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Horse Tracks 7/14/09 - BMarsh says all the right things...for now


Y! - Marshall getting in shape for unpredictable future - Sean Jensen
In an interesting interview, Brandon Marshall says of reporting to training camp, "I’m under contract with the Broncos," and of becoming a distraction to the team, "You don’t ever want to be that." He spoke during a workout in Minnesota with Cards WR Larry Fitzgerald. Well, he said the right things; the question now is whether he shows up...

DB - A Day in the Life of Richard Quinn
Quinn looks back on his draft-day call from Josh McDaniels and gives a quick look at the hotel where the rookies are staying. It's the first in a series of videos Quinn will be featured in for

ADG - Broncos' coach impresses Smith
Rod Smith tells his hometown paper that Josh McDaniels is earning respect by demanding discipline of his coaches and players. Unfortunately, #80 says he has no interest in coaching.

CST - Joyner: "Fans are treating Cutler differently than Grossman or Orton"
Brad Biggs checks in on the KC Joyner column from yesterday and points out that Cutler threw the more interceptions while leading (5) than anyone not named Favre or Roethlisberger. Personally, I don't think it's a great stat. A better indication would be how he compared to other QBs in close games, whether leading or trailing. For what it's worth, Cutler threw 6 INTs last year when the Broncos were anywhere from 8 points down to 8 points ahead (a one-possession game). I have no idea how that compares to the rest of the league; but for curiosity's sake, Drew Brees threw 9 such interceptions, so pretty good for Cutler there.

KCS - Position-by-position analysis: Quarterbacks
Kent Babb has a strange outlook on Josh McDaniels' announcement that Kyle Orton is Denver's #1 QB.

NFLN - NFL Videos: Around the League
Mike Lombardi thinks Tarvaris Jackson cannot afford to languish behind Brett Favre in Minnesota. He also looks at Michael Vick, and the fact that Jokeland ALREADY CUT THEIR SIXTH-ROUND PICK. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

CCT - Safety's stay is short in Oakland
In addition to cutting Stryker Sulak (apparently The Crypt Keeper just liked his name) 2.5 months after drafting him, Jokeland already cut safety Keith Davis.

SDUT - Countdown to Camp - Kevin Acee
Acee covers the Dolts' tight ends.

KCS - Five underrated Chiefs players for the 2009 season - Kent Babb

KCS - Former Chiefs trainer Rudy dies at 88

NFL - Griese is odd man out, released by Bucs
As he had requested, old friend Brian Griese was released by the Bucs and is now free to pursue a spot with another squad.

NFL - Ravens' top receiver Mason tells Web site he's retiring
Although he has yet to inform the Ravens, WR Derrick Mason says he's hanging 'em up after 12 years.

Y! - Patriots sign CB Darius Butler, second-round pick
The Pats drafted a 5'10" cornerback in the second round?!?!?! What in carnation were they THINKing?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

NFL - Jets release veteran TE Bubba Franks

PFW - NFC West training-camp previews

NFP - Camp countdown: NFC East - Matt Bowen

CBS - Playoff ready? Pats plus five who might see January
Prisco considers five teams who could go from watching to playing in January.

SI - The advent of Smart Football and the skinny on the 'Skins - Chris Cooley
Cooley has an interesting idea for the NFL involving what he calls GPS and the football to eliminate a lot of the guesswork involved in officiating. Among other thoughts, he's actually a fan of a longer regular season. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

NFP - Diner morning news: Finding the right coach
Lombardi considers potential candidates for Jim Zorn's head job in Washington.

ESPN - New York Giants RB Brandon Jacobs' recent comments about Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo just make the season more interesting
Clayton mentions which training camp battles he looks forward to out of Denver.

PFW - Jets bank on Sanchez handling media scrutiny - Mark Cannizzaro

ESPN - Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn doesn't play by conventional rules - Elizabeth Merrill

FOX - Vick could shine in Wildcat offense - Michael Rosenberg

NFP - Rookie contracts: Part 2
Andrew Brandt examines the escalator clauses in rookie deals.

CBS - Positional Rankings: Safety
Prisco lists his top 10 safeties, which do not include Brian Dawkins.

NFL - These five returners strike fear in special teams units
Bucky Brooks ranks his top 5 return men. Jamie Dukes goes over his list for NFLTA, so you probably want to avoid that part...

DP - Official duties were just the right call
Irv Moss profiles Bob Mantooth, a Denver native and former NFL referee who recently retired from his position with the AFL.

NFP - 2009 NFP scouting series: Kansas State - Wes Bunting