Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 7/2/12

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I know they aren't Bronco related, but here are the top 5 interesting stories today. The good news is, Training Camp starts in 24 days.

Why has no one signed Ryan Grant? | National Football Post
After camp, former Packer will likely be playing for a new team.

Play Only One Sport? Prepare to be Injured | Joseph Zuckerman | Big Think
Year-round athletics and repetitive workout regimes spike the risk of injury.

Taylor Thompson: Titans version of Rob Gronkowski? - NFL.com
Everybody wants a Gronk, but there's only one.

QB participation shows importance of new offseason program - NFL.com
The story tied up neatly last fall, but the Green Bay Packers can admit now that they were, indeed, selling a fairy tale. Aaron Rodgers, Greg Jennings and Co. told whoever would listen in 2011 that it didn't matter that other teams staged organized lockout camps, and they didn't. The gang jammed a 13-0 start down the critics' throats as proof.

DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys LB: 25-sack season possible - NFL.com
During the Minnesota Vikings' minicamp last month, defensive end Jared Allen said he thought a 25-sack season was possible, either by himself or by a player like Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware.

Denver Broncos Videos

Ed McCaffrey, Brian Dawkins, and Coach Jack Del Rio Dare to Play - YouTube
Former All-Pro Denver Broncos join the Broncos Cheerleaders at Valor High School to support the Global Down Syndrome Foundation in this one of kind Dare to Play football game. Courtesy of Broncoplanet.

Parting Shot - Tomlinson's Choice - ESPN Video - ESPN
Israel Gutierrez thinks LaDainian Tomlinson was correct to say he would take a hall-of-fame career over a championship.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Reasons Broncos will win in 2012 | First-and-Orange
1. Peyton Manning is their quarterback. He’ll run the no-huddle in altitude.

Reasons Broncos may struggle in 2012 | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post
1. It’s rough schedule overall and brutal early.

Division News

Greg Cosell says Ryan Mathews can be a "top five guy" | ProFootballTalk
The Chargers haven’t kept it a secret this offseason that they want third-year tailback Ryan Mathews to handle a significant 2012 workload

Future Foes

Can Schiano 'fix' the Bucs in one offseason? | National Football Post
A new coach can bring accountability -- if the players buy into it.

Aqib Talib: Criminal investigation 'was killing me, man' - NFL.com
Aqib Talib is preparing for a new NFL season without the dark cloud of a criminal trial hanging over his head.

Report: No talks yet between Texans, Schaub | ProFootballTalk
Drew Brees may not be the only veteran quarterback who completed a six-year contract with a new team without getting an extension.

NFL News

Adam Jones tells rookies he once spent $1 million in one weekend | ProFootballTalk
The man who now owes $11.65 million for his conduct in Las Vegas during NBA All-Star weekend five years ago told incoming rookies last week

Chandler Harnish, Mr. Irrelevant, to be celebrated - NFL.com
One day, we'll perhaps know Chandler Harnish as a football player, the gritty backup quarterback who Andrew Luck will seek out for counsel in times of strife.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Connor Barth’s contract an issue for other kickers looking for deals | ProFootballTalk
When Connor Barth signed a four-year, $13.2 million extension with the Buccaneers this offseason, it seemed like a good thing for the slew of other kickers franchised by their teams.

Max Starks nearing 100 percent, still no spot for him with Steelers | ProFootballTalk
There’s been a lot of speculation around Pittsburgh that the Steelers will sign tackle Max Starks once he’s recovered enough from his torn ACL to get back on the field.

Daunte Culpepper knows he won't play in NFL again - NFL.com
Daunte Culpepper hasn't been on an NFL roster since 2009, when he started five games and threw twice as many interceptions (six) as touchdown passes (three) for the Detroit Lions.

Drew Brees called out by unnamed franchised player - NFL.com
Six of the 21 players given the franchise tag have yet to sign with their respective teams. The list features some big names, including Drew Brees, Matt Forte and Ray Rice.

Vonta Leach draws high praise from current, former teammates | ProFootballTalk
Plenty of folks complained about the presence of fullback Vonta Leach at No. 45 on NFL Network’s Top 100 list. But there’s an argument to be made that Leach should have been even higher.

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