Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 7/3/12

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Prater Ready to Kick Off 2012 Season
Kicker Matt Prater talked about his feelings on signing a four-year contract with the Broncos on Monday.

Q&A with Ron Milus
Secondary Coach Ron Milus talks with DenverBroncos.com about the addition of Mike Adams, Drayton Florence and Tracy Porter to the defensive backs unit and what it's like for his position group to practice against Peyton Manning

Rick Upchurch battling cancer, raising money for chemotherapy | ProFootballTalk
Rick Upchurch, the former Denver Bronco who was one of the best punt returners in NFL history, is battling leukemia and attempting to raise money to pay for his treatment.

Bronco Birthdays

DE David Bowens (1999) turns 35 today.
QB Bradlee Van Pelt is 32.

Denver Broncos Videos

5 In, 5 Out: Denver Broncos - ESPN Video - ESPN
Marcellus Wiley and Damien Woody break down the Broncos' chances of making the playoffs.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos sign kicker Matt Prater to four-year contract - The Denver Post
Prater's deal is worth $13 million, including a $3 million signing bonus.

Prater the NFL's 5th highest paid kicker | First-and-Orange
Matt Prater is now higher paid than Adam Vinatieri, who has four Super Bowl rings.

Denver can thank past for Prater's future - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Denver Broncos have secured clutch kicker Matt Prater for the next four years.

Division News

Franchise tag game: Bowe remains - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Now that Denver kicker Matt Prater has signed a four-year extension with the Broncos, there is one only unresolved franchised player in the AFC West: Kansas City receiver Dwayne Bowe.

Ranking the kicking specialists - AFC West Blog - ESPN
We conclude our AFC West positional rankings series with the kicking specialists.

Al Davis memorial to be held in Las Vegas - NFL.com
The passing of late Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis on Oct. 8, 2011, came so suddenly. His team responded with an inspired win the following day in Houston

Offseason Breakdown: Oakland Raiders | Audibles
Chalk up 2011 as a year of missed opportunities for the Raiders.

San Diego Chargers don't plan to apply for L.A. move - NFL.com
The fire of speculation on the future of the San Diego Chargers was stoked again last week when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to all 32 NFL teams detailing the conditions of moving a team to Los Angeles.

Chargers say memo doesn’t move team closer to L.A. | ProFootballTalk
Although the Chargers are the only team that could move to L.A. in 2013, the Chargers say that the memo hinting at the possible move of a team to L.A. in 2013 doesn’t move them any closer to, um, moving.

Former Chargers, 49ers LB Steve Hendrickson in cognitive decline | ProFootballTalk
The stories keep piling up, at an alarming rate.

Future Foes

Falcons hope spacing out Michael Turner’s work leaves more late | ProFootballTalk
Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff made Michael Turner his big-ticket signing in 2008, in part to give rookie quarterback Matt Ryan a chance to ease into life as a starter with a solid running game behind him.

Talk in Atlanta of John Abraham as a Hall of Famer | ProFootballTalk
Will Falcons defensive end John Abraham find himself in the Pro Football Hall of Fame some day? A lot of folks in Atlanta think so.

Jonathan Dwyer, Steelers RB, looking to slim down - NFL.com
A final season with 1,395 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns at Georgia Tech could not help Jonathan Dwyer overcome a poor performance at the 2010 scouting combine.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Time could be running out for Panthers WR Edwards
We hear the Panthers feel confident that Armanti Edwards made progress at wide receiver this offseason.

Martez Wilson, Saints DE, sees himself in Hall of Fame - NFL.com
Martez Wilson hasn't played defensive end since high school, but the Saints want to see if he's still got it.

NFL News

NFL Concussion Litigation Sideshow: The Battle Between Helmet Manufacturers - Forbes
A May 10, 2011 article on the popular NFL website Profootballtalk.com begins with the following paragraph: Riddell, the company that makes most of the helmets worn in the NFL, is urging players to change helmet models after a study found that the model worn by 38 percent of players...

Eric Wood, Bills center: Get on with HGH testing - NFL.com
Every so often, we come across a story that reminds us, "Oh right, the NFL still isn't testing for HGH."

Josh Gordon a top prospect in NFL supplemental draft - NFL.com
So now we know the NFL Supplemental Draft will be held July 12. We know the eight players eligible to be drafted.

Brody Eldridge, St. Louis Rams TE, suspended four games - NFL.com
St. Louis Rams tight end Brody Eldridge has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2012 regular season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, a league spokesman confirmed to NFL.com and NFL Network on Monday

Bills’ Eric Wood says it’s time for NFL to test players’ blood | ProFootballTalk
As the NFL and the players’ union continue to haggle over the details of implementing a program of testing players’ blood

Vilma suit outs Mike Cerullo as bounty whistleblower | ProFootballTalk
The latest Jonathan Vilma lawsuit blows the whistle on many things regarding the bounty investigation. It also blows the whistle on the notorious whistleblower.

ProFootballWeekly.com - NFL fund awards $600,000 for free football camps
The NFL Youth Football Fund has awarded a total of $600,000 to 214 players and coaches to support their free youth football camps.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Bart Scott: New York Jets had 'sense of entitlement' - NFL.com
Did (moderate) success go to the New York Jets' heads last season?

Playoff turnover trend may not hold this year | ProFootballTalk
In recent years, playoff teams have been bounced from the next year’s postseason field at a rate of 50 percent.

Coby Fleener, Colts rookie tight end, on Symposium and life as a rookie - Peter King - SI.com
'm sure you're probably wondering why Peter asked me to express my musings in this guest version of Monday Morning Quarterback.

Buccaneers’ Eric Wright Is Arrested in Los Angeles - NYTimes.com
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright has been arrested in Los Angeles for investigation of driving under the influence

WHY NFL PLAYERS WONT LET THEIR SONS PLAY FOOTBALL
On October 23rd 2011 San Diego Chargers offensive lineman Kris Dielman suffered a concussion during a football game against the New York Jets with 12:31 left to play

The Top 6 - Consecutive seasons of NFL playoff futility | TheFootballEducator.com
As football fans you’d hope that your team’s ultimate goal each and every year is to pursue a Super Bowl Championship

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