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Denver Broncos News - Horse Tracks - 8/1/11


Rested, Recharged and Ready |
Running back Willis McGahee reconnects with position coach Eric Studesville and looks forward to contributing to the team's ground game.

Camp Day 4: TE Thomas Ahead of Schedule |
Julius Thomas might be in the right place at the right time. After cutting Daniel Graham in February, the Broncos were tight-end needy. Their remaining tight ends only had five career starts. news: McGahee ready to team with Moreno in Broncos' backfield
Denver has signed veteran running back Willis McGahee to a free-agent contract to back up starter Knowshon Moreno.

Elvis Dumervil happy to see Denver Broncos being coached by "a defensive guy" - The Denver Post
For 16 seasons — 14 with Mike Shanahan, two with Josh McDaniels — the Broncos had head coaches whose resumes leaned toward offense.

Denver Broncos are drawing interest from big names despite a small budget - The Denver Post
Even if their budget seems small, the Broncos are investing in some big names and fair-sized players.

Q&A: Broncos' financial constraints play role in free-agency strategy - The Denver Post
The Broncos have elected to use their financial resources on defense to re-sign Champ Bailey, sign Kevin Vickerson to an extension and draft Von Miller.

Analysis: How quickly can the Broncos rebuild? Ask their defense - The Denver Post
The math was ugly, the numbers historically alarming — all of it piled in the rubble that was the Broncos 4-12 season in 2010.

Peter King-Monday morning QB-SI  Hat tip to Boydy

8. I think the Kyle Orton-to-Miami deal isn't dead, though it seems to be a long shot. If I were Orton, I'd be pushing for it. Hard. Tim Tebow might not keep the job, but he's certainly going to have a good shot to win it this year at some point, and maybe very soon. I don't care what Orton would have to do to his contract to make it happen. Five years down the road, if he doesn't end up in Miami, he'll be saying to himself, "I should have redone my contract back in 2011. I should have figured how much they wanted to go with Tebow, and how I could have started from day one in Miami.''

McGahee Looks to Turn Back Time |
In Charlotte, John Fox had the only pair of running backs to go over 1,100 yards in the same season in NFL history. They were DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, and they answered to myriad nicknames, most notably "Smash and Dash" and "Double Trouble."

Don’t Panic: EFX Have Plan At Defensive Tackle - BroncoTalk
Since former Denver Broncos Head Coach Josh McDaniels was fired last December, a lot of changes have gone down in Dove Valley.  The team started by

Broncos Waive Linebacker Dominic Douglas - BroncoTalk
The Denver Broncos announced on Sunday that the team has waived linebacker Dominic Douglas.  Entering the NFL in 2009 as an undrafted free agent with the

2011 Training Camp - Day 4: Fox |
Head Coach John Fox talks about the addition of running back Willis McGahee.

'A Welcome Home' |
Newly signed running back Willis McGahee said playing for Running Backs Coach Eric Studesville again is 'like a welcome home.' Now the nine-year veteran is ready to get to work.

The Denver Post

Willis McGahee happy to help fuel Denver Broncos' running game - The Denver Post
With a new No. 23 jersey on his back and a football grasped tightly in his right palm, Willis McGahee shadowed running backs coach Eric Studesville at Broncos training camp Sunday afternoon.

Position battle at Broncos training camp: Tight end - The Denver Post
Broncos rookie tight ends Julius Thomas and Virgil Green have shown plenty of athleticism and potential as receivers in the early going in this training camp.

QB watch at Broncos training camp: Orton has his followers - The Denver Post
The veterans throw of the day was a heater to Eric Decker for a touchdown in red-zone drills that caused one fan to yell, "I believe in you, Orton."

Backfield in motion for Broncos - The Denver Post
When he coached the Carolina Panthers, John Fox had a running