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Plummer an early hit for Broncos

Early indications are that a new start in Denver is exactly what quarterback Jake Plummer needed.

Updated: August 24, 2003, 6:48 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

HOUSTON, Texas -- The first time Jake Plummer snaked outside the pocket, Broncos receivers didn't know what to do. They had grown accustomed to Brian Griese as a pocket passer. Practice with an improv was different.

"They didn't know what to do," Plummer said of his baffled receivers. "The next time I broke out, Ed McCaffrey broke deep and you bet your ass I threw 40 yards for a touchdown."

To fix the Broncos passing offense, Mike Shanahan hired the most expensive plummer available. ...

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