Denver Broncos News Blogs - Saturday, Sept. 10

Denver Broncos tight end Nate Jackson (in photo) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins, but everyone else is ready to go. Read the latest in today's news reports.

Plethora of tight ends will come in handy - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 10, 2005 - The Denver Broncos kept plenty of tight ends on the roster after their final cuts. Turns out they'll need them all Sunday. Nate Jackson is not expected to play in Miami because of a right hamstring injury that kept him out of a significant portion of the preseason. Jackson played some in the preseason finale against the Arizona Cardinals but reaggravated the injury in the game. Jackson has been the only player the team held out of practice this week. "It is very frustrating, but I keep plugging along," Jackson said. "I take it day by day. . . . It shouldn't be that long of an injury, I just had a little setback in the game. It just pushed me back a little bit. Every day is a little better."

Anderson not one to take it easy - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 10, 2005 — Mike Anderson didn't play sports in high school. He played drums in the marching band. He didn't take the easy path to college, instead choosing a four-year detour with the U.S. Marine Corps before attending junior college and eventually getting his football career jump-started at Utah. Even after Anderson realized his dreams as the NFL's offensive rookie of the year in 2000, he was moved to fullback for two seasons. So perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise that he was able to take the long road back from a serious injury and win the starting running back job this summer over the talented Tatum Bell.

Miami Dolphins At A Glance - - Jennifer Tavlian
Saturday, September 10, 2005 - During Week 1 of the regular season, everyone is evenly matched. Slates are cleaned and teams set out to get the first of hopefully many wins. The Broncos are no different. This week they travel to Miami to take on a familiar face, Gus Frerotte, with his new team, the Dolphins. Dolphins' head coach Nick Saban enters his first season as the team's leader. He was a college head coach for the past 11 seasons and, during that time, never had a losing season. After finishing 4-12 last season, the Dolphins look to Saban's success at the college level as a guiding light.

What to Watch? Everything - - Andrew Mason
Friday, September 9, 2005 - Preparing for a team with a new head coach, offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator from three different systems is a Herculean task, requiring countless hours of study and diligent preparation beyond the bounds of a normal week of NFL regular-season preparation. Yet such work offers no guarantee of success. Such is the conundrum facing the Denver Broncos as they prepare for the Miami Dolphins, who boast a head coach from LSU (Nick Saban), an offensive coordinator from the Minnesota Vikings (Scott Linehan) and a defensive coordinator formerly of the Detroit Lions (Richard Smith). They, along with the Dolphins' other assistants, bring their own ideas, philosophies and schemes into Miami's miasma of football philosophy.

Notebook: Jackson Downgraded - - Andrew Mason
Friday, September 9, 2005 - Tight end Nate Jackson was downgraded to doubtful for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins, but that doesn't mean his hamstring is feeling any worse. "It's getting better," Jackson said Friday afternoon. "I just didn't practice this week. You can't play if you don't practice." Jackson was the only Bronco to miss this week's practice sessions after he aggravated the pulled hamstring he incurred in training camp during last Friday's preseason-closing win over the Arizona Cardinals. The game marked Jackson's first on-field action of the preseason, and he made one leaping catch for a first down during the third period.

Broncos expecting the unexpected from Dolphins - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Fri, Sep. 09, 2005 - Like every other NFL team, the Denver Broncos are fanatical about game preparation. But while they might have an educated guess what the Miami Dolphins will do in Sunday's game, they can't be too sure. The Dolphins have a new head coach, Nick Saban, a new defensive coordinator, Richard Smith, and a new offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan. The Broncos studied video of Miami's five preseason games, but in the back of their minds they know Miami could have been holding back to make it tougher for Denver to prepare. "You can study as much as you want but you really don't know," cornerback Champ Bailey said. "It's (Saban's) first NFL game."

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