Taking a flyer on Jerry Rice

Jerry Rice as a Bronco
WR Jerry Rice catches a pass in a drill during the first day of training camp at Broncos headquarters; Friday, July 29, 2005. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
A week after agreeing to terms with future Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice, the 20-season veteran makes his Broncos practice-field debut.

“I’ve played with some tremendous players in Tampa — some Hall of Fame players — but there’s Hall of Fame and then there’s another level. And that’s where he’s at,” John Lynch said. “Selfishly, it’s a great opportunity, just to be in the presence of someone like that, be on their team and get to see what they’re all about.”

Rice wears jersey No. 19 because his familiar No. 80 belongs to legend Rod Smith.

He eventually retires after making the 53-man roster, but being informed he would likely be inactive because he would not have a role on special teams.