Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 8/22/12

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Preseason Week 3: Tuesday Practice Blog " DenverBroncos.com
For the second day in a row, the Broncos practiced in shorts, shells and helmets. Tuesday marked the first time since his signing that safety Jim Leonhard has participated, as Leonhard has been working his way back from a knee injury.

A Long Time Coming
Safety Jim Leonhard hit the practice field Tuesday for the first time as a Denver Bronco after eight months of recovering from a knee injury.

Denver Broncos trust in Keith Brooking, Jim Leonhard
The Broncos signed veterans Keith Brooking, a linebacker, and Jim Leonhard, a punt returner and safety, with the idea of them making their season-opening 53-man roster.

Denver Broncos Videos

Preseason Week Three - Tuesday: Fox
Head Coach John Fox talks about safety Jim Leonhard returning to practice.

Q & A with Bronco Planet - YouTube
Fan questions about this years Denver Broncos. Biggest sleeper? Watch for a cameo by the Kaptain sporting an MHR shirt.

Sources: Jones-Drew Open To Trade - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter with the latest on Maurice Jones-Drew.

NFL Live OT: Rookie QBs - ESPN Video - ESPN
Trey Wingo, Mark Schlereth, Cris Carter and Bill Polian examine the recent trend of rookie starting quarterbacks in the NFL.

Mike Wallace Expected To Report To Steelers Camp - ESPN Video - ESPN
NFL Live discusses the report that Mike Wallace will report to Steelers camp this weekend.

Blogger Blitz: Matt Cassel - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC West blogger Bill Williamson talks about the development of Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel

Blogger Blitz: It's Only The Preseason - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky gives some reasons as to why we should temper our excitement about what teams have shown so far in the preseason

Blogger Blitz: Issues At Right Tackle - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC East blogger James Walker goes around the division to look at right tackle issues

Blogger Blitz: Browns Youth Movement - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley talks about the young players who will be starting for the Browns this year

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos CB Champ Bailey takes over leadership role from Brian Dawkins - The Denver Post
For a 34-year-old cornerback preparing for his 14th season in the NFL, one might think Champ Bailey's biggest concerns would be about his body.

Colorado Classics: Former Broncos offensive lineman Dave Studdard - The Denver Post
Could it really be 24 years since Dave Studdard played on the offensive line for the Broncos?

Jim Leonhard practices for first time with Denver Broncos - ESPN
- Denver Broncos safety Jim Leonhard practiced Tuesday for the first time since undergoing a right knee operation in December.

Jim Leonhard, Keith Brooking no locks to make Broncos' 53-man roster - The Denver Post
In terms of roster mechanics, the Broncos pulled their safety net from safety Jim Leonhard on Tuesday.

Broncos' depth chart crowded at safety, with Quinton Carter, Jim Leonhard back - The Denver Post
The Broncos got Jim Leonhard back on the practice field Tuesday.

Broncos cornerbacks Champ Bailey, Chris Harris praise Terrell Owens | First-and-Orange
Seattle receiver Terrell Owens didn’t catch any of the five passes thrown at him in Saturday’s preseason game, but he still earned the respect of the two Broncos players charged with covering him.

Broncos safety Jim Leonhard cleared to start practice for Denver - The Denver Post
Veteran safety Jim Leonhard practiced for the first time with his new teammates Tuesday, as the Broncos moved Leonhard to the active roster.

Final score: Broncos over Redskins in Clinton Portis trade - The Denver Post
So Champ Bailey is officially the last man standing from the blockbuster trade of 2004.

Still looking for balance in Broncos offense behind Peyton Manning - The Denver Post
Q: Much has been made of the Broncos maintaining a balanced offense this season, that the importance of the run was not to be diminished

Broncos Peyton Manning, Drayton Florence willing to lead the way - The Denver Post
Experience is earned, accumulated day by day. But experience can also be shared.

Peyton Manning working to find right way - AFC West Blog - ESPN
It appears that one of the biggest challenges for Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning as he comes back from a serious neck injury is throwing to his right.

Division News

Carson Palmer: Raiders’ preseason problems "not a concern" | ProFootballTalk
In two preseason games, Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer has a passer rating of 38.2, and he hasn’t led Oakland’s first-string offense into the end zone.

Jared Gaither: It’s foolish to question my motivation | ProFootballTalk
When Chargers tackle Jared Gaither first developed back spasms in late July, coach Norv Turner said that his return was "day-to-day.

Andre Carter works out for Raiders | ProFootballTalk
Free agent defensive end Andre Carter has spent the offseason recovering from a torn quadriceps and said in July that he would be healthy enough to play the first week of the season.

Facing rookie QB no-win situation for Chiefs - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs will face rookie quarterback Russell Wilson on Friday. He is starting for Seattle in a game the Kansas City defense has to play well.

Irreplaceable players, AFC West style - AFC West Blog - ESPN
There are some AFC West players on the Football Outsiders’ list of the most irreplaceable offensive skill position players in the NFL.

Could Jones-Drew be AFC West-bound? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Jacksonville holdout running Maurice Jones-Drew is open to a trade, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Future Foes

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Andy Benoit Previews the Bengals
Temper any optimism you might have for the Cincinnati Bengals with a healthy sprinkle of caution.

Carolina Panthers, 2012 N.F.L. Season Preview - NYTimes.com
On paper, the 2012 Carolina Panthers are a classic sleeper team.

NFL News

Goodell isn’t welcome at restaurant owned by Jonathan Vilma and D.J. Williams | ProFootballTalk
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handed down suspensions that will cost Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams some money this year,

NFL doesn’t expect referee lockout to end soon | ProFootballTalk
If you’re hoping to see Ed Hochuli, Mike Carey and the rest of the regular referees on the field when the regular season starts, the NFL’s executive vice president for football operations has some bad news for you.

NFLPA still concerned about replacement officials, but what action will be taken? | ProFootballTalk
A year after the players weren’t willing to sacrifice their financial interests via a lockout that would have cost them plenty of money if it had lasted into the regular season, they’re apparently unwilling to put their safety interests above those same financial interests.

The genius of Harbaugh’s comments about the officials | ProFootballTalk
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh recently tiptoed through the minefield of the lockout of officials by not directly calling out the replacements

Emmitt Smith on concussion problems: "I’m going where they are" | ProFootballTalk
Players worrying about long-term health risks isn’t new.

NFL Communications - NFL Announces 2012 Kickoff Events "
The NFL is celebrating the Kickoff of the 2012 season with multiple events for fans around New York City.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Better Know A Blitz Package - Double A-Gap - The Only Colors
Michigan State blog The Only Colors has a detailed look, heavily sourced and documented, of the Double A-gap blitz.

"Packaged" plays and rethinking the concept of modern play calling - Grantland
How modern offenses are rethinking the most fundamental elements of football "plays"

NFL cuts to 53 & statistical trends to focus upon as a GM. | TheFootballEducator.com
Class is in session. Today’s lesson is about where to focus your attention in the coming cut downs after NFL Training Camps to a 53 man roster.

Playbook: Eagles' red zone route concepts | National Football Post
Breaking down two Nick Foles' TD passes on the chalkboard.

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