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DT Gerard Warren may become trade bait

August 13, 2007

While many of my fan brethren are claiming they saw this one coming for nearly a year, I have to say I’m pretty shocked. I knew there would be turn over on our D-line when Bates came in, but Warren fit the Bates model better than most of our returning linemen and we just gave him a nice deal in the off-season. So, when the Denver Post reported today that Gerard Warren wasn’t traveling with the Broncos to San Francisco because Denver was attempting to shop him for a trade I was a rather surprised.

The Post is reporting that two different sources have confirmed Denver is looking to trade the defensive tackle (most likely for a 2008 draft pick). Now, I don’t know how much of this I’m buying because they also claim Warren wasn’t a “fit” for Jim Bates’ system. That’s simply hog-wash. Warren is 6’4″ and 325lbs. If Jimmy Kennedy is filling Warren’s slot, it’s not because he’s a bigger Bates run stuffer (officially they’re listed at the same height and weight).

More than likely this is a case where the broncos feel they have good depth at DT; and more importantly, no considerable drop-off between 1st Team and 2nd Team talent. In that situation, they might be able to get a draft pick in 08 by trading the best known name on the D-line without hurting the team.

I mean, we can’t keep ALL of the DT’s we have on the roster right now, and if they cut from the bottom, they don’t get any draft picks at all. And while I like Warren, he might not have shown enough difference between himself and players like Kennedy to justify keeping him over his cheaper counterparts.

Jimmy Kennedy will start in Warren’s 1st Team spot tonight. We also have Sam Adams, Alvin McKinley, Amon Gordon, Antwon Burton and rookie Marcus Thomas.

Denver Post: FULL STORY

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Warrick Holdman to be cut

August 12, 2007

The good news is the Warrick Holdman is expected to fully recover from his spinal cord concussion that he suffered during training camp on August 2nd. The bad news is that further testing last week revealed a bruised spinal column. That means he won’t be cleared to play for three months. And while the Broncos really like Holdman’s abilities, three months is just too long to wait.

With a roster bonus coming up, The Denver Post is reporting that the Broncos are planning to waive Holdman and negotiate an injury claim. That will end Warrick Holdman’s time in Denver.

This is the third linebacker to be lost due to injury this off-season. In addition to starter Al Wilson, who is still awaiting news on his neck injury, Eddie Moore was lost after an knee injury during OTA’s and now Holdman is out.

While this is sad news, the Broncos are well stocked at linebacker — with D.D. Lewis and Nate Webster both doing well and Louis Green listed as the starter (although he hasn’t been practicing recently due to a knee injury).

Denver Post: FULL STORY

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Shanahan ORDERS Marshall onto the field

August 10, 2007

Marshall over ChampSo, Mike Shanahan finally just ordered 2nd year WR Brandon Marshall on the practice field today, despite the ailing quadriceps that has kept him out of camp for nearly two weeks.

“(Shanahan) said it to challenge me – to see if I was mentally strong. He knew that I was in pain, and that it hurt, but he also knows it’s one of those things where you have to get out there, push yourself and be mentally tough.”

— Brandon Marshall 8/10/07


And it definitely hurts, as scar tissue normally builds up as the muscle
heals. But Shanahan was convinced that team physicians were correct and it was time for Marshall to return.

 

“I told him this morning that he had to work through it. You have to fight through a little pain and scar tissue but that is just part of it.”

— Mike Shanahan 8/10/07

Marshall wasn’t at all sure, but as this injury is one of his first in years he listened to the coach. And as Shanahan expected, after some warming up, Marshall was able to not only participate in 1-on-1 drills, but stayed out on the field for some full team work. Marshall even made a ‘play of the day’ by snagging a pass in front of Champ Bailey late in the morning session.

“I was kind of hesitant at first, but as you can see… I’ve got a smile on my face.” — Brandon Marshall 8/10/07

As it turns out… coach knows best.

 

 

** photo taken by Andrew Mason **

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2007 TRAINING CAMP NEWS & INFO

August 10, 2007

Training Camp is in full swing and we’ll have a collection of news, articles, photos and video links to provide you with, so you can get all the latest Denver Broncos info.

