Broncos Update Insider - Sunday, July 23

A week before training camp, the Denver Broncos hadn't signed any of their draft picks.The most important, and potentially complicated, contract is with quarterback Jay Cutler, the team's first-round pick who needs as much work as he can get in training camp and preseason games.

Denver Broncos rookie quarterback Jay Cutler hasn't said much in his first few months as a pro, but that's not really his style anyway.

Cutler is usually pretty reserved, waiting until the right moment to deliver a message to his teammates.

"Jay's kind of a quiet guy," said Jack Cutler, Jay's father. "He doesn't say much unless he has something to say. He's been like that since he was a kid.

"He can be very vocal and get in your face but it's not a routine thing."

That doesn't mean Cutler isn't a leader. He was a three-year captain for Vanderbilt, only the second three-year captain in school history and the first since 1890-92, the first three years of the program.

Vanderbilt coaches rave about his leadership ability, from teaching freshmen about the standards of the program when they got to campus to organizing offseason workouts for the players before training camp started.

"He's a guy you want to be around," Vanderbilt strength and conditioning coach John Sisk said.

Even though Cutler can be quiet at times, he has the confidence he'll need to make it with the Broncos. The first-round pick will sit this year, then compete for the starting job currently held by Jake Plummer as soon as 2007.

"You have to have a little cockiness on the field," Cutler said. "But off the field you take it as it comes."

CAMP CALENDAR: Broncos players, veterans and rookies, report to camp on July 27. The first practice is July 28. The Broncos are not traveling to have joint practices against anyone, as they did with Houston in 2003 and 2005. Denver hasn't released its training camp schedule but camp will likely break on August 16 or 17.

NOTES, QUOTES --The Broncos announced single-game tickets for the 2006 season will go on sale July 29. It will be a mad rush to get the few tickets that remain. The Broncos have sold out every game since 1970, a streak of 277 in a row.

--A week before training camp, the Broncos hadn't signed any of their draft picks. Denver has a good record of getting picks in on time. The small increase in the rookie salary pool has made it slow going for teams across the league in signing picks.

The most important, and potentially complicated, contract is with quarterback Jay Cutler, the team's first-round pick. Since Cutler won't play unless Jake Plummer is hurt or severely falters this season, he needs as much work as he can get in training camp and preseason games.

--Broncos safety Sam Brandon was taken into custody after a bond violation, stemming from a domestic violence case against him. Brandon was pulled over by police in Texas, and he was not supposed to leave Colorado without the court's permission. Brandon, a backup who signed a contract extension this offseason, posted $10,000 bond and was released.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "You don't draw them up any better than Jay Cutler." -- Vanderbilt offensive coordinator Ted Cain on the Denver Broncos' new quarterback.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

The Broncos are still in limbo with receiver Ashley Lelie's threatened holdout. Lelie hasn't shown any indication he will come to camp on time and the Broncos haven't completed a deal to send him elsewhere. The team has said he will be welcomed back if he reports.

The Broncos will be busy with rookie contract signings in the week leading up to camp. Denver hasn't signed any of their draft picks yet.



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