Broncos Update Insider - Tuesday, Sept. 27

Denver Broncos wide receiver Rod Smith has never been one to dwell on his numbers, but he reached a pretty nice one against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. Read about Smith in today's Broncos Update Insider.

Denver Broncos wide receiver Rod Smith has never been one to dwell on his numbers, but he reached a pretty nice one against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. Smith reached 10,000 yards for his career with a 19-yard gain in the third quarter Monday. He is the first undrafted player to reach 10,000 career receiving yards.

"Especially when you've been with a great organization, with great teammates and excellent coaches, it's hard to describe," Smith said. "It's being in a place where you love being and you love playing for these guys."

Smith has been a team leader and a reason is he doesn't concern himself with individual accolades. Leading up to him reaching 10,000 yards, he said he didn't know that milestone was approaching.

"I don't do stats," Smith said. "Wins and losses. And Super Bowls. That's what counts."

Smith started as a practice squad player out of Missouri Southern but after Mike Shanahan became Broncos coach in 1995, Smith began to move up the depth chart. Shanahan said he was impressed with how hard Smith worked in practice.

"You knew the guy was a winner and was going to have success," Shanahan said. "I don't think anybody thought he was going to have this type of success, but he's just a pleasure to be around. I can't think of a guy I've enjoyed more as a professional than Rod Smith."

Smith was knocked out of the game in the fourth quarter when he was hit by Chiefs safety Sammy Knight and suffered a concussion. But Smith didn't seem concerned. He was joking with his teammates on the sidelines after getting injured.

"I'm fine; we won," Smith said.

NOTES, QUOTES

--CB Champ Bailey might miss his first NFL game. He left Monday's game against Kansas City with a hamstring injury. He missed the entire preseason with an injury to the same hamstring. Bailey has played through a dislocated shoulder this season to extend his consecutive games played streak to 99.

"We'll see," Bailey said about his chances of playing next week. "I don't know."

--RB Mike Anderson, who was upset that Denver's running game was struggling, was very happy to have a breakthrough game against Kansas City. He rushed for 98 yards on 20 carries. He had a huge hole open up for him in the first quarter and ran for a 44-yard touchdown.

"When you get those, you got to finish them," Anderson said.

--CB Lenny Walls was demoted from the starting lineup in favor of rookie Darrent Williams. Walls went back in with the starters after Champ Bailey injured his hamstring. He admits that he struggled in Denver's first two games.

"The concentration level probably hasn't been there, I'll admit that," Walls said. "I'll get my groove back and it won't take long."

PLAYER/PERSONNEL NOTES

--QB Jake Plummer held for Jason Elam on field goals against Kansas City. The Broncos removed punter Todd Sauerbrun from that role after Sauerbrun had problems holding on a couple of misses by Elam in Week 2.

--CB Darrent Williams was given a starting job because he has been consistent since the beginning of camp. The Broncos like his competitive edge and he has played better than incumbent starter Lenny Walls.

--FB Cecil Sapp got a few plays with the offense and took advantage. He had a 12-yard catch that set up a touchdown. Sapp has been working as Kyle Johnson's backup.

--DE Trevor Pryce played a great game against Kansas City. He pressured Trent Green often and when he didn't get to the quarterback, he forced the Chiefs into a few holding calls against him. He looks to be 100 percent after missing most of last season with a back injury.

--S Sam Brandon played a lot against Kansas City in the team's big nickel defensive package. Brandon matched up against tight end Tony Gonzalez better than an extra cornerback. Brandon also played a lot in the same role against San Diego's Antonio Gates.



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