Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 8/30/12

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The Final Tuneup
Thursday night's preseason finale against Arizona gives the Broncos one last audition before the start of regular season play.

Osweiler Ready for Cardinals
Rookie quarterback Brock Osweiler talks about his last chance to get some preseason reps and work on his game.

Denver Broncos Videos

NFL Will Use Replacement Officials - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Clayton on the NFL opening the regular season with replacement officials and when a deal may get done.

NFL Live OT: Impact Of Replacement Refs - ESPN Video - ESPN
Merril Hoge and Jerry Rice discuss the impact replacement officials will have on Week 1.

OTL: Football At A Crossroads: Semi-Pro Football - ESPN Video - ESPN
The "semi-pro" players of the Crossroads Football League don't let potential injuries keep them from their hard-hitting, all-out style of play.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Borderline Broncos have last chance at "game exposure" to sway coaches - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Many of the Broncos players who find themselves somewhere below the team's starters on the depth chart have spent months at a hotel near the team's complex. From there, they travel the short distance to the team's complex day after day.

Broncos head to Arizona after final practice of the preseason - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
The Broncos final preseason practice is history. The team spent more than two hours Wednesday morning preparing for Thursday's fourth preseason game at Arizona.

Osweiler has key game in familiar setting - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Brock Osweiler is used to getting a lot of playing time in the desert.

Podcast: Broncos 'Two-A-Days' - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos are one of the most curious stories in the NFL as he we inch toward the regular season.

What the Broncos need to get done against the Cardinals in Arizona
NFL reporter Mike Klis suggests five goals for the Broncos in their final preseason game

Broncos secondary remains crowded place with roster decisions looming - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Defensive back might be the most crowded spot on the depth chart for the Denver Broncos.

Broncos-Cardinals preseason game: Backups to see final audition - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
The Broncos will close out the preseason Thursday night in Arizona with most of the team's regulars expected to sport the snazzy new visors as they watch others go about the business of playing the game.

Broncos' preparations for Pittsburgh game in Denver already underway - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
With the Broncos' second- and third-stringers expected to get the bulk of — if not all of — the playing time in the final preseason game Thursday night against Arizona, the starters were able to start preparing this week for the Sept. 9 season opener against Pittsburgh.

Denver Broncos on hunt for the "absolute best 53" before roster cuts - The Denver Post
Through the years, Rod Smith has given a speech to many an NFL hopeful. It's the one about opportunity knocking, just not at everybody's house.

Division News

AFC West breakdown: How San Diego's Eddie Royal helped the Raiders - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
The Broncos are ready to close out the preseason Thursday night in Arizona, with all things Dove Valley grabbing headlines here. But their AFC brethren have rolled up their sleeves as well.

AFC West: 4 Questions, 4 Analysts | ProFootballFocus.com
Ah, the AFC West. Where 9-7 is everyone’s goal.

Chargers short on experienced cornerbacks | ProFootballTalk
Left tackle isn’t the only spot in the Chargers lineup shrouded in uncertainty because of injuries.

Raiders add Coye Francies | ProFootballTalk
The post-75, pre-53 roster churn continues.

Denarius Moore "very concerned" about lack of reps with Palmer | ProFootballTalk
Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer has expressed concern about the lack of time he’s had to work with wide receivers Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford this summer because of their injuries.

Future Foes

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2012 Preview | ProFootballFocus.com
Coming off a 10-6 season in which they finished just a tiebreaker out of the playoffs, hopes were high for the 2011 Buccaneers.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Bengals sign veteran C Faine
The Bengals signed C Jeff Faine on Wednesday, one day after hosting the veteran for a tryout.

Todd Haley: It’s "feasible" Mike Wallace can play Week One | ProFootballTalk
Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace is confident that he will be ready to play against the Broncos on Sept. 9, but the call won’t ultimately be up to him.

Steelers launch concussion awareness program | ProFootballTalk
A team that has given plenty of concussions over the years via a hard-hitting defense has assumed a position of leadership regarding the NFL’s effort to promote concussion safety and awareness at all levels of the game.

Houston Texans, 2012 N.F.L. Season Preview - NYTimes.com
For the first time in their 10-year existence, the Houston Texans enter a season looking to build on their playoff experience.

NFL News

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Week Four of NFL preseason remains offensive to consumers | ProFootballTalk
There’s college football tomorrow night. Maybe not great college football, but college football.

NFL seeks to dismiss more than 140 concussion lawsuits - ESPN
The NFL will file a motion on Thursday in federal court in Philadelphia seeking to dismiss more than 140 consolidated concussion lawsuits that include more than 3,300 former players as plaintiffs, a league spokesman confirmed to ESPN.com

N.F.L. Will Use Replacement Referees When Season Begins - NYTimes.com
With negotiations with game officials deadlocked, the N.F.L. told its teams Wednesday that replacement officials would be used when the regular season begins next week.

Locked-out officials say they are ready to negotiate | ProFootballTalk
The question of which side in the officiating lockout is responsible for the failure to negotiate is almost as difficult as determining which member of an openly affectionate couple is actually Shmoopie.

NFL says it’s ready to negotiate with officials | ProFootballTalk
So the NFL Referees Association says it’s ready to negotiate. And now the NFL has responded by saying it’s ready to negotiate.

Problems persist with replacement officials | ProFootballTalk
As criticism of replacement officials mounts, another important difference between the locked-out officials and their substitutes is emerging.

Replacement refs brutalize punt return call
The NFL is still in a labor dispute with its referees, and replacements will officiate Week 1. Joy.


Miscellaneous Stuff

Building a better NFL agent | National Football Post
An experienced agent takes a look in the mirror and the professionalism of his industry

NFL Front Office Management - Dez, Dallas & new rules | TheFootballEducator.com
Media reaction to the Dallas Cowboys putting WR Dez Bryant under his own set of team rules has been to put it bluntly "comical" at best.

Chalk Talk Video: Zone Pressure | National Football Post
Breaking down a base zone blitz (rush five, drop six) on video

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