Wednesday, July 12, 2006 - John Lynch is far from the only experienced member of the Broncos' safety corps heading into training camp; fellow safeties Nick Ferguson and Sam Brandon have each started at least a half-season's worth of games in orange and blue in their combined seven previous campaigns in Denver. But clearly the bulk of the experience at the position rests in the lap of Lynch, who enters the year fresh off of his second straight Pro Bowl appearance since signing with the Broncos in March 2004. The Broncos' six other safeties finished last year with 13 collective years of NFL experience -- or exactly as much as Lynch amassed in that span.
Spanning the Decades: Brian Habib- DenverBroncos.com – Kyle Sonneman
Wednesday, July 12, 2006 - A new era of football began in 1993 -- the era of free agency. One of the first players to test the free-agency waters was guard Brian Habib. Habib signed with the Broncos after spending his first four years in the league with the Minnesota Vikings. During his time in Minnesota, Habib played along side another future Bronco, Gary Zimmerman. Little did Habib know that Minnesota would not be the last place these two played together. "I came over as a free agent; it was the first year of free agency," Habib remembered. "I was one of the first free agent linemen to sign a free agent contract and I signed with Denver."
Broncos Williams welcomes challenge- Rocky Mountain News – Lee Rasizer
July 11, 2006 - It's your classic risk-vs.-reward scenario. Darrent Williams is almost certainly the Broncos' best punt returner and, perhaps, the team's top option to run back kickoffs. He also happens to be a starting cornerback, whose value defensively was demonstrated when he missed the final month of the 2005 season because of a right groin injury. Whether he should coexist in both realms in 2006 will be one of the key questions to be answered when the Broncos report to training camp July 27.
Everett: Up to Speed- Denver Broncos.com – Andrew Mason
Tuesday, July 11, 2006 - All Tyler Everett could do in his first month as a Bronco was wait -- which is precisely what he had to do on draft weekend as the picks ran by without his name being called. Maybe it was because the former Ohio State standout moved from safety to cornerback as a senior, leaving Everett to reflect that he was "kind of out of position." His acquiescence to a move, though, reflected positively on his football character. "I did it to help the team out a little bit," he said. "Sometimes you have to sacrifice things, and that's the sacrifice I made."
Notes: Staying on Schedule- DenverBroncos.com – Andrew Mason
Monday, July 10, 2006 - For a second consecutive year, the Broncos had the early July spotlight all to themselves. With the majority of NFL teams conducting their mini-camps in May and a slew of others doing so in June, the Broncos continued to swim against the offseason scheduling current in the NFL but holding theirs just three weeks before the start of training camp on July 28. "I like it, and I think the players enjoy it -- and the reason why I say that is because they're going to be working out anyhow," Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. "I think it's a good changeup instead of just running and lifting, and I think it's good for the coaches to come back after being gone for a couple of weeks -- just to kind of tune things up and not be away from the players for five weeks."
This old 'House' nicely restored- USA TODAY – Vicki Michaelis
7/12/2006 — The player the Denver Broncos call "House" has shown in the last nine months he has the resolve to match his 6-foot-3, 290-pound frame. On Oct. 27, Dwayne Carswell was driving to the Broncos' training facility in his 1994 Chevrolet sedan when a five-car collision left him with cracked ribs and a ruptured spleen and diaphragm. Carswell's first thought was that he was going to be late for work. His second was that he wouldn't be able to play in that week's game. "I wasn't sure that he'd ever play, period, based on the trauma he had," Broncos head trainer Steve Antonopulos says. Carswell has gone from breathing with a ventilator to walking gingerly to huffing his way through a light treadmill session to joining his teammates for voluntary workouts.
On the spot: Ten who must get it done in '06- CBS SportsLine.com – Clark Judge
July 11, 2006 - I don't want to talk about the teams that re-establish themselves this season; I want to talk about the players and coaches. Correction: I want to talk about the players and coaches who must re-establish themselves. Jake Plummer, QB, Denver: He just had a career season, leading the Broncos to the AFC championship game and winning 13 of 16 starts. Now he's a lame-duck, waiting to be replaced by Jay Cutler, the team's first-round draft pick. OK, so life isn't fair, but Plummer has one year to demonstrate he should keep his job. Wait a minute: Didn't he just do that?
Lynch says defense can be No. 1- Denver Post – Adrian Dater
07/09/2006 - Staring down at media members from a makeshift podium at the Broncos' Dove Valley headquarters, John Lynch metaphorically said he wants the same view when it comes to final NFL team defensive statistics this season. The star safety believes the 2006 Broncos defense can be at the top of the heap. "I've been on a No. 1 defense before (with Tampa Bay in 2002) and I think this team has the ability to do that this year," Lynch said.
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