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Tebowmania already had roots in Jacksonville - The Denver Post
All eyes will peek in on Jacksonville, Fla., during Week 1 of the NFL season to see how the hometown hero fares in his return.

Experience vs. youth: Age-old dilemma in NFL - The Denver Post
The rigors of an NFL game day complete, safety Brian Dawkins returns home to his family, eats a healthy meal, stretches his tired muscles and ices any extra-sore spots. He kisses his wife, Connie, and their four children good night, and climbs into his hyperbaric chamber for a full night's sleep.

Kiszla: Broncos need Moreno at full strength - The Denver Post
For Knowshon Moreno, the challenge is straightforward: How can Denver possibly be the best team in the AFC West if it has the worst starter at running back in the division?

Preview: 2010 Denver Broncos offense - The Denver Post
* Did you know? In a parking lot surrounded by luxury sedans and SUVs, Orton often drives a hybrid to work.

Preview: 2010 Denver Broncos defense - The Denver Post
McBean is the only returning defensive starter up front as he has held off the Broncos' additions at the position, including free-agent signee Jarvis Green. McBean is the Broncos' choice to play on early, predominantly run downs.

Woody's Mailbag: Does Broncos' 3-4 system favor weakside outside linebackers? - The Denver Post
After watching the Broncos-Steelers game the other night, during which Robert Ayers recorded a surprising two sacks and had another taken away by a penalty, I began to wonder about the 3-4 system being the reason for Elvis Dumervil's enormous success last year. Is it possible that the Broncos' scheme is designed to lock up all the blockers in order to free up the weakside outside linebacker (Dumervil or Ayers) to make the play? Obviously Elvis is very talented, but maybe the system has something to do with it too?

Q&A with former Broncos quarterback John Elway - The Denver Post
Watching him go through the rigors of 16 NFL seasons, some wondered how well John Elway would be able to walk in retirement, let alone pursue activities such as golf with the passion and vigor of a man 30 years younger.

Welcome to the Internet, Tim Tebow | All Things Broncos
Tim Tebow might be the last 23-year-old on Earth to sign up for a Facebook page, but at last, he has joined the Social Media Revolution.

Jones-Drew: "There is no injury" | All Things Broncos
Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew said Wednesday morning that he is healthy. "There is no injury," he said on a conference call with Denver reporters.

Jacksonville = Tebow’s Town, says Jones-Drew | All Things Broncos
"It’s his town, man," Jones-Drew said Wednesday morning on a conference call with Denver reporters. "It’s going to be exciting for him."

Broncos select 7 captains | All Things Broncos
The seven players voted on by their teammates are: QB Kyle Orton, RG Chris Kuper and TE Daniel Graham on offense; CB Champ Bailey, S Brian Dawkins and LB D.J. Williams on defense; and LB Wesley Woodyard for special teams.

Fatigue caused the Broncos' 2009 collapse - The Denver Post
Players and coaches were reluctant to admit it publicly at the time, but with more than a half a year's distance from the dismal 2-8 end to last season, they can say it now: The Broncos didn't have enough depth, and players' bodies broke down late last season as the team limped to the finish.

'Tis the season of Super Bowl XLV, so our intrepid expert has XLV predictions about the upcoming year in the National Football League. - ESPN
Jimmy Fallon wanted to do a big, Ray Rice "Born To Run" Glee-like production number for this column, but I told him never mind. Bad move?

Mike Shanahan: Albert Haynesworth will be Washington Redskin Sunday - ESPN
Addressing the latest trade reports concerning the troublesome defensive tackle, coach Mike Shanahan on Wednesday said Haynesworth will be a member of the Washington Redskins when they open the season Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

Tom Brady deflected questions about whether he is close to a contract extension with the New England Patriots - ESPN Boston
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady deflected questions Wednesday about reports that he is closing in on a contract extension with the team, repeatedly saying his focus instead was on Sunday's season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Tom Brady thinks Randy Moss is the best downfield receiver ever to play the game. - ESPN Boston
Two days after Randy Moss said he was feeling "not wanted" by the New England Patriots as he enters the final year of his contract, quarterback Tom Brady made clear his feelings on his star receiver.

Chan Gailey picks rookie C.J. Spiller as Buffalo Bills' starting RB - ESPN
It took a few short months for Bills rookie running back C.J. Spiller to win the starting job and elevate expectations around town that Buffalo's anemic offense just might have a semblance of a spark.

Dallas Cowboys rookie Dez Bryant 100 percent healthy, ready to play again - ESPN Dallas
Dallas Cowboys first-round pick Dez Bryant said he's ready to "unleash" his abilities in the regular-season Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

Peyton Manning says he'll adjust to new umpire rules - ESPN
Peyton Manning says he'll do whatever he can to make sure the Colts' high-scoring offense works like it should -- regardless of where the umpire lines up or how quickly he gets into position.

