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Not-so-special teams among Broncos' concerns - Boulder Daily Camera
Tim Tebow ran right into the pile twice in his NFL debut. Correll Buckhalter fumbled away a promising drive and Denver`s defense didn`t get to David Garrard enough to prevent him from having a career-high passer rating despite holding Mike Sims-Walker without a catch.

Broncos accent deeper pass attack - The Denver Post
The NFL quarterback who led the league last weekend in big-play passes — those 25 yards or longer — wasn't Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or the other usual suspects. It was Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton, who tossed five such completions in Sunday's opener at Jacksonville.

Paige: Internet babble aboil - The Denver Post
The inference that Josh McDaniels will be introduced to his potential Waterloo in the opening home game seems premature and impulsive.

Ex-Bronco Sharpe to return to "NFL Today" - The Denver Post
The CBS network quickly reinstated NFL analyst Shannon Sharpe, after a protection order against the former Broncos star was withdrawn.

Analysis: Maroney is here, but not ready to roll - The Denver Post
Laurence Maroney was in the Broncos' locker room Thursday, he was in the training room and he was in the meeting room.

Broncos aren't considered among the NFL elite anymore - The Denver Post
Q: I am a Broncos fan who lives near Boston. I listen to a lot of sports radio on my commute to work. (Wednesday) morning there was obvious talk about the Laurence Maroney trade. The morning crew referred to the Broncos organization as a joke. They claim (Josh) McDaniels likes anything that Bill Belichick ever got his hands on. They picked on Josh for wearing the hoodie, for signing Jarvis Green to guaranteed money and then cutting him, for moving up and drafting Tim Tebow, and for (the Maroney) trade. ... It made me sick to my stomach to listen to, as does most Patriots talk. But it got me thinking, is this the perception of the Broncos organization throughout the country, and are those thoughts starting to creep into Denver? I like the direction that Josh is taking the team, but I think he just needs some time, which is often a luxury teams can't afford in the "win-now" NFL.

Seahawks to be tough test for Broncos' running game - The Denver Post
After sifting through the details of the season-opening loss at Jacksonville, Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said the team left "a lot of yards" on the field in the running game.

McDaniels wants Broncos to earn home-field advantage in opener - The Denver Post
Given the Broncos' struggles late last season, coach Josh McDaniels doesn't expect Denver fans to automatically create a hostile environment for the visiting Seattle Seahawks in his team's home opener. He wants his players to earn that home-field advantage.

Kiszla: Hey, Broncos, it's a Rockies town - The Denver Post
With an assist from Broncos coach Josh McDaniels, dueling MVP candidates Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki are performing a feat that might be even more stunning than the magic of Rocktober.

Black Eyed Peas to play Super Bowl halftime show/national bathroom break | All Things Broncos
A kind of streak will be broken when the Super Bowl plays out in February in Dallas. No more classic rock.

Source: Philadelphia Eagles plan to start Michael Vick at QB Sunday - ESPN
The Philadelphia Eagles plan to start Michael Vick at quarterback on Sunday against the Detroit Lions, a team source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Vincent Jackson to sit out four games if traded under terms of settlement - ESPN
San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson will be eligible to play in Week 5 if he's traded under the terms of a settlement between the NFL and the players' union.

New Orleans Saints' Reggie Bush says forfeiture of Heisman Trophy not admission of guilt - ESPN Los Angeles
"It's me showing respect to the Heisman Trophy itself and to the people who came before me and the people coming after," Bush said after New Orleans Saints practice. "I just felt like it was the best thing to do, the most respectful thing to do because obviously I do respect the Heisman. I do respect all the things it stands for

Source: Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys vote to allow NFLPA to decertify as union - ESPN
Two more teams have voted unanimously to authorize the NFL Players Association to decertify as a union, if it is deemed necessary next March when the current labor agreement expires, according to a union source.

New York Jets' Darrelle Revis has tight hamstring, is limited in practice - ESPN New York
Rex Ryan paused and cleared his throat, trying to be funny and dramatic as he delivered not-so-funny news.

DeMarcus Ware returns to practice for Dallas Cowboys - ESPN Dallas
Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware returned to practice Thursday after a one-day absence while recovering from a neck strain and a slight concussion.

NFL forbid Buffalo Bills fan from serving bowling ball shots at tailgate - ESPN
"It disappoints me that I have to move away from a lot where I've been for about 20 years, but I saw it coming a long time ago," said Johnson, who's tailgate has attracted international recognition as he's been featured in newspapers, on The Food Network and even profiled in a German magazine. "I have known for a long time that they want to sanitize Lot 1 and turn it into a family lot."

