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Postby Cupertino_11 » Wed Aug 18, 2004 5:31 am

Darius Watts has been the playmaker thus far in the Broncos training camp and preseason. Where does that leave Ashley Lelie?

From the Denver Post...

Watts, a second-round pick from Marshall, has been one of the standouts of camp. Lelie is the starter, but Watts is outperforming him and could supplant him.

"We have competition there," coach Mike Shanahan said. "Darius will be a starter in the National Football League someday, but right now he is competing, and that's what he's supposed to be doing."

Further suggesting Watts is pushing for major playing time is that he has practiced with the starting unit at X receiver, a shorter route position, while Smith has been in the Z receiver position. Lelie primarily is a Z receiver - more of a deep threat - but Smith is versatile and can play both positions.

"The best two players will play," Shanahan said.

Watts has been the more productive of the two in preseason games, with six receptions for 74 yards. Lelie has yet to catch a pass.
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Postby Gunslinger » Wed Aug 18, 2004 6:19 am

Wow, I didn't think he stood a chance to win the starting job this year. Thanks for the info, it makes me feel better about trading for him in dynasty. :)
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Postby IRON CHEF » Wed Aug 18, 2004 8:31 am

Gunslinger wrote:Wow, I didn't think he stood a chance to win the starting job this year. Thanks for the info, it makes me feel better about trading for him in dynasty. :)


I was thinking the same thing, surprising that he would have a shot. How has Lelie been looking? Probably isn't looking too well...
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Postby SwiperNoSwiping » Wed Aug 18, 2004 8:39 am

i would think this is Lelie's make it or break it year.
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Postby Paladyr » Wed Aug 18, 2004 8:47 am

Personally I think he's going to break it (lelie).
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Postby georgiadawg » Wed Aug 18, 2004 2:38 pm

it could be that Coach Shannahan is simply trying to motivate and push Lelie by hyping up Watts...
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Postby marvin88 » Wed Aug 18, 2004 2:50 pm

that team scares me so much. they lost 22 of 30 tds with portis and sharpe so someone has to make those scores, but who? i've recently been sold on griffin but for wr smith is old lelie is all potential and watts seems like one of those flash in the pan training camp hype projects. i won't be at all suprised if i'm wrong about everything i just said, but for now i'm leaving their wrs alone unless they really drop.
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Postby Plindsey88 » Wed Aug 18, 2004 2:52 pm

I've been watching Watts... I'm currently sitting on Rashaun Woods who has had successive hamstring injuries to both hamstrings, and is supposedly #4 behind Lloyd, Wilson, and Conway on the depth chart... Watts, on the other hand is definitely number 3 and is battling Lelie for number 2... I am about this close to switching them out...
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Postby Gilbert Brown's jock » Wed Aug 18, 2004 4:17 pm

Lelie was a major disappointment last season.

I wouldn't be at all suprised to see Watts get the starting job.
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Postby RWLongy4 » Wed Aug 18, 2004 5:28 pm

From Fanball
Aug 18 Apparently, wide receiver Ashley Lelie has a sudden challenger for his starting job in emerging second-round rookie Darius Watts. "We have competition there," coach Mike Shanahan told the Denver Post. "The best two players will play."
Views: Gee, we wonder if Lelie's slow start has anything to do with the fact that quarterback Jake Plummer has completed more passes to the other team than to his starting wide receivers. This is just typical Mike Shanahan silliness, and frankly, we're not buying it at all.
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