Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 6/27/12

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2012 Training Camp Schedule

Q&A with Jay Rodgers
New Defensive Line Coach Jay Rodgers talks with DenverBroncos.com about his new position in the coaching staff, his thoughts on the club's defensive tackles and what to expect from Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio's defense.

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

New Horsepower Fueling Broncos
Luke Richesson and his staff bring a new philosophy to the Broncos' strength program.

2012 Game-by-Game: Week 1
The Broncos open the 2012 season at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bronco Birthdays

Tight End Julius Thomas turns 24 today.

Denver Broncos Videos

A look at Peyton Manning’s best commercials - NFL.com
While the NFL world is curious to see if Peyton Manning can regain his touch on the football field, the veteran was exercising his famed acting chops while filming a commercial for Buick, according to The Associated Press

Blogger Blitz: AFC West Hidden Treasures - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC West blogger Bill Williamson takes a look at some players flying under the radar

5 In, 5 Out: San Diego Chargers - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mark Schlereth and Herm Edwards break down San Diego's chances of making the playoffs.

Blogger Blitz: Too Early To Crown The Texans? - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky knows it's way too early to hand the division crown to the Houston Texans

Brees Wants Bounty Truth - ESPN Video - ESPN
Drew Brees joins Good Morning America to discuss the NFL's investigation of Saints bounty program and Herm Edwards is surprised Brees hasn't signed a long-term deal.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Ed McCaffrey prepping for family milestone while at annual camp | First-and-Orange
Max McCaffrey was just six years old when his dad, Ed, held the first Ed McCaffrey Football Camp.

Broncos nostalgia from my parents' basement | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post
Ever since I moved back to Colorado in 2008, my dad has been bugging me to come take some of "my stuff" out of storage at my parents’ house in Glacier View Meadows northwest of Ft. Collins and move it to my house in Denver.

Broncos’ hidden treasure: Wide receiver - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Last year, the Denver Broncos’ receiver crew was considered young, green and a detriment to the team.

Division News

Are the Chargers playoff-bound? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
I think San Diego is a real candidate to get back into the playoffs. BWAHAHAHAHA!!!! Good one Bill.

Chargers’ hidden treasure: Defensive line - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The San Diego defensive line has been kind of flat in recent years.

Matt Cassel says “expectations are very high” in Kansas City | ProFootballTalk
The Chiefs were a last place team that fired their coach last season, but they kept their franchise quarterback. And that quarterback says this is no rebuilding team.

Chiefs’ hidden treasure: Tight end - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Last year, the Chiefs’ tight end position was fairly weak after second-year player Tony Moeaki went out with a torn ACL in the final preseason game.

Chiefs, Raiders have young WRs to watch - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Two players to keep an eye on in training camp and in the preseason are undrafted receivers Josh Bellamy and Rod Streater.

Raiders’ hidden treasure: Offensive line - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Oakland offensive line has been a negative influence on the team in recent years. I don’t see it being a problem anymore.

Future Foes

Phil Taylor still set on playing for Cleveland Browns - NFL.com
Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor believes he will play this season. However, he's been warned not to rush back.

Thomas Davis attempts comeback after third ACL tear - NFL.com
Every morning, Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis looks down at a scarred right knee that's begging him to move on with his life.

Playbook: Panthers 'counter' option | National Football Post
Using video to breakdown DeAngelo Williams' TD vs. Saints.

Ray Rice is cool with Joe Flacco’s self-assessment | ProFootballTalk
Ravens running back Ray Rice hasn’t been with the team this spring as he tries to score a long-term contract after getting the franchise tag earlier this offseason, but he’s kept in touch with what the team has been doing.

Ray Rice: Joe Flacco outdid Tom Brady in AFC title game - NFL.com
Joe Flacco's enduring struggle for respect hasn't gained the traction it deserves, but Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice believes his quarterback's performance in last season's playoffs tells the real story.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Roethlisberger, Flacco capable of delivering more
Quarterback is a major strength for the Steelers, and the Ravens have never had such talent at the position.

