Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 7/29/12

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Offense vs. Defense
Training camp brings the entire team closer together. But that doesn't mean the defense isn't trying to prove its dominance over the offense -- and vice versa.

Notebook: Back in Pads
Players practiced in full pads for the first time since January, a third-year wideout battled an 11-time Pro Bowler, and the younger Broncos are following the leaders in training camp.

Going Gets Tough
The Broncos wore pads for the first time this training camp; players react to the tempo and why physicality matters.

For Thomas, 'The Sky's the Limit'
Demaryius Thomas is healthy in training camp for the first time in his career, and his teammates expect big things from the third-year wideout.

Bronco Birthdays

OL George Goeddeke (1967-72) is 67.

Denver Broncos Videos

Elway Talks Peyton, Broncos - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Elway talks about acquiring Peyton Manning and what to expect from the Broncos this season.

Peyton Practices In Full Pads - ESPN Video - ESPN
Tom Jackson and Stephania Bell break down Peyton's Manning's first practice in full pads as a member of the Broncos.

Training Camp Day Three: Del Rio
Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio talks about what he learned after watching the team practice in pads.

Training Camp Day Three: McCoy
Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy talks about how the offense is progressing a few days into camp.

Training Camp Day Three Highlights
Exclusive field level shots of all the hits, runs, tackles and touchdowns from Saturday morning's practice.

Steelers Team Report - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Clayton comments on the Steelers' signing of Antonio Brown, the latest with Mike Wallace and their offensive adjustments under Todd Haley.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas out to prove he can be a No. 1 guy - The Denver Post
After his first full training camp practice in nearly two years, Demaryius Thomas escaped to the weight room, then stripped off his white No. 88 practice jersey and cleats.

Karl Mecklenburg back with Broncos in voluntary coach role - The Denver Post
In his dark blue Broncos team-issued T-shirt and gym shorts, Karl Mecklenburg blended right in with the coaching staff Saturday morning.

Even with Peyton Manning at quarterback, Broncos' run game still key - The Denver Post
Todays question about the Broncos comes from John in Fort Collins:Q: How do you think the Broncos want to use their (running) backs?

Woody Paige: Peyton Manning new leader of Broncos' arms race - The Denver Post
Historically, the most scrutinized upraised right arm is in the Orion constellation.

Woodyard, Mays Leading the Charge
Linebackers Joe Mays and Wesley Woodyard look to emerge as leaders of the defense this season.

Broncos veteran linebacker Wesley Woodyard eager to answer bell - The Denver Post
The way Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard figured it, if he was going to fight for playing time, he might as well lace up the gloves to get ready for it.

Notebook: First Camp for Rookies
Broncos rookies took the field for their first training camp practice, Bailey noticed improvements from several younger players, McGahee is ready to keep running at age 30 and Broncos players had some fun with age differences.

Broncos back in pads for first time at training camp | First-and-Orange
Broncos players are in full pads Saturday morning for the first full-contact practice of the 2012 season.

Osweiler takes snaps with No. 2 offense | First-and-Orange
Maybe, this won’t be Brock Osweiler’s redshirt year after all.

Brock Osweiler earns second-team QB snaps on third day of Broncos camp - The Denver Post
Ever ride shotgun with a kid driving a stick shift for the first time?

Manning Back in His Element
Quarterback Peyton Manning made it clear he was excited to get training camp started.

Manning Shines in Broncos' First Padded Practice - NYTimes.com
Peyton Manning's first full practice in pads in 18 months drew rave reviews from his coaches and teammates — and at least one suggestion that his health is no longer even an issue.

Peyton "looks normal" after first practice in pads | ProFootballTalk
Back in March, the constant gushing by free-agent receiver Brandon Stokley regarding free-agent quarterback Peyton Manning seemed more than a little incredible

Even with Peyton Manning at quarterback, Broncos' run game still key - The Denver Post
Todays question about the Broncos comes from John in Fort Collins:Q: How do you think the Broncos want to use their (running) backs?

Jack Del Rio latest coach taking reins of Broncos' defense - latimes.com
Del Rio, who is the Denver Broncos' seventh defensive coordinator in seven seasons, has the task of overhauling a defense that was in the bottom half of the NFL in most major categories last season.

MaxDenver " Broncos Add Ex-CU Safety Perkins
Undrafted rookie safety Anthony Perkins has signed with the Broncos, according to his agent, David Canter, who tweeted the news Saturday afternoon.

Peyton Manning isn't making any friends on the Broncos defense - CBSSports.com
Peyton Manning hasn't merely changed the way the Broncos offense goes about its business. He's changed the day-to-day expectations for the first-team defense, as well.

Broncos RG Chris Kuper back in action after recovering from a severe leg injury - CBSSports.com
The only positive of RG Chris Kuper's gruesome leg injury against the Chiefs last New Year's Day was its timing -- Week 17. Kuper missed both playoff games, but the Broncos might not have sniffed the postseason in the first place without the steadiness that their most experienced starting OL provided.

Broncos put on pads for first time at training camp - The Denver Post
Put another mark on the Peyton Manning recovery timeline.

Eric Decker bests Champ Bailey on Broncos' first day in full pads - The Denver Post
Highlight: In the first day in full pads, it was still a skill position player who put on a show.

Broncos DT Derek Wolfe is quickly making up for lost time - The Denver Post
As the Broncos were busy trying to get of the NFL draft's first round last April, they still had their eyes on the guy they believed could be a productive part of their defensive front.

Division News

Jamaal Charles returns to Kansas City Chiefs practice - NFL.com
Dwayne Bowe was nowhere to be found, but that didn't slow down the optimism in Kansas City Chiefs camp after the team's first full practice.

Kyle Boller abruptly retires from San Diego Chargers - NFL.com
Quarterback Kyle Boller informed the San Diego Chargers on Saturday that he was retiring, a day after signing a one-year contract.

Oakland Raiders sign third-round pick Tony Bergstrom - ESPN
The Oakland Raiders signed third-round draft pick Tony Bergstrom on Saturday, two days before the team holds its first practice of training camp.

FutureFoes

Mike Wallace not 'available for trade,' say Pittsburgh Steelers - NFL.com
The Pittsburgh Steelers rebuffed speculation Saturday that the team would seek to trade disgruntled wide receiver Mike Wallace.

NFL News

Congress pushes NFL, NFLPA again on HGH | ProFootballTalk
With the Olympics starting, Friday provided a perfect opportunity for Congress to renew pressure on the NFL and NFLPA regarding the ongoing absence of HGH testing, a standard component of Olympic drug testing.

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