OTHER BATTLE FRONTS: Cecil Sapp and Kyle Johnson, who are battling to be Denver's starting fullback, split time in the preseason opener against Detroit. Sapp missed some time with a groin injury last week.
--Darius Watts had a good game against Detroit and might hold on to his third receiver job for a while. Brandon Marshall, the fourth receiver, could miss some time with a minor knee injury. David Kircus had a good first preseason game and could make a move.
--Nobody has distinguished themselves in the return game. Kircus, Mike Bell and rookie receiver Brian Clark are battling for the kickoff return job. The Broncos need a reliable backup punt returner behind Darrent Williams, who will get spelled occasionally because he starts at cornerback. Kircus and Bell are up for that job as well.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: TE Tony Scheffler. Scheffler makes his share of rookie mistakes and has a few concentration lapses in the running game and catching the ball, but overall he has been pretty impressive. A second-round pick, Scheffler has worked as the second tight end, a position the Broncos use a lot in passing situations. Scheffler can get downfield and has good hands.
"He's been exceptional," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "He's got
great hands, runs routes extremely well and in the running game it
looks like he just keeps on making strides so hopefully he can keep it
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