Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 8/26/13

Justin Edmonds

The Broncos wasted little time trimming their roster down. Perhaps their fax machine is acting up again or something. This is the week dreams come to an end and as a mindless fan, even I don't really care for it. 53 seems like such an arbitrary number, too.

Broncos' Ronnie Hillman fumbling away chance to be starting RB | USA Today
Ronnie Hillman has been given every chance to win the job to be the Denver Broncos' starting running back, sitting atop the depth chart since the team began offseason workouts in April.

Denver Broncos Videos

Broncos Make 11 Transactions | DenverBroncos.com
Chris Hall from Dove Valley after the Broncos trim the roster to 77 players.

Denver Broncos News & Blogs

Broncos Trim Roster to 77 | DenverBroncos.com
The Broncos made 11 transactions to get the roster down to 77 players in advance of Tuesday's deadline for a 75-man squad.

Next Day Notebook: vs. Rams | DenverBroncos.com
Both QBs Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler got a lot of work in Saturday night and TE Julius Thomas continues to improve.

Shots of the Game: Broncos vs. Rams | DenverBroncos.com
Take a look at the best snaps from the Broncos' 27-26 win over the Rams on Saturday night.

Broncos hang on for preseason win over Rams - The Denver Post
If the Broncos want Peyton Mannings right shoulder to remain attached to his surgically repaired neck, they had better come up with at least a token running game.

Broncos WR Andre Caldwell Plays His Way off the Roster Bubble - Predominantly Orange
We all know about Pro Bowlers Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker, the team’s prized offseason acquisition. We all know about Eric Decker, who had his first 1,000 plus yard season last year, along with a team leading 13 touchdown grabs.

Denver Broncos Dress Rehearsal Analysis - Predominantly Orange
The third pre-season game is in the books for the Denver Broncos, and that likely means we’ve seen the last of Peyton Manning until the Broncos take on the Baltimore Ravens in the Thursday night opener.

AFC West Rival Roundup

ReFo: KC @ PIT, Preseason WK 3 | ProFootballFocus.com
Week 3 of preseason is typically when teams will do their regular season “dress rehearsal”. Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs certainly bought into that ethos and took it a step further last night.

An ode to Dave Toub, Kansas City Chiefs special teams coach - Arrowhead Pride
KC Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub is better than you. Or you. And everyone else, too.

ReFo: CHI @ OAK, Preseason Wk 3 | ProFootballFocus.com
The third preseason games are supposed to be the meaningful ones. They’re the games that feature the starters for around a half usually, and give us the best indication of how the important part of a roster is taking shape.

Terrelle Pryor set to "Lead [Raiders] into Seattle" for final preseason game - Silver And Black Pride
With Matt Flynn out with arm tendonitis, Terrelle Pryor will start the Raiders final preseason game.

Menelik Watson to make first ever start at left tackle... which he has never played - Silver And Black Pride
As if it isn't hard enough making his very first start, Menelik Watson will be playing a position he has never played. Like, in his life.

Five takeaways from the Chargers' victory over the Cardinals - Bolts From The Blue
Kyle Posey comes up with five takeaways from the San Diego Chargers preseason victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

Chargers vs. Cardinals final score, San Diego dominates Arizona 24-7 - Bolts From The Blue
The San Diego Chargers didn't dominate so much as the Arizona Cardinals seemed to hand them every easy opportunity they could. Still, San Diego leaves Phoenix with their first win of the 2013 NFL preseason.

NFL News & Blogs

VIDEO: Rex Ryan's sideways press conference - SBNation.com
Things are bad for the New York Jets. Geno Smith threw three picks and ran out of the end zone to give the Giants two points. Mark Sanchez struggled, too, but left in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury.

Kevin Kolb concussion could be career threatening, per report - Buffalo Rumblings
Per beat reporter Tim Graham, the Buffalo Bills are scrambling for quarterbacks because they believe Kevin Kolb's career might be over after a third concussion. Whoa.

Buffalo Bills sign Matt Leinart as EJ Manuel, Kevin Kolb injury insurance - Buffalo Rumblings
With EJ Manuel and Kevin Kolb sidelined by injury, the Bills have reportedly signed the eight-year veteran as insurance behind undrafted free agent Jeff Tuel for, at minimum, the remainder of the preseason.

Keith Bulluck arrested on felony robbery charge - SBNation.com
Former Titans linebacker was arrested on a felony robbery charge after a dispute with a cab driver.

Stevie Brown Injury: Torn ACL for New York Giants' safety - Big Blue View
The season is over for New York Giants' safety Stevie Brown, who has a torn ACL. Adam Schefter of ESPN was the first to report the news.

49ers shopping Colt McCoy, per Ian Rapoport - Niners Nation
The 49ers are reportedly shopping Colt McCoy in hopes of getting something in return for the struggling backup QB. We break down what the news means to the 49ers quarterback situation, and more.

Released from hospital tests inconclusive - Behind the Steel Curtain
CBS Sports reporter Jason La Canfora tweeted Steelers OLB Jarvis Jones was released from the hospital after an overnight stay, but tests done on an injury to his chest were "inconclusive."

Bengals Preview: Andy Dalton must elevate his game | The MMQB with Peter King
Cincy has the defense and the game-changing wideout—all it needs is Andy Dalton to elevate his game to win the AFC North crown and finally make some postseason noise.

Will Cutler survive in Chicago? | National Football Post
In his three years in Denver under Mike Shanahan, he threw for over 9,000 yards and 54 touchdowns. When the trade was made, it was thought that Cutler was the missing link to take the Bears to a championship. To date, that hasn’t happened. And it may never.

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
The offseason addition of two-time Super Bowl champion defensive end Osi Umenyiora, the former New York Giants’ standout signed as an unrestricted free agent, figures to be a solid move by the Atlanta Falcons. But bringing in Umenyiora, the NFL’s 10th-leading sacker among active defenders, also magnifies one of the very few failures of the Arthur Blank-Thomas Dimitroff-Mike Smith triumvirate.

Advanced NFL Stats: Why Standard Fantasy Football Rots and How To Fix It
My mother-in-law plays a dice game called Farkel. It's a game of simple math, but mostly a game of chance—more War than chess, more cleromancy than game theory.

Why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Still Won't Make the NFL Playoffs - NFL Mocks
Let it be known the following article does not present facts, but merely a statement supported by them. Try to keep the righteous indignation to a minimum. In terms of talent it is hard to pick against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013. So here is why they won’t make the NFL playoffs.

Geno Smith Will Determine Rex Ryan's Fate with Jets in 2013 | Bleacher Report
After Ryan foolishly put Mark Sanchez in to play with scrubs late in the team's third preseason game against the New York Giants, Smith appears likely to be the team's starter going forward.

Tony Gonzalez is good at not fumbling | Football Outsiders
Do you remember Robert Thomas? He was selected by the Rams with the 31st overall pick in the 2002 draft. He started 30 games at linebacker for the team in three years, grabbed a cup of coffee in Green Bay, and then had three forgettable years with the Raiders during the nadir of the Al Davis era.

Breaking Down David Wilson’s 84-yard Touchdown Run Against the Jets | Football Outsiders
The Jets are lined up with four down linemen: from left to right, you can see DE Muhammad Wilkerson, first-round tackle Sheldon Richardson, backup NT Damon Harrison, and outside linebacker/edge rusher Garrett McIntyre.

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