Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 9/4/11

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Brian Xanders Press Conference - Part 1 | DenverBroncos.com
General Manager Brian Xanders talks about about Saturday's roster cuts, how decisions were made to keep various players and preparing for possible waiver acquisitions.

Brian Xanders Press Conference - Part 2 | DenverBroncos.com
General Manager Brian Xanders talks about about Saturday's roster cuts, how decisions were made to keep various players and preparing for possible waiver acquisitions.

Broncos' Orlando Franklin finding a home on the O-line - The Denver Post
Try to picture this for a moment. Instead of Broncos orange and blue, what if Orlando Franklin were wearing the Avalanches burgundy and blue? Instead of a massive pair of cleats, Franklin moved his 6-foot-7, 330-pound body on a pair of skates?

Slower, Lower-Scoring N.F.L. Games Are Likely - NYTimes.com
The effects of the work stoppage on offenses, and of rules changes on kickoff returns and booth reviews, should lead to fewer touchdowns and longer telecasts.

Denver Broncos News

Best passer rating among Broncos QBs? Adam Weber - NFL - SI.com
Englewood, Colo. (AP) - The Denver Broncos quarterback that finished the preseason with the best passer rating wasn't starter Kyle Orton.

Waiver wire provides plenty of room for Broncos' improvement - The Denver Post
The first thing you notice about the Broncos initial 53-man roster of the John Elway front office era is the heavy representation of the class of 2011. Nine rookies made it, including eight of nine draft choices.

Orton can lead Broncos to playoffs with career year - The Denver Post
If the Broncos are to have a successful season, Kyle Orton will have to be No. 8. Not No. 8 as in his jersey number. Orton will have to play like the eighth-best quarterback in the NFL.

Analysis: Broncos' 53-man roster far from finalized - The Denver Post
When the Broncos gathered in their team meeting room the 53 players who had survived Saturdays cuts, the message was pretty simple.

Broncos cuts include embattled cornerback Perrish Cox - The Denver Post
If the Broncos had concerns that a possible sensational trial involving Perrish Cox would become a midseason distraction, its less of a distraction now. And perhaps less sensational.

Pro Bowlers Meriweather, Harris, Johnson hit waiver wire - The Denver Post
Brandon Meriweather, Tommie Harris and Larry Johnson are former Pro Bowl players now looking for jobs.

Broncos Announce Several Roster Moves " CBS Denver
The Denver Broncos on Saturday announced several roster moves. They released 24 players and placed three more on injured reserve.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Roster Reaches 53 | DenverBroncos.com
The Broncos waived or released 24 players and placed three others on injured reserve to reach the regular-season total of 53 players on the roster.

Breaking down the Broncos’ 53 - BroncoTalk
We know who was cut — now let’s look at who’s left.

How cut day went down at Dove Valley | First-and-Orange
The full Broncos coaching staff, personnel department and front office met for several hours into the evening Friday to watch film of Thursday’s final preseason game and come up with the plan for cutting the roster from 80 to 53 players.

Demaryius Thomas cleared to return to practice | First-and-Orange
Former first-round draft pick Demaryius Thomas will rejoin his teammates at practice this week, less than seven months after suffering a torn Achilles’ tendon.

Roster breakdown: How many players left from Shanahan/McDaniels eras? | First-and-Orange
I got this question on Twitter early today: How many players on the roster are leftover from the Josh McDaniels Era?

Ty Warren, D. Thomas on active roster | First-and-Orange
The Broncos have saved spots on their active roster for injured players Ty Warren and Demaryius Thomas.

NFL News

NFL.com news: Reverse course: Pryor files appeal of five-game suspension
Following weeks of mixed messages from Terrelle Pryor's camp, the Raiders quarterback filed an appeal of his league-mandated five-game suspension Sunday.

NFL Kickoff celebration puts Green Bay on 'grand stage' | Green Bay Press Gazette
Prod New Orleans natives for memories of the 2010 NFL Kickoff celebration, and they may evoke a frenzied, euphoric community event that saw nearly 200,000 people descend on the French Quarter and join in a Mardi Gras parade.

NFL.com news: Vikings DT Williams rips NFL over lost paychecks
Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams accepts his two-game suspension but he is incensed over the additional fine of two game checks for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Cancer Survivor Mark Herzlich Makes Team As Giants Reduce Roster To 53 - ESPN RADIO
The Giants made 27 transactions on Saturday to reach the NFL regular-season roster limit of 53 players.

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