Larry Fitzgerald healthy, ready for Arizona Cardinals opener - ESPN
Larry Fitzgerald is back in practice and, even in a knee brace, will provide new quarterback Derek Anderson a welcome big-play target when the Arizona Cardinals open the season Sunday in St. Louis.

Reggie Bush says whether he's stripped of Heisman Trophy is out of his hands - ESPN Los Angeles
Reggie Bush declined to go into any detail Wednesday on what he knows about the status of his 2005 Heisman Trophy.

Arizona Cardinals castoff Matt Leinart gets fresh start with Houston Texans - ESPN
Matt Leinart walked into the Houston Texans' locker room Wednesday with stubble on his face and a new playbook in his hand.

NFL season ticket sales down for 3rd straight year - ESPN
Season ticket sales declined for the third year in a row as teams struggle to get fans to the stadium in a weak economy.

Treasure to trash: free agency failures | National Football Post
Every year at the NFL annual meetings, there is a presentation showing a negative correlation between spending big in free agency and winning. The proven model of success is investing in one’s own players rather than others. The takeaway was not a directive to not spend; that would be collusion. It was simply graphs and charts showing how few free agents make the Pro Bowl and/or contribute to winning. The message jibes with one of my mantras: teams that win in March rarely win in January.

Vikings-Saints tip sheet | National Football Post
Let’s get you ready for the NFL kickoff down in New Orleans between the Vikings and Saints. A tip sheet: personnel, notes and schemes to prepare you for tonight.

Packers’ Finley emerges as tough matchup | National Football Post
If the NFL is indeed a matchup league, then one of its most valuable players is Jermichael Finley.

Inside the playbook: blitzing Brett Favre | National Football Post
Let’s talk Vikings-Saints today. We know that New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is going to dial up pressure against Brett Favre and the Vikings — especially in third-down situations — but how? What Williams wants to do on Thursday night is pressure, but with coverage principles in the secondary. Cause confusion in the Minnesota protection schemes and then bait Favre into making a mistake with free runners in his face.

Leigh Bodden has shoulder surgery | National Football Post
New England Patriots cornerback Leigh Bodden underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff.

Jason Davis worked out for the Bengals | National Football Post
The Cincinnati Bengals tried out former New York Jets fullback Jason Davis this week, but didn't sign him.

David Clowney on his way to Kansas City? | National Football Post
Former New York Jets wide receiver David Clowney appears to be on the verge of either joining the Kansas City Chiefs, or getting a tryout.

Source: Jets re-signing Kevin O'Connell | National Football Post
The New York Jets are re-signing quarterback Kevin O'Connell to a two-year contract, a league source confirms.

Marshal Yanda taking some snaps at right tackle | National Football Post
Since Jared Gaither is definitely sidelined for Monday night's game due to a thoracic disc injury and Oniel Cousins is coming off a concussion, the Baltimore Ravens are making contingency plans at right tackle.

Jim Schwartz says most Lions have no clue about road woes | National Football Post
The Detroit Lions will open the season closing in on a piece of history they already hold, something they don’t want to experience again.

Raiders sign Jay Alford, cut Erik Pears | National Football Post
The Oakland Raiders have signed former New York Giants third-round defensive tackle Jay Alford and cut offensive tackle Erik Pears. news: Cowboys could be without OL Colombo, Kosier on Sunday
Tony Romo might be without two of his main blockers for Sunday night's season opener at Washington. news: Time to cover the top five cornerback tandems
With Darrelle Revis' return to the Jets, New York boasts a potential lock-down cornerback tandem. Though Revis' first game with new teammate Antonio Cromartie won't come until Monday night when the Jets host the Ravens, it shouldn't take long for them to anchor a secondary that will be crucial to New York's pass rush this season.

NFL Broadcasting Guide for CBS, NBC, Fox, ESPN, NFL Network - Richard Deitsch -
There is no programming more valuable in television than the National Football League. Last season an average of 16.6 million people watched regular season NFL games, which was 105 percent higher than the average primetime viewership (8.1 million) for the Big Four networks.

Giant backup Brandon Jacobs storms away from interview - NFL -
New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs stormed off from an interview session with reporters after being questioned about his role.

Washington's Albert Haynesworth poor excuse for pro athlete - Jeff Pearlman -
If one is so inclined, he can visit the Washington Redskins' website and order a replica Albert Haynesworth jersey for $89 plus tax.

Fans' guide to NFL labor battle - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Roger Goodell was in the midst of a leisurely training camp tour last month when the NFL commissioner began experiencing severe labor pains.

Why it's time for Reggie Bush to fess up - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
Not on the field, of course. He should keep doing the things that have led to a solid and occasionally spectacular NFL career in New Orleans. Just one change is required: