Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 6/21/12

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Willis Preparing for Opportunity
In 2011, wide receiver Matthew Willis played in all 16 games for the first time in his career. Now, with Peyton Manning at quarterback, he's looking to build on last season and make plays in 2012.

First Full Offseason for Fox’s Staff " DenverBroncos.com
The 2012 Broncos rookie class isn’t the only group enjoying its first NFL offseason together as a unit this year.

2012 NFLPA Rookie Premiere - Photo Gallery

An inside look at Shanahan's game plan | National Football Post
Has Shanahan's offense changed in Washington? Let's look at his game plan from Denver.

Bronco Birthdays

Center Billy Bryan (1977-88) is 57.
Tight End Wesley Duke (2005) is 31
Linebacker Terry Pierce (2003-04) is 31.
Wide Receiver Mike Sherrard (1986-96) is 49.
Linebacker Al Wilson (1999-2006) is 35.

Denver Broncos Videos

Fantasy Roundtable: Demaryius Thomas Vs Eric Decker - ESPN Video - ESPN
With Peyton Manning at quarterback, which Broncos wide receiver has more draft day value?

Fantasy Roundtable: Rookie Wide Receivers To Watch - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN fantasy analysts discuss which rookie wide receivers could surprise this season and a receiver to watch that is far from being a rookie.

Fantasy Roundtable: Rookie Running Backs To Watch - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN fantasy analysts discuss which rookie running backs could surprise this season

Fantasy Roundtable: Tight End Sleepers - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN fantasy analysts talk sleeper tight ends ranked outside the top ten.

NFL32OT: NFL Minicamps Get Physical - ESPN Video - ESPN
Episode 158 - Damien Woody weighs in on rookies starting fights in minicamp, the crew debates who should start at QB for the Seahawks, and is Plaxico Burress a good fit in Carolina?

Fantasy Roundtable: Andrew Luck - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN fantasy analysts debate Andrew Luck's short and long term value.

Fantasy Roundtable: Trent Richardson - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN fantasy analysts talk expectations for Trent Richardson and where he should be drafted.

Fantasy Roundtable: Philip Rivers - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN fantasy analysts discuss a possible bounce back season for Philip Rivers in 2012.

Mint Condition: Luck vs. RG3 - ESPN Video - ESPN
Host Michele Steele is joined by Topps Director of Product Development Clay Luraschi to discuss the hobby market for Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III and 2012 Bowman Signatures Football.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos help Pueblo's Dutch Clark Stadium get new synthetic turf - The Denver Post
Pueblo's Dutch Clark Stadium will get a new synthetic-turf field in time for the coming football season

Division News

Percy Harvin in the AFC West? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
I am somewhat hesitant to do this post because it is clear the Minnesota Vikings do not have any plans to trade unhappy receiver Percy Harvin

Jaws: Carson Palmer is 21st-best QB - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Suddenly, Ron Jaworski has ranked half of the starting quarterbacks in the AFC West.

Future Foes

Maurice Jones-Drew hopeful a deal will get done with Jaguars - NFL.com
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that his absence from the team's offseason workouts and mandatory minicamp is contract related -- something general manager Gene Smith admitted two weeks ago.

Jaguars, Josh Scobee still aren’t talking about a new contract | ProFootballTalk
In early May, the agent for Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee said that there hadn’t been any constructive talks about a long-term contract with the team.

Trent Richardson plans to prove Jim Brown wrong - NFL.com
Jim Brown's on-again, off-again offseason tirade against the Cleveland Browns has been laced with repeated jabs at Trent Richardson, the rookie being counted on to produce some of Brown's ancient magic on the field.

Michael Griffin deal a blueprint for Dashon Goldson | ProFootballTalk
For a pair of franchise-tagged safeties with comparable resumes, Dashon Goldson and Michael Griffin have handled things differently this offseason.

Multiple wide receivers give Patriots options, leverage | ProFootballTalk
It may be a friendly competition, but it’s still a competition for a precious roster spot

Plaxico Burress reportedly not landing with Panthers - NFL.com
Plaxico Burress would love to be a member of the Carolina Panthers this season. Unfortunately for Burress, the feeling isn't mutual.

NFL News

Former Browns lineman Andrew Stewart wins suit for NFL pension | ProFootballTalk
In a rare case of a former NFL player successfully suing to get a pension, a federal judge has sided with ex-Browns defensive lineman Andrew Stewart in his legal case against the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan,

NFL creates anonymous bounty tip line | ProFootballTalk
In order to prevent the imposition of bounties on players who complain about bounties, the NFL will create a vehicle for the anonymous reporting of the existence of bounties.

Joe Vitt denies pledging money to 'bounty' program - NFL.com
Joe Vitt, the interim head coach of the New Orleans Saints, issued a statement Wednesday denying that he pledged money to the team's "bounty" program.

Dick Durbin meets with Roger Goodell, calls off bounty hearing - NFL.com
A high-ranking senator is calling off a proposed hearing on bounties in professional sports because he is satisfied with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's response to the issue, including setting up an anonymous hotline.

NFL considering Ireland for regular-season game - NFL.com
Could we see an NFL regular-season game on the Emerald Isle?

Interaction between CBA and Goodell’s power more complex than it seems | ProFootballTalk
It’s easy to understand how Commissioner Roger Goodell got so much power under the labor deal, but it’s far more complicated to come up with a way to change the status quo.

With Fears About Safety, Football Faces Uncertain Evolution - NYTimes.com
Bart Scott, an unapologetically violent Jets linebacker known as the Mad Backer, will not let his 7-year-old son play football.

Miscellaneous Stuff

The Agent's Pitch: What to Believe | National Football Post
Many players and their families are mislead by false promises, claims, statements and peppered with deceptive inducements.

"The Fog" of predicting the 2012 NFL Season | TheFootballEducator.com
Don’t you just love this time of year in the NFL? OTA’s are over and teams are wrapping up mini camps before a much needed vacation commences in just a few days.

Brian Banks leaves 49ers minicamp without contract - NFL.com
Brian Banks completed a three-day rookie minicamp with the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday, but he left the facility without a contract,

ProFootballWeekly.com - 49ers like what they've seen from CB Cox
While Randy Moss and Mario Manningham have created a much bigger buzz on offense, 49ers team insiders believe fellow free-agent addition Perrish Cox very well could become an equally valuable contributor on the other side of the ball.

Clinton Portis ponders NFL future, 'cool' not playing - NFL.com
Clinton Portis marches to the beat of his own drum, has for many years

Fights break out at Dolphins’ minicamp | ProFootballTalk
Minicamp practices are supposed to be non-contact, and when fights break out at non-contact practices, the league office sometimes responds by cracking down on the teams involved.

Kroy Biermann hoping to become a reality star on the field | ProFootballTalk
Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann is apparently married to a woman named Kim Zolciak.

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