Friday, August 31, 2007
Denver Broncos 2007 Season Preview - The Sports Network - Scott Garbarini
08/31/2007 - After an offseason littered with tragedy and transition, the Denver Broncos believe they're about to embark on a glorious new era.
Henry eyes trophies in Denver's backfield - USA Today - Jim Corbett
08/31/2007 - ithin moments of walking into Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan's den during a March free-agent visit, Travis Henry felt right at home. Everything the seventh-year pro sought was showcased inside Shanahan's trophy room. There were the replicas of three Lombardi trophies and accompanying rings, two of which Shanahan won as head coach of the Denver Broncos and the other as San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator. "Chills just went all through my body," Henry says. "If they would have had the contract papers, I would have signed right there. Denver is all about winning."
Broncos notes: Alexander could be excluded from roster - Co Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
08/31/2007 - Among career journeymen and youngsters hoping to make the final roster, tight end Stephen Alexander started the Denver Broncos’ fourth preseason game. Alexander, a starter in Denver the past two seasons, isn’t assured of a roster spot. The Broncos rested all of their starters and many key backups, so Alexander played.
Paymah gets concussion; Denver rolls - Co Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
08/31/2007 - The Denver Broncos’ final preseason game Thursday night was interrupted by a frightening injury to Broncos cornerback Karl Paymah, who was motionless on the ground for about five minutes at Invesco Field at Mile High. Paymah suffered a concussion in the second quarter of the game and was carted off the field and taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons. Denver, which held out every starter and most key reserves, defeated the Arizona Cardinals 21-3.
Dedicated Dumervil not shortchanged - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
08/31/2007 - The favorite football player of Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil died in 2000. "Derrick Thomas," said Dumervil, saluting the late, great NFL linebacker, who was paralyzed and later died from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. "That was my guy when I was growing up." I searched the eyes of Dumervil to note the mix of admiration and pain for Thomas, his lost hero. Then, Dumervil did something both amazing and amusing. To make eye contact, he looked back up at me, a scrawny, 5-foot-11 sportswriter.
Broncos clip Cardinals 21-3 - Young makes move in Denver's preseason finale - Denver Post - Mike Klis
08/31/2007 - Selvin Young has apparently pulled a Mike Bell. Much to the chagrin of Mike Bell. Unemployed in the hours following the 2007 draft, Young went from football oblivion to gaining 91 yards last week in the Broncos' third preseason game, to No. 2 on the tailback depth charts this week. With the starters not playing in the Broncos' final preseason game Thursday night, a 21-3 victory against the Arizona Cardinals, Young started and played well. He finished off his second consecutive impressive preseason performance with a nifty 12-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Welcome to the Broncos' season-opening roster, kid.
Hixon, Clark catch key breaks - Duo appear set for roster spots - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
08/31/2007 - The final preseason game is all about the future. For Broncos receivers Domenik Hixon and Brian Clark, though, Thursday night was about showing that the future is now. Hixon and Clark appear set to be the Broncos' No. 4 and No. 5 receivers, and the team might not keep more than five receivers. The only chance for the team to keep six receivers appears to be if Quincy Morgan survives Saturday's final cut. But with Hixon emerging as the kick returner, the veteran Morgan could be in trouble. When the Broncos went to camp, there was concern about their depth at the lower part of the receiving rotation. However, Hixon and Clark had outstanding preseason performances. Worry appears to be decreasing.
Alexander likes crowd - Tight end is hopeful he will be part of the mix - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
08/31/2007 - Give me five. It's the mantra in the Broncos' tight ends room as final cuts approach. Daniel Graham is a lock for the roster. Nate Jackson has had a strong camp. Mike Leach is the long snapper. And Tony Scheffler is a valuable piece in the passing game, although he's still working his way up the depth chart after foot surgery. That leaves an intriguing decision regarding 10-year veteran Stephen Alexander. He hasn't played much in preseason, but that has been by design.
Backups post win, await verdict on making team - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
08/31/2007 - With plenty of shoulder pads stacked in the locker room and Broncos frontline players not wearing them on the sideline, the preseason was sent into the books Thursday night at Invesco Field at Mile High. And when it was over, the Broncos backups had acquitted themselves quite nicely with a 21-3 victory against the Arizona Cardinals and, as a result, finished their August work at 2-2. "We got a chance to evaluate a few of our young players, and as you can see, some of them stepped up," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "(They have) opportunities to make this football team."
Broncos have many questions to answer - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
August 31, 2007 - It is possible that the 53rd Bronco may influence the fortunes of Team Shanahan this season, and should that happen, the final preseason pantomime against Arizona on Thursday night still would not have been necessary. This was like driving to Oklahoma just to see if the spare tire leaks. Conclusion? You just never know.
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