Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 5/31/12

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Garland Sworn Into Air National Guard
1st Lt. Ben Garland recited an oath to officially join the Colorado Air National Guard at the Broncos training facility on Wednesday.

Peyton Manning, Eric Decker working on their rapport - NFL.com
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and wide receiver Eric Decker spent some additional time on the field Wednesday after experiencing some lapses in communication during practice, Lindsay Jones of The Denver Post reports.

Broncos' Peyton Manning has mixed performance in Wednesday practice : First-and-Orange
This practice was a reminder that Peyton Manning did miss all of last season with a neck injury.

Broncos' Peyton Manning, Eric Decker work OT as offense stalls in OTAs - The Denver Post
Peyton Manning and Eric Decker lingered on the Broncos' practice field for more than 15 minutes Wednesday, playing catch long after the rest of their teammates had headed into the locker room.

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Proud to Serve
Defensive lineman Ben Garland was sworn-in to the Colorado Air National Guard and is ready to serve his country if needed.

Back At It
After a long weekend off, the Broncos were back at Dove Valley Wednesday afternoon for their fourth OTA practice.

OTAs Day Four: Fox
Head Coach John Fox talks about Wednesday's practice and how last year's rookies should benefit from the offseason program.

2013 Pro Bowl Will Be Played - ESPN Video - ESPN
The NFL crew reacts to the NFL Players Association's announcement that the 2013 Pro Bowl will be played at Aloha Stadium.

Is T.O.'s NFL Career Over? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Eric Mangini, Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss Terrell Owens being released from his IFL team.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Notebook: OTAs Day Four " DenverBroncos.com
Wide receiver Andre Caldwell had one of the biggest highlights from Wednesday’s practice, hauling in a deep touchdown on a throw from quarterback Caleb Hanie.

MaxDenver " Notes from an OTA: May 30
It wasn’t the finest day for the offense, which was dogged by dropped passes, mistimed routes and general balkiness, some of which coach John Fox attributed to the rust of taking a four-day weekend for the Memorial Day holiday

MaxDenver " Scenes from a Practice: May 30
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ProFootballWeekly.com - For Broncos and Manning, don't look back
Since the Broncos signed QB Peyton Manning on March 19, the primary goal of the front office has been to put supporting pieces around him.

Peyton Manning ranked NFL’s 50th best player by his peers | ProFootballTalk
In NFL Network’s annual Top 100 poll asking players to rank their peers, Peyton Manning’s place on this year’s list was a big question:

Say What? Jim Harbaugh denies pursuit of Peyton Manning? : First-and-Orange
According to 49ers beat man Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters that the his team, "Did not flirt with Peyton Manning."

Scout: Manning will help Ryan Clady - AFC West Blog - ESPN
We recently looked at Ryan Clady's increased number of sacks allowed.

Poll results: Brock will rock - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Our AFC West poll takers agree with John Elway.

MaxDenver " A Man of Two Uniforms
Ben Garland grew up nursing two dreams: to serve in the Air Force and to play for the Denver Broncos. Wednesday afternoon, they came together when he was sworn into the Colorado Air National Guard.

Broncos' decisions on Warren, Thomas should come in next few weeks - The Denver Post
Marcus Thomas remains unsigned as an unrestricted free agent. And any decision the Broncos make on Ty Warren is still on the horizon.

Broncos' passing game out of sync after holiday break - The Denver Post
There have been times, in the football jet wash that has followed Peyton Manning into the Broncos' offensive huddle, when Manning has said there will be a learning curve and there is plenty of work to be done.

Broncos defensive tackle Sealver Siliga making most of his chance - The Denver Post
Outside of maybe Utah and the Broncos' unofficial offseason depth chart, Sealver Siliga is relatively unknown.

Division News

Jonathan Baldwin opening eyes with offseason work | ProFootballTalk
Dwayne Bowe’s absence from Chiefs workouts has left a void at the top of the wide receiver depth chart.

Chiefs reach out to exonerated LB - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs are one of the NFL teams willing to give Brian Banks a shot 10 years after he last played football.

Report: Chargers talk to Brian Banks - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Shortly after being exonerated in a sexual assault case from 10 years ago, linebacker Brian Banks expressed interest in trying out for the San Diego Chargers.

Future Foes

Browns DE Benard Feels 'Blessed' After Accident - NYTimes.com
As sweat beads streaked his cheeks, defensive end Marcus Benard looked out at the green practice fields behind the Browns' training facility.

Colt McCoy plays good soldier at Browns' OTAs - NFL.com
We learned that Brandon Weeden took the majority of first-team snaps with the Cleveland Browns during Wednesday's organized team activities.

Brandon Weeden takes first-team snaps for Browns - NFL.com
When the Cleveland Browns opened their first organized team activity to the media last week, Colt McCoy took the first snaps from center with the first team. One week later, Brandon Weeden had the honors.

Steelers David Johnson Enjoying Move to Fullback - NYTimes.com
When the Pittsburgh Steelers asked David Johnson to convert from tight end to fullback full-time in time for the 2012 season, the burly 270-pound Johnson's first thought was "I need to go on a diet."

Zach Miller, Marcedes Lewis eye rebound for Jaguars - NFL.com
After combining to catch 43 passes for 502 yards and one touchdown in 2011, Jacksonville Jaguars tight ends Marcedes Lewis and Zach Miller are looking to redeem themselves in 2012, Gene Frenette of The Florida Times-Union reported Tuesday.

Mularkey: Justin Blackmon 'lost' at times during OTAs - NFL.com
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon -- perhaps as much as any rookie in this year's class outside of a handful of quarterbacks -- is being asked to step in and solve problems for his new team right away.

Bradie James will call plays on Houston Texans' D - NFL.com
Last weekend, we touched on the pressure facing Bradie James, the veteran linebacker tasked with replacing DeMeco Ryans in Houston.

NFL News

Pro Bowl set for Jan. 27 in Honolulu, week before Super Bowl - NFL.com
The 2013 Pro Bowl will be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii for the 33rd time, the NFL and NFL Players Association announced today.

NFLPA 'bounty' grievance to be decided on in a week - NFL.com
The NFL Players Association's grievance against the NFL and its suspension of four players in connection to the New Orleans Saints "bounty" scheme will be decided in about a week, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Kordell Stewart retires ... seven years after last game - NFL.com
In news that's akin to a 25-year-old man returning to his high school to speak at graduation, former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kordell Stewart retired Wednesday, seven years after last stepping on an NFL field.

Miscellaneous Stuff

A look at the 'X Spot' | National Football Post
Using some window dressing to run a base concept.

Ten Reasons Why NFL Players Go Broke | National Football Post
An observation from 25 years of experience

Tryout Players Attempts to Live NFL Dreams Under New CBA | TheFootballEducator.com
With the new NFL CBA that came out last year, teams are now allowed to carry 90 players (instead of 80) on their offseason roster. But how does a team go from 53 players the offseason before, to 90 in a few months? After free agent signings, draft picks, and priority undrafted free agent signings, the answer is: tryout players.

Go Broncos!

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