Maurice Jones-Drew out to best Emmitt Smith's record - NFL.com
As you might have heard, Maurice Jones-Drew would like to replace his existing contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Perhaps the Jaguars would rethink their stance if they knew they were playing hardball with a man who one day could be the rushing king.

Drew Brees 'confident' deal done before camp - NFL.com
The B-side to this disastrous offseason for the New Orleans Saints offers up a slow, haunting melody of ongoing contract talks between the team and its star quarterback.

Harrison says he could have played 20 years in today’s NFL | ProFootballTalk
Retired after the 2008 season, Rodney Harrison would still be playing if he had been playing under today’s rules.

Jaws: Tape says Cam Newton can be a "special passer" | ProFootballTalk
Coming out of Auburn, 2011 No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton was billed in many circles as a run-first quarterback who played in a gimmicky college spread offense and would struggle to make NFL throws.

NFL News

NFL Communications - NFL and NFLPA Commend Pop Warner, USA Football’s Efforts to Protect Player Health and Safety "
The NFL and the NFL Players Association jointly salute Pop Warner and USA Football today for reaffirming their commitment to player health and safety.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Protecting the yolk
Would you let your child play football? Suddenly, that question is not only getting a "no" response from panicked mothers.

Neck strength could be next key measurable for NFL players | ProFootballTalk
Protecting the brain is, in some respects, a no-brainer.

NFL Rookie Symposium has valuable message, but will it stick? - NFL.com
The football fields were packed with little folks Tuesday, each one managing to make even this crop of NFC rookies look like old, wise men during the NFL's "Play 60" youth event at the Cleveland Browns' training facility.

Robert Griffin III warns rookies after extortion attempt - NFL.com
Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III says the arrest of a former Baylor basketball player for allegedly trying to extort money from the Heisman Trophy winner is a good lesson for himself and other NFL rookies.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Bounty 'evidence' doesn't help NFL's case
The reason why our system doesn’t allow the same person to be cop, prosecutor, judge and appeals court judge became painfully apparent last week when the NFL went on a orchestrated media campaign to hang Anthony Hargrove with what it claims were his own words.

Remi Ayodele doesn't recall 'pay me my money' statement - NFL.com
The NFL has accused former New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove of telling then-teammate Bobby McCray to "give me my money" -- a sign league investigators say shows that a bounty was in place -- during the NFC Championship Game in 2010 against the Minnesota Vikings.

Brees believes Saints’ coaches are scared to stand up to the NFL | ProFootballTalk
The four players suspended in the Saints’ bounty program are loudly proclaiming that the NFL’s decision was unfair, and that they’re not done fighting.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Sports Agent Blog - Sports Business, Sports Law, Sports Negotiations, NCAA Rules
As social media outlets become more and more abundant in the business world, those who fail to adapt will be left at a considerable disadvantage.

Can professional football withstand a return run by the USFL? | TheFootballEducator.com
Do you remember the USFL? Yes, the league from 1983-1987 that once boasted future NFL stars such as Steve Young, Doug Flutie, Hershel Walker, and Reggie White.

Brian Banks 'determined' for future NFL tryouts - NFL.com
When we last checked in with Brian Banks, he was departing rookie minicamp with the San Francisco 49ers without a contract.

Brian Banks: I’ve already won | ProFootballTalk
Thanks to bounties, concussions and arrests, there haven’t been a ton of feel-good stories bouncing around the NFL this offseason.

Flat salary cap will force NFL teams to restructure rosters - NFL.com
A few months ago, I was listening to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban discuss his team's championship season of 2010-11, as well as his thought process for the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement.

League should take draft picks from teams with a rash of off-field issues | ProFootballTalk
When it comes to players who dispense illegal hits, fines are met with shrugs. The same can be said for teams that employ players who engage in illegal acts.

Kamerion Wimbley falls just short on American Ninja Warrior | ProFootballTalk
Titans defensive end Kamerion Wimbley fell just short in his quest to advance to the finals of American Ninja Warrior.

RG3 thought he’d end up with the Browns on draft day | ProFootballTalk
When Robert Griffin III went to a kids clinic at the Cleveland Browns practice facility Tuesday, it struck him how close it was to being home.

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