Peep Show

Updated: June 1, 2004, 3:40 PM ET
By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
Detroit Lions: The Lions upgraded many areas through the draft and free agency, but coach Steve Mariucci said the team isn't done tweaking its roster. "We'll determine if we need to add another player at another position -- another free agent -- or if we need to subtract anybody from this camp," Mariucci told the Detroit News. "We're going to continually try to upgrade." Last week's three-day minicamp to which Mariucci referred was his first real chance to evaluate the team's new players. The Lions signed four free agents this offseason, including projected starters Damien Woody (guard), Fernando Bryant (cornerback) and Brock Marion (safety). The top three draft picks -- WRr Roy Williams, RB Kevin Jones and LB Teddy Lehman -- all are expected to see extended playing time as well.

Donovin Darius
Jacksonville Jaguars: Coach Jack Del Rio said the team and franchise safety Donovin Darius are far apart on contract discussions and it's unlikely the sides will reach a long-term contract. "I'm not bitter or angry," Darius told the Florida Times Union in his first interview since the end of last season. "I love Jacksonville but it seems like my time here is coming to an end. To me, what it comes down to is that this new regime is trying to phase me out, because I'm not one of their guys." The Jaguars have discussed trading Darius with several teams, but they are reportedly asking a lot in return for the safety who has been one of Jacksonville's most valuable players in recent years.

Denver Broncos: The team begins a three-day minicamp today, and change is the prevaling theme. There are 31 new players on the Broncos' roster, and several familiar faces from recent years are no longer wearing orange and blue. Gone are Clinton Portis, Ed McCaffrey, Bert Berry, Ian Gold, Daryl Gardener, Keith Burns, Ephraim Salaam, Deltha O'Neal and Chris Cole. The new players include Champ Bailey, Garrison Hearst, John Lynch, Luther Elliss, Raylee Johnson, Marco Coleman, Jed Weaver, O.J. Santiago and Mike Quinn. Although the Broncos focused mostly on improving their defense in the offseason, most of the attention will be given to the Portiss-less backfield as the season approaches. "Every time there's turnover or change, there is opportunity," WR Rod Smith told the Rocky Mountain News. "When Clinton was here, they figured, 'He's got first, I need to try to get second.' But he's not here, so first is up for grabs."