Denver Broncos News Blogs - Thursday, Sept. 1

Jake Plummer will sit out the game when the Denver Broncos take on his former team, the Arizona Cardinals, on Friday night. Read about Plummer's readiness for the season in today's news reports.

Backs, blockers hitting stride - Denver Post - Mike Klis
09/01/2005 - Before he heard the cheers, Mike Anderson saw the open spaces. The play was moving fast and Anderson was moving even faster, outrunning all would-be tacklers for the Indianapolis Colts in the Broncos' preseason game Saturday at Invesco Field at Mile High. Anderson ran until he took a joyful leap into the end zone, the final exertion on a 93-yard touchdown run. During the run, there wasn't time to think. It wasn't until Anderson later sat in darkness that he saw how all that daylight was created.

Plummer's homecoming likely spent on bench - Denver Post- Bill Williamson
09/01/2005 - Jake Plummer will make his first return to Arizona as the Broncos' quarterback Friday, after leaving the Cardinals in 2003 as a free agent. The homecoming is likely to be anticlimactic, as Plummer is expected to spend the game on the bench with the rest of Denver's starters, who will be looking ahead to the season opener Sept. 11 at Miami. The Cardinals' starters are expected to play perhaps through the first half. Plummer grew used to playing in the preseason finale during his six seasons with the Cardinals. "I'd like to play them, but I think it's kind of sweet that I'm not because it's a nice reminder of where I am," Plummer said.

Plummer gets the details - Rocky Mountain News- Jeff Legwold
September 1, 2005 - When all was said and done in the 2004 season, even as he strolled to the team bus after a playoff loss in the RCA Dome, Jake Plummer just knew how he would spend much of his summer vacation. Looking at his feet. Or his arm angle. Or where, when and how he had thrown the ball that season. The Denver Broncos laid it out for the quarterback. Every play. In every way. "We looked at it all," Plummer said. "There are just some things we want to do better. Man, we broke it down. Every little thing." In the months before the Broncos started training camp this summer, offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak and quarterbacks coach Pat Mc- Pherson disassembled Plummer's 2004 season piece by piece.

Rice doesn't want to be cut slack - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 1, 2005 - Jerry Rice isn't necessarily convinced he has locked up a roster spot with the Denver Broncos, even at this late date. "I don't know and I can't worry about that," the legendary wide receiver said Wednesday as preparations continued for the preseason finale in Arizona. "I feel like I pretty much control my own destiny. And my approach is that you go out and play hard and it's up to the coaches to make that decision. That's what I want to do. I want to be sharp this weekend, and assignmentwise, I don't want to think. I want to react and play." Rice has been running as the No. 3 receiver for the past couple weeks and will probably be safe when final cuts come Saturday, especially given the trust he engenders should an injury occur to Rod Smith or Ashley Lelie. But he hasn't had many opportunities in games.

So far, so good for the D-line - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 1, 2005 — Bert Berry led the NFC with 14.5 sacks last season after departing Denver for a lucrative free-agent contract. Reggie Hayward, who signed with Jacksonville this offseason, led the Broncos with 10.5 sacks. So addressing the defensive line was obviously at the top of coach Mike Shanahan's list after a second consecutive playoff loss at Indianapolis in which Peyton Manning barely broke a sweat. Through three exhibition games, the much-hyped Cleveland Four have worked out in the eyes of Denver defensive coordinator Larry Coyer. But the fact remains that during the 2004 regular season, Courtney Brown, Gerard Warren, Michael Myers and Ebenezer Ekuban were only able to muster 13 sacks combined.

Pierce's Focus Stays on Field - Denver - Andrew Mason
Thursday, September 1, 2005 - Some players don't read or listen to what's written or uttered about them. Others might, but won't confess to it. Terry Pierce does, but doesn't let words rattle him. As a backup and a former second-round pick, he knows what's being said by outsiders about him and his status for the future. "I hear stuff, but I don't bring it out to the field with me," Pierce said. "It might be something I talk to my girlfriend about at home, but when I get out on the field, I'm just playing football." He expects to do a lot of that on Friday night in Arizona -- indeed, he expects more of it than he's seen in years.

Notebook: Jackson Rebounds from Hamstring Injury - Denver - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, August 31, 2005 - Friday night's game could be a crucial opportunity for Nate Jackson to show that he can handle the multidimensional rigors of the tight end position. But that's only if he can play. "Hopefully," Jackson said this week when asked whether he'd be ready for the preseason-ending clash with the Arizona Cardinals at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. "It's real important for me to just get in there and show the coaches and my team that I can handle that type of workload, that I can be a tight end, that I can block, that I can peel well around the defensive end, stick my face in there and battle it out. "Assuming I get in -- and I'm hoping everything works out and that I do -- it's very important for me." All Jackson could do before this week was rest the ailing hamstring; it has bothered him since training camp and has kept him sidelined in recent weeks. He finally donned a jersey for practice Monday.

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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