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Horse Tracks 6/15/09


DB - Camp Comes to a Close
Zach Eisendrath covers the final day of minicamp; the Broncos will now be off until training camp begins in late July. Rod Smith visited practice, during which the team focused on different game situations, like the red zone and being backed up in their own end.

DB - McDaniels: Minicamp Wrap - Broncos TV
Josh McDaniels speaks with the press following practice; he was pleased with the way minicamp went, stressing that all of the running backs will be utilized this year. He would welcome a face-to-face meeting with Brandon Marshall, and was pleased to see Rod Smith visit. McDaniels also points out that the QB competition is not completely over, just that Kyle Orton is the current #1. He is happy with the competition at OLB and looks forward to how that will play out in training camp.

DB - Minicamp: Royal - Broncos TV
Eddie Royal says he always welcomes advice from someone like Rod Smith. He says the WRs are still learning where to line up in the new offense, and he is impressed by Jabar Gaffney, who has helped Eddie with the new system.

DB - Rod Smith Visits Minicamp - Broncos TV
Rod speaks with reporters; he has not spoken with Brandon Marshall lately, but thinks BMarsh should get in touch with him. Smith points out that BMarsh is missing out on the little things and should be at practice because he's under contract. Also, his son is a big BDawk fan.

DP - Marshall could be docked $35,000
Mike Klis looks at the potential financial ramifications of a Brandon Marshall holdout.

DDN - Mutual admiration
Daniel Williams of the Denver Daily has some interesting observations from minicamp; he was impressed by P Britton Colquitt, Brandon Stokley's trash-talking skills, and thinks Jabar Gaffney might be the Broncos' emergency QB. Someone at the DDN needs to fix their website's formatting, because it sucks...

DP - Competition heats up for defensive starting spots
LJones' notes from minicamp practice.

IN - Orton making strides; Marshall stepping back
Hunter Ansley looks at the progress of Kyle Orton, and the Brandon Marshall situation.

CSG - Broncos conclude first mini-camp
Frank Schwab reports from minicamp and looks at where the Broncos are in the front seven heading into the summer.

UFLA - Eclectic Talent Pool Marks Vegas Tryout, Brian Johnson Among the Headliners
Former Broncos QB Darrell Hackney and FB Cecil Sapp were in Vegas to try out for the UFL.


HC - Texans OK 1-year deal with tight end Daniels
Houston TE Owen Daniels signed his one-year RFA tender, and his agent is still working toward a longer contract with the team.

SI - Father's Day book suggestions, plus Brett Favre, Tom Brady, more
PK wasn't surprised to see Kyle Orton named Denver's starter, among his myriad Monday thoughts.

FOX - 7 Points: Mangini knows he must start Quinn
Ed Thompson expects Brady Quinn to start in Cleveland, and some big things out of Brad Cottam of the Chefs.

NFL - Smith has fighting chance in 49ers' open QB competition
Bucky Brooks thinks Alex Smith still figures into the Niners' QB picture.

NFL - Instant Debate: Who will be this year's Thigpen or Thomas?
A couple of's "fantasy experts" are expecting big things out of Kyle Orton in 2009.