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

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Notebook: ‘Bring It On’ " DenverBroncos.com
The Broncos’ edge rush — featuring 2011 Rookie of the Year Von Miller and two-time Pro Bowler Elvis Dumervil — speaks for itself.

Linebackers in awe of Von Miller's natural ability : First-and-Orange
Consider Joe Mays one of Von Miller’s biggest fans.

Coaching By Example
Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio uses his 11 years of NFL playing experience to connect with the Broncos defense.

MaxDenver " Mays Could Be Biggest Beneficiary of Larger DTs
The Broncos aren’t getting bigger at the defensive tackle spots for the sake of adding bulk. They’re getting bigger to make life easier for the players around them — the ends to their flanks and the linebackers behind them.

Denver Broncos Videos

OTAs Day Eight: Mays
Linebacker Joe Mays talks about the expectations he's putting on his position group and what he's working on during OTAs.

OTAs Day Eight: Woodyard
Linebacker Wesley Woodyard talks about what he's learning from Jack Del Rio and what he's working on during OTAs.

Blogger Blitz: Ravens Need Reed At Minicamp - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley talks about why the Ravens would benefit from Ed Reed showing up at minicamp

Video: Blogger Blitz - AFC West Blog - ESPN
AFC West blogger Bill Williamson breaks down the backup quarterback situation in the division.

Witnesses - Suggs Hurt Playing Basketball - ESPN Video - ESPN
Witnesses say Ravens LB Terrell Suggs appeared to injure his Achilles playing basketball.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Jack Del Rio making big impression on Broncos' defense - The Denver Post
Were there referees here at Dove Valley for Broncos' organized team activities, the defense might get flagged for 12 men on the field. That 12th player? Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio.

Broncos' Steven Johnson aims to overcome odds, undrafted status - The Denver Post
Though he played in one of the worst defenses in the nation, for a team that went 5-19 in his last two years and surrendered 678 yards alone in an October loss to Baylor, Steven Johnson still was noticed by NFL scouts.

The deep ball won't determine success of Broncos QB Peyton Manning : First-and-Orange
In all of the somewhat premature discussion about whether or not Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning can still chuck the deep ball enough to satisfy everyone in Broncos Nation is this:

Broncos QB Caleb Hanie one play away from replacing Peyton Manning - The Denver Post
Peyton Manning this, Peyton Manning that. All people in the Denver-area break rooms talk about these days is Peyton Manning.

Mark Kiszla: Manning throws out Broncos' comfort zone - The Denver Post
On any given Sunday, catching touchdown passes from Peyton Manning is the coolest job in America.

Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard finds an opportunity - The Denver Post
Wesley Woodyard made only 16 starts his first four years with the Broncos. When his first contract expired after last season, it would have made sense for Woodyard to seek a team where he could be a full-time starter.

Wesley Woodyard has sights set on starting - Yahoo! Sports
Wesley Woodyard is gearing up for a bigger role than ever with the Denver Broncos.

Division News

ProFootballWeekly.com - Reports: Chiefs sign QB Tanney
The Chiefs have signed undrafted free-agent QB Alex Tanney, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday.

Bolts' defense draws early praise | UTSanDiego.com
Antonio Gates is running healthy again.

Atari Bigby in line to land starting job with Chargers - NFL.com
Atari Bigby's up-and-down NFL career is back on the upswing in San Diego.

Future Foes

ProFootballWeekly.com - Pope brings familiarity with offense to Steelers
Leonard Pope smiled, shook his head and rolled his eyes incredulously. Then he politely answered the question.

J.J. Watt: Texans "don’t really have a weakness" | ProFootballTalk
As a rookie defensive end in Houston last season, J.J. Watt started all 16 regular-season games and then had a spectacular interception return for a touchdown as the Texans won their first playoff game in franchise history.

Brian Cushing 'is fine,' Texans coach Kubiak says - NFL.com
Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has always been a terror on the field when healthy, but he has struggled with knee problems throughout his short career.

Bengals’ Mike Zimmer: Dontay Moch "needs to get better" | ProFootballTalk
Last year the Bengals thought highly enough of linebacker Dontay Moch that they took him with the second pick in the third round of the NFL draft, but his rookie season did not go well.

Shurmur: Trent Richardson will share 'plenty of reps' - NFL.com
Trent Richardson wasn't drafted third overall by the Cleveland Browns to be squeezed into a committee of ball carriers.

Scott Fujita witnessed Gregg Williams' 'bounty' speech - NFL.com
Scott Fujita isn't a member of the New Orleans Saints any longer, but it's clear his ties to the franchise remain strong three years later.

Ryan Clark: You want to see Terrell Suggs out there - NFL.com
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens always produce great drama, but the hotly contested Achilles' tendon injury suffered by Terrell Suggs might remove one of the rivalry's biggest figures in 2012.

NFL News

Referees deny NFL's claims they had considered strike vote - NFL.com
The NFL Referees Association is disputing a claim by the league that the officials threatened to take a strike vote after their contract expired.

Full text of NFLRA June 5 statement regarding lockout | ProFootballTalk
On Monday, the NFL Referees Association and the NFL exchanged statements regarding the breakdown of the negotiations and the league's effort to hire replacements.

Will referee lockout hurt NFL? | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio gives us his NFL Update, explaining why Justin Blackmon will need some veteran guidance in Jacksonville, discussing the overreaction to Brees’ absence at Saints OTAs, and wondering how the referee lockout will hurt the NFL.

Report: Replacement officials likely will be used during regular season | ProFootballTalk
The labor dispute between the NFL and its game officials could linger into the regular season. Which means that the league would be using replacement officials.

Using replacement officials would be a roll of the dice for NFL – Audibles
When the NFL season opens exactly three months from today, it is entirely possible that replacement officials will be in place, after contract talks between the league and its officials broke down this week.

Miscellaneous Stuff

How do you defend the 'bunch' look? | National Football Post
Chalkboard breakdown of the "Box" technique (4-on-3)

Breaking down the Eagles 'boot' action | National Football Post
Using video to take a look at the deep post to DeSean Jackson.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Koonce's own struggles fuel study of ex-players
George Koonce holds several years' worth of work in his hands, his voice booming as he reads from one of its 200-plus pages.

Pittman, other join the concussion lawsuits | ProFootballTalk
Last week, former NFL running back Michael Pittman talked in compelling fashion about the effects of his concussions during an appearance on WDAE radio.

Dorsett opens up about his struggles with concussions | ProFootballTalk
As more and more players joined the concussion-suit parade earlier this year, the involvement of tailback Tony Dorsett was for some (and absolutely for me) a sit-up-and-take-notice moment.

Andre Waters’ Estate Files a Wrongful Death Complaint | NFL Concussion Litigation
Several concussion-related lawsuits were filed in the past week. The most notable former player to join is the late Andre Waters. Waters was among the first group of deceased players to be diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).

Insurance Executive Presents Counter Argument to Concussions Spelling the ‘End of Football’ " Concussion Policy and the Law
Amid all the controversy about concussions and their potential impact on the sports of football, especially youth football, one insurance executive has rejected that speculation, noting the increased awareness of concussions "is not likely to shut down the liability insurance markets for youth football organizations."

Eric LeGrand spreads a positive message to his Tampa teammates | ProFootballTalk
Buccaneers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand knew his hopes of playing in the NFL ended when he suffered a severe spinal cord injury during his junior season at Rutgers.

Luke McCown will try out for Saints | ProFootballTalk
The Saints kicked off their minicamp on Tuesday and, as you’d imagine, Drew Brees was nowhere to be found

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