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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

First Roster Cuts Announced - - Charlie O'Brien
08/28/2007 - With the first roster cuts handed down Tuesday and even more on the way, it is a depressing time at Dove Valley as players sit, wait and hope that their name is not on the dreaded lists. Agony accompanies each choice -- and not just for the players. Head Coach Mike Shanahan empathizes with each player he is forced to cut, and certainly no one feels worse than he does about having to tell a player his dream of playing the NFL will not be coming true this season, at least not here in Denver.

Broncos' Rod Smith out at least six weeks - Veteran receiver put on physically unable to perform list - Co Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
08/28/2007 - Denver Broncos veteran receiver Rod Smith will miss at least the first six weeks of the season. Smith was placed on the physically unable to perform list Tuesday when the team cut its roster to 75 players. Smith, who hasn't practiced since having hip surgery in February, had been on the preseason physically unable to perform list since the start of training camp. Players on the PUP list must sit out at least six weeks. The bye week counts so Smith is out for five games.

Looming Large: Travis Henry - - Jess Huffman
08/28/2007 - Mike Shanahan is considered the General Patton of the ground attack. Shanahan could make DeDe Dorsey look like Barry Sanders. He made Maurice Clarett look like a legitimate fourth-rounder and Mike Bell look like a proven starter. He paved Terrell Davis' way into the Hall of Fame. Give Shanahan a proven bruiser like Travis Henry and opposing defenses will have serious problems this season. On Sept. 30, when the Broncos ride into Indianapolis, look for them to put their full force behind Henry, attempting to exploit the perceived weakness of the Colts.

Henry avoids suspension - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
08/28/2007 - A recent ruling by a DeKalb County (Ga.) court that requires Broncos running back Travis Henry to pay $3,000 a month in child support, as well as funding a $250,000 trust for the 3-year-old boy is not a punishable offense under the league's newly-implemented personal conduct policy.

From belief to reality for Broncos' Young - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
08/28/2007 - Some people hope. Some, however, believe. They still believe, despite the odds, struggles and failures along the way. "I believe, I always have," Broncos rookie running back Selvin Young said. "I always felt like things would be right. My grandmother would always tell me - I would always be like, 'Grandma, I want this, I want that, I want this' - and she would say, 'You have to speak of things as though they are and they will come to pass.'

Lepsis feeling great in injury comeback - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
08/28/2007 - Matt Lepsis' desire for training camp and the preseason? He just wanted to feel good. He just wanted his surgically repaired right knee to hold up. He didn't want to suffer any setbacks. He didn't want to worry about life in the trenches. He just wanted to be the same as he was before last October. He knew he would have an answer for himself and for the Broncos, who are a different offense with Lepsis in the lineup than without him.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Henry, Bell return to Broncos' practice - Co Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
08/27/2007 - Tailbacks Travis Henry and Mike Bell returned to practice Monday for the Denver Broncos. Henry has a sprained left knee and Bell has a hip injury. Henry said he felt good running to his right but was a bit timid running to the left. He already has been declared out for Thursday's final preseason game, but said he will be ready for the season opener Sept. 9.

Broncos' RB Young out to prove himself - Vail Daily - Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press
08/27/2007 - Tailback Selvin Young figured he would have been the steal of the draft — had anybody bothered to select him. Dogged by injuries throughout his five years at the University of Texas, Young's phone never rang on draft weekend. So, he signed as a free agent with the running-rich Denver Broncos. He didn't leave his bravado at the border.

Broncos confident, but remain a mystery - Fort Collins Coloradoan - John J. Roberts
08/27/2007 - You've got to believe the Denver Broncos have been holding something back this preseason. Another bland, unimaginative performance Saturday night in a 17-16 loss to the Cleveland Browns left the Broncos at 1-2 in the games that don't count and left one to wonder just what the plan is for getting ready for the season opener in Buffalo in less than two weeks. By most accounts the Broncos have the talent to compete for the AFC West title, but the past two preseason games, losses to Dallas and Cleveland, have shown nothing.

Broncos cut Kircus, Lang, Veal - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
08/27/2007 - The Broncos got a head start before Tuesday's cutdown to a 75-man roster by releasing eight players, led by defensive linemen Kenard Lang and Demetrin Veal and wide receiver David Kircus. Others who were absent as the team began preparations for the final pre-season game Thursday night against the Arizona Cardinals included kicker Brandon Pace, wide receiver David Terrell, running backs Cedric Cobbs and Troy Fleming and tight end Teyo Johnson.

Monday's Broncos report: Dumervil aims for double-digit sack total - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
08/27/2007 - The bar has been set. Elvis Dumervil has established his goal for sacks this season coming off a promising rookie year. And he's shooting high. "Definitely 12-15," he said Monday.

Defense proves rightful concern - Preseason play not up to expectations - Denver Post - Mike Klis
08/27/2007 - Faith is shaken, and there's no use sugarcoating where blame lies. Expectations were way beyond what the Broncos' defense has shown. Remember, it was determined through the firings of three coaches after last season that finishing eighth in scoring defense wasn't good enough. Last year is looking better every day.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Van Pelt among Texans' cuts - Denver Post - Denver Post Wire Services
08/26/2007 - The Houston Texans cut former Colorado State and Broncos quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt, coach Gary Kubiak announced Sunday on the team's website. Van Pelt played in three games for the Broncos in the 2005 season, completing 2-of-8 passes for 7 yards. He rushed 11 times for 48 yards and a touchdown - a 10-yard run on his first NFL play from scrimmage. At Colorado State, Van Pelt was a two-time first-team all-conference selection. He passed for 6,165 yards with 37 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in his collegiate career.

Cutler: Work still to be done - Co Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
08/26/2007 - The first three preseason games didn't include many highlights for the Denver Broncos starters, but quarterback Jay Cutler leading an efficient 2-minute drill Saturday qualified as one.

OPINION: Stardom within grasp - Walker must hold on to ball - Co Springs Gazette - David Ramsey
08/26/2007 - This is Javon Walker's big chance, and he can't let it slip through his hands. He's the go-to receiver for the Denver Broncos. The Rod Smith era, full of precise routes, courageous catches over the middle, is nearing its end, if it's not over already. Smith is hobbled by a hip injury, and he might be done. He watched Saturday's 17-16 loss to the Cleveland Browns. He hasn't played a down this preseason. He'll never again rank as a dominating receiver.

KRIEGER: It's far from scheme coming true - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
08/26/2007 - Bernie Kosar, the inspirational Cleveland quarterback turned broadcaster, found the early Broncos preseason games confusing. Why, he wondered before Saturday night's exhibition, would a team with two shut-down cornerbacks give so little help to its front seven both rushing the passer and playing the run?

Broncos slow to hit stride - Cutler: Team "not that far off" - Denver Post - Mike Klis
08/27/2007 - Over the spring and summer, as the Broncos were putting big names on paper, it appeared they were compiling their most talented roster yet. "It was a fantasy team," Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler said Saturday night. Then came the preseason, and that collection of big names was put on the field, and the fantasy team didn't seem so hot.

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