Horse Tracks - 6/12/10 - Mini-Camp Begins


Same Old Elvis -
Elvis Dumervil smiled, laughed and joked with teammates as he went through drills on the opening day of Broncos' mandatory minicamp Friday. It was business as usual for a player who has established himself as one of the team's most fun-loving players, not to mention one of the league's fiercest pass rushers.

Leaps and Bounds
Perhaps the most important quality in a cornerback is selective amnesia, the ability to immediately forgive yourself for your mistakes on the previous play, game, or even season. It's the ability to dissolve the pain and retain the lessons learned.

Zane Beadles, Jarvis Moss promoted; Seth Olsen, Robert Ayers demoted | All Things Broncos
Zane Beadles, the second-round pick out of Utah who had been working at right tackle, has shifted to first-string left guard. The move was made with the limited return of right tackle Ryan Harris from toe surgery. Harris is still only taking a few snaps and in his stead, veteran D’Anthony Batiste has been taking first-team, right tackle reps.

Knowshon Moreno holding first local youth camp June 21-22 | All Things Broncos
Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno will move into a coaching role at his first Denver-area football camp June 21-22.

Broncos' Orton happy with his play at minicamp - The Denver Post
Broncos coach Josh McDaniels has made no June pronouncement about who will be his starting quarterback for the upcoming season. But the incumbent for the job, Kyle Orton, says he feels better about his game than at any point in his career.

Broncos, Dumervil unsettled on contract situation - The Denver Post
There are various ways for the average American to view a contract dispute between a mega-million-dollar franchise and a millionaire athlete.

Stokley, Branson out | All Things Broncos
Broncos veteran slot receiver Brandon Stokley and receiving tight end Marquez Branson are missing their second week of offseason practices.

Broncos minicamp observations - AFC West Blog - ESPN
First-round pick Tim Tebow struggled some. He threw two interceptions and was off target at times. Denver coach Josh McDaniels still praised Tebow’s progress in learning the system. However, Tebow showed it could be a lengthy process.

Elvis in Broncos' building, but not signed - The Denver Post
The Broncos and Dumervil may have plenty of work to do before they can agree on a new contract, but that Dumervil was here, yucking it up with his teammates, was certainly a positive sign.

The plight of the assistants | National Football Post
On May 11th, Larry Kennan of the NFL Coaches Association made a statement that the assistant coaches are considering forming a union. Letters about this potential move went to head coaches and NFL team representatives. This was, of course, motivated by the handful of NFL teams who discontinued their assistants’ retirement accounts and benefits last year, sending shock waves through the coaching community. The assistant coaches (and their wives) are worried that salaries may start going south, that more teams will eliminate pensions, and that existing benefits will get chipped away.

Lost in translation | National Football Post
Former USC quarterback and present New York Jet Mark Sanchez, on the NCAA sanctions of the Trojans:

Time for McFadden to produce in Oakland | National Football Post
Isn’t it about time for Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden to show us something on Sundays? The former first-round pick is heading into his third pro season and sooner or later he has to be held accountable for his lack of production.

Eric Mangini on Joe Thomas: 'I think he's pretty good' | National Football Post
Cleveland Browns offensive left tackle Joe Thomas has been selected to the Pro Bowl in all three of his NFL seasons since being drafted in the first round in 2007 out of Wisconsin.

Texans' Owen Daniels signs restricted tender | National Football Post
The Houston Texans took care of some business today, the team announced.

Texans sign Darryl Sharpton, cut two others | National Football Post
The Houston Texans have signed fourth-round linebacker Darryl Sharpton to a four-year contract.

Giants sign Chad Jones | National Football Post
The New York Giants have signed third-round safety Chad Jones, the team announced.

Could the Rams start Sam Bradford behind this line? | National Football Post
If the St. Louis Rams were at the start of the regular season right now, they would have to think long and hard about exposing rookie quarterback Sam Bradford, the No. 1 pick in the draft, to danger.

Redskins sign Dennis Morris, Erik Cook | National Football Post
The Washington Redskins signed seventh-round offensive tackle Selvish Capers to a four-year, $1.84 million deal earlier today.

Patriots sign Thomas Clayton, cut three players | National Football Post
The New England Patriots have signed former San Francisco 49ers sixth-round running back Thomas Clayton, the team announced.

Vikings still feeling sting of bitter NFC Championship loss
Pat Williams could sense the seething anger in the air the moment he arrived at the Minnesota Vikings' training facility for his first day of offseason workouts.

Cowboys' Austin signs tender; long-term contract talks ongoing
Pro Bowl receiver Miles Austin has signed his $3.168 million contract tender with the Dallas Cowboys.

Bethea signs four-year contract extension with Colts
Pro Bowl safety Antoine Bethea has signed a four-year contract extension with the Indianapolis Colts.

Childress not happy with Peterson's absence from Vikings minicamp
Adrian Peterson Day took priority over Minnesota Vikings minicamp.

Raiders sign veteran DT Henderson to one-year deal
The Oakland Raiders agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent defensive tackle John Henderson on Friday, according to a league source.

It's only June, but Cowboys have the look of a champion
Fans and media members alike have wondered why Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys have not made many roster moves this offseason. After watching this team go through its recent organized team activities, I now understand.

Falcons' unique summit bridges gap between management, players
These days, when restricted free agents skip offseason workouts for more money, teams send those AWOL players warnings that contract offers will soon be reduced. At a time when owners and the players' union play chicken with the future of the NFL, something strange -- and progressively unique - happened this week.

New York Jets admit mistake, cut costs of PSLs - ESPN New York
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson admitted Friday that he may have miscalculated his fan base's willingness to buy expensive personal seat licenses in a bad economy.

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill closer to trial on domestic-violence charge - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks starting linebacker Leroy Hill is closer to a trial on a domestic violence charge.

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis to have surgery to repair torn ACL - ESPN
Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis will undergo surgery Saturday to repair his second torn anterior cruciate ligament in seven months.

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant, LB Keith Brooking return to practice - ESPN Dallas
Rookie receiver Dez Bryant and veteran linebacker Keith Brooking declared themselves healthy enough to return to action on the first day of the Dallas Cowboys' three-day minicamp on Wednesday.

Far away from USC, Carroll's not fooling anyone -
Pete Carroll ended his video response to sanctions against the University of Southern California football team by invoking the school mantra of "Fight on."

Ex-Cowboys QBs Aikman, Bledsoe offer solution for clearing oil from gulf
Former Cowboys quarterbacks Drew Bledsoe and Troy Aikman are investors in a group offering a solution to clean the water in the Gulf of Mexico as oil continues to spill from the BP well.

Ben Roethlisberger apologizes for actions - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
A contrite Ben Roethlisberger said he got caught up in being a caricature called Big Ben, not the grounded player and person he once was, leading to his off-field problems and affecting his play as the Steelers quarterback.

Stadium measure major victory for York, Niners - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
San Francisco 49ers president Jed York remembers the moment when the search for a new stadium officially became a drag – and the not-so-polished reaction it provoked.

Saints' Payton full of motivational ploys - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
From mock funerals to bashing musical instruments to imitating a hoodie-clad contemporary, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is willing to try just about anything to cajole his squad.

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