HOUSTON - Quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt was the one negative voice in the Broncos locker room when his performance was analyzed Saturday night after Denver beat the Houston Texans 20-14. “I’m concentrating more on the negative than the positive,” Van Pelt said. The Broncos probably feel better about using the second-year player as their backup to Jake Plummer after watching him complete 10-of-17 passes for 107 yards and rush for 45 yards, including a 40-yarder. “I don’t say anything right after the game. You go back and look at film,” coach Mike Shanahan said Saturday night. “But what I saw today — I was impressed with Bradlee. That should give you a little idea what I think about him.” “He has heart,” receiver Rod Smith said. “He goes out and plays the position. He does his best. I am sure he would like to take a few back, but he made a lot of good plays out there.” Van Pelt said he was upset with some of the decisions he made and a few of the bad throws he had. Van Pelt also was sacked twice. “I wasn’t thinking about the 40-yard run,” he said. “I’m thinking about the sacks I took, and I shouldn’t be taking sacks. I’m too good of an athlete, too quick, and I got to get the ball gone.” Adams up Charlie Adams, who is fifth on the depth chart at wide receiver, helped his chances of making the team Saturday with three catches for 43 yards. He is ahead of Triandos Luke, and the Broncos probably will keep five receivers. “Charlie has had a good camp,” Shanahan said. “He’s had a good offseason program. He’s been catching the ball very consistently — one of the things he has not done in the past. He’s stepped up and he’s looked good.” No. 3 receiver Darius Watts had two dropped passes, including one on third down during Denver’s first offensive drive. “Darius had to catch that ball and it’s a first down,” Shanahan said. “You have to execute and you expect people to do their jobs and when they don’t you get stopped.” Mauck gets in Matt Mauck was the third quarterback in the game for the Broncos. Veteran Danny Kanell, who was Denver’s backup quarterback last year, did not play. Mauck threw a short pass to Todd Devoe that turned into a 92-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
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