Battle and Player of the Week - Week 2

The Broncos are still unsettled at strong side linebacker, especially after Warrick Holdman was injured early in the week.

BATTLE OF THE WEEK: Nate Webster vs. D.D. Lewis vs. Warrick Holdman for starting strong-side LB. The only truly wide-open race for a starting spot in Broncos camp is as wide open as it gets. Webster, Lewis and Holdman rotated with the starting defense each practice in the first week of camp. Holdman missed a few practices with a spinal cord concussion, but should return soon. Nobody has made a move towards securing the job yet.

OTHER BATTLE FRONTS: Cecil Sapp and Mike Bell continue to fight for the backup running back job. Running backs coach Bobby Turner said he is giving each equal reps. Sapp has worked ahead of Bell for most of the offseason and the first week of training camp.

--Curome Cox and Hamza Abdullah are each playing well in the competition to be Denver's backup safety position. Both are relatively inexperienced, but the Broncos need to fill the spot after releasing Sam Brandon, who needed a second knee surgery.

--Erik Pears has spent every practice at starting right tackle, but Mike Shanahan said there is a lot of competition at the position. If Pears falters, veteran Adam Meadows is next in line.

--Defensive end John Engelberger has held onto a starting spot the first week of camp. Rookies Tim Crowder and Jarvis Moss are working as the ends on the second team.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: TE Nate Jackson -- Nobody took advantage of an injury situation better than Jackson. With Tony Scheffler out because of a broken foot, Jackson has played the second tight end role and made many catches. Jackson, a converted receiver, is a favorite of the coaching staff and will likely make the roster again.



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