Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 8/23/12

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Get to Know: Dave Magazu
Offensive Line Coach Dave Magazu talks about his position group's versatility, the importance of continuity and the effect of quarterback Peyton Manning.

Q&A with Brandon Stokley
Wide receiver Brandon Stokley talks about reuniting with quarterback Peyton Manning, playing for Head Coach John Fox and his relationship with the Broncos’ young receivers

Mike Adams: Orange and Blue-Collar
Safety Mike Adams prides himself on his hard work and leadership in the secondary.

Bronco Birthdays

RB Tony Carter (2001) is 40.

WR Britt Davis (2010) is 26.

LB Ian Gold (2000-03, 2005-07) is 34.

Denver Broncos Videos

AFC Playoff Picture - ESPN Video - ESPN
Marcellus Wiley breaks down the AFC, and makes his predictions as to who will make the playoffs.

NFL Live OT: What's Next For Jones-Drew? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Cris Carter and Herm Edwards discuss Maurice Jones-Drew's predicament with the Jaguars.

The Huddle - ESPN Video - ESPN
Ashley Fox, Dan Graziano and Mike Sando discuss rookie QBs, refs and coaches on hot seat.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Formation of Broncos defensive line calls for tough roster decisions - The Denver Post
With roster decisions looming, the Broncos may have to make some tough choices about some young prospects who have shown potential in the defensive line.

Where does Ryan Harris fit in Broncos offensive line? - The Denver Post
Q: I have not heard much about Ryan Harris this training camp, what about him at right tackle and Orlando Franklin at right guard?

Denver Broncos CB Drayton Florence aims for personnel job someday - The Denver Post
As he looks back at where he has been, what he has done, Drayton Florence knows why he has survived a decade in the NFL. He believes that knowledge might power his future.

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.

Broncos coaches looked back to 2010 to build their offensive playbook - The Denver Post
What the Broncos offense really is, what's really in those files that have been downloaded into the team's iPads, won't really be revealed too much until Sept. 9, when the Steelers line up across from Peyton Manning in the regular-season opener.

Don't forget Tatum Bell in Clinton Portis Champ Champ Broncos trade
In light of Clinton Portis’ retirement press conference Thursday with the Washington Redskins, I’ve read some reviews of the famous Portis-Champ Bailey trade that occurred prior to the 2004 season.

Is the toughest position for the Broncos playing corner opposite Champ Bailey? | First-and-Orange
Champ Bailey arrived in Denver in March 2004, and has — save for a few injuries here and there — been a stalwart at left cornerback ever since.

Division News

Evening injury updates - AFC West Blog - ESPN
CSN California reports Oakland center Stefen Wisniewski will likely miss another preseason game with a calf injury. This is an issue because Wisniewski is moving from guard to center. He needs game repetitions.

Rod Streater continues unlikely journey - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Rod Streater is one of the reasons why Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer doesn’t think the Raiders need to pursue his former teammate, Chad Johnson.

Shooting victim is Raiders fan | ProFootballTalk
When news emerged of a shooting outside the University of Phoenix stadium during the preseason game between the Raiders and Cardinals, many assumed that the shooter was a Raiders fan.

Dennis Allen: We won’t baby Darren McFadden | ProFootballTalk
Earlier this month, Raiders running back Darren McFadden argued that his injury history was a matter of bad luck and not some personal failing that causes him to miss a chunk of every season.

Carson Palmer says Raiders don’t need Chad Johnson | ProFootballTalk
When quarterback Carson Palmer joined the Raiders last year, he endorsed receiver and former teammate Terrell Owens. Palmer added that the Raiders don’t need him.

AFC West breakdown: Chiefs have issues on defense heading into first week of regular season - The Denver Post
The Broncos are fully embroiled in training camp, with all things Dove Valley grabbing headlines here. But their AFC brethren have rolled up their sleeves as well.

Dwayne Bowe will play on Friday | ProFootballTalk
Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe is ready for his first game action in new coordinator Brian Daboll’s offense.

Cowboys’ Harris accuses Chargers’ Jammer of cheap shot | ProFootballTalk
Things got tense as the Cowboys and Chargers concluded their joint practices on Tuesday.

Future Foes

Jags have yet to slam door on Jones-Drew trade | ProFootballTalk
With Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew wanting a new deal and Jaguars owner Shahid Khan flatly refusing to give it to him, the impasse will be resolved only if someone blinks.

Texans have depth issue at nose tackle | ProFootballTalk
Nose tackle is one of the most important positions in the 3-4 defense, where a large, strong man is needed.

32 Teams in 32 Days: Pittsburgh Steelers | ProFootballFocus.com
After a season in which they battled back and forth with the Baltimore Ravens for the AFC North crown, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2011 season will always be remembered for the highlight of Denver’s Demaryius Thomas sprinting toward the end zone to seal the AFC Wildcard win in overtime.

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

NFL News

NFL Players Association rejects rule changes to injured reserve, trade deadline - ESPN
The NFL Players Association did not approve rule changes involving the injured reserve list and the trade deadline, ESPN's John Clayton confirmed Wednesday.

NFL Communications - NFL.com Launches First-Ever Fan Rewards Program "
NFL Digital Media is getting Back to Football by thanking the fans with a unique rewards program only the NFL can deliver.

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, insurers clash over who will pay to defend league against players' lawsuits over head injuries - ESPN
A fight is brewing between the NFL and insurers over who will pay to defend the league against former players' lawsuits over head injuries, with the league and carriers now squaring off in cases on each coast.

Pro Football Hall of Fame's seniors committee choses Curley Culp, Dave Robinson as 2013 finalists - ESPN
Defensive tackle Curley Culp and linebacker Dave Robinson have been chosen by the Pro Football Hall of Fame's seniors committee as finalists for election into the class of 2013.

Squabbling between NFL, NFLPA shelves rules changes | ProFootballTalk
In May, the league approved pushing the trade deadline back two weeks, and creating a new category of injured reserve that would allow one player per team to come back midseason.

Why Should We Care About Concussions When NFL Players Don't?
At a June roundtable event in New York City hosted by PACE, an education program sponsored by Dick's Sporting Goods, former New York Giants linebacker Carl Banks told a haunting story about the culture of the NFL in the 1980s.


Miscellaneous Stuff

Gil Steinke: The greatest coach you've never heard of | National Football Post
His life reads like a novel, his antics are legendary and he will stand in the annals of college coaching forever.

St. Louis Rams sign former New York Jets first-round pick Vernon Gholston - ESPN
The St. Louis Rams have signed defensive end Vernon Gholston, the sixth overall pick in the 2008 draft but so far a bust in the NFL.

Maryland court rules ex-punter Tom Tupa eligible for workers compensation - ESPN
Longtime-NFL punter Tom Tupa is eligible for workers compensation for a career-ending back injury he suffered while warming up for a preseason game in 2005 at FedEx Field while playing for the Washington Redskins, Maryland's highest court ruled on Wednesday. The court rejected the idea that football injuries should not be considered accidental because of the rough nature of the sport.

Nearly 1,200 players will lose their jobs soon | ProFootballTalk
With the NFL expanding offseason and training-camp rosters to 90 for the first time in league history, there will be even more fat to trim when the time comes to turn in playbooks

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