Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 6/15/12

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Mile Hiatus
With about six weeks left until training camp, read about how players and coaches will be spending their off time.

John Fox warns Broncos to stay in shape during summer vacation - The Denver Post
Eighty-nine Broncos players sweated through their final minicamp practice and a set of post-practice sprints, posed for a team picture and then were dismissed Thursday for their six-week summer vacation.

Entering 14th season, Broncos' Bailey as good -- and fast -- as he ever was - NFL - CBSSports.com
Most of the focus relating to the Denver Broncos might be on the future Hall of Famer on the offensive side -- you know, that quarterback named Manning -- but don't forget about the Canton Corner on the other side of the ball.

Denver Broncos Videos

Break Brings Chance to Recharge
Players called the offseason program very productive, and now the Broncos begin a five week break after shutting down minicamp.

Minicamp Day 3: Fox
Head Coach John Fox talks about wrapping up the offseason program and expectations for players during the break.

Carpenter: 'It's Been Exciting' - ESPN Video - ESPN
Patriots OLB Bobby Carpenter talks to the media from minicamp.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos, kicker Matt Prater continue to work on details of contract - The Denver Post
It would be a surprise if Matt Prater's contract holdout lasts into training camp.

Peyton Manning looks good as Broncos break before camp - NFL.com
What Tom Moore saw this week was oh, so familiar. Short or long, the throws were potent and precise, smacking sternums with both authority and a loud thwack. Peyton Manning is most certainly back.

Peyton Manning's signing overshadows Broncos' efforts to shore up secondary - The Denver Post
Todays question about the Broncos comes from Brent S. in Pittsburgh. Q: I am a lonely Broncos fan here in Pennsylvania, and I was wondering how you think the Broncos did upgrading their secondary.

MaxDenver " Notes from an OTA, Minicamp Edition: June 14
Joe Mays finally gets his interception, Gerell Robinson makes a nifty touchdown grab, and more as the Broncos took their offseason curtain call.

MaxDenver " Scenes from a Practice: June 14
A collection of images from the Broncos’ final organized offseason practice of 2012, which also closed their 2012 mandatory minicamp:

Manning looks good heading into break before camp - Yahoo! Sports
What Tom Moore saw this week was oh, so familiar. Short or long, the throws were potent and precise, smacking sternums with both authority and a loud thwack.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Walkthrough: Hang The D.J.
D.J. Williams tweeted an image of the Broncos playbook late last week, sparking an outcry from fans

Von Miller, Dave Logan among honorees at Denver Athletic Club banquet - The Denver Post
Ten outstanding high school student-athletes from 2011-12 will join Broncos defensive star Von Miller and Colorado homegrown legend Dave Logan tonight, when The Denver Athletic Club hosts its 37th annual Athlete of the Year banquet.

Division News

AFC West: Dennis Allen, not Al Davis, leads Oakland Raiders defense
Through Broncos minicamp the past two weeks, Peyton Manning has been the talk of the town. But what’s the focus of the other three AFC West offseason camps? Here’s a rundown…

Michael Huff: Al Davis operated as Raiders DC - NFL.com
The reach of former Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis was extensive.

Oakland Raiders expected to use more tight ends - NFL.com
Over the past two seasons, the Oakland Raiders let 2010 Pro Bowl tight end Zach Miller walk away in free agency and released Kevin Boss, the $16 million tight end signed after the lockout to replace Miller.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Philip Rivers is Excited about San Diego’s New Faces, Will Work on "Taking Care of the Football"
The San Diego Chargers have fallen short of the playoffs despite being division favorites back-to-back years.

Wildcat doesn’t make much sense for San Diego | ProFootballTalk
With renowned Wildcat quarterback (except when he’s improvising) Ronnie Brown now a member of the Chargers’ backfield, it makes sense for San Diego to dust off the alternative attack.

Matt Cassel getting used to new center - AFC West Blog - ESPN
As Matt Cassel prepares to play in Brian Daboll’s offense, the Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback is dealing with another major adjustment.

Three and out: Charles ready for return - NFL.com
The Punisher: Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles expects to be medically cleared to play on June 18th, as he returns to action after tearing his ACL last season

Future Foes

A.J. Green earns high praise from Bengals teammates - NFL.com
How good can A.J. Green be? If you're asking people associated with the Cincinnati Bengals, the answer is scary good.

Terrell Suggs: Return only a question of 'when' - NFL.com
Terrell Suggs continues to zero in on his return to the field. Amid questions whether that will happen this season, the All-Pro linebacker left little mystery on Thursday about his intentions.

Bryant McKinnie’s conditioning raises eyebrows in Baltimore | ProFootballTalk
Last year, left tackle Bryant McKinnie showed up out of shape to the Vikings’ training camp and was released. This year, McKinnie showed up out of shape to the Ravens’ minicamp. Does that mean his job is in jeopardy?

Ravens tiptoe around Ed Reed | ProFootballTalk
An awkward dance continues between the Ravens and safety Ed Reed.

Mike Holmgren: Brandon Weeden 'gifted,' mature - NFL.com
Years of ill fortune for the Cleveland Browns will continue unabated until the organization locates a franchise quarterback.

Patriots won't take playbooks home for summer - NFL.com
The Patriots come across as a serious bunch. So what exactly is going on in New England this week?

Thomas Davis, three ACL tears in, preps for camp - NFL.com
Coming off an Achilles' tendon injury that wiped out virtually his entire 2011 season, middle linebacker Jon Beason is back on the field and trying to re-establish himself as the heart of the Carolina Panthers defense.

Greg Hardy trades in motorcycles for weight room | ProFootballTalk
The Panthers didn’t have much in the way of pass rush beyond Charles Johnson last summer.

Texans' patience pays off for Gary Kubiak, Rick Smith - NFL.com
What a difference a year has made for the Houston Texans.

Moran Norris makes his way back to Houston | ProFootballTalk
Old fullbacks never die, they just go back to teams they played for in previous years.

Texans have no concerns about Arian Foster changing after payday | ProFootballTalk
There are legitimate concerns about giving running backs long-term contracts, considering the short shelf-life and fungible nature of the position.

Maurkice Pouncey’s ankle is feeling great | ProFootballTalk
The only similarity between the end of the last two Steelers seasons is that center Maurkice Pouncey wasn’t on the field either time.

NFL News

NFL players discuss concussions with U.S. military - NFL.com
NFL players and U.S. soldiers have been meeting to discuss concussions, and plan to get together frequently in the future.

NFL awards $2.5 million to refurbish city fields - ESPN
The NFL will award $2.5 million in grants for new or refurbished football fields in 15 cities.

Bradshaw thinks NFL doesn’t truly care about former players | ProFootballTalk
The ongoing debate regarding whether current or former NFL players would let their sons play football continues.


Miscellaneous Stuff

New York Giants Add Technology to Workouts - NYTimes.com
Giants General Manager Jerry Reese looked out a window at the team’s training facility one day last summer and quickly became confused.

One man’s view on why so few top 10 rookie contracts are done… - NFL.com
The summer is almost upon us, with most teams finishing up their minicamps this week. For those who aren’t, they’ll wrap up next week.

Has the RB position lost its value in the NFL? | National Football Post
It's a passing league now; why invest big money in RBs?

Brian Banks wraps camp with Seahawks; 49ers next - NFL.com
In the movies, Brian Banks' two-day tryout with the Seattle Seahawks would leave mouths agape, Banks' bottled-up talent exploding on the field in a brilliant blur of navy and green.

A guide to the NFL player's 'summer vacation' | National Football Post
Why the next six weeks before camp are crucial to seeing success.

Ballard situation conjures memories of Belichick-Childress waivers feud | ProFootballTalk
Bill Belichick may not believe in "unwritten rules" when it comes to waivers claims, but he apparently tried to craft one nearly five years ago.

NFL OTA's - When is "enough ever enough"? | TheFootballEducator.com
Now that the NFL has wrapped up the Organized Team Activities (OTA’s) portion of the offseason program, focus is shifted towards minicamps and the critical work that must be finished in preparation for the coming 2012 NFL season.

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