Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 9/5/12

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Elway, Russell Chat with Fans
On Tuesday, Executive Vice President of Football Operations and Director of Player Personnel Matt Russell answered questions directly from fans during an hour-long Fan Forum.

More Colorado voters want Peyton Manning as quarterback - Lindsay Jones
Colorado voters appear to be coming around to this Peyton Manning guy.

Ranking the NFL's top quarterbacks of all-time: Montana vs. Elway
With likely Hall of Famer Peyton Manning joining the Broncos this season, we asked a Denver Post panel of experts to pick its top 10 NFL quarterbacks of all time.

NFL free agents & contract negotiations - Broncos blew it | TheFootballEducator.com
A player w/ $1.5M signing bonus that doesn’t make Final 53, that IS a Big Deal, not to mention a BAD one too. Guess it depends who made it.

Bronco Birthdays

DB Tim McKyer (1997) is 49.

Denver Broncos Videos

Ryan Clark Out Sunday - ESPN Video - ESPN
NFL Live on Ryan Clark being held out Sunday against Broncos due to health risks of playing in high altitude with sickle cell trait.

Blogger Blitz: Chiefs, Chargers concerns - AFC West Blog - ESPN
In this week’s AFC West video, we discuss the injury issues that are facing both the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1.

Replacing Peyton Manning - ESPN Video - ESPN
Andrew Luck reflects on his first camp, the difference between college and the NFL, replacing Peyton Manning, regular season debut vs. the Bears and relationship with Robert Griffin III.

Blogger Blitz: Bengals' Secondary - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley breaks down the week 1 matchup between the Bengals and the Ravens

NFL Live OT: Power Rankings - ESPN Video - ESPN
Bill Polian, Tedy Bruschi, and Eric Mangini rank the best teams in the NFL heading into Week 1.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Peyton Manning happy to share knowledge with younger backup QBs - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
Brock Osweiler and Adam Weber, two guys not long out of college, spent this summer much like that of their peers.

Peyton Manning aims to defy history of older QBs in NFL - The Denver Post - Benjamin Hochman
Peyton Manning's precedence got a concussion.

Pat Bowlen's Broncos game plan is not to wait for Super Bowl titles - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Pat Bowlen is 68, and though the Broncos' owner remains fit, trim and actively involved with the team, he no longer is out front.

Broncos CB Tony Carter on opening-day roster for first time in career - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
There is a lesson in Tony Carter's story for the hundreds of NFL hopefuls whose professional football dreams were seemingly shattered last week when teams pared their rosters to 53 players.

History says Peyton Manning will make Broncos better in 2012 - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Not only has Peyton Manning won, there have been times when he seemingly won all by himself.

The Mind of Peyton Manning now powering Denver Broncos - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Mike Martz was watching the Broncos practice, not like the television commentator he's practicing to be but as the offensive coordinator he had been.

John Elway, Peyton Manning know their roles with current Broncos - The Denver Post - Terry Frei
In the nearly six months since his signing with the Broncos, Peyton Manning has been patient and cooperative with the Denver media, but — even using the traditional quarterback standards — not particularly revealing

Broncos to honor Missy Franklin, other Colorado Olympians, on Sunday - Lindsay Jones
Missy Franklin and 11 other Colorado Olympians will be honored by the Broncos during the first quarter of Sunday’s season opener against Pittsburgh.

John Elway fields Broncos fans during call with ticket holders - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Tough questions don't come from the media. They come from the media that tries to represent the public.

NFL QB's passer ratings soar compared to former players - The Denver Post - Terry Frei
The NFL's on-field product has evolved, perhaps primarily because the players have gotten bigger, stronger, faster and more athletic on both sides of the ball.

Denver Broncos 2012 predictions with Denver Post writers weighing in
In a preview of Wednesday’s break-out, 14-page Broncos preview section in The Denver Post, we look at five predictions from Denver Post staff reporters. Do you agree with their numbers?

Rashard Mendenhall 'incredible' at Steelers practice - NFL.com
It wasn't long ago that Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall was viewed as a shoe-in to start the regular season on the outside looking in.

Ryan Clark won’t play Sunday night | ProFootballTalk
When the Steelers 2011 season ended in Denver, safety Ryan Clark wasn’t on the field.

If Ryan Clark plays last year, Tebow to Thomas never happens | First-and-Orange - Mike Klis
I am bummed for Ryan Clark.

AP Pro32 comments about Broncos - The Denver Post
Comments on the Denver Broncos by the AP Pro32 panel

Division News

Will MVP come out of the AFC West? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Later Wednesday, NFC West blogger Mike Sando will begin his annual NFL MVP Watch. Let’s look at one potential MVP candidate for each AFC West team:

AP Pro32 comments about Chiefs - Yahoo! Sports
Comments on the Kansas City Chiefs by the AP Pro32 panel

AP Pro32 comments about Chargers - Yahoo! Sports
Comments on the San Diego Chargers by the AP Pro32 panel

AP Pro32 comments about Raiders - Yahoo! Sports
Comments on the Oakland Raiders by the AP Pro32 panel

Darren McFadden to benefit with Raiders WRs ailing? - NFL.com
The Oakland Raiders come into this season with a crowded but intriguing group of young receivers. How many of them will be ready for the San Diego Chargers on Monday night remains a mystery.

Rolando McClain doesn’t want to talk about the past, on field or off | ProFootballTalk
In two seasons since the Raiders took him with the eighth overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, Rolando McClain has garnered at least as much attention for off-field problems as he has for on-field production.

DeMarcus Van Dyke clears waivers | ProFootballTalk
Sixteen months ago, the Raiders liked DeMarcus Van Dyke enough that they took him in the third round of the NFL draft.

Schefter: Mathews likely not to play at Oakland - AFC West Blog - ESPN
ESPN’s Adam Schefter said on "SportsCenter" on Tuesday that the San Diego Chargers are not expecting running back Ryan Mathews to play Monday night at Oakland on ESPN’s "Monday Night Football."

Chargers have flexibility with WR Brown - AFC West Blog - ESPN
As expected, the San Diego Chargers will put receiver Vincent Brown on injured reserve.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Chargers use new I.R. rule for WR Brown
The Chargers will place WR Vincent Brown on injured reserve with the new "Designated to Return" label, the team announced Tuesday.

NFL Power Rankings, AFC West style - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Here's a look at how the AFC West teams fared in Week 1 power rankings. I do not have a vote, but I do have an opinion:

Future Foes

Matt Schaub: I feel as good as I ever have | ProFootballTalk
It’s a big year for Texans quarterback Matt Schaub.

Jonathan Stewart misses practice with ankle soreness | ProFootballTalk
The Panthers backfield depth might get an early test in the opener.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Andy Benoit Previews the Panthers
On paper, the 2012 Carolina Panthers are a classic "sleeper" team on the verge of breaking out.

Bucs game-planned, drafted with Cam Newton in mind | ProFootballTalk
Greg Schiano wasn’t around last year when the Panthers outscored the Buccaneers 86-35.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Andy Benoit Previews the Buccaneers
One can only imagine what must have been going through Mark Dominik’s head on the afternoon of January 1, 2012. The 41-year-old general manage watched his Tampa Bay Buccaneers get utterly humiliated in a meaningless regular season finale at Atlanta.

Trent Richardson looks ready to start Sunday | ProFootballTalk
Browns running back Trent Richardson is looking ready to play in Cleveland’s opener against the Eagles on Sunday.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Bengals put C Cook on I.R. recall; sign TE Quinn
Bengals C Kyle Cook received the "designated to return" injury label, allowing him to be placed on injured reserve with the option of being reactivated later.

NFL News

How the NFL Kickoff Game came to be | National Football Post
The former NFL Senior VP of Special Events reflects on the origins of the NFL's midweek opener.

NFL Communications - National Football League Grants $30 Million in Unrestricted Funding to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health for Medical Research "
The National Football League will provide $30 million in funding for medical research to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL announced today.

Horse-collar rule will be a point of emphasis in 2012 | ProFootballTalk
As we get ready for the start of the 2012 regular season, a rule that has been on the books for several years will be getting increased attention.

NFL Players Association asks for temporary restraining order that would allow suspended bounty players to play in openers - ESPN
The NFL Players Association has asked a federal judge for a temporary restraining order that would allow players suspended in connection with the NFL's bounty investigation to rejoin their teams in time to play regular season openers.

Report -- NFLPA investigating agent Drew Rosenhaus' business ties to Jeff Rubin - ESPN
The NFL Players Association is investigating agent Drew Rosenhaus and his business ties with a former financial adviser who convinced players to invest in a failed Alabama casino, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.

Source: Gap between NFL, officials is as much as $70 million | ProFootballTalk
The NFL has been driving a hard bargain with the locked-out officials. Now that the replacements are looking like they need to be replaced, the locked-out officials are driving a hard bargain right back at the league.

When it comes to officiating, NFL wants to change system of entitlement to accountability | ProFootballTalk
While money seems to be, as it always is, the most important factor in the ongoing dispute between the NFL and the NFL Referees Association,

NFL will use eight-official crews until lockout ends | ProFootballTalk
As the NFL prepares to launch the regular season without the regular officials, the league will employ extra measures to ensure that the replacement officials will make good decisions, both before and after the whistle.

President of AFL-CIO rips NFL for using "incompetent scab" refs | ProFootballTalk
The NFL Referees Association has the strong backing of one of the most powerful union leaders in America.

NFL, Sky Sports reach a deal for coverage in UK | ProFootballTalk
NFL fans in the UK are better off than anyone hoping for real referees.


Miscellaneous Stuff

PFT’s Week Zero power rankings | ProFootballTalk
The five PFT writers will vote each week on every NFL team, top to bottom.

PFT’s 2012 season predictions | ProFootballTalk
I’ve delayed as long as possible the annual PFT Super Bowl picks, in large part because I have been changing my mind every day.

TDIF: First Two-Point Conversion in NFL History : NFL Films Blog
On this date in football ─ September 4, 1994 ─ Cleveland Browns punter Tom Tupa scored the first two-point conversion in NFL history.

Advanced NFL Stats: Passing vs Rushing On Your Own Goal Line
It's a common practice in the NFL that when your team is backed up against your own goal line, you run the ball to "give some breathing room."

Advanced NFL Stats: Expect Even More Passing Yards, and Why It Matters
Remember the passing explosion to start the NFL season last year? Get ready for even more.

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