6/2/2006 — Elvis Dumervil has mastered the shrug. All of his life, the Denver Broncos' fourth-round draft pick has absorbed curiosity about his name. His deadpan answer is that he was born a star. Since high school, the 5-foot-11, 258-pound defensive end has heard scouts whine about his size. He simply suggests they look at his play instead of his dimensions. But in April, when the first day of the 2006 NFL Draft began and ended without anyone calling his name, it was enough to draw vengeance from the undersized, under-hyped Dumervil. He vows a day will come soon when those who passed him up see him play. "I think I have a brick on my shoulder," he said Thursday during team camp at Dove Valley.
NFL job posting: Blockers wanted- Denver Post – Mike Klis
06/02/2006 - Starting tight end Stephen Alexander has had to adjust his game. A tight end mold before him, Mike Shanahan stepped back and considered it intently. He stared and he thought until eventually the Broncos coach believed his tight end would look better dirtied up. Gradually, the position was stripped of some glory, replaced by layers of scuff marks and grass stains. Let there be no doubt, this isn't Shannon Sharpe's position anymore. Nor does the Broncos tight end spot belong to any of Sharpe's disciples. See the surprising offseason release of Jeb Putzier.
Bell battling stigma- Denver Post – Mike Klis
06/01/2006 - Tatum Bell has been running back 1B. He tried hard, performed well and stood still as the Broncos released 1A, Mike Anderson, during the offseason. But Bell felt like he was running in place last month when offseason camps opened to the revelation that Ron Dayne had jumped from No. 3 running back to 1A in the Broncos' tailback committee rotation. "When I heard the news about Mike and then we didn't get another running back, I was like, 'Oh, yeah, it's on. That's all I need,"' Bell said. "Then comes the start of quarterback camp and Dayne goes with the first group and I'm like, 'Ahh, here we go again."'
Third down comes first- Denver Post – Mike Klis
06/01/2006 - When they think back and wince, the Broncos realize all that stood between them and the Super Bowl was third-and-forever. Five times in the first half of the AFC championship game on a late January afternoon, the Broncos had the Pittsburgh Steelers backed into third-and-7 situations, or worse. All five times, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger turned those into first-and-10 or, worse, a touchdown and extra point.
Dispute could be Watts' opening- Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
June 1, 2006 - Ashley Lelie is not at the Denver Broncos' Dove Valley complex. Currently locked in a dispute with the team about his role in the offense, Lelie is not running routes, not catching the football. So, however the stalemate with Lelie plays out during the next two months, the simple truth is, at this moment, there are catches to be had in the Broncos offense. And Darius Watts has done the math. "I don't honestly know what's going on or how it's going to turn out," Watts said Thursday, the second day of the team's six-day minicamp. "But if he's not going to be here, somebody's obviously going to have to step up into that role."
Plummer pleads not guilty- Rocky Mountain News – Hector Gutierrez
June 1, 2006 - Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer entered a written plea Thursday of not guilty in an alleged road-rage incident that caused $30 worth of damage to a license-plate frame during a confrontation with another motorist. Plummer's defense lawyer, Harvey A. Steinberg, entered the not-guilty plea to the misdemeanor count of destroying property in Arapahoe County Court on the athlete's behalf. No hearing was required. "This is a very, very minor case in the scheme of things," Steinberg said. "It's a license-plate cover which may have a value of $30. That's it. That's what this case is about."
Heir waves- Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
May 31, 2006 - Scanning the assembly line of yardage-munching backs the Denver Broncos have sent out against opposing defenses through the years, coach Mike Shanahan always has enjoyed having big-play potential. And reliability. And durability. And somebody who will compete for those game-day carries all through the week. So, consider Tatum Bell's hand raised. Again. "I feel like I can do all that," Bell said Wednesday during the first day of the team's six-day minicamp at the Dove Valley complex. "I feel like I can be the man. . . . This year, I am not taking no for an answer. If I stay healthy, I feel like I'll be the man, that's just how I see it." Even though it is Bell's third spring with the Broncos, his hope to be the team's lug-the-rock-every-down running back still springs eternal.
Wilson defends Dumervil's ability to play in the NFL- Rocky Mountain News - AP
May 31, 2006 — Denver Broncos veteran inside linebacker Al Wilson on Wednesday took issue with those who would criticize Elvis Dumervil's 5 foot 11 inch stature and his ability to play in the NFL. Wilson is barely 6 feet tall. "That is overrated when you get caught up in stats and you get caught up in size, weight and strength," Wilson said. "I test a guy's heart on Sunday and what he can do for us to help us win and Dumervil is one of those guys. "I saw some things from him today in team drills that shows me he can be a hell of a football player," Wilson said of the draft pick from Louisville. "You don't get 75 sacks in high school and be one of the leading sack guys in college just from talent." The Broncos defense returns all its defensive lineman from last season, except for Trevor Pryce who went to Baltimore in March, in a unit coach Mike Shanahan appears happy with. Wilson agrees.
Team Camp Notes: Wilson on the Mend- DenverBroncos.com – Andrew Mason
Thursday, June 1, 2006 - So strong was Al Wilson's desire to play through his recovery from a fractured right thumb that he participated in the Pro Bowl in February even though he still had pins in the digit. They were placed in his thumb during late-December surgery to repair a fracture that kept him sidelined for the regular-season finale at San Diego. Wilson would brandish a protective cast for the Broncos' two January postseason games and the Pro Bowl; the pins weren't finally removed until the weeks after the all-star game. "The strength is coming back," Wilson said. "It's not quite 100 percent yet, but hopefully, by Game 1, it will be."
NFL report: Broncos' Smith becomes elder statesman at WR- USA TODAY - Jim Corbett
5/31/2006 - Even after 12 NFL seasons, 797 catches, 10,877 yards and 65 touchdowns, Denver Broncos receiver Rod Smith still runs one route with a rookie's trepidation. "As soon as we're done on the practice field, I sneak up on my locker and, hopefully, my name is still there," Smith says. "It's what has always worked for me. "My mentality is come to work hard today, come back tomorrow. I'm not one of those guys who can ever say, 'Well, I made it. I can relax.' " John Elway will always be remembered for "The Drive," the game-tying, 98-yard comeback march against the Cleveland Browns in Denver's 1987 AFC Championship Game win that elevated him to superstar status. But few outside Denver's locker room know of Smith's legendary drive. Smith, Denver's all-time leading receiver, has not missed an offseason workout in 13 years. It's fear of failure that has driven the 1994 free agent from Division II Southern Missouri State who last season became the first undrafted player in NFL history to surpass 10,000 receiving yards.
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