09/03/2005 - As he assumed more than feared, Jerry Rice was informed Saturday he would no longer be the Broncos' No. 3 receiver. Either Darius Watts or Charlie Adams will become the top reserve to Broncos starting receivers Rod Smith and Ashley Lelie. That leaves Rice, the NFL's all-time leading receiver in virtually every significant category, competing with Todd Devoe for the No. 5 receiver spot, a role not even guaranteed to suit up on game day. The news left Rice, who is a month shy of his 43rd birthday, again contemplating the biggest decision of his life: How much longer does he want to be a football player? Rice is home with his family in the Bay Area, where for the second time in five weeks he is seriously considering retiring from what has assuredly been a first-ballot, Hall of Fame career.
Broncos keep Duke; Griffin goes - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
09/03/2005 - Exactly one year ago, Quentin Griffin was preparing to be the Broncos' No. 1 tailback, one of the finest assignments an NFL running back can get. Exactly one year ago, Wesley Duke was shooting jumpers, preparing for his senior season as a basketball player at Mercer University in Macon, Ga. Griffin's and Duke's universes collided Saturday, culminating two stunning turn of events as the Broncos carved out their 53-player roster by cutting 19 players. Griffin was the biggest name on the cut list, ending a whirlwind year for the quiet, diminutive running back. Griffin opened last season with 156 yards rushing in Denver's prime- time win over Kansas City. After being replaced as the starter, Griffin was lost for the season in a Monday night game when he injured his right knee returning a kick at Cincinnati. He performed well in training camp this year but was fourth on the depth chart behind Mike Anderson, Tatum Bell and Ron Dayne.
Broncos hoping Mauck can come backl - Denver Post - Mike Klis and Bill Williamson
09/03/2005 - The Broncos' decision to keep just two quarterbacks on their 53-player roster could result in the team scrambling to find a quarterback for the practice squad. Denver cut Matt Mauck on Saturday with hopes of bringing him back to the practice squad, to essentially be the No. 3 quarterback behind Jake Plummer and Bradlee Van Pelt. However, the Broncos may not get the chance. According to NFL personnel, Mauck is considered one of the top quarterbacks available and could be claimed today. The teams that could have an interest in putting in a claim on Mauck include Miami and Detroit. Nick Saban coaches Miami, where the Broncos open the season next Sunday. Mauck and Saban teamed for a national championship at LSU. The Dolphins are looking for help at quarterback. The Lions need a quarterback, after backup Jeff Garcia suffered a broken leg. Even if Mauck isn't claimed and has to go to a practice squad, he could opt to go elsewhere. Mauck was on Denver's practice squad last year with Van Pelt, behind Plummer and Danny Kanell, who was cut last week.
Hurricane's impact felt by Broncos - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
09/03/2005 - Until last week, Broncos assistant defensive backs coach Jimmy Spencer and his family of four had a lot of room living in a five-bedroom house in Parker. It's become a lot cozier. The family grew by nine in the past week, with another on the way. Several family members and friends, including the mother and sister of Spencer's wife, Tanya, had to evacuate New Orleans because of Hurricane Katrina. As far as Spencer is concerned, the move is permanent. The relatives from New Orleans lost their homes, along with everything they owned in the hurricane.
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