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Posted at 12:53 p.m., Thursday, July 6, 2006

Lelie a no-show at Broncos' camp

Associated Press

DENVER — Mike Shanahan knows just the place receiver Ashley Lelie could compete for the No. 1 job he covets so much that he's boycotting the Broncos' minicamp: Denver.

"If you want to compete to be the No. 1 guy, why not be here? Why not be here in camp?" Shanahan said after the Broncos began their three-day practice session Thursday. "If you're afraid of competing against a No. 1 guy who's 35 years old (in Rod Smith)?

"I don't think you're going to find a better scenario than what he has here."

Lelie, a former University of Hawai'i star, wants to be a featured pass-catcher in somebody's offense and is convinced he'll never get that opportunity in Denver. He wasn't pleased with the Broncos' interest in Terrell Owens over the winter and declined to attend the club's offseason conditioning program, forgoing a $100,000 contract incentive to work out instead in Tempe, Ariz.