|08-26-2007, 04:26 AM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2006
Webster sets his big goal: Improve
By Bill Williamson, Mike Klis and Adrian Dater
Denver Post Staff Writers
Nate Webster has been told to expect to be the starting strongside linebacker when the Broncos open the regular season in 14 days at Buffalo.
Still, Webster is not celebrating. He knows the starting assignment could be pulled at any time and he knows if he lets his guard down, he won't keep the spot for long.
"We've talked and I've been told I'm the guy, but it really doesn't mean much to me," Webster said. "I mean, I'm happy I got the nod, but I have to get better. I won't keep this job if I don't get more consistent. I want to be John Lynch consistent, Champ Bailey consistent."
The strongside linebacking job was one of the most intriguing of training camp and the preseason. D.D. Lewis started in San Francisco, but Webster was the starter in practice the next week and he started the past two games. Early contenders Eddie Moore and Warrick Holdman were injured and fell out of the mix.
Broncos running back Travis Henry knows the sports world will not be able to resist having fun at his expense.
If Steve Garvey had to endure "he's not my Padre" teases for fathering two children out of wedlock with two women, then Henry can expect considerable sarcasm now that it has been revealed he has fathered nine children from nine women.
"People can judge me all they want," Henry said as he watched his team warm up for its preseason game Saturday night against the Cleveland Browns at Invesco Field at Mile High. "But only God can judge me."
Henry's personal life was recently revealed after he received a child-support judgment in a DeKalb County, Ga., court. It's not the first time a professional athlete has been involved in such controversy. Former NBA star Shawn Kemp has seven children with six women and Derrick Thomas, the late linebacker of the Kansas City Chiefs, had seven children with five women.
Nine children with nine women is a new standard.
"A lot of stuff that's been put out there isn't true, but I'm not going to get into that right now," Henry said. "The important thing is I want to take care of my kids really and truly. It's all good."
Henry, out with a first-degree sprain in his left knee, is expected to start in the regular-season opener Sept. 9 against Buffalo, his former team.
Walker has the drops
Receiver Javon Walker had two dropped passes in the Broncos' first drive. He was wide open both times, and the second drop cost Denver a first down inside the Browns' 10-yard line. The Broncos had to settle for a Jason Elam field goal. Walker finished with one catch for 37 yards.
Meanwhile, Walker showed off a boxing-style championship belt with the photos of cornerback Darrent Williams and running back Damien Nash on it. Both players died during the offseason. Walker held Williams after he was shot Jan. 1.
Walker said he will take the belt and have it in his locker every game this season.
"They'll be with us all season," Walker said.
Defensive end Elvis Dumervil started at defensive end, as the Broncos move on in the wake of Ebenezer Ekuban's season-ending Achilles injury. Dumervil was a situational pass rusher last season, but he also might get the chance to play in base defense situations.
Alvin McKinley played some defensive end with the first unit as well. Other players who will compete for the defensive end job are rookies Jarvis Moss and Tim Crowder and veteran Kenard Lang. Crowder has missed the past two games with an ankle injury. He is expected to play against Arizona.
Standout Browns tight end Kellen Winslow did not start the game, because of unspecified reasons. Browns coach Romeo Crennel would not say exactly why Winslow did not start, other than it was a "coach's decision." He said Winslow was not injured, and he finished with three catches for 47 yards.
Close observers of the main scoreboard clock might have noticed what seemed to be one that ran too fast. From the 2-minute warning until the 1-minute mark, when the Browns had the ball, the clocked ticked ahead faster than a normal second several times. Neither team made an issue of it.
The Broncos didn't report any significant injuries. ... The Broncos have to pare 14 players from the roster to get down to the 75-man limit by Tuesday. All teams must be at the 53-man roster limit Saturday.
|08-26-2007, 04:30 AM||#2|
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Great news about Webster. He's an energetic guy who flies around and makes plays.
****ty news about Henry. Looks like we now have to endure an entire season of reading about what a dumb-I'd like to crawl in the same snuggie with this guy is.
|08-26-2007, 04:51 AM||#3|
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Join Date: Jul 2006
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This was an easy lock for Webster because he is also the next guy in line for the MIC position incase DJ doesn't work out there.. Nate has been the most active LB all of preseason, so the move to secure him at strong side only makes sense...