***CHECK OUT THE TRAINING CAMP VIDEO CLIPS HERE***

***CHECK OUT THE FIRST DEPTH CHART OF 2007***

For a collection of news, reviews and other insights from around the blog-o-sphere here are my posts for Training Camp 2007: Pre-Camp Roster Changes, DAY 1, DAY 2, DAY 3, DAY 4, DAY 5, DAY 6, DAY 7, DAY 8, DAY 9, DAY 10, DAY 11,


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Andrew Mason is covering all things Broncos with his two-a-day blog posts. Mason’s Morsels provides breaking news, inside info and great photos from camp twice daily. Links to each day’s posts will be listed here: DAY 1, DAY 1.5, DAY 2, DAY 2.5, DAY 3, DAY 3.5, DAY 4, DAY 4.5, DAY 5, DAY 6, DAY 7, DAY 8, DAY 8.5, DAY 9, DAY 9.5, DAY 10, DAY 10.5, DAY 11, DAY 11.5, DAY 12,

Andrew also runs the official team website over at Denverbroncos.com. It’s got pictures, articles and VIDEO!

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The Denver Post has several stories related to Training Camp: Denver Post

Rocky Mountain News has a few Camp related stories: Rocky Mountain News

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There are also some other great blogs around the web. If you haven’t been over to BroncoTalk — do yourself a favor and check it out — it’s one of the best. Right now Kmonty is running a GREAT series on Broncos that deserve to be in the HoF. He’s started with Floyd Little.

Also around the web, you’ll find The Beat. Very good info and interesting insight. In fact, he just did a great interview with Training Camp super-fan Kaylore: HERE

If you want a good laugh, make sure to stay up to date with the Orange Bucksnorts, and if you need a ‘fix’ in the form of a football podcast, check out The Audible (they are at the Bronco’s Camp this week, so their podcasts should be REALLY good).

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TRAINING CAMP: DAY 11

August 9, 2007

 

NOTES AND NEWS FROM DAY ELEVEN OF TRAINING CAMP:

“I’m bringing it back. Today’s an old-school day.” — Javon Walker 8/9/07

And with that, Javon Walker broke into another dance in front of Brian Clark who was admirably trying to keep a straight face while covering #84 during 1-on-1 drills.

Today marked a cheerful day for our #1 wide out, as Javon joke and smile all morning. He danced, he high-stepped, he laughed and he even spent the end of practice impersonating a sideline judge — holding the down marker and even whistling the play dead as Cutler worked on spiking the ball to stop the clock.

Shanahan didn’t have to talk about how important Javon Walker’s much improved emotional state was, instead he commented on Walker’s sideline referee work.

“Just like coaches, you never know for sure how long you’re going to be here. The more you can do – the better off you are.” — Mike Shanahan (kiddingly commenting on Javon Walker’s morning reps working the down markers) 8/9/07

All kidding aside, this is very good news for all of Bronco Nation. All Bronco fans have been watching Javon closely to see how he is handling the tragic events of 1/1/07. Javon has been silent on the issue of Darrent’s death all off-season (and who can blame him). He has also been withdrawn and reserved during Denver’s other OTA days. And he has rarely flashed his trademark grin as training camp started.

But today it was Javon “old school” Walker… and we can only hope this marks another step in his emotional healing process.

 

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ATTENDANCE:

Nate Jackson and John Lynch were both out of town today for the funeral of Bill Walsh. Jackson credits Walsh with guiding him from Menlo college to the NFL, and Lynch played under Walsh at Stanford.

Wide Recievers Brandon Stokley (left thigh), Brandon Marshall (quadriceps), Glenn Martinez (right thigh), Marquay McDaniel (left hamstring), Rod Smith (left hip) were all held out today.

OT rookie Ryan Harris was sidelined today due to ‘tweaking his back.’ It’s theoretically not serious. Unfortunately that makes our O-linemen group thin, as Lepsis (groin) and Ben Hamilton (concussion) are stil both out. We are told that both of our veteran injuries are mild and their being held out is a precautionary action.

