Battle of the Week/Player of the Week - 8/21

Quarterback Jake Plummer hasn't been the center of attention in camp because of rookie Jay Cutler, the Denver Broncos' first-round pick, but he has played very well. Read the latest on the Player of the Week as well as all the position battles.

BATTLE OF THE WEEK: Ron Dayne vs. Damien Nash vs. Cedric Cobbs for third RB -- Dayne entered camp as the starter but he struggled early, didn't play well in the preseason opener and sat out a week of practice with turf toe. Nash was put in Denver's second preseason game before Cobbs. Nash and Cobbs each played well against the Titans. The Broncos probably won't keep more than three tailbacks, especially because fullback Cecil Sapp could play tailback in a pinch.

OTHER BATTLE FRONTS: FB Kyle Johnson is taking advantage of Cecil Sapp's absence. The two are battling for the starting spot.

--The backup defensive line positions are starting to come into focus. Tackle Demetrin Veal and end Kenard Lang are probably the top two reserves. End Patrick Chukwurah has played well, although he missed the second preseason game with a sprained ankle. Rookie Elvis Dumervil can play tackle or end. There are a couple more spots that will be decided in the final two preseason games.

--P Paul Ernster has played well. He is solidifying his chances of punting and kicking off in Denver's first four games while Todd Sauerbrun serves a NFL suspension. The Broncos also have veteran punter Micah Knorr on the roster.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: QB Jake Plummer -- Plummer is having a good preseason. He completed six of eight passes for 97 yards and a touchdown against Tennessee. Plummer hasn't been the center of attention in camp because of rookie Jay Cutler, Denver's first-round pick, but he has played very well.

"He's played pretty well," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "He executed the offense very well."



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