Broncos News Blogs - 8/9

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

Bly settles in, says he's thrilled by high expectations - Co Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
08/09/2007 - Dre Bly knows what's waiting for him this season. "Double moves and deep routes," the new Denver Broncos cornerback said. "That's the way they're going to attack me." So the blueprint of how to play Bly is clear. In Bly's mind, so is the final result of those tests. "I'm going to make their (butt) pay," Bly said. That's what the Broncos were counting on when they acquired Bly, a two-time Pro Bowler, in an offseason trade with Detroit.

Denver looks for big payoff: Backup tackle learning new defensive scheme - Co Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
08/09/2007 - For the price the Denver Broncos paid for defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy, he doesn't need to produce much to justify the trade. Denver gave up a sixth–round pick to the St. Louis Rams this offseason for Kennedy, a former first-round pick. So far, Kennedy looks like a good value for the Broncos.

Jim on demand: Elvis poised for stardom - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
08/09/2007 - Sometimes a team's depth chart doesn't tell the real story of where a player stands. Take Elvis Dumervil, for instance. Theoretically, he's a third-stringer at right defensive end behind Ebenezer Ekuban and rookie Jarvis Moss. In reality, he's a starter in the Broncos' nickel package. As in, whenever an opponent faces a passing situation, Dumervil will be coming off the corner in search of the quarterback. Rushing the passer is what he does best. He did it well enough as a rookie to rack up 8.5 sacks. This year, he's after double digits.

Depth of chart only goes so far - Denver Post - Mike Klis
08/09/2007 - Football training camp can provoke bestial images of violent collisions, and the sweat and grime of two-a-day practices in late-summer heat. The Broncos were a camp of contact and drudgery, and then they released their depth chart to start Week 2. At first glance, depth charts are nothing more than names on paper. But to the players who carry those names, a mere glance can turn grunts into groans, pain into pleasure. For Mike Bell and John Engelberger, their respective depth- chart placements this week became testaments of humility, perseverance and personal preference.

Transition time in Walker's career - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
08/09/2007 - It is a year of transition for Javon Walker. While Walker has tucked away the personal side of his life, he is focused on evolving as a football player. The Broncos wide receiver plans to change what he does on the field in this, his sixth NFL season, including being more vocal with his teammates, particularly the younger receivers. Last year, in his first season in Denver after a trade from Green Bay, Walker was trying to acclimate himself to a new world as well as to rehabilitate from a torn ACL he suffered the year before. In this year's training camp, Walker said he feels more comfortable to open up and help in any way he can.

Thursday at Broncos' camp: Walker poised for big year - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
08/09/2007 - The walk-through after practice was winding down Thursday when Javon Walker waltzed over to his receiver's spot and, one by one, sent his cleats flying to the sidelines. If anybody deserves to kick off his shoes and relax, it's Walker. He's been a full participant through 11 days of workouts while his position has been decimated by injuries. But after jogging his next route lightly in his socks, he pressed on like he has all month.

Broncos' Hixon impressive in return from broken foot - Rocky Mountain News - Associated Press
08/08/2007 - Champ Bailey, owner of 19 interceptions over the last two seasons, is hard to impress. It's not every day the perennial Pro Bowl cornerback doles out praise for a young receiver, but the Denver Broncos' defensive star is dazzled by second-year pro Domenik Hixon, who missed his entire rookie season with a broken foot.

Adams brings size and speed to Broncos' defensive line - 9News.com - Jeffrey Wolf
08.08/2007 - Sam Adams is listed at 6-3, 350 pounds. A lot of his opponents over his 13-year career would tell you he's probably much bigger. Adams, signed in May to add depth and a big body for the defensive tackle spot, forms part of a solid, if not flashy, three-man combination in the middle of the Broncos' defensive line.

Also coverage on Daniel Graham, last days of training camp and tight ends.

Lynch & Ferguson Stir Up The Fans At Training Camp - cbs4denver.com - Reggie Rivers
08/08/2007 - The Denver Broncos offense was much more in sync Wednesday morning than it was Tuesday, but it was still the defense that grabbed most of the attention. Safeties Nick Ferguson and John Lynch, exhorted the fans to scream "Defense! Defense" and "Broncos! Broncos!" during the goal-line period.

Broncos glad to see Sauerbrun back in a Denver uniform - 9news.com - Jeffrey Wolf
08/08/2007 - Todd Sauerbrun's teammates are glad he's back on their side. Sauerbrun was waived last year after serving his four-game suspension for using the banned dietary aid ephedra. He ended up in New England but won a release from his contract with the Patriots this spring - then hightailed it back to Denver. Fullback Kyle Johnson calls Sauerbrun the strongest punter in the NFL.

Lesser lights hoping to shine - CO SPrings Gazette - Frank Schwab
08/08/2007 - Once Travis Henry, Cecil Sapp and Mike Bell have taken their turns in practice, Denver Broncos fourth-string tailback Andre Hall might get a few snaps. Even then, Hall has to share some of the leftover repetitions with fifth-string tailback Selvin Young. That's training camp reality for many players. The players who aren't starters or established backups have to impress the coaches to earn a job. That's not always easy.

