Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 7/5/12

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Acts of Valor | National Football Post
The 4th of July means freedom and appreciation for all those who protect it.

AFC offseason grades: Bills, Broncos join Patriots at head of class - NFL - Sporting News
So how's your favorite team looking for 2012? Thanks to a lockout-free offseason, the rosters around the league have already pretty much taken shape for the regular season.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Top comeback player long shots for 2012
Somewhere, in an elegant trophy shop with a surplus of sterling silver footballs, a trophy maker is sitting, concentrating, meticulously engraving Peyton Manning’s name into the 2012 NFL Comeback Player of the Year trophy.

Bronco Birthdays

LS Aaron Brewer celebrates his 22nd today.
DB Sam Brandon (2002-06) is 33.
WR Brandon Lloyd (2009-11) is 31.
QB Scott Stankavage (1984) is 50.

Denver Broncos Videos

Wiley: Patriots Primed For Another Super Bowl Run - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN NFL Analyst Marcellus Wiley says the Patriots have enough talent to make another run at the Super Bowl.

5 In, 5 Out: Atlanta Falcons - ESPN Video - ESPN
Marcellus Wiley and Mark Schlereth break down why the Falcons will miss the playoffs.

Division News

Louis Murphy in danger of not making Raiders - NFL.com
The Oakland Raiders' wide receiver depth chart was one of the thinnest in the league not so long ago. Now you could argue that it's one of the deepest, even if we don't know how it will shake out.

Raiders' Davidson Enjoyed Being Villain - NYTimes.com
Ben Davidson didn't just come to embody the renegade image of the Oakland Raiders. Under Al Davis, he helped to create and popularize it, starting in the mid-1960s.

Remembering Ben Davidson, Raider and Showman - NYTimes.com
Ben Davidson died at 72 on Tuesday after a life in which he proudly and sheepishly said he never held down an actual job.

Anthony Wayne Smith, ex-Raider, charged with three murders - NFL.com
Former Oakland Raiders defensive end Anthony Wayne Smith, who is already awaiting a retrial on a murder charge resulting from a 2008 incident, has been charged with three other murders in Los Angeles County.

Mario Henderson has lost more than 50 pounds in three months | ProFootballTalk
Chargers offensive lineman Mario Henderson is listed at 6-foot-7 and 300 pounds, which demonstrates just how far from reality listed weights can be. But while Henderson may never get down to 300 pounds again, through hard work this offseason he’s as light now as he’s been in a very long time.

Future Foes

Offseason Breakdown: Pittsburgh Steelers | Audibles
Pittsburgh has long been one of the NFL’s steadiest and most reliable franchises. An offseason spent purging and restocking the roster will put that consistency to the test.

Troy Smith, Heisman winner, not giving up NFL dream - NFL.com
The Pittsburgh Steelers' June release of Troy Smith was another cruel blow for the former Heisman Trophy winner, who was once seen as a guy who could compete to start in Baltimore.

Colt McCoy on Browns: 'It's been a rough ride so far' - NFL.com
Once upon a time, Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy was the cool new kid in Cleveland. He had high hopes, even if it wasn't his stated goal to be the greatest thing that's happened to the city.

Falcons remain overlooked, despite recent success | ProFootballTalk
The Atlanta Falcons have put together four straight winning seasons. And yet they rarely are mentioned among the elite teams in the NFL.

Chris Hope: Atlanta Falcons nearly 'a Super Bowl team' - NFL.com
The Atlanta Falcons are Super Bowl contenders. That's what 10-year veteran safety Chris Hope told the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Tuesday. And it's the reason he signed a one-year contract with Atlanta.

Ronde Barber could reportedly fill in for Eric Wright - NFL.com
The recent arrest of cornerback Eric Wright could have a ripple effect on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' secondary.

Josh Scobee, Jaguars reportedly revisiting contract - NFL.com
We interrupt your Fourth of July celebration for a little kicker news.

NFL News

NFL willing to relax noise rules to create stadium atmosphere | ProFootballTalk
Tucked away in last week’s report about blackout rules relaxing and the league trying to improve the in-stadium experience, there was a passing mention that could have a huge impact in some cities.

Rich McKay: Expanded review added one second to games | ProFootballTalk
When the NFL changed replay rules to make every scoring play reviewable, the obvious was concern than games would stretch too long.

Mike Cerullo maintains a low profile | ProFootballTalk
Now that Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has blown the whistle on the man he claims in a federal lawsuit was the Saints whistleblower, it’s time to take a closer look at Mike Cerullo.

NFL will let stadium crowd see same replays as officials - NFL.com
Fans at stadiums around the NFL could one day get to listen to referees discuss plays under review. In the meantime, at least they will get to see exactly what the replay official is looking at under the hood.

NFLPA files lawsuit against NFL over Saints' 'bounty' ruling - NFL.com
The NFL Players Association has filed a lawsuit against the NFL on behalf of three players suspended in connection with the league's "bounty" scandal investigation.

New blackout rule forces tough business decisions | ProFootballTalk
The good news for many fans is that the NFL has relaxed its longstanding blackout rule. The bad news for some teams is that the NFL has relaxed its longstanding blackout rule.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Schlichter victim pleads guilty, too | ProFootballTalk
The bizarre, sad tale of former NFL quarterback Art Schlichter has a bizarre, sad footnote.

Another Packers Super Bowl ring is for sale | ProFootballTalk
Owning a Super Bowl ring may not be that important to a football player, after all.

Montell Owens, Jon Condo head unsung heroes of special teams - NFL.com
Hall of Fame coach George Allen was always known for underscoring the importance of special teams. And back in 1969, during Allen's tenure with the Los Angeles Rams, he became the first coach in NFL history to employ a full-time special teams coach

Breaking down a '3-Man' rush scheme I trust | National Football Post
Drawing up 'Ruby Tent Robber' on the chalkboard.

Ex-NFL player Clinton Hart tackles childhood obesity | ProFootballTalk
one former NFL player says the biggest risk to kids’ health come when parents don’t encourage them to be active at all.

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