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Horse Tracks - 8/12/10


Ex-Broncos intern on Shanahan's staff at Redskins training camp - The Denver Post
Steve Atwater, Terrell Davis, Steve Beuerlein and Michael Pittman — former Broncos all — are interns on Shanahan's coaching staff this summer. They have taken an entry-level, kick-the-tires, short-term job to see what coaching in the NFL is all about.

Paige: Is Tebow Time now for Broncos? - The Denver Post
Coach McDaniels confronts a dilemma with which Prince Hamlet would empathize — whether 'tis nobler to suffer the slings and arrows of controversy in high risk, high reward or failure, or take a conservative arm against a sea of troubles. To start or not start Tim Tebow? That is the question for Josh.

Broncos' Goodman has stability on defense cornered - The Denver Post
Quick, can you name which player led the Broncos in interceptions last year?

Woody's Mailbag: Losing Dumervil leaves big void in Broncos' defense - The Denver Post
How do you figure Denver's defense will be this season? With the loss of Elvis Dumervil, the linebacking corps isn't looking too great, but with an improved D-line and what I consider one of the better secondaries in the NFL, I still think the Broncos will be a top 10-15 defense. What do you think?

Eyeballing "third quarterback" rule - The Denver Post
Like never before, the Broncos must grasp the NFL's emergency third quarterback rule.

Analysis: Fargas, White weren't signed just to go camping with Broncos - The Denver Post
While the Broncos continue to publicly express optimism about the overall health of their running back corps, they continue to sign running backs to put on the practice field.

Q&A: Now it's up to the seniors committee to help enshrine Broncos' Gradishar in the Pro Football Hall of Fame - The Denver Post
Q: When will former Broncos linebacker Randy Gradishar be eligible for Pro Football Hall of Fame consideration again via the seniors committee?

For kicks, let's say the Denver Broncos Broncos beat the Jaguars | All Things Broncos
The slew of injuries — most notably to Elvis Dumervil, Ryan Clady and Knowshon Moreno — have lowered expectations that weren’t exactly robust to begin with.

Camp Confidential: Denver Broncos - AFC West Blog - ESPN
After he watched one key player after another limp to the training room this summer, Josh McDaniels came to a conclusion: The Denver Broncos are going to find a way to get better as a result.

Rex Ryan challenges Darrelle Revis, reps to meet with New York Jets execs and players - ESPN New York
Try to imagine this: New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, owner Woody Johnson and general manager Mike Tannenbaum seated at a table, surrounded by 80 players. On the opposite side of the table are Darrelle Revis and his two agents.

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler warns there will be more interceptions this season - ESPN Chicago
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler didn't take offense that a local newspaper is keeping a daily chart of his training camp interceptions, and he has a message to fans worried after he threw 26 picks last year.

2010 NFL training camps: Al Davis of Oakland Raiders likens QB Jason Campbell to Jim Plunkett - ESPN
"I really liken this team a great deal to the team of 1980, in which the great Jim Plunkett pulled us out of the doldrums, took us to the Super Bowl as a wild card, and we had so many great players who eventually made their way into the Hall of Fame," Davis said in an interview with Sirius NFL Radio.

Sources: San Diego Chargers' Shawne Merriman agrees to tender - ESPN
After missing the first part of training camp in the hopes of landing a lucrative new contract, Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman is planning to report to San Diego's camp by this weekend and sign his $3.269 million tender, according to league sources.

Philadelphia Eagles security nabs fan in new Donovan McNabb jersey - ESPN
Jim Devlin said he was just trying to stir the pot by wearing a replica of Donovan McNabb's maroon Washington Redskins jersey on the sideline at Philadelphia Eagles training camp Wednesday morning.

2010 NFL training camps: Cleveland Browns LB D'Qwell Jackson suffers another chest injury - ESPN
The Cleveland Browns are awaiting further test results on starting inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, who sustained his second chest muscle injury in 10 months.

The value of the NFL joint practice in August | National Football Post
Tonight, the Saints and Patriots play in Gillette Stadium in the preseason opener for both clubs, but just as we saw on Sunday during the Hall of Fame game in Canton, the starters will see limited work. Produce a drive that results in points or force a couple three-and-outs on defense, and the first team guys can pack it in for the night.

