Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 6/22/12

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Position Preview: Quarterbacks
In the weeks leading up to training camp, DenverBroncos.com will take you inside the roster, position-by-position. Second up in the series: quarterbacks.

Q&A with Adam Gase
Quarterbacks Coach Adam Gase sits down with DenverBroncos.com for a Q&A session that touches on Peyton Manning, offseason progress and what he expects from his position group.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Broncos look to give Manning improved pass defense
You’re going to hear a lot about the "Peyton Manning Effect" this fall in Denver, and it’s already taken shape following Broncos minicamp.

Bronco Birthdays

Cornerback Champ Bailey (2004- ) turns 34 today.
Linebacker Rick Dennison (1982-90) is 54.
Free Safety Paul Martha (1970) is 70.
Wide Receiver Derek Russell (1991-94) is 43.

Denver Broncos Videos

Suggs Denies Hurting Achilles Playing Basketball - ESPN Video - ESPN
Ravens LB Terrell Suggs joins the debate desk to discuss how he hurt his Achilles, his recovery and says he will play in 2012.

Denver Broncos Blogs

10 things that will make the Broncos successful in 2012 - The Denver Post
On paper, Harry Potter has plenty of tricks to win the day. On paper, things often add up nicely 1-2-3.

Division News

Raiders' Chris Cortez saves woman from sinking car - NFL.com
The Oakland Raiders have a hero in their midst.

Offseason Breakdown: Kansas City Chiefs | Audibles
The Chiefs entered 2011 with high expectations after a surprise 10-6, first-place finish in 2010. But last season turned out to be Murphy’s Law personified in Kansas City.

Huddle Up: Dexter McCluster’s role changing again in Kansas City? | Audibles
It has been about 26 months since the Kansas City Chiefs made Dexter McCluster the No. 36 overall pick in the 2010 draft. They are still trying to figure out which position he should play.

Is A.J. Smith safe for the long run? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
A U-T San Diego columnist opines that San Diego general manager A.J. Smith is safe in his job through 2014, which is the length of his contract even if the Chargers fail to make the playoffs this year.

Who has the best backup RB in division? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Oakland Raiders are considering upgrading their backup running back situation with free agent Cedric Benson.

Future Foes

John Abraham happy with Falcons, Mike Nolan reunion - NFL.com
Heading into free agency this spring, defensive end John Abraham expected a $12 million annual salary on the open market. He ended up signing a three-year, $16.72 million deal in March to remain with the Atlanta Falcons.

Steve Smith on his return to form, Plaxico Burress - NFL.com
Steve Smith's career is in a very good place right now. The same could not be said this time last year.

Kevin Colbert: Steelers respect Ravens' Terrell Suggs - NFL.com
If you thought the Pittsburgh Steelers were dancing on the Allegheny Bridge when they heard about Terrell Suggs' injury, think again.

Ravens looking at sleep patterns to optimize schedule | ProFootballTalk
As we’ve seen with the Bengals joining the iPad revolution and the Giants using GPS in creative ways, NFL teams are finding new ways to use science and technology to help them get better on the field.

Patriots in contact with Sammy Morris | ProFootballTalk
Grizzled veteran running back Sammy Morris opened last season as a street free agent after being released at the Patriots’ final cuts.

LeGarrette Blount adopting Tiki Barber's running style - NFL.com
We were surprised to learn that running back LeGarrette Blount took the majority of first-team reps with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason. When coach Greg Schiano drafted Doug Martin in the first round, the rookie was projected to step in and take over the job.

Josh Cribbs' role likely to decrease on Browns offense - NFL.com
Josh Cribbs got paid big bucks by the Cleveland Browns because of his special teams play. Despite career highs in receptions and receiving yards in 2011, look for Cribbs to focus on his returns again in 2012.

Bengals expect Leon Hall to be ready at the start of training camp | ProFootballTalk
Bengals cornerback Leon Hall was having a very good year in 2011 before he suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the ninth game of the season.

NFL News

N.F.L. Retirees Ask A.F.L.-C.I.O. to Expel Players Union - NYTimes.com
A group of retired N.F.L. players has asked that the players association be expelled from the A.F.L.-C.I.O. for failing to represent the retirees’ interests.

NFL Referees Association Files Charge With NLRB - NYTimes.com
The NFL Referees Association filed an unfair labor practice charge against the league with the National Labor Relations Board.

Stagnant salary cap could cause 'carnage' in NFL next season - NFL.com
Even with workouts, minicamps and OTAs taking place, much of the offseason dialogue has centered on franchise-tagged stars (Drew Brees, Matt Forte, Dwayne Bowe) and a restricted free agent (Mike Wallace) who haven't reached long-term contracts.

AFL-CIO gives NFLPA its support in grievance - NFL.com
The AFL-CIO is standing behind the NFL Players Association after a group of retired players filed a grievance against the union.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Rethinking the ethics of holdouts | ProFootballTalk
Whenever a player under contract holds out, plenty of fans argue that the player is doing something wrong.

Can Science See Inside An NFL Player's Skull Before It's Too Late?
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, is a diagnosis for dead people.

Percy Harvin - More signs of professional football front office management meltdown | TheFootballEducator.com
The Percy Harvin situation in Minnesota appears to be a direct reflection of exactly what The Football Educator has been pushing over the past year.

Why NFL training camps need more 'joint' practices | National Football Post
Titans-Falcons to meet up during camp...why aren't more teams scheduling joint sessions?

Breaking down the 'Y-Shake' vs. Cover 2 | National Football Post
Using video to highlight Tony Gonzalez vs. the Eagles.

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