Broncos News Blogs - Thursday, May 4

Denver Broncos wide receiver Rod Smith speaks out on the Ashley Lelie situation in today's news reports.

Smith has his grip on challenges - Denver Post – Mike Klis
05/04/2006 - This is about the overachieving mentor and his petulant protege. Rod Smith joined the Broncos in 1994 with virtually no chance, undrafted yet undaunted. He carried on as the Broncos brought in four-time Pro Bowl selection Anthony Miller, then several other NFL-proven wide receivers, including Mike Pritchard, Ed McCaffrey, Robert Brooks, Eddie Kennison and Willie Green. Smith outperformed them all, but his team has never stopped searching for his possible replacement. Twice during his tenure, the Broncos used first-round draft choices on wide receivers, Marcus Nash and Ashley Lelie.

Plummer isn't panicking over pick of Cutler - Denver Post – Mike Klis
05/02/2006 - Feel free, South Stands fanatics. Shout those insults at Jake Plummer the next time he throws an interception. Scream for coach Mike Shanahan to put in Jay Cutler, who Saturday became the highest-drafted quarterback the Broncos have selected. Plummer said he isn't about to worry over a quarterback controversy, not when he has an offense to lead, a game to play and a Super Bowl championship to pursue. "Having a kid come in here as a rookie and realistically learn this system and come in and play at a high level right away, it's not very likely," Plummer said Monday after his workout at Dove Valley.

Lelie won't accept drop to No. 3 role - Denver Post – Bill Williamson and Mike Klis
05/02/2006 - If the Broncos want to mend fences with wide receiver Ashley Lelie, he says no offense, but he's not interested. "Me coming back is definitely out of the question at this point with me being the No. 3 receiver," Lelie said Monday night from Arizona. "There's nothing to mend. There's no solution. ... Let me go somewhere where I can compete." At this point, Lelie - who has forgone Denver's entire offseason workout program - knows there are three possibilities for him: be traded, show up for training camp in late July or hold out for the entire season.

Smith talks fine line - Rocky Mountain News – Lee Rasizer
May 4, 2006 - A charity golf event at his old school will keep Rod Smith out of the Denver Broncos' off-season conditioning program for the next couple of days. He will make up the missed time, keeping alive a career streak of annual 100 percent attendance. "When I miss a workout, I ain't coming back," Smith said. That's twice this week one of the Broncos' receivers has talked about possibly not returning. Yet the juxtaposition against disgruntled Ashley Lelie and his promised holdout couldn't be more striking.

Agent: Walker seeks proving ground - Rocky Mountain News – Lee Rasizer
May 3, 2006 - Javon Walker's contract is nearly done. Soon, he'll begin trying to prove on the field he's nowhere close to being finished as an NFL star after a torn right knee ligament ended last season almost before it started. The receiver, who was dealt Saturday by the Green Bay Packers to the Denver Broncos for a second-round draft pick, is completing his yearly training routine in Arizona. He is expected to join his new team Monday to coincide with the return of the coaching staff from vacation. "You've got to realize this kid has a point to prove," Walker's agent, Kennard McGuire, said Tuesday. "And that point is that he's back."



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