San Diego Chargers' sellout streak over; set for first blackout since 2004 - ESPN
The San Diego Chargers say their home opener Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars will be blacked out on local TV because they fell more than 7,000 tickets short of reaching a sellout.

NFL: Vernon Davis is channeling his anger and resurrecting his San Francisco 49ers career - ESPN
The date was Oct. 27, 2008, and the San Francisco 49ers' star tight end had spent the previous afternoon trying to understand why coach Mike Singletary had banished him to the locker room with 10 minutes remaining in a 34-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Now Davis was tired of holding his tongue. As he entered Singletary's office at 49ers headquarters, he steadied himself for a clear-the-air conversation.

Game planning Vick | National Football Post
Michael Vick gets the start for the Eagles this Sunday in Detroit. Let’s take some time today to discuss how you prepare for Vick from a defensive perspective and what we should expect to see from Jim Schwartz and the Lions at Ford Field.

Here's a wrong way and a right way | National Football Post
We all spend way too much time watching and obsessing over the QB position and those carrying and catching the ball during the course of the week leading up to NFL games. Seriously, I realize the importance of the positions, as I played with the best QB ever and was part of some of the best offenses in NFL history so the concept is not lost on me. But our laser rocket-armed heroes and those handling the ball do not operate in a vacuum. Their football fate and physical well being are tied to the first second or so of each snap during each play in every game. Always has been and always will be, but if you don't know what to look for you never even notice it. Week 1 gave us many excellent examples to learn from but I selected situations that will happen every week to illustrate.

What is a real NFL insider? | National Football Post
If you search the internet, you will find thousands of "NFL insiders". However, the majority of them have never been inside a team building, played the game or even worked in the industry. The "insider" moniker gets leveraged in order to garner your eyeballs, time and money.

Joe Namath says that Hard Knocks distracted Jets | National Football Post
"I've got to believe that this 'Hard Knocks' stuff was a distraction of a nature that didn't allow them to think about their job," Namath said during an ESPN 1050 radio appearance. "I don't feel that we do have the deep threat, the speed out there at this point, that the defensive backs respect. I really believe that [Braylon] Edwards is a fine receiver. … But meantime, I don't think they're worried about him running by defensive backs. I'd like to see him catch the ball more consistently."

Something smells awful in San Francisco | National Football Post
Something is going on in San Francisco and it’s either going to be the kind of issue that tears apart the 49ers before the season gets to the midway point or it will be a galvanizing force.

Source: Patriots tried out three receivers, quarterback Keith Null | National Football Post
The New England Patriots' personnel department is keeping their emergency lists ready, auditioning several players earlier this week.

Sergio Kindle remains in holding pattern: 'I'm still waiting' | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens rookie outside linebacker Sergio Kindle remains in a holding pattern as he awaits word on his medical status after fracturing his skull in late July when he fell down two flights of stairs.

Jared Gaither still sidelined | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Jared Gaither remains in limbo as far as his playing status, unsure when he'll be able to return from a thoracic disc injury in his back.

Cortland Finnegan wants to be NFL's dirtiest player | National Football Post
Tennessee Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan is known for being a feisty player and was voted sixth in a Sports Illustrated poll for who's the NFL's dirtiest player, a distinction given in the past to Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward.

NFL.com news: While Cutler tries to survive, CJ2K looks to keep streaking
1. How long can Cutler survive? Jay Cutler is a very talented quarterback but is playing with an offensive line and in a system that could see him get sacked 50-plus times. He got taken down 10 times in the preseason or once every 4.7 attempts. Dan Marino said he never heard of such a thing. Well, Cutler got sacked four times in the opener and if you look at all of his throws in the Mike Martz system, including preseason and regular season, he is getting whacked once every six throws. If Martz calls 500 passes this season, Cutler could go down close to 80 times. This week, Chicago travels to Dallas, which should make things even worse.

NFL.com news: Redskins' Portis lets signs talk for him on female reporter issue
Thursday was Clinton Portis' day to explain his inflammatory comments about female reporters. Instead, he decided to have some fun with it.

NFL.com news: Jim Brown defiant: 'My legacy won't be defined by Holmgren'
"No, I won't be going," Brown said. "My legacy won't be defined by Holmgren."

Lions refuse to take 'coward's way out' - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Helmets were being slammed against the locker room floor. Equipment was being kicked, dressing stalls were being whacked and colorful language was flying through the air.

Moore practices, expected to start for Panthers - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Carolina Panthers quarterback Matt Moore(notes) will likely start Sunday against Tampa Bay after practicing for a second straight day following a concussion.

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