Backup safety Hamza Abdullah (right Hamstring) and Quentin Harris (right knee) both sat out. LB’s Louis Green (knee) and Warrick Holdman (spinal cord concussion) also did not practice. OT Jacob Rogers (left knee) also was sidelined, but DE Jarvis Moss (knee) actually participated in some position drills today.

Tony Scheffler was back on the field again today — and looking good!

On the Other hand, WR David Kircus and FB Kyle Johnson had on-field treatments during the practice. They both were limited to less reps for the rest of practice.

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OFFENSIVE LINE UPS: THURSDAY

den-logo.jpg Quarterbacks:
Behind Jay Cutler and Patrick Ramsey, Darrell Hackney and Preston Parsons have been in a heated battle for a final PS spot.

den-logo.jpg Wide Outs:
No real changes here… The WR’s we have get reps. )

den-logo.jpg Tight Ends:
No real change from the last few days.

den-logo.jpg Running Backs:
No change: Travis Henry, Cecil Sapp running second. Mike Bell, Andre Hall and Young following behind.

RUMOR MILL: The Denver Post is reporting that Mike Bell has passed Cecil Sapp on the depth chart and is now running #2.
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1st Team O-line was unchanged from yesterday with LT Adam Meadows (filling in for Lepsis), LG Chris Myers (filling in for Ben Hamilton), C Tom Nalen, RG Montrae Holland and RT Erik Pears.

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DEFENSIVE LINE UPS: THURSDAY

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* 1st Team D-line stayed the same as the last couple of days: DE’s Ebenezer Ekuban and John Engelberger, DT’s Gerard Warren and Sam Adams (Jimmy Kennedy filled in for Adams this morning).
den-logo.jpg Linebackers:
* 1st Team LB’s were: continuing the SAM rotation, Nate Webster took his turn with the starters today, D.J. Williams at MIKE and Ian Gold at WILL.

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No changes here, but Domonique Foxworth filled in for Lynch (out at Bill Walsh’s funeral).


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SPECIAL TEAMS LINE UPS: THURSDAY

den-logo.jpg Kick-Off Return Team:
Scott O’Brien had another very productive Special Teams practice in the afternoon. Check out Andrew Mason’s blog entry covering this: HERE

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TRAINING CAMP: DAY 10

August 8, 2007

NOTES AND NEWS FROM DAY TEN OF TRAINING CAMP:

ouchThe sidelines at today’s practices were full and overflowing. Including veterans who are on one-a-days, the Broncos had 27 players watching rather than playing this afternoon. That’s over a fourth of our roster!

I am certainly not being craven about the situation. This is normal for training camp, and our list isn’t much longer than most of the other teams currently at camp. I know you won’t hear much more than who isn’t at practice from most of the mainstream media, but that’s because of the old “if it bleeds, it leads” mentality.

Actually, all of the media’s focus on the team’s injuries may be a good thing. Jay Cutler has probably experienced reduced media attention as they instead have beaten to death the subject of our depth at wide receiver for example. And D.J. Williams has also likely been less harassed by the media hounds in recent days as they have prefered to talk endlessly about rookie injuries (like Jarvis Moss’s knee injury scare).

All this media coverage of our injuries, also keeps expectations low leading into the season (or at least the preseason). I’d much rather let the media discuss how great the Colt, Patriots and Chargers are going to be this season, while ignoring our strong points and chatting about our camp injury report.

In the end, all these injuries and one-a-day sessions are completely normal. Nothing we’ve heard so far should have fans concerns. We’ll have a great team when the season starts and the roster is down to 53 players. For now, we just have to humor the media’s coverage of the latest bruise on John Lynch’s shin, David Kircus’s stubbed toe and Travis Henry’s new hangnail.

 

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ATTENDANCE:

The following players were held out of practice today due to injury: Louis Green (left knee), Ben Hamilton (concussion), Quentin Harris (right knee), Warrick Holdman (spinal cord concussion), Matt Lepsis (groin), Brandon Marshall (quadriceps), Glenn Martinez (right thigh), Marquay McDaniel (left hamstring), Rod Smith (left hip), Brandon Stokley (left thigh), Lamont Reid and Doug Nienhuis (both injured in NFL Europa).

