Broncos News Blogs - 8/4

Check out the latest news from the Denver Broncos' training camp.

New middle man likes the plan - Williams excited he's in key position for Bates' scheme - Rocky Mtn News - Lee Rasizer
8/03/2007 - D.J. Williams knows what's ahead of him at middle linebacker - a legacy of production at the position in Jim Bates' scheme. And it was with that knowledge the Broncos' 2004 No. 1 draft pick embarked on his new task this offseason in the post-Al Wilson era. Williams got a jump on film study well before team camps began and for a half hour a day or every other day, he broke down tape of those who thrived in the system previously under the team's new defensive boss. He watched as Zach Thomas of the Miami Dolphins averaged 10 tackles a game in making the Pro Bowl in four of five seasons playing in the same system, beginning in 2000.

Take your pick - When opponents throw against Broncos, they'll paint selves into a corner - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
8/04/2007 - They live a football life where confidence reigns supreme, where short memory is a necessary part of the vocational toolbox and where the highest compliment of all is simply to be ignored. And from where Champ Bailey and Dré Bly are standing these days, they like the view because, they believe, quarterbacks now will have to pick one. Bailey. Or Bly.

Once again, RB Bell battles for playing time - Boulder Daily Camera - Author not cited
8/04/2007 - A year ago Mike Bell was an undrafted rookie climbing the depth chart on his way to being the No. 1 running back. This year, he's in a fierce competition to be the No. 2. Bell was supplanted as the starter by Tatum Bell by the season opener last year but earned enough playing time to rush for 677 yards and eight touchdowns. The Broncos traded Tatum Bell to Detroit in the Dre' Bly deal but acquired free agent Travis Henry to be their top tailback.

Cutler, Nalen get timing down - Rocky Mtn News - Lee Rasizer
8/04/2007 - The exchange from center is supposed to be one of the most basic aspects of playing quarterback. But in Jay Cutler's five-game run as starter last season, it wasn't second nature. The early chemistry between Tom Nalen and the rookie quarterback was rough. Five times, the ball went on the ground, with Denver losing it once, in Cutler's debut, Dec. 3 against Seattle.

Elam misses former QB Plummer, who was his holder - USA Today - Arnie Stapleton
8/03/2007 - With strong-armed Jay Cutler under center, it would seem impossible to find anybody at the Denver Broncos training camp who misses Jake Plummer. Kicker Jason Elam does. The Broncos' career scoring leader has struggled getting used to his new holders at training camp. Twice this week, the 15th-year pro has missed three field goals in one practice as he adjusts to Cutler and punters Todd Sauerbrun and Paul Ernster holding for him. "The last couple of years I had Jake Plummer and he was so good, he was a great holder," Elam said Friday. "He had really quick hands and got the ball down fast for me so I could have a real long look."

Shanahan has made all the right moves - Boulder Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
8/04/2007 - This one's for ... Mike. If the Denver Broncos win a third Super Bowl, those should be the first words out of owner Pat Bowlen's mouth after Roger Goodell hands him the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Mike Shanahan has read plenty about his recent failures in this space over the last seven years, a minor headache the head coach understands comes with the job. The artist formerly known as the Mastermind realizes better than anyone that things have not exactly gone smoothly down at Dove Valley since You Know Who retired.

Broncos running back Bell still believes he can start - Co Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
8/04/2007 - About this time last year, running back Mike Bell was the darling of Denver Broncos training camp. As an undrafted rookie, Bell stood out. By the end of the first week of training camp, Bell was named starter at tailback. Tatum Bell won the job before the season opener, but Mike Bell had a promising season splitting carries, with 677 yards and eight touchdowns. But things change fast in the NFL. By the time the Broncos came together for offseason practices, Travis Henry was signed to replace Tatum Bell, who was traded, as starter. In addition, Cecil Sapp was moved from fullback to tailback. For most of the offseason practices, Sapp went in before Bell, moving Bell to third on the depth chart.

Holdman released from hospital after training camp collision - ESPN - AP
August 3, 2007 - Denver Broncos linebacker Warrick Holdman was released from the hospital Friday, 24 hours after being treated for a spinal cord concussion following a collision with a teammate at training camp. The Broncos didn't say when Holdman, who spent the night at Sky Ridge Medical Center, would be able to practice again. Holdman was injured Thursday when he tried to tackle running back Mike Bell, who lowered his left shoulder and struck the 243-pound linebacker in the crown of his helmet. Holdman crumpled to the grass and temporarily lost feeling in his extremities, although he could move his arms and legs by the time he was taken off the field to a waiting ambulance.

BRONCOS NOTES: Marshall confident he can keep starting job - Colo Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
August 3, 2007 - Brandon Marshall continues to rehabilitate his injured quadriceps, and the second-year Denver Broncos receiver said he isn't concerned about losing his chance at a starting job. Marshall hasn't practiced during training camp. He struggled with a quadriceps injury for much of the offseason minicamps, then reaggravated it in the final minicamp practice July 10. On Wednesday, coach Mike Shanahan said he told Marshall that he couldn't waste practice repetitions on players who can't stay healthy.

Broncos linebacker Holdman hospitalized - USA Today - Arnie Stapleton
08/02/07 - Denver Broncos linebacker Warrick Holdman was hospitalized with a spinal cord concussion following a collision with a teammate at training camp Thursday. Holdman was carted off the field strapped to a backboard and taken by ambulance to Sky Ridge Medical Center, where he was being kept overnight for observation, team spokesman Jim Saccomano said.

Camp Day 5: Bly Embraces Expectations - Denver Broncos – Christopher Smith
08/02/07 – One by one, they nabbed passes over, around and beside Dre. Mild groans reverberated through the crowd. Bly paused after each catch, clapping his hands in frustration before rejoining the huddle. Who would blame him for explaining away the rough day with a gesture toward his taped right shin, which received a cleated kick early in practice? Who would blame him for avoiding questions, or feeling a little emotional afer hearing boos from his new team's fans?

Broncos willing to wait for Smith's return - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
08/02/07 - With Rod Smith laboring before, during and after practices to find his running form, all the wide receiver and the Broncos can do is wait to see if he will ever properly heal from hip surgery. Smith and Broncos coach Mike Shanahan wondered Wednesday if and when Smith will be ready. "We're going to wait for him to get well. ... It may take all through preseason, it might take to the middle of the season," Shanahan said. "I told him: 'We don't have a target date. You're going to be on this football team. You just work to get well. It may be the 10th game of the season, it may not be at all."'

Why Does the Hall of Fame Hate the Broncos? - - Ryan Wilson
08/02/07 - The Denver Post's Mark Kiszla gives you 2,008, ahem, reasons why Terrell Davis must be in the Hall of Fame. FanHouser MDS is the resident NFL HOF expert, but I'm familiar enough with the process to know the Hall-of-Fame committee can be a fickle bunch. Making matters worse -- according to Kiszla, anyway -- the Pro Football Hall of Fame hates Denver. Huh, I had no idea, but a quick Google search shows that John Elway was the team's first enshrinee. (What? No Craig Morton?)

Broncos' Defensive Line Has Florida Feel - - Eric W. Bolin
08/02/07 - There's definitely a Floridian feel along the Broncos defensive line. Four former-Florida Gators are vying for spots in the trenches. One of them, defensive tackle Steven Harris, jogged around one of the fields Wednesday following the Broncos' afternoon special teams practice. Out of breath, the undrafted rookie said that Gator comraderie makes for a smoother transition to the pro game.

Broncos' Rod Smith Has More Leeway Than Marshall - - Eric W. Bolin
08/02/07 - Rod Smith has earned the right to take his time. Brandon Marshall had better hurry back. Smith is the franchise leader in touchdowns and receptions and is rehabbing from hip surgery. Marshall is a second-year player who missed much of his rookie training camp with a knee injury and has been bothered by a thigh injury most of this offseason. Neither have taken the field yet. Coach Mike Shanahan knows what Smith can do and is being patient with his team leader. He's not showing a similar calmness about Marshall's absence.

Lions quarterback Jarious Jackson out to prove he's more than chopped meat - Canadian Press - Jim Morris
08/02/07 - B.C. Lions quarterback Jarious Jackson figures that, in the eyes of the hungry dogs of the Saskatchewan Roughriders defence, he's nothing more than a juicy hamburger. But Jackson, a third-stringer forced into duty due to injuries to Dave Dickenson and Buck Pierce, wants to prove he's more than chopped meat when the Lions play the Riders on Thursday night at B.C. Place Stadium.

Jim on demand: Kircus a big hit - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
7/30/07 - Granted, we in the media don't always know what we're seeing when we watch practice. But it's becoming awfully difficult to watch David Kircus and not see a guy who's going to make the Broncos' roster.

Broncos' rookie has eyes on defensive prize - Co Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
07/31/07 - Jarvis Moss is aiming high. The Denver Broncos' rookie defensive end hasn't broken into the starting lineup yet. But the first-round pick has his eyes on a big prize. "My goal is to be the Defensive Rookie of the Year," Moss said. "With the coaches here and the things I'm capable of doing, the sky is the limit. I believe with all my heart I could be the Defensive Rookie of the Year this year."

Broncos Training Camp: Day 3 - Co Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
08/01/07 - Nobody has made a move to claim Denver's starting strongside linebacker spot. Nate Webster lined up there Tuesday morning. D.D. Lewis got his turn that afternoon. Warrick Holdman also played with the first-team defense. Assistant head coach/defense Jim Bates promised an open competition, and there hasn't been a clear favorite.

Walker not getting caught up in concerns - Denver Post - Mike Klis
08/01/07 - Receivers have been getting some flak lately, as a position of Broncos concern. Rod Smith is hurt. Brandon Marshall is hurt. Domenik Hixon suffered a slight shoulder separation in training camp practice Tuesday morning. And Brandon Stokley is far ahead of schedule in his recovery from Achilles tendon surgery in December. Another way to look at the receiver situation, though, is the Broncos are in better shape than they were at this time last year. Why? Javon Walker isn't hurt.

Broncos do linebackers shuffle - Associated Press - Arnie Stapleton
08/01/07 - Not often do two teammates make lateral moves that are deemed promotions. The Denver Broncos could have just that oddity on their hands this season if Nate Webster can follow the lead of D.J. Williams, who moved over from strong side linebacker to the middle when the Broncos released captain and perennial Pro Bowler Al Wilson over the winter.

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