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Horse Tracks 7/19/09 - Alphonso Smith impresses everyday


LTC - Making a difference - Brian Howell
Howell details a remarkable trip Alphonso Smith and a pair of teammates took to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania last summer. This is a must-read article and a fascinating look into the Broncos' grounded and intelligent rookie.

DP - A super secondary for Broncos?
Klis looks at the remade Broncos backfield, sharing quotes with all four veterans about their expectations for 2009.

DP - Klis: Marshall's options: big play or less pay
Klis points out that Brandon Marshall may not put up the big numbers (TDs, YPR) that command big dollars. Plus, Bubby is holding a football camp soon.

ESPN - Former All-Pro safety John Lynch says "buyer beware" for teams pursuing Brandon Marshall
John Lynch doesn't expect Denver to show BMarsh the money; he thinks all of Marshall's arrests mean the Broncos can't trust him yet. He also thinks Jay Cutler has a lot of growing up to do, although he says Denver shouldn't have traded him.

DP - Kiszla: Grab a chance to grade Coach McD
Kiszla is offering up the "opportunity" to sit through the Broncos' home opener by his side in the stands. He also considers whether the offseason of change will damage Denver ticket sales. Of course, there's the small factor of the economy...

DP - Paige: Shanny enjoying time from the grind
Woody offers a more-detailed look at how Shanny's doing and what he's been up to.

CSG - Shanahan objective on McDaniels so far

PFW - AFC West training-camp previews

ADG - COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME : Holtz still big hit with South Bend crowd
Rod Smith was inducted to the College Football HOF yesterday. - Rod Smith inducted into college football hall of fame

SPI - Aikman, Holtz among college football Hall of Fame inductees

BN - These guys rate a 10 on the highlight reel - Larry Felser
Felser ranks John Elway among the most exciting football players he's seen.

KCS - Is Cassel the one player the Chiefs have sought all these years?

PFW - Injury keeps Heyward-Bey from Russell’s workouts

NFP - Sunday at the Post - Mike Lombardi

ESPN - New Bucs regime guided by collective experience - Pat Yasinskas

ESPN - Andy Reid and Tom Heckert of the Philadelphia Eagles are the top coach-GM combination in the NFL - John Clayton

NFP - 2009 NFP scouting series: Duke - Wes Bunting