Denver Broncos News Blogs - May 18, 2006

Jay Cutler makes his first impressions, Bradlee Van Pelt sports a new, cleaner look and Ashley Lelie turns up a no-show at the Broncos QB camp. Check out all the stories in our Denver Bronos News Blog.

Notes: Middlebrooks Back in the Fold- Denver Post – Mike Kliss
Thursday, May 18, 2006 - The sentiment Willie Middlebrooks expressed upon his Thursday return to the Broncos reads like the tagline of your typical noisy, heavily-hyped Hollywood action-picture sequel: He's back -- and this time, it's personal. "The second time around -- I hate to say that it's personal, but it's something personal for me," Middlebrooks said, "not for any coaches or anybody, but it's just something personal that I've got to prove." The Broncos' 2001 first-round pick rejoined the team in time for the third session of quarterback camp, stepping back onto the Dove Valley practice fields for the first time the team's mini-camp last July. Less than two weeks after those practices, the Broncos shipped him to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for defensive end John Engelberger.

A Smaller 'House'- – Andrew Mason
Thursday, May 18, 2006 - Dwayne Carswell can't extricate the memories of the autumn morning seven months ago when he lay critically injured after an automobile accident that ended his football season nearly three months early. And that's okay by him. "I'm kind of glad I remember," he said. "It's an experience I can talk about, so that's a good thing."

Cutler already cutting it at QB- Denver Post – Mike Kliss
May 18, 2006 – Not to get carried away with the biggest star of the Broncos' future, but on his first day on the job, Jay Cutler threw spirals. Gorgeously tight, accurate, rotating spheres. Cutler threw spirals to receivers running from his right and more spirals to pass catchers running patterns from his left. Spirals on a humpbacked rope at a catchable speed. Can the Super Bowl be far behind?

Van Pelt prepared to look his best- Denver Post – Joseph Sanchez
May 18, 2006 – It was not the long-haired, fun-loving Bradlee Van Pelt who showed up at the Broncos' passing camp this week. It was the short-haired, serious-minded professional Van Pelt.

Absence of unhappy Lelie unexcused- Denver Post – Mike Kliss
May 18, 2006 – If Ashley Lelie were here, he might point out that by definition, there's no reason to fuss about his absence. The Broncos are conducting what the NFL calls a voluntary official team activity the next two weeks at their Dove Valley training complex. Lelie, the Broncos' unhappy wide receiver, has voluntarily chosen to forfeit a $100,000 workout bonus by not participating.

Lang is old-school fit- Rocky Mountain News – Lee Rasizer
May 18, 2006 – Like many folks around this time of year, Kenard Lang is just finishing up school and gearing up for camp. Only Lang is 31 years old and a Denver Broncos defensive end, taking part in his first formal workouts with his new teammates this week after nine seasons with two other NFL teams.

Broncos sign two free agents- Rocky Mountain News –
May 18, 2006 – The Denver Broncos signed two players today, including a Skyline High School graduate. Jeff Williams, a former Skyline and Adams State punter, signed a deal as a rookie free agent. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder set an NCAA Division II record for career punting average ( 44.9) and led all NCAA Division II punters in average in his final two seasons at the Alamosa college. He is a four-time first-team All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference choice after recording 80 career punts of 50 or more yards and 22 career punts of 60 or more yards.

Landing opening jab- Rocky Mountain News – Lee Rasizer
May 18, 2006 – Javon Walker played catch on the sideline. Rookies played catch-up, with many getting a first introduction to an NFL playbook. And Ashley Lelie caught some flak from his coach for staying away Tuesday as the Denver Broncos opened passing camp at their Dove Valley training facility.

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