Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 6/20/13

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Year of the Bronco? - SBNation.com
It's rare to see a team get a player regarded as their 'final piece' and have it all work out. Typically, when organizations acquire a highly-coveted player it's a letdown. However, Peyton Manning was everything and more to the Denver Broncos.

Denver Broncos News & Blogs

Ranking the top 25 NFL edge rushers - NFL.com
Miller's speed is breathtaking. A lot of guys can run fast in a straight line, but Miller is football fast. He gets around the edge in an instant, and he combines that speed with great smarts and strength. Miller's already the best edge rusher and he might only get better.

Gradishar deserves spot in Hall, and so do four other Broncos - The Denver Post
As a Broncos linebacker, Randy Gradishar was too good to be true. How else to explain why the Pro Football Hall of Fame has stubbornly denied Gradishar admission?

Who's really in charge? AFC West has undergone great change - NFL.com
Who's really in charge? The team underwent a full-scale restructuring two years ago that put Joe Ellis in charge of the club on a day-to-day basis and positioned John Elway to lead the football operation. Pat Bowlen passed many of his own responsibilities to Ellis, while Elway was given full control of gridiron duties -- final say on all personnel matters, as well as the 53-man roster, and the task of hiring Josh McDaniels' replacement at head coach.

Week 2 Preview: Denver at New York Giants | DenverBroncos.com
View photos from the last time the Broncos and Giants squared off.

2013 Game-by-Game: Week 2 | DenverBroncos.com
In Week 2 of the 2013 season, Denver heads to New York to take on Eli Manning and the Giants.

Walton Sidelined -- What's Next? | DenverBroncos.com
Center J.D. Walton underwent an additional procedure on his ankle and is expected to be out until October. Who will fill his role?

Broncos' J.D. Walton out until late October at best, could miss season - The Denver Post
Broncos center J.D. Walton had surgery on his left ankle Monday to replace some of the hardware that was originally put in place after he fractured and dislocated the ankle Sept. 30 in Denver's 37-6 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

Wes Welker a Piece of the Puzzle, Not the Key to Success | Bleacher Report
When free-agent slot receiver Wes Welker signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Denver Broncos in March, there was much buzz about the receiver pairing up with quarterback Peyton Manning.

Jon Heath Sports Media: Expect Denver Broncos to Bring Back Veteran Center Dan Koppen
On Wednesday, the Denver Broncos confirmed the news that center J.D. Walton—the 6'3", 305-pounder that was expected to be the starting center in 2013—had an additional procedure on his injured left ankle earlier this week.

A Die Hard Bronco Fan Cave | Bronco Planet
Just last week, I had a chance to enjoy a late lunch with a Bronco friend. I had been acquainted with her through Twitter, so when I found out we each live in Colorado Springs, I made it a point to meet.

Average backup OL are fine for the Broncos - It's All Over, Fat Man!
Happy Wednesday, friends. I had a Twitter discussion last week with longtime reader Kriss Bergethon, in which we disagreed about whether it was feasible for the Broncos to acquire more quality veteran offensive line depth.

100 Coisas que você deve saber - #14 Randy Gradishar " BroncosBrasil.com
Em dez temporadas na NFL, Randy Gradishar conseguiu 2049 tackles – uma assombrosa média de 14.1 tackles por jogo. Ele jogou em 145 partidas sem nunca perder uma por contusão e interceptou 20 passes ao longo de sua carreira, sendo 3 deles retornados para touchdown.

JD Walton pode perder a temporada 2013 " BroncosBrasil.com
Com tantos ajustes, assinaturas de contrato e jogadores voltando de lesão na linha ofensiva do Denver Broncos, hoje tivemos mais uma triste notícia vinda de Dove Volley. Nosso C titular JD Walton pode perder a temporada 2013 inteira por conta de uma nova cirurgia.

NFL News and Blogs

Justin Smith signs two-year contract extension with 49ers - Niners Nation
The 49ers have signed Justin Smith to a two-year extension. One of the most important parts of the 49ers defense will be around through 2015.

Dave Jennings, former Giants' punter and broadcaster, dies at 61 - Big Blue View
Former New York Giants punter Dave Jennings passed away Wednesday at the age of 61.

The NFL All-Middle-Name team - SBNation.com
Which NFL player has the middle name McCandless? What about Hilary? Find out in our All-Middle-Name team.

Jaguars announce wet, wild improvements for Everbank Field - SBNation.com
The city of Jacksonville and the Jaguars will spend $63 million on renovations to Everbank Field. This includes swimming pools.

Mike Goodson in plea talks for gun, marijuana charges, per report - SBNation.com
The Jets recent signee appeared in court on Wednesday and, although there's still a chance he and his associate could go to trial, a plea deal is apparently in talks.

NFL rumors: Takeo Spikes wants to avoid training camp - SBNation.com
Takeo Spikes still wants to play this season, but he's not eager to go through the grind of training camp to do so.

Bruce Arians: Daryl Washington is walking 'very thin line' - SBNation.com
Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington isn't giving his new head coach Bruce Arians a lot of confidence in him.

News beginnings or Philip Rivers' swan song? - SBNation.com
The head coach is new, but San Diego's quarterback needs to show he can change with the times.

Negotiating tips from a sports agent | National Football Post
I love negotiating! Whether it’s with a seasoned NFL salary cap manager, a friend, a car dealer, or a vendor in a foreign country, I’m always ready to get the best deal I can and have some fun doing it.

Vikings QB Christian Ponder Could Lose Starting Job in 2013 | GridironGrit.com
While there’s no doubt Ponder will be the starting signal-caller for the team’s season opener (barring injury), ESPN’s Adam Shefter noted on NFL Live Tuesday that the former 2011 first round pick (No. 12 overall) out of Florida State will be in danger of losing his job this year if the club starts to struggle.

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