Graham wants to catch, too - Rocky Mountain News- Jeff Legwold
08/08/2007 - here is no circled date, no Post-It note, gold star or anything else to mark the occasion. So, sure, Daniel Graham can flip through the pages of his NFL career calendar, but he can't find the date. He just knows there was one. The date, exactly, when the New England Patriots decided he was far more a blocker than a receiver.

Bronx LT Lepsis goes for MRI - Denver Post - Mike Klis
08/08/2007 - The right knee is fine. It's the left groin that's been bothering Matt Lepsis in recent days. The left tackle pulled his groin muscle Tuesday and sat out the morning workout session Wednesday. During the lunch hour, Lepsis went for an MRI exam. "It's just precautionary," Lepsis said. "I just pulled it." He added his right knee, which suffered a torn ACL last season, has recovered nicely.

Cutler deals with tendinitis in wrist - Denver Post - Mike Klis & Bill Williamson
08/08/2007 - Something didn't seem right about the way Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler was throwing last week. His passes didn't travel with their typical fastball velocity, and there were a couple of training camp sessions when Cutler didn't throw the deeper routes. Turns out, Cutler played last week with inflamed tendons in his right wrist, an injury that had healed considerably by Monday.

Broncos Scheffler Practices For 1st Time Since May - CBS4 - Gary Miller
Aug 7, 2007 - Denver Broncos tight end Tony Scheffler saw his first action on the field Tuesday since breaking his foot in May. Scheffler suited up and ran a few passing routes individually for about 30 minutes but didn't take part in any team drills or contact. He said he has healed and is simply working out the soreness. Scheffler said he could have done more Tuesday, but Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said the second-year tight end is still not ready to return.

BRONCOS TRAINING CAMP GLANCE: Right guard Holland moves - at least temporarily - into top spot - Co SPrings Gazette - Frank Schwab
08/07/2007 - Montrae Holland was inserted suddenly at first-team right guard during Monday's practice after Chris Kuper gave up three sacks. Still, Holland didn't know until he came out to the field Tuesday morning what the pecking order would be. For the second straight day, Holland was with the first team, and Kuper was backing him up.

Tuesday at Broncos' camp - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
08/07/2007 - It isn't as if Montrae Holland didn't know what he was getting into when he signed with Denver. He studied tape and knew it was a movement-based scheme on the offensive line. Still, he feels like a pioneer, of sorts, now that he's joined the Broncos. "I feel like I'm making a new thing here, having a big guy for the system," said Holland, a free-agent pickup from the New Orleans Saints. "I'm 325 (pounds) and the rest of the guys are 280 and 290. But it's the choice I made."

Also notes on Hamza Abdullah, TOny Scheffler, Injury Report and more.

Broncos Notebook - August 7 - MyFox Colorado - Associated Press
08/07/2007 - Tony Scheffler is on the comeback trail for the Denver Broncos. The second-year tight end saw his first action in pads Tuesday since breaking his foot during team passing drills in May. Scheffler, who emerged as one of Jay Cutler's favorite targets down the stretch last season, underwent surgery and had a screw inserted into his left foot on May 21.

Also coverage on Brandon Stokley, Todd Sauerbrun and more.

Bronx camp getting chippy - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
08/07/2007 - The morning session Tuesday was chippy as coaches often barked at players and there was some pushing and shoving going on, including a shoving match between tackle Adam Meadows and linebacker Nate Webster. After the practice, coach Mike Shanahan expressed that he was impressed with the team's work. He said the intensity was fine but the execution left room for improvement.

Broncos' Henry, Lynch keep colliding in practice - Co Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
08/07/2007 - In running back Travis Henry's first six NFL seasons, he never played against safety John Lynch. They've made up for lost time as Denver Broncos teammates. Many of the loudest hits of training camp have come when Henry bowls through the line and Lynch meets him. "My coach told us to get our shoulder pads down and run forward," said Henry, who was signed this offseason. "Unfortunately, every time 47 (Lynch) is there."

Green listed as Broncos top strongside linebacker - Co Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
08/06/2007 - Louis Green didn't line up at strongside linebacker with the starters the first week of Broncos training camp. Warrick Holdman, Nate Webster and D.D. Lewis rotated at that position, and it looked like a three-way battle for the starting spot. The first time Green's name was thrown into the mix as starting strongside linebacker was Monday, when the coaches elevated him past the three contenders and placed him at the top of the depth chart.

Jim on demand: Return of the long strike - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
08/07/2007 - It's pretty simple, really. The rules in today's NFL are rigged to create big plays in the passing game, and the Broncos don't make enough of them. The Broncos last season accounted for 34 catches of 20-plus yards, one of the lowest figures in the league. Of those 34, Javon Walker accounted for 16, virtually half. The rest of the receiving corps combined for 18, only seven by wideouts. Not that they didn't notice. One of the coaches' main goals for camp was to develop a viable No. 2 playmaker in the passing game. But with each passing day, accomplishing that goal becomes more difficult.

Shanny's stellar legacy - Denver Post - Woody Paige
08/06/2007 - On Aug. 24, 1952, a U.S. Air Force colonel piloting an F-84 reported spotting two UFOs over New Mexico. They eventually flew north. Michael Edward Shanahan reportedly was born in Oak Park, Ill., on Aug. 24, 1952. Or was he brought here by a flying saucer from another galaxy? Is he an alien? (Put Tom Tancredo on the case.)

This Cecil is no sap - Broncos value running back Cecil Sapp for his versatility, athleticism, work ethic - Denver Post - Joel A. Erickson
08/06/2007 - For some backup running backs, a broken leg in December can mean a fight for job security come August. Especially for an undrafted free agent, half fullback and half tailback, with just one start in four NFL seasons. But Cecil Sapp, who broke his left leg against Seattle in Week 13 last season, never had to worry. Not with the vote of confidence the Broncos gave him during the offseason.

Jim on demand: Lynch, Ferguson's pressing question - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
08/06/2007 - The Post's Mike Klis did a bang-up job over the weekend chronicling the Hall of Fame prospects for a handful of Broncos, including one John Lynch. With eight Pro Bowl appearances, Lynch may one day land in Canton. But then, Lynch isn't concerned with the distant future. He's focused on the 2007 season, which may be his last in the NFL. Forget the Hall of Fame for a moment. The question for the here and now is this: Can Lynch, who'll turn 36 in September, and Nick Ferguson, who'll be 33 in November, hold up for a 16-game season?

Broncos' Moss isn't lonely - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
08/05/2007 - They can all look out for No. 1, it seems. Because when rookie defensive end Jarvis Moss and the rest of the Broncos defensive line gather in a meeting room at the team's Dove Valley complex, he certainly is not alone as a first-round draft pick trying to make his way. He is surrounded, after all, by those who have been there and lived that. "And I can go to any of those guys if I need something," Moss said. "They've already been through it all, they know what I'm going to see."

Secret's out on Fame game - Denver Post - Woody Paige
08/05/2007 - The White House Situation Room, beneath the West Wing, looks like a typical boardroom at a major corporation, with a long, mahogany table surrounded by a dozen leather chairs - one at the head reserved for the president - and flat-screen TVs lining the walls. When national and international crises develop, this is where they are discussed and dealt with. Secret Service agents and military attachés stand inside and outside of the door. The Pro Football Hall of Fame committee selection room is a typical "Salon B" meeting room at a major hotel - located in a city where the Super Bowl is held. On the day before the game, a four-sided set of tables is assembled, with 40 plain chairs on three sides and a half dozen reserved at the head table for officials from the shrine in Canton, Ohio. Outside the door are NFL security guards and employees of a national accounting firm. Inside is a table loaded with coffee, juice, fruit and pastries. Here, voters from the 32 league cities (two from the New York area because of the Jets and the Giants), seven at-large selectors and one person representing the Pro Football Writers of America decide the fate of the finalists for the Hall of Fame.

Rod Smith eager to heal - Denver Post - Mike Klis
08/04/2007 - Most days, about a half-hour after the Broncos' morning training camp session is finished, Rod Smith stands on the goal line and begins his series of 50- to 100-yard sprints. He sweats and puffs and limps to the finish line every time. And with each sprint, people watch, and wince. It's how Smith favors his left hip while running that brings his observers pain.

Broncos training camp glance: Record crowd watches practice - Co Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
08/04/2007 - Just before 8 a.m., more than a half-hour before practice started, the traffic jam at the intersection where the Denver Broncos headquarters sits looked like Invesco Field at Mile High on game day. The Broncos hosted 3,089 fans Saturday morning, the most fans to attend a training camp practice at Dove Valley since the team moved camp there in 2003. The old record was 2,760 set in 2005.

Broncos' Holdman eager to return to practice - Co Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
08/04/2007 - For about 40 seconds, Denver Broncos linebacker Warrick Holdman tried to get up but his body wouldn't respond. For all but the few people who have experienced momentary paralysis, Holdman's fear Thursday morning is tough to imagine. Holdman hit running back Mike Bell on a running play, his neck was jarred and he fell face first on the field with a spinal cord concussion

Broncos line up extension for guard Holland - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
08/04/2007 - After a quick evaluation, the Broncos like what they see in guard Montrae Holland. Friday, the team extended the guard's contract. He was initially signed to a one-year deal in March as a free agent from New Orleans. The extension keeps Holland in Denver for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Holland said Saturday he appreciated the Broncos' willingness to extend his deal so early in his tenure.

Jim on demand: Crowder rises - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
08/03/2007 - In case you've been vacationing in Baghdad, you already know the Broncos used three of their four draft choices on defensive linemen. They traded up to draft Florida defensive end Jarvis Moss in the first round, then traded up in the fourth to grab Moss' former college teammate, Marcus Thomas. So which rookie lineman figures to make the biggest impact this season? It could be neither of the above. It could be second-rounder Tim Crowder of Texas.


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