Denver Broncos Hot Topic 6/26/06

This week's Hot Topic takes an inside look at David Terrel and his possible impact as Denver's third receiver, the continuing saga of Ashley Lelie and head coach Mike Shanahan's bout as a motivational speaker.

David Terrell is still confident, and he said he's focused on turning around perceptions of him.

Terrell was a first-round pick of the Chicago Bears in 2001. He didn't live up to expectations there, and was eventually released. He spent training camp last year with the New England Patriots, but was slowed by a staph infection and didn't make the team. The Denver Broncos signed Terrell and after spending most of the 2005 season on the inactive list, he's hoping to have an impact this year.

Terrell admitted that he has learned from his mistakes in Chicago and has changed his late-night lifestyle.

"There's been more focus on football and less focus on spending the money and having fun, partying," Terrell said.

Terrell will have a chance to be Denver's third receiver. Darius Watts drew plenty of praise for his performance in the offseason camps, but he has to prove in training camp he can be consistent or he will quickly fall back down the depth chart. Ashley Lelie is holding out, so the third receiver spot is open.

Those around Terrell say that his attitude has changed, that he realizes the work he has to put in to be successful in the NFL. Charles Collins, who runs a receivers camp in California called Phenom Factory, said Terrell went through the motions early in his career. This offseason, when Terrell heard Collins was in Florida helping work out some NFL receivers, he flew there to join them.

"Before, he wouldn't have made it to a workout in a 15-mile radius," Collins said. "Now he travels 3,000 miles. It's amazing."

Terrell needs to have a solid showing in training camp to solidify a spot on the team and on the depth chart. Besides Watts, the Broncos also drafted Brandon Marshall and Domenik Hixon, and Todd Devoe is valuable as a backup receiver because he can play special teams. Denver is deep at receiver but Terrell thinks he can be a factor.

"I know what I got to do, and all the talking in the world won't do anything for me," Terrell said. "I can talk all day, but when August comes in, No. 13 needs to be on that field somewhere. I got to get it right."

--The Broncos returned to their offseason conditioning program on June 19, after a week off. The coaching staff gave them a week off after three straight weeks of organized team activity camps.

"I think it is a good break for the players," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said.

Denver will have its mandatory minicamp from July 6-8, the only NFL team that holds its minicamp in July.

--Despite plenty of rumors, the Broncos haven't yet traded receiver Ashley Lelie. They could wait until training camp to get better value for him from a team that has some injuries at receiver. Lelie, who wants to be a No. 1 receiver, could hold out deep into training camp and maybe into the regular season if he is not traded.

The Broncos are deep at receiver and thin at tight end and running back, so using Lelie in a trade to bolster those positions could be a possibility.

--Broncos coach Mike Shanahan recently spoke at a motivational seminar at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and Gen. Colin Powell were among the other speakers there. Shanahan is a good public speaker who does less than 10 speaking engagements per year because of his schedule.

Shanahan said he enjoys public speaking but wouldn't consider doing it regularly once his coaching career is done.

"That's not me," Shanahan said. "I would do it in certain situations, but that's not my personality to do a bunch of them. I do a few and try to do a real good job."

The two major issues the Broncos still need to attend to are signing their rookie class and figuring out what to do with disgruntled receiver Ashley Lelie.

Although none of the rookies are signed, it shouldn't be a major problem to get them all in by the time camp starts. The Broncos have an excellent track record of getting rookies into training camp on time.

Lelie is a tougher dilemma. Lelie is upset because he wants the chance to be a No. 1 receiver and has shown no indication he will be at Denver's mandatory minicamp on July 6-8 or show up to training camp on time. Lelie could be traded to add depth at another position of need.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS --S Chris Young (not tendered as RFA).
--WR Charlie Adams had a decent season as Denver's third receiver and will be back.
--LB Louis Green is a good special teams player who fills a role for the Broncos.

--S Sam Brandon: Potential UFA; terms unknown.
--LB Keith Burns: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--LB Patrick Chukwurah: UFA; terms unknown.
--RB Ron Dayne: UFA; 3 yrs, terms unknown.
--DE John Engelberger: Potential UFA; 3 yrs, $750,000 SB.
--LS Mike Leach: UFA; 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--OT Matt Lepsis: Potential UFA; $25M/4 yrs, SB unknown.
--DT Demetrin Veal: ERFA; terms unknown.
--DT Gerard Warren: UFA; 6 yrs, terms unknown.

--DE Kenard Lang: FA Browns; $5.9M/3 yrs, $900,000 RB; 2006 cap: $1.9M.
--CB Willie Middlebrooks: FA; terms unknown.
--WR Javon Walker: Trade Packers.
--LB Nate Webster: UFA Bengals; $1.505M/2 yrs, $200,000 SB; 2006 cap: $685,000.

--RB Mike Anderson (released).
--DE Marco Coleman (retired).
--TE Wesley Duke (released).
--DT Monsanto Pope: UFA Jets; $625,000/1 yr, $40,000 SB.
--DE Trevor Pryce (released).
--TE Jeb Putzier (released).

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