Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Broncos sack specialist Simeon Rice is a bit rusty in his game and his bravado - The Canadian Press - Associated Press
09/05/2007 - Simeon Rice's splashy game admittedly needs some work. So does his bravado, believe it or not. Known as much for his showmanship as his sensational pass-rushing skills during his decorated 11-year NFL career, the Denver Broncos' new sacks specialist wouldn't venture a guess Wednesday as to how long it will take him to feel like his old self or whether he'll even be able to play in the opener at Buffalo on Sunday. "I'm not sure. I'm just here trying to get my legs back. Taking it slow, taking it real slow," said Rice, who signed a one-year, US$3-million contract on Monday. "This is my first time I'm even putting a helmet on, so everything is new for me since my injury."
Opinion: Sapp has worked for his spot with the Broncos - Co Springs Gazette - David Ramsey
09/05/2007 - Cecil Sapp has this simple approach to his profession. He believes if you work with more intensity than anyone else, you’ll enjoy the rewards. His stubborn, relentless philosophy has kept him employed. Sapp is preparing for his fifth season with the Denver Broncos, a feat that once seemed beyond the realm of possibility. “He’s a great story from the National Football League,” coach Mike Shanahan said. “He proves that we don’t care if you’re drafted in the first round or come in as a free agent. You’ve got to work hard.”
Broncos' 2nd-year receiver has Pro Bowl aspirations - Co Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
09/05/2007 - If you remember Brandon Marshall’s 71-yard touchdown catch against Seattle last season, forget it. Marshall wants you to. He enters this season as the Denver Broncos’ starting receiver opposite Javon Walker. The flash of talent Marshall showed last year, including a phenomenal catch and run for a touchdown against the Seahawks, didn’t impress him. “That wasn’t nothing,” Marshall said. “I had a couple catches. I had only two touchdowns. That was me going out there doing my job, catching the ball. But those big plays, dominating — that wasn’t nothing. This will be the year to show you guys.”
Rice readying at Dove Valley - Denver Post - Denver Post Staff
09/05/2007 - New Broncos defensive end Simeon Rice was at Dove Valley today in full uniform, his first practice with the team since signing a one-year deal worth $3 million plus incentives. The record-setting pass-rush specialist is unsure whether he'll play in the team's season-opener Sunday in Buffalo against the Bills. But the team expects him to be in the lineup on passing downs as soon as the home season opener Sept. 16 against Oakland. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut Rice in July to save money. Rice, recovering from an injured shoulder, passed the Broncos' physical after passing a similar exam from the St. Louis Rams on Friday. He has said his shoulder is fine.
Broncos rookie Young all about perseverance: Tough times can't deter RB from success - Denver Post - Mike Klis
09/05/2007 - Broncos running back Selvin Young knew enough about hitting the bottom to understand it wasn't seeing his name listed No. 5 on a five-man depth chart. Young may be one of the Broncos' biggest surprises of 2007, after catapulting from undrafted rookie to the first tailback who will spell starter Travis Henry in the season opener Sunday at Buffalo. But next to riding a wheelchair right out of Texas, if not Austin, overtaking Cecil Sapp, Mike Bell and Andre Hall for the Broncos' No. 2 running back job was little more than a dash around right end. "What we do each and every day is a feeling of victory," Young said. "My mind-set is you go to bed with a victory, you wake up the next day with a victory and then go back Denver Broncosto work and try to get another victory."
Broncos' offense preview - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
09/05/2007 - Stiff competition: Keeping opponents at arm's length is a specialty of new Broncos feature back Travis Henry. In fact, he'll go so far as to say the stiff arm he uses to extricate himself from opposing defenders is the best in the NFL. "It's lethal, now," he said. "It's just something I use a lot of times to get out of tough situations where it doesn't look like there's going to be any gain. And I turn it into a plus play." It's also something that has become so much a part of his game he'll use it in practices without thinking.