And the following players participated in the morning session, but were held out of the afternoon work: Travis Henry, Champ Bailey, Nick Ferguson, Dre’ Bly, John Lynch, Ian Gold, Gerard Warren, Tom Nalen, Jacob Rogers, Stephen Alexander, Daniel Graham, Ebenezer Ekuban, Sam Adams, Jarvis Moss.

Hamza Abdullah also sat out of the afternoon practice, but he was held out due to a slight injury in the morning session.

Tony Scheffler practiced again today, although he still split off after a while to continue his rehab.

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TRAINING CAMP: DAY 9

August 7, 2007

NOTES AND NEWS FROM DAY NINE OF TRAINING CAMP:

“I’ve just been banging into Travis a little bit too much.” — John Lynch 8/7/07

Not content with one injury announcement, the Broncos had four of them today. The biggest name among them was John Lynch, who left the field this morning after suffering a bruised sternum… Uh, yeah. The dude bruised his sternum on Travis Henry — ouch! John Lynch said he would have continued to practice, but that the coaches pulled him. TRUTH: Lynch is a BEAST!

LT Matt Lepsis hit the injured list today. No, it wasn’t his rebuilt knee –it was a pulled groin. Actually, according to Mike Shanahan it was “a little bit of a groin pull”… which sounds more like a very naughty action rather than an injury.

“I’m not sure how serious it is right now, but it’s enough to keep him out” — Mike Shanahan 8/7/07

Mike Bell was shook up after a got hit during team drills today. And finally, backup safety Quentin Harris left the field after smashing into RB Andre Hall during goal-line drills. It looked like he was getting treatment on his right knee. Both players remained on the sidelines but didn’t participate for the rest of the morning practice.

But, a small ray of hope was seen briefly as Tony Scheffler showed up this morning in full uniform. He only participated in 30 minutes of warm-ups and light work, before calling it a morning… but it’s progress!

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ATTENDANCE:

In addition Lynch, Lepsis, Bell, Harris wideouts Brandon Marshall, Rod Smith, Marquay McDaniel and Glenn Martinez were all still out.   TE Chad Mustard, LB Louis Green DT Sam Adams were also held out today.  Brandon Stokley was in pads, but only did light work in individual drills and installation.  Lamont Reid and Doug Niehuis were also both still on PUP.

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OFFENSIVE LINE UPS: TUESDAY

den-logo.jpg Wide Outs:
No real changes here… The WR’s we have get reps.  🙂
den-logo.jpg Tight Ends:
No real change from the last few days. Although in an update from Andrew Mason reported that Nate Jackson (although listed on the 3rd Team) has had plenty of reps with the 1st Team when we they line up with two TE’s.
den-logo.jpg Running Backs:
No change: Travis Henry, Cecil Sapp running second. Mike Bell, Andre Hall and Young following behind.
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1st Team O-line was unchanged from yesterday with LT Adam Meadows (filling in for Lepsis), LG Ben Hamilton, C Tom Nalen, RG Montrae Holland and RT Erik Pears.

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DEFENSIVE LINE UPS: TUESDAY

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* 1st Team D-line stayed the same as the last couple of days: DE’s Ebenezer Ekuban and John Engelberger, DT’s Gerard Warren and Sam Adams.

NOTE:Jimmy Kennedy filled in for Adams and Warren throughout the day.

den-logo.jpg Linebackers:
* 1st Team LB’s were: D. D. Lewis took his turn with the starters today at SAM today, D.J. Williams at MIKE and Ian Gold at WILL.

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No changes here as CB’s Champ Bailey and Dre’ Bly and Safeties Nick Ferguson and John Lynch played on the 1st Team. Foxworth was their Nickel back and Cox joined the 1st Team during work on the Dime Package.


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SPECIAL TEAMS LINE UPS: TUESDAY

den-logo.jpg Kick-Off Return Team:
Scott O’Brien had a very active Special Teams practice in the afternoon. Check out Andrew Mason’s blog entry covering this: HERE.

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