Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 8/24/12

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Broncos vs. Broncos
As Denver prepares to take on the San Francisco 49ers, the team is more focused at the moment on its own schemes than game-planning for its preseason opponent.

Working Toward Ultimate Goal " DenverBroncos.com
A year after an AFC West championship and a win in the Wild Card Round of the AFC Playoffs, expectations were already high for the Broncos.

Preseason Week 3: Thursday Practice Blog " DenverBroncos.com
The Broncos were back in full pads for Thursday’s practice, and two more players returned to action.

Denver Broncos Videos

Preseason Week Three - Thursday: Manning
Peyton Manning talks about preparing for this week's game against the 2011 NFC runner-up 49ers.

Still Installing
The Broncos continue to install the playbook and self scout as they prepare for their third preseason game against the 49ers.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | FO VIDEO: Denver's Defense Could Cost Them the AFC West
This week's Sabermetrics Video Network contribution talks about why the Denver defense is overrated and could cost them the AFC West.

NFL32OT: Can Chargers Prevail In The AFC West? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Episode 186: Wendi Nix and Marcellus Wiley discuss the team to beat in the AFC West. Adam Schefter reports on Jason Witten's injury. The NFL32 crew discuss the biggest concerns for the Raiders.

Cold Hard Facts - ESPN Video - ESPN
Cold Hard Facts looks at Mario Williams, linebackers and players in the secondary to keep an eye on.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Denver Broncos want more than a fast NFL start this time around - The Denver Post
A fast start in the NFL is only as good as what follows.

Mark Kiszla: Reality shadows grand illusion - The Denver Post
After rushing out to buy Peyton Manning jerseys at $99.99, Broncomaniacs are higher on the local NFL team than coach John Fox is.

Broncos could decide to reduce Manning's playing time against 49ers - The Denver Post
The Broncos will provide a what-could-have-been look for their final two preseason opponents — the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals.

Manning's presence transforms Broncos' offense into a no-huddle - The Denver Post
There was controlled chaos from the first snap.

Broncos QB Peyton Manning keeps new teammates in "training-camp mode" - The Denver Post
Since the first week of training camp, Peyton Manning has consistently referred to "the process."

Peyton Manning's penchant for pocket should let O-line better protect - The Denver Post
The Broncos have some marquee players. They have what cornerback Drayton Florence has called "no doubt, no question, first-ballot Hall of Famers" in Peyton Manning and Champ Bailey.

Peyton Manning not "going down memory lane" about 49ers courtship
To Peyton Manning, the weeks long courtship between him and several NFL teams seems like ancient history.

Peyton Manning acquisition weighed in Broncos' choice of QBs at draft - The Denver Post
Q: I saw John Elway in Tucson and was hoping he would take (Arizona quarterback) Nick Foles.

Manning recalls early NFL education - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Peyton Manning knows the experience Luke Del Rio is having this year.

Rookies Wolfe and Reyes have impressed - AFC West Blog - ESPN
It’s difficult to find young help on the defensive line. But if the first two preseason and training-camp performances are any indication, both the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers may have found help on the line through the second round of the draft.

Broncos' Andre Caldwell, Nate Irving back in pads after rib injuries - The Denver Post
Sore ribs and all, two Broncos players were back on the field Thursday morning after a day off.

Division News

MJD trade to San Diego or Denver? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
There has been a lot of speculation in the past couple of days about Maurice Jones-Drew ending up in San Diego or Denver after ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the holdout running back might be open to a trade from Jacksonville.

Top AFC West newcomers - AFC West Blog - ESPN
With training camps in the books and half of the preseason complete, let’s look at top newcomers (both rookies and veterans) to watch for each AFC West team.

A year from draft, Terrelle Pryor says: "I can be great" | ProFootballTalk
Exactly a year ago, the Raiders used a third-round pick on quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

Future Foes

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Andy Benoit Previews the Steelers
This past offseason gave us a smorgasbord of examples of why the Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the best-run organizations in professional sports.

Rashard Mendenhall working to build patience, knee strength | ProFootballTalk
Rashard Mendenhall’s most strenuous work might not be rehabbing his knee.

What's missing in Pittsburgh? Wallace's speed | National Football Post
Video breakdown of the WR's impact in the vertical game.

Taking a look at the possible MJD destinations | ProFootballTalk
So with Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew open to the possibility of being traded (i.e., he wants out) and with the Jaguars not yet slamming the door publicly on the possibility (i.e., make us an offer), who could be or should be or would be interested?

NFL News

Marvin Lewis: Replacement ref didn’t know defenseless receiver rule | ProFootballTalk
After Bengals safety Taylor Mays was called for a personal foul for a hit on Packers tight end Tom Crabtree, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said the blame lies not with Mays, but with the replacement official who botched the call.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Goodell: NFL seeks long-term improvement with refs
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says possibly using replacement referees for regular-season games is worthwhile to ensure long-term improvements to officiating.

Goodell: Replacement refs will do "a very credible job" | ProFootballTalk
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell continues to insist that replacement officials will be just fine if — as expected — the lockout of the NFL Referees Association is still going on when the regular season begins in two weeks.

ProFootballWeekly.com - NFLPA does not approve rule changes
Changes NFL owners wanted for injured reserve and the trade deadline have not been approved by the players' union, meaning the old rules probably will stay in place this season.

League’s desire to change practice rules killed IR, trade deadline proposals | ProFootballTalk
At a time when the NFL and NFLPA continue to be unable to agree on anything, the two sides disagree on the scope of their latest disagreement.

NFL and Jacksonville insult Los Angeles pro football fans | TheFootballEducator.com
The NFL and the Jacksonville Jaguars announced Tuesday that the small-market franchise will play one home game in London for four consecutive seasons beginning in 2013 —

Miscellaneous Stuff

ProFootballWeekly.com - Senior Bowl 'Watch List' revealed
The Senior Bowl unveiled its first ever "Watch List" Thursday, highlighting 312 seniors and top NFL draft prospects from 114 different schools to keep an eye on during the 2012 college football season.

Fantasy Football: Running Back Primer - NYTimes.com
Perhaps the most important position in fantasy football, running back will also be the toughest to get right this season.

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