2007 Broncos' season preview - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
09/05/2007 - Outlook: 10-6: In what appears to be a rugged AFC playoff race, the Broncos don't have the luxury of time this season. They will have to avoid a lull, the kind that leads to an extended losing streak, if they are to make the postseason. Last season, a four-game losing streak — that included two losses at home — was a key component in their playoff miss, as was their 4-4 record at home. The schedule is front-loaded with home games this time — the Broncos play five of their first seven at Invesco Field at Mile High. So that means the heavy lifting of the stretch drive will have to be done on the road. They finish with four of the last six and six of the last nine on the road, including trips to defending NFC champion Chicago, Kansas City and San Diego. That's a tough way to go to secure a postseason home game, and with an AFC postseason field that could include New England, Indianapolis, San Diego and Baltimore, a postseason trip likely would lead to little more than an early exit.
Bowlen is hopeful about 24th edition - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
09/05/2007 - As he begins his 24th season as owner of the Broncos, Pat Bowlen talked with staff writer Lee Rasizer about what he expects from this year's team, his role and the highs and lows of his tenure.
Shoulder feels fine, but Rice unsure if he'll play Sunday - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
09/05/2007 - The newest Bronco, defensive end Simeon Rice, said his surgically repaired shoulder feels fine. But whether that means the shoulder is suit-up-for-gameday fine is still a question mark. "We'll soon find out,'' Rice said. "Walking around the street I feel fantastic,'' Rice said. " . . . Myself, I think I'm OK, I think I'm ready to play, but we'll see. The game of football is a game of attrition, it's going to take its toll. I'm going to see how my body holds up.''
Wednesday's Broncos' report: Waiting is the hardest part for Hamilton - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
09/05/2007 - Broncos guard Ben Hamilton has played through pain before, he's worked his way past assorted aches and sprains that come with working in the offensive line. But his recent battle with post-concussion symptoms is another thing entirely. "It's something that I've learned you can't just push through like a sprained ankle,'' Hamilton said. "Your ankle, if you're 60 percent you can go out there and practice, but this you have to wait until you're 100 percent. "(If) you fight against it, you're going to lose every time.''
Tag, Cutler's 'it' - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
09/05/2007 - "It" means different things to different people. For some, it was seeing Jay Cutler get up after a big hit yet go right on calling the next play despite a mouthful of blood. Others think back to Vanderbilt's meet- the-team days when, standing before hundreds of fans, his magnetism came through as he picked up children and hugged mommas more comfortably than any politician. Then there's the work ethic of a guy voted captain since his sophomore year; not surprising because he was a quarterback getting down and dirty in the weight room with his linemen.
KRIEGER: Shanahan fixated on grand scheme of it all - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
09/05/2007 Looking for the bright side, Mike Shanahan figures there was one advantage to missing the playoffs last year. The NFL's postseason tournament coincides with the annual job fair among the also-rans. Generally, the music stops and the job fair ends by the time the playoff teams show up. By losing to the 49ers in the final week, the Broncos got to participate for the first time in four years. "There's no way if we had (gone) to the playoffs that those guys would be here because they had so many other opportunities," Shanahan said of Jim Bates and Bill Johnson, his new assistant head coach/defense and defensive line coach.
LINCICOME: Reality check of fantasies - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
09/05/2007 - All football is fantasy football before the NFL season starts and never more necessary than this year in Broncoland. How do we fantasize thee, let us count the ways.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Walker figures 1,600 yards a good benchmark - Summit Daily News - Associated Press
09/04/2007 - Javon Walker accumulated 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns last season while coming off two knee surgeries and joining a new offense that stumbled along for much of the season behind weak-armed Jake Plummer. With Jay Cutler under center, a cast of young, fast receivers all around, a year under his belt in Mike Shanahan's system and another year removed from the operating room, Walker figures he can have a monster season.
Breaking Down the Broncos, Part I - Shanny's Offense - buffalorumblings.com - Brian Galliford
09/04/2007 - If there's any intriguing story at the quarterback position in the entire NFL, in my opinion, it's the story of Jay Cutler. Just entering his second NFL season, Cutler was drafted by Denver last season despite the team's relative success with Jake Plummer at the helm. Then Denver started the 2006 season going 7-4 and were right in the middle of the playoff chase; despite that success, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan made the perplexing decision to bench Plummer in favor of his prize rookie. The result: big plays for Denver's offense, big plays for opposing defenses, a 2-3 finish and a whiff on the 2006 playoffs. But many feel that this move is beneficial for Denver in the long run.
BUT WHEN CAN HE PLAY? -- Bum shoulder might keep former Buc on the sideline - Co Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
09/04/2007 - Defensive end Simeon Rice agreed to join the Denver Broncos, now the question is when he'll be ready to play. Rice, who has 121 career sacks in 11 NFL seasons, was a free agent. He agreed to terms with the Broncos on Monday. Rice would likely step into the Broncos' starting lineup as soon as he is ready, but Wednesday's practice will be his first this season.
Musical chairs in Broncos' backfield - Co Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
09/04/2007 - Travis Henry is still the Denver Broncos' starting tailback, but almost everything else in the backfield has changed. Cecil Sapp and Mike Bell competed to be Henry's backup all offseason, but are now vying for the starting fullback job. Kyle Johnson, who has been the team's starting fullback since 2004 and assumed the role throughout the preseason, was released.
'Class organization' signs Rice - Three-time Pro Bowl defensive end agrees to one-year, $3 million deal - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
09/04/2007 - The black luxury sedan, buffed to a summer-sun sheen, sat idling outside the Broncos' Dove Valley complex Monday, a sign of things to come. A sign the Broncos think they can go places this season and that the player the driver was waiting for can help get them there. With that, it was three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Simeon Rice who agreed to a one- year, $3 million deal with the Broncos just before being whisked away.
Rice aims to bring heat for Broncos - Denver upgrades its pass rush by signing sack specialist - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
09/04/2007 - Nick Ferguson was walking through the Broncos' locker room Monday afternoon at Dove Valley, looking for answers. "What's up with No. 97?" Ferguson asked. "Are we getting him?" While the Broncos safety inquired about what he said would be a major coup for the Broncos' new-look defense, team officials were finalizing a deal that made Simeon Rice a Bronco in yet another aggressive move by the team's brass this year. "That would be huge," Ferguson said.
Jim on demand: Hamilton's plight makes you wonder - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
09/04/2007 - At first, they held him out for precautionary purposes. Then they thought it would be a week or two. Then he missed the entire preseason. Now it's reached the point where the Broncos can't be sure. The truth is, they don't know when Ben Hamilton will return to his job at left guard. Hamilton sustained a helmet-to-helmet hit early in training camp and since hasn't been able to work out without feeling nauseous. He recently traveled to Pittsburgh to see a concussion specialist, who told him to rest for two weeks. Not that he'll be in the lineup after that. Far from it. He'll be re-evaluated then and no one knows if he'll be any better.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Kyle Johnson And Veteran DTs Jimmy Kennedy And John Browning Among Broncos' 21 Cuts - 7News, denverchannel.com - Steve Gottsegen
09/02/2007 - Veteran fullback Kyle Johnson and Defensive tackles Jimmy Kennedy and John Browning were among 21 players waived by the Denver Broncos on Saturday, as Mike Shanahan's club pared its roster down to the NFL-mandated 53-player maximum. Johnson was with the Broncos for five seasons. He was a reliable blocking back, who became a big part of their short yardage offense in the red zone, but he became expendable with Mike Bell's move to fullback, and the multi-faceted Cecil Sapp who plays both running back and fullback.
Lineup loaded with change - Broncos far from familiar after plenty of turnover - Denver Post - Mike Klis
09/02/2007 - Change is good for some folks and frightens others. It's a way of life for the Broncos. To be sure, the 2007 Broncos are like no other in the Mike Shanahan era for many reasons, none more so than the obvious: player turnover. Remember way back when the Broncos reached the AFC championship game? It was less than two years ago, but when the Broncos open their season next Sunday at Buffalo, they likely will have 2005 holdovers at just six of the 22 starting positions. Six.
Paymah passes tests following concussion - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
09/02/2007 - Broncos cornerback Karl Paymah was released from a local hospital Friday morning after passing all of his tests following a concussion he suffered Thursday night during the team's preseason finale against the Arizona Cardinals. In the second quarter, Paymah tried to make a tackle and his helmet collided with the knee of Arizona running back Steve Baylark.
Denver making big run at Rice: Broncos vying for pass rusher - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
09/02/2007 - The Broncos' final cuts weren't as much about who was cut, although there were some interesting names on the list. They were more about what could happen next, particularly at running back and on the defensive line. As the Broncos said goodbye to several players Saturday, they were heating up talks with free-agent defensive end Simeon Rice, the biggest name on the market. Indications were that Rice will visit the Broncos as soon as today. Discussions began with his agent Saturday night. Rice said "it is down to" Denver and St. Louis.
Fullback Johnson leads Broncos cuts - Co Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
09/02/2007 - The Denver Broncos cured a logjam at running back by getting rid of starting fullback Kyle Johnson. Johnson, defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy and receiver/kickoff returner Quincy Morgan were the biggest names among the team's cuts Saturday. Johnson was Denver's starting fullback since 2004, but the Broncos switched Cecil Sapp and Mike Bell from tailback to fullback in the final preseason game. Sapp and Bell could continue to practice at fullback, which would make room for surprising rookie Selvin Young at tailback. Denver also kept tailback Andre Hall.
It's Hard To Believe It Has Been A Decade - Co Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
09/02/2007 - TO OUR READERS: Ten seasons ago the Denver Broncos broke a franchise drought by topping the Green Bay Packers 31-24 and winning Super Bowl XXXII. Through the eyes of the players, The Gazette looks back at that season with a weekly installment through the 10-year anniversary on Jan. 25, 2008. Willie Green sat outside his North Carolina home this summer, watched his 9-yearold son, Willie II, play basketball and figured, wow, it must be true. Almost a decade has passed since the 1997 Denver Broncos made history.
7 Days and Counting Until Bills Meet Broncos in Season Opener - buffalorumblings.com - Brian G
09/02/2007 - In the wake of roster cuts and the bore-fest that is the assembly of the practice squad, I thought I'd throw out a little friendly reminder to all our lovely readers/community members today: we're one holiday-shortened week away from the 2007 regular season. Get pumped. I am. So this is a preview of what you can expect to see here at Buffalo Rumblings over the next seven days. There will be lots of Bills talk, plenty of analysis of those Ponies from Colorado (a.k.a. the Denver Broncos) and a ton of hype. This is a very exciting time to be a Bills fan, so the goal is to further that excitement with our commentary here.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
A.F.C. Scouting Reports - New York Times blogs - Judy Battista
09/01/2007 - Remember when part of the wonder about the New England Patriots was how they were able to win three Super Bowls with only a few stars sprinkled among the collection of largely overlooked and unknown role players? Forget that. This season, Coach Bill Belichick has his most talented team, a frightening concept for the opposition. Consider that last season the Patriots were minutes from going to another Super Bowl without a top-flight receiver and that they have won four division titles in a row, which is the N.F.L.'s longest streak. Rest assured, the Patriots will win...
Broncos waive 21 players - Rocky Mountain News -Jeff Legwold
09/01/2007 - The Broncos waived 21 players Saturday and moved defensive end/tackle Kenny Peterson to the reserve/suspended list to get down to the league-mandated 53-player limit. Among those veteran players waived were defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy, who the Broncos had sent a sixth-round pick in the '08 draft to obtain from the St. Louis Rams in June, fullback Kyle Johnson, who had been on the Broncos active roster for the previous three seasons to go with the practice squad in 2002 and Chad Mustard, who played at tight end last season before being switched to tackle in training camp this year.
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