Denver Broncos News Blogs - Thursday, July 6

The Denver Broncos began their three day minicamp at Dove Valley on Thursday without receiver Ashley Lelie in attendance. Read more about Lelie as well as other happenings as the Broncos begin the last of their workouts before training camp begins on July 27.

Broncos rookie Dumervil vows to prove scouts wrong- Denver Post – Adrian Dater
07/06/2006 - Agent Peter Schaffer picked up his phone Wednesday afternoon, and was soon on the receiving end of a question about one of his clients, Broncos wide receiver Ashley Lelie. Asked if Lelie might be at the Broncos' mandatory mini-camp that starts today, Schaffer said, "No updates. We have nothing to say." And there you have it. Drawing from inference and recent history, it appears Lelie will not take part in the opening session of the three-day mini-camp at Dove Valley. Unhappy over what he feels is a noncompetitive situation at the Broncos' No. 1 receiver position this season, partly because of the team's offseason acquisition of Javon Walker from the Green Bay Packers, Lelie is threatening to sit out the season unless he is traded.

Lelie to stay away from workouts- Rocky Mountain News – Frank Schwab
July 6, 2006 - The Broncos commence a three-day minicamp today at Dove Valley, giving the organization its final on-field tuneup of the offseason. But one of the players who won't be participating figures to draw at least some of the focus away from the masses of massives sweating it out for more than two hours today through Saturday. Receiver Ashley Lelie, who has boycotted the team's offseason workouts in an attempt to force a trade, once again will be absent. The difference this time, unlike the 14 organized team sessions in May and June and conditioning sessions that have been ongoing since April, is these practices are mandatory and the team has the right to dole out fines for not participating.

Minicamp Opens Without Lelie- Denver – Andrew Mason
Thursday, July 6, 2006 - Everything up until this point of the offseason -- every workout, every camp session, every opportunity to study video in meeting rooms -- was voluntary. Thursday, attendance became mandatory, and Ashley Lelie was absent, just as he has been from Dove Valley throughout the offseason in search of a trade to a team that will make him the No. 1 receiver. "Anybody that's not here would get fined," Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. "It's a mandatory camp. It's not a major fine. It would cost him a few dollars." But what his absence has cost him is something more: repetitions and work that could give him a shot at being the No. 1 receiver, at least in Denver. While Shanahan wouldn't dismiss the idea that Lelie could still assume that role -- "He'd still have an opportunity here if he decided to come back," the head coach noted -- he questioned Lelie's protocol in pursuing that goal.

Brian Clark: Running Down a Dream - – Andrew Mason
Wednesday, July 5, 2006 - Until Brian Clark was 14 years old, playing football was just a dream. Not to play in the NFL or at a major-college level, mind you. His dream at that point was merely to play on the junior-varsity team at Chamberlain High School in Tampa, Fla. Clark loved football -- loved watching it, talking about it, thinking about it -- but aside from playing with his friends in an open space near his home, he couldn't participate. His mother, Charlene, wouldn't let him. "I always wanted to play the sport, but my mom, being protective of me as her only child, she refused to let me play little-league football," Clark remembered. "Whenever she would drive up to the house, I used to tell my friends to throw it deep so she could see that I could catch and all that kind of stuff.

Versatile Vaughn- – Andrew Mason
Tuesday, July 4, 2006 - Cameron Vaughn couldn't quite settle into one specific position at the Broncos' May and June organized team activities -- and that's just fine by him. "They definitely want to make sure that they can throw me at any position, so I can be a reliable backup," the undrafted rookie said, "so I want to make sure that I have all three positions down equally. I have to go home at night and open the book up and hit it hard. "So far it's going pretty good. I'm getting a pretty good feel for the linebacker position." Versatility became Vaughn's hallmark during his four seasons at LSU. After seeing substantial action as a reserve during his true freshman season of 2002, he started at weakside linebacker in 2003 and 2004 before moving to the middle for his senior season. All the while, he played on four different special-teams units during his four years.

Broncos accept life without WR Lelie- - Arnie Stapleton
July 6, 2006 - Mike Shanahan knows just the place receiver Ashley Lelie could compete for the No. 1 job he covets so much that he's boycotting the Broncos' minicamp: Denver. "If you want to compete to be the No. 1 guy, why not be here? Why not be here in camp?" Shanahan said after the Broncos began their three-day practice session Thursday. "If you're afraid of competing against a No. 1 guy who's 35 years old (in Rod Smith)? I don't think you're going to find a better scenario than what he has here." Lelie wants to be a featured pass-catcher in somebody's offense and is convinced he'll never get that opportunity in Denver. He wasn't pleased with the Broncos' interest in Terrell Owens over the winter and declined to attend the club's offseason conditioning program, forgoing a $100,000 contract incentive to work out instead in Tempe, Ariz.

Shanahan says Lelie wrong for missing minicamp- Colorado Springs Gazette – Frank Schwab
July 06, 2006 - Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan publicly criticized receiver Ashley Lelie on Thursday for holding out from a mandatory minicamp. Shanahan said Lelie, who was not at practice when the minicamp started Thursday, was making a "bad decision" by staying away from practice. Lelie has been absent from all of Denver's offseason activities because he wants to be a No. 1 receiver, a position 35-year-old Rod Smith has. "It's one of those situations where if you want to compete and be the No. 1 guy, why not be here in camp?" Shanahan said. "If you're afraid of competing against the No. 1 guy who is 35 years old, I don't think you're going to find a better scenario than what he has here." Shanahan indicated that while the team has tried to trade Lelie, a former first-round pick, it hasn't had many enticing offers.

Showing up is half the battle- - Dr. Z
Thursday July 6, 2006 - Now that Andrew is off on his vacation to Greenland, Jimmy once again is riding herd on the swarming masses of e-mails and he reports that "90 percent are about the Hall of Fame." Which goes to show what kind of an offseason it's been, unless you count the action generated by the criminal courts. "For every e-mail I sent you about some player who deserves to be in the Hall of Fame," Jimmy said, "you can multiply it by about 10, maybe more." Which means that there were about 30 for Terrell Davis, maybe more, and all I can do is hold my head and say to myself, "It's starting." Oh, boy, will this ever be a monumental problem. Davis is credited with seven seasons for the Broncos, but only four were productive, three of which were really sensational. No HOF guidelines on a player's longevity ever have been set. As selectors, we're free to use our judgment.

Plummer conference rescheduled - - Jeffrey Wolf
7/6/2006 - The pretrial conference regarding road rage charges against Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer was rescheduled Thursday.

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