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

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Peyton Manning embraces Broncos iPad playbook - NFL.com
In late April, "Around the League" pointed out how the Denver Broncos were among a growing list of teams scraping their monster-sized playbooks for the iPad.

Matt Prater can now move out of a hotel | ProFootballTalk
The kicker in Broncos kicker Matt Prater’s long-term deal is that Prater can now buy a house in Denver.

2012 Game-by-Game: Week 5
In week five of the 2012 season, the Broncos travel to New England to take on the Patriots.

Bronco Birthdays

E Jim Greer (1960) is 81.
WR Mike Haffner (1968-70) is 70.

Denver Broncos Videos

John Elway Top 10 Moments - YouTube
Respect number 7

Can The Giants Repeat? - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN's Mark Schlereth on if the Giants have what it takes to repeat as Super Bowl champions.

Terrell Suggs On His Rehab - ESPN Video - ESPN
Terrell Suggs continues rehab process on partially torn Achilles tendon.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Q&A with Mike McCoy
Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy talked about working with Peyton Manning, adjusting the playbook and his offseason head coaching interview.

Q&A with Jeff Rodgers
Special Teams Coordinator Jeff Rodgers talked about the play of the special teams in 2011, the importance of signing Matt Prater to a long-term contract and the newcomers to the special teams units.

Denver Broncos embrace iPad playbook - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
One morning before an offseason workout, Peyton Manning is thumbing through his playbook.

Division News

ProFootballWeekly.com - Ex-Raider faces three new murder charges
New murder charges filed against former Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders DE Anthony Wayne Smith claim two brothers and another man were kidnapped and robbed before they were killed.

Three and out: Rivers a reliable option - NFL.com
Charging back: Among the players ready to rebound this season, NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah believes Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers is "poised to have a huge year."

Chargers marketing aggressively to Chiefs fans | ProFootballTalk
The Chargers don’t plan to take advantage of the ability to treat up to 15 percent of empty non-premium seats as sold for the purposes of the blackout rule. Instead, they plan to try to fill them up with fans who root for the visiting team.

AFC West's top 40 players - AFC West Blog - ESPN
We wrap up our AFC West positional ranking series by presenting the top 40 overall players in the division.

Top 40 players-in-waiting - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Earlier Friday we looked at the top 40 players in the AFC West regardless of position. Here is a look at five young players who I think could join the list next year. Let’s take a look in alphabetical order:

Future Foes

ProFootballWeekly.com - Ravens' future plans at free safety worth watching
FS Ed Reed will be 34 in September, and he enters the final season of his contract, so it’s reasonable to start pondering a Ravens defense without the future Hall of Fame centerfielder.

Age a concern on the Ravens’ offensive line | ProFootballTalk
The Ravens have made the playoffs four straight years and are favored to make it five years in a row this season,

Terrell Suggs out of the protective boot, loving the rehab process | ProFootballTalk
It’s hard to imagine anyone actually enjoying the process of rehabilitating a torn Achilles tendon, but Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs says he is.

Ray Lewis as a Steeler? Nobody could see it - NFL.com
Steve Nash is going to play for the Los Angeles Lakers next season following a blockbuster deal this week.

Mike Wallace, Steelers reportedly in contract standstill - NFL.com
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace's decision to stay away from practice during the OTA/minicamp season has yet to get him any closer to a long-term deal.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Texans won't negotiate with Schaub until after 2012 season
Contrary to a report that surfaced on Friday, there is absolutely zero chance of the Texans signing QB Matt Schaub to a contract extension prior to the completion of the 2012 season, the way we hear it.

Patriots include some familiar names in personnel department | ProFootballTalk
You never hear much from anyone other than Bill Belichick in the Patriots organization.

Jeff Faine: Buccaneers were right to cut him - NFL.com
Free-agent center Jeff Faine walks the bread line today, but insists the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were thinking clearly when they released him in March.

NFL News

Cheaper stuff could help keep stadiums full | ProFootballTalk
The NFL is dealing with the reality of fewer fans at games by dangling more and more bells and whistles. The secret, however, could be not more, but less.

Saints LB Lawrence Wilson suspended, fined by league | ProFootballTalk
Here you go, a Saints story that has nothing to do with a bounty or a lawsuit. That doesn’t mean it’s good news.

Concussion lawsuits don’t take a Fourth of July break | ProFootballTalk
The NFL has slowed down (relatively speaking) over the last week, but the burgeoning NFL concussion lawsuit industry hasn’t.

Rookie signings remain ahead of previous CBA pace - NFL.com
As pointed out Thursday on Twitter by Liz Mullen of the SportsBusiness Journal, there are currently 32 unsigned picks from the 2012 NFL Draft. None of the unsigned picks are from the final two rounds, and 12 teams have finished signing their entire draft classes.

Vacations, for now, keeping many of the unsigned picks unsigned | ProFootballTalk
The increased pace of draft-pick signings serves only to make more conspicuous those who remain unsigned.

Goodell defends protecting confidential witnesses | ProFootballTalk
Like many other investigations, the Saints bounty investigation received a significant boost from the assistance of one or more people who provided information on a confidential basis.

Jonathan Vilma, NFLPA suits vs. NFL to be consolidated - NFL.com
Judge Helen G. Berrigan ordered the NFLPA's lawsuit against the NFL on behalf of Scott Fujita, Will Smith and Anthony Hargrove, and Jonathan Vilma's defamation suit against Commissioner Roger Goodell be consolidated in Louisiana District Court on Friday.

Miscellaneous Stuff

ProFootballWeekly.com - Irvin already opening plenty of eyes in Seattle
Granted an enhanced opportunity to show off his skills so far this offseason — with disgruntled DE Chris Clemons nowhere to be seen due to contract concerns — it appears controversial first-round draft pick Bruce Irvin has made a very favorable impression.

Jaws: Eli now locked in as top-five quarterback | ProFootballTalk
Giants quarterback Eli Manning took his game to another level in 2011, setting career highs in passing yards and yards per pass attempt while leading New York’s NFC team to its second Super Bowl title in five years.

Lawyers: Kiante Tripp's charges likely will be dropped - NFL.com
The lawyers for Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Kiante Tripp are confident that burglary and possession of a firearm charges brought this week against their client will be dropped.

Antwaan Randle El set to retire, his brother says - NFL.com
Veteran wide receiver Antwaan Randle El will announce his retirement from the NFL during his skills training academy on July 14, Mike Nieto of The Times of Northwest Indiana reports, citing an email from Randle El's brother.

Playbook: Victor Cruz vs. Eagles' Cover 4 | National Football Post
How did Cruz beat the Philly secondary? Let's take a look.

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