Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 7/4/12

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22 Days until Camp


Rod Smith on cover of Denver Broncos 2012 media guide
The Broncos gave former wide receiver Rod Smith the nod on the latest edition of their media guide.

Will Peyton Manning be the player we remember? - NFL.com
When Peyton Manning takes his initial snap with the Denver Broncos in September, it will mark the quarterback's first action in a meaningful NFL game since the 2010 playoffs.

Peyton Manning's arm reportedly close to '90 percent' - NFL.com
We haven't seen Peyton Manning throw a touchdown pass since January 8, 2011.

2012 Game-By-Game: Week 3
In Week 3 of the 2012 season the Broncos return home to host one of Peyton Manning’s more familiar foes, the Houston Texans.

Bronco Birthdays

RB Floyd Little (1967-75) turns 70 today.
RB Derek Loville (1997-99) is 44.

Denver Broncos Videos

Video: Blogger Blitz - AFC West Blog - ESPN
AFC West blogger Bill Williamson highlights some of the Raiders' best position battles.

5 In, 5 Out: Cincinnati Bengals - ESPN Video - ESPN
Damien Woody and Marcellus Wiley break down why the Bengals will miss the playoffs.

Blogger Blitz: Position Battles - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC West blogger Bill Williamson highlights some of the Raiders best position battles

Blogger Blitz: Health Concerns - ESPN Video - ESPN
NFC East blogger Dan Graziano talks about which players returning from injury are key to their teams' success

Blogger Blitz: Jermaine Gresham - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley talks about Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham

Denver Broncos Blogs

Bringing Smiles to the Fire
A group of Broncos players, cheerleaders and Miles the Mascot spent time in Colorado Springs meeting firefighters and support personnel battling the Waldo Canyon Wildfire on Tuesday.

Broncos Visit Waldo Canyon Firefighters
Photo Gallery

Matt Prater's contract with Denver Broncos long way from nearly cut
When the Broncos signed kicker Matt Prater to a new four-year, $13 million deal Monday, it was a testament to how far Prater has come in the NFL.

Prater deal re-confirms that kickers have it better than running backs | ProFootballTalk
Veteran running backs are having it rough these days. And the muscle-bound ball carriers are getting dirt kicked in their faces by the 98-pound weaklings.

Brock Osweiler, Ronnie Hillman only two unsigned Broncos
With the Broncos making Matt Prater the NFL’s fifth highest-paid kicker Monday, the team now has just two contracts left to settle — those of rookies Brock Osweiler and Ronnie Hillman.

Division News

AFC West training camp battles - AFC West Blog - ESPN
An early look at the biggest training camp position battles:

Ben Davidson, Oakland Raiders legend, dies of prostate cancer - NFL.com
Ben Davidson, the hulking defensive end who starred for the Oakland Raiders in the 1960s before becoming a famous television pitch man, has died. He was 72.

Raiders ticket promotion yields $54,000 for Oakland schools | ProFootballTalk
In one of the more unique charitable gestures we can remember, the Raiders officially have raised more than $54,000 for Oakland schools.

Chargers unlikely to be impacted by new blackout rule - NFL.com
There is a new blackout rule in the NFL, but it remains to be seen what sort of impact it has in the upcoming season. It doesn't sound like it will have any impact in San Diego, a city that could struggle to sell tickets.

Future Foes

Kiante Tripp, Browns DT, jailed on burglary charge - NFL.com
We have our second NFL arrest report to emerge during this holiday week.

Three and out: Richardson has big plans - NFL.com
Rookies often come into the league with a certain swagger, but Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson is setting the bar as high as it gets.

Trent Richardson wants to be best thing in Cleveland - NFL.com
LeBron James didn't get it done as Cleveland's savior. Jose Mesa really didn't get it done in 2007. Even Drew Carey can't claim the honor. Trent Richardson wants to be the man who conquers the city.

Haloti Ngata: 'I don't think I'm the best Ravens player' - NFL.com
Haloti Ngata ranked higher than any other member of the Baltimore Ravens on NFL Network's "The Top 100: Players of 2012" when his peers voted him No. 9 player.

Mike Adams, Steelers LT, plays catch-up before camp - NFL.com
Pittsburgh Steelers rookie offensive tackle Mike Adams is penciled as the starter at left tackle. After missing the OTAs because of Ohio State's quarters system, Adams has to play catch-up to get ready for training camp, Zac Jackson of FOX Sports Ohio reports Tuesday.

NFL News

Next franchise-tag battle could be three-tag limit | ProFootballTalk
Now that arbitrator Stephen Burbank has ruled that franchise tags stack when applied to the same player by different teams

Senator who criticized blackout policy applauds NFL’s decision | ProFootballTalk
Late last year, as the Cincinnati Bengals were blacked out on local television for the sixth time of the season, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio called the blackout policy a failure and said the NFL needs to scrap it. So Brown liked what he heard this week.

NFLPA disappointed with "lack of integrity of the investigation" | ProFootballTalk
The NFL Players’ Association continues to state that the league’s investigation into the Saints’ bounty program was flawed,

NFL Denies Appeals of Bounty Suspensions - NYTimes.com
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has rejected the appeals of four players suspended in connection with the league's bounty investigation of the New Orleans Saints.

Drew Brees Wins Franchise Tag Ruling - NYTimes.com
Drew Brees gained additional leverage in his protracted contract talks with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday when an arbitrator in Philadelphia ruled in Brees' favor in a dispute over how much the Saints would have to pay the star quarterback if they applied the franchise tag to him again in 2013.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Playbook: Breaking down 'Snake' Fire Zone | National Football Post
Drawing up SS zone pressure on the chalkboard.

What is a 'Dino' route? | National Football Post
Drawing up a red zone concept to put stress on the secondary.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Benson best of role-playing UFAs available
As a general rule, a team’s Super Bowl hopes are usually tied to the players who are in the fold as the Independence Day celebrations begin.

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