Battle of the Week/Player of the Week

Darrent Williams is in the middle of a couple of battles for starting positions with the Denver Broncos. Check out the latest update on the battles plus the Player of the Week.

BATTLE OF THE WEEK: Cecil Sapp vs. Kyle Johnson for starting FB -- Johnson started last year but Sapp moved ahead of him on the depth chart with a solid offseason. Sapp has looked good in the first few days of camp, but Johnson knows the offense well and won't give up the job without a fight. Neither is a devastating lead blocker. Sapp, a productive tailback in college at Colorado State, has good running ability. Both players are solid receivers out of the backfield.

OTHER BATTLE FRONTS: CB Darrent Williams has stayed ahead of Domonique Foxworth for the starting job opposite Champ Bailey. Both players will see a lot of playing time in the nickel defense.

--David Kircus, Charlie Adams and Roc Alexander are the top three candidates to return kickoffs. Darrent Williams, an explosive punt returner, is a starter on defense and wasn't very effective on kickoff returns last year so there's little reason for the Broncos to expose him to injury returning kickoffs.

--TE Tony Scheffler is working ahead of Nate Jackson for the No. 2 tight end spot.

--PLAYER OF THE WEEK: RB Mike Bell -- Bell has been the surprise of early camp. Bell, an undrafted rookie from Arizona, is fourth on the depth chart behind Ron Dayne, Tatum Bell and Cedric Cobbs, but displayed some great running ability during the first few days of camp. He hits the hole hard and showed off some moves when he spun out of a tackle by starting defensive tackle Michael Myers for some extra yards.

"He's been very impressive," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "A lot of players see him making some plays."



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