Rex on the fence | National Football Post
We knew that this was coming, we just did not know when. As the contentious negotiations and public feud between the Jets and Darrelle Revis intensifies, Rex Ryan has curbed his enthusiasm for Revis.

The NFL’s other safety issue | National Football Post
Though Mays, in some ways, was the most physically gifted safety in his class, the message teams are sending was clear: they wanted safeties who can cover. And for all of Mays’ size, speed and explosiveness, his ability to cover has been doubted.

NCAA targeting Brown to discuss Kiffin | National Football Post
The father of Tennessee running back Bryce Brown said Wednesday that NCAA investigators have asked to speak to his son about Lane Kiffin’s recruiting practices when the current USC head coach was running the program in Knoxville.

Colts sign Marcus McCauley | National Football Post
The Indianapolis Colts have signed former Minnesota Vikings third-round defensive back Marcus McCauley.

Tim Hightower tops RB depth chart in Arizona | National Football Post
Beanie Wells might be a popular pick among fantasy football players this year, especially with Kurt Warner gone and the controls being turned over the Matt Leinart.

Damian Williams, Nick Schommer activated | National Football Post
The Tennessee Titans have activated wide receiver Damian Williams and safety Nick Schommer from the physically unable to perform list after both players passed their physicals.

Balmer taking it to limit with 49ers | National Football Post
We doubt that was Balmer’s goal, and now he’s in a mighty precarious position, unexcused in his absence from the San Francisco 49ers training camp. The defensive end was given two days by Singletary to sort out what was described as a personal matter. He went through Day 3 on Wednesday. The 49ers have placed Balmer on the exempt/left squad list, according to a league source.

Jets' frustration with Revis talks on display on HBO | National Football Post
During the first episode of Hard Knocks, the New York Jets' frustration with the lack of progress in the Darrrell Revis talks was on full display. news: Colts owner: Center Saturday out 2 to 6 weeks after surgery
The Colts owner told reporters Wednesday that the team's Pro Bowl center could miss two to six weeks after having arthroscopic knee surgery to remove what was described as a "loose body." news: Vikings' Moats has hand in designing 'Madden 11' video game
Moats has started his sixth year in the NFL, now with the Minnesota Vikings after previously playing for the Philadelphia Eagles and Houston Texans. The backup running back is just trying to pick up the Vikings' playbook and make enough of an impression to stick on the regular-season roster. He knows there's nothing guaranteed in this game. news: Bengals' Lewis has strong words for out-of-shape OT Smith
The Cincinnati Bengals are still waiting for offensive tackle Andre Smith to get into shape. And coach Marvin Lewis is growing impatient. news: Vastly improved Ryan has Falcons poised to catapult Saints
For the first time in franchise history, the Atlanta Falcons have put back-to-back winning seasons together, and they appear far from satisfied. news: How to smooth things over with unhappy high-profile players
At the risk of oversimplifying each situation, there are three courses of action open to these teams: "Pay the man" (i.e. give the player a new contract in the vicinity of what he's asking for), "trade the man" (obvious enough) or "play it out" (essentially let the player continue to dangle and more or less call his bluff).

Delhomme focused on taking it easy - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Jake Delhomme(notes) and anxiety just don’t mix. The more intense he gets, the more things come apart, like trying to hook some fish on one of those lakes in Louisiana where he grew up. It doesn’t pay to reel faster.

Patriots' Brady gets down to business - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The words came out of Tom Brady’s(notes) mouth before he could process their impact. Hilarity ensued – though not for a good 45 minutes, until a New England Patriots training-camp practice was over and the exacting quarterback had gotten over his hissy fit.

Alabama grand jury gets drug case against Russell - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
A judge sent the drug possession case against former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell(notes) to a grand jury Wednesday despite testimony that the codeine drink found at Russell’s home belonged to a longtime friend.

Saints RB Bush returns; Hamilton injures knee - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Reggie Bush(notes) returned to practice after missing one session with cramps, and he might have become even more important for the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints on Wednesday.