Horse Tracks - 6/14/10



A Working Vacation -
After Sunday's final minicamp practice, OTAs have come to a close. All that remains between the team and training camp are the final two weeks of offseason conditioning and about a three-week break to recharge the batteries.

In the Thick of It -
Demaryius Thomas spent his first practice as a Bronco as a bystander attached at the hip to his position coach Adam Gase. Eight days later at the second day of minicamp, Thomas was running routes and snagging balls out of the air as a part of the offense.

Broncos' Orton lets his performance do his talking - The Denver Post
Unnoticed by the local latte sippers, not discussed from the area bar stools, is what Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton hasn't done.

Ayers drops on depth chart after "mistake" - The Denver Post
In late May, Broncos coach Josh McDaniels lauded the "professional approach" of linebacker Robert Ayers during the offseason.

Broncos' top pick Thomas scores touchdown in goal-line drill - The Denver Post
In the first snap of a full- team, goal-line drill Saturday, Broncos coaches sent rookie wide receiver Demaryius Thomas out with the first- team offense.

Broncos No. 1 strength: Secondary | All Things Broncos
Even while only paying half-attention to the Broncos’ practices this offseason, and then mostly on how the quarterbacks were throwing, the secondary kept jumping out at me.

Klis: Vikings' Peterson fumbles in off-field move - The Denver Post
Something tells me Tennessee running back Chris Johnson is irked Minnesota's Adrian Peterson just followed him into offseason absenteeism.

When will Vince Young start to act like a pro? | National Football Post
Vince Young’s involvement in an incident outside of a Dallas strip club over the weekend is an example of poor leadership. That is the best way I can describe it right now.

Childress uncertain about fine for Adrian Peterson | National Football Post
He is not waffling like a 40-something quarterback the Minnesota Vikings hope to have under center this season, but he has yet to decide whether or not he will impose a fine on running back Adrian Peterson for skipping the club’s mandatory minicamp this weekend.

Chargers' dispute with Jackson, McNeill to extend into season? | National Football Post
The San Diego Chargers' contract disputes with wide receiver Vincent Jackson and offensive tackle Marcus McNeill could continue until well into the regular season.

Jermaine Gresham impressing in Cincinnati | National Football Post
The Cincinnati Bengals are hoping that rookie tight end Jermaine Gresham adds a new dimension to their offense.

Jeff Webb creates interesting QB situation in Minnesota | National Football Post
Of course, any shakeup on the quarterback depth chart for the Vikings is contingent on Brett Favre returning for a 20th season in the NFL.

Santonio Holmes: 'I'm trying to find my way here' | National Football Post
Traded to the New York Jets this offseason for a fifth-round draft pick after a rocky end of his tenure with the Pittsburgh Steelers, wide receiver Santonio Holmes is embracing the fresh start.

Matt Forte feeling better after injury-plagued season | National Football Post
The Chicago Bears made a significant investment in their offense when they signed Chester Taylor to a $12.5 million, four-year contract at the outset of free agency.

Dan Marino impressed with Chad Henne | National Football Post
Just a week ago, an exuberant Miami Dolphins owner Steven Ross predicted that young quarterback Chad Henne could become the greatest quarterback in team history.

He's no Kitna, but Delmas has predicition for Lions | National Football Post
Either Louis Delmas is forecasting a particularly bad season for the entire NFC North, or he believes the entire conference will be down this season.

Browns impressed with Joe Haden so far | National Football Post
The Cleveland Browns drafted University of Florida cornerback Joe Haden in the first round with the seventh overall pick.

Brian Westbrook still going through the process | National Football Post
Brian Westbrook says he is still sorting through options he has for the 2010 season as the running back tries to determine what path his career will head in.

McNabb: Eagles players need to be able to handle criticism
Donovan McNabb has a reminder for some of the young Philadelphia Eagles: He's no longer going to be there to absorb the boos. Blogs " Mangini endorses Delhomme, but doesn’t name starter "
Many around the NFL newsroom (and elsewhere) expect Jake Delhomme to be the last man standing in the Browns’ quarterback competition – even if not everyone is convinced it’s the right move — but it’s by no means a certainty. Browns coach Eric Mangini has said as much, refusing to anoint a starter.

Why Owens doesn't belong in San Diego - AFC West Blog - ESPN
There had been some talk this week that San Diego would pursue free agent Terrell Owens as insurance if star receiver Vincent Jackson holds out.

7 points: Taylor hurts his rep by being loyal to Burress - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
If someone had told me a few weeks ago that the Patriots running back was a longtime best friend of the former Giants wide receiver, I'd have thought he had lost his marbles, mainly because it's a bizarre pairing of personalities. But Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald spotted Taylor sporting a "Free Plax" bracelet on his wrist recently and struck up a conversation with the 13-year veteran about the connection.

Top 10 NFL overpaid players - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
As teams and players fight over financial compensation, the fans should know the biggest obstacle for many players who are talking about holding out is that they weren’t selected in the top 10 of an NFL draft. Any player who was a top pick, and generally regardless of greatness, is usually rewarded with an even larger contract the second time around because of their starting point on the salary scale.

Harvin hopes headaches stay away in 2nd season - NFL - Yahoo! Sports

The awards and achievements piled up for Percy Harvin in his rookie season nearly as fast as the Florida speedster runs the 40. He scored a touchdown in his first three games for the Minnesota Vikings, was named NFC special teams player of the week after returning a kick for a score in Week 3 and set the franchise record for all-purpose yards in a season en route to a landslide victory in the AP... - National Football League news

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