same library, or crossed the same oval or, at least in my case, attended class at Ohio State. No, the old school ties tug not at all in this case, but considering that the lad's latest sin is to be clearly inadequate as a running back in the National Football League, he seems not to deserve either the acrimony nor the sanctimony that has followed him out of town. He is no worse than the next 10 million young men you may pass, none of whom even made it to the practice field sideline of an NFL team, and that is about as much defending as I can find.

Adams, Devoe fighting for WR jobs - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 31, 2005 — Charlie Adams and Todd Devoe have both been impressive throughout training camp and made big plays during the exhibition games. They're also both on the bubble. Especially if the Denver Broncos decide to continue the Jerry Rice and Darius Watts experiments at wide receiver. With a deep group of tight ends on the roster there is a chance that Mike Shanahan could decide to only keep five wide receivers on the 53-man roster. Adams and Devoe are trying to ignore the math and focus on making some more plays on Friday night in the final preseason game at Arizona (7 p.m., Channel 4).

Davis riding a roller coaster - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 31, 2005 — Dorsett Davis is a man divided. His heart is at his home, where his five-day-old son, Daizion, is crying and eating and sleeping and crying. His mind is back in his hometown of Cleveland, Miss., where his father is worrying about surviving the effects of Hurricane Katrina.

Broncos in search of that elusive third wide receiver - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Tue, Aug. 30, 2005 - Among the 42-year-old who is in his final season, the 2004 second-round pick who was demoted this preseason because of dropped passes and the third-year player who has been released four times, the Denver Broncos believe they'll find a productive third receiver. Jerry Rice, Darius Watts and Charlie Adams are 3-4-5 on the depth chart for the Broncos at receiver but none of them have had a spectacular preseason. Rice has caught two passes for 14 yards in three preseason games. Watts has five catches but also five dropped passes. Adams has never caught a pass in a regular-season game.Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said there's no concern about the Broncos' backup receivers, who will get a long look in Denver's final preseason game against Arizona on Friday.

Family Comes First - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, August 30, 2005 - Millions tried to flee from Mississippi and Louisiana as Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf South in the past three days. Dorsett Davis knew he had to do just the opposite. With his father, Larry, back home in Cleveland, Miss., Davis knew he had to return. Three days after he became a father to a 10-pound, 3-ounce baby boy and two mornings after he played in Saturday night's preseason win over the San Francisco 49ers, Davis was on a plane for Memphis, Tenn., the first leg of his long trip home.

BRONCOS AIM FOR PERFECT PRESEASON; PLAY AT ARIZONA IN CLASH OF UNBEATENS - Denver Broncos.com
Monday, August 29, 2005 - In their final tune-up before regular season play, the Denver Broncos face the Arizona Cardinals on Friday night at Sun Devil Stadium looking to secure a perfect record in the preseason for the third time in franchise history. The game, which features the NFL's two remaining undefeated teams in exhibition play, is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. MST. Denver improved to 3-0 in the preseason for the seventh time in team history last week with a 37-24 home victory against Indianapolis. The Broncos have ended their preseason against the Cardinals more times (7) than any other opponent and have won their last six exhibition games played on a Friday. Denver has a 10-5 all-time record against Arizona in the preseason. All five of its exhibition losses to the Cardinals have come in preseason finales, including last season's 33-21 defeat at INVESCO Field at Mile High. Arizona (3-0) is coming off a 17-16 win last week against Oakland at McAfee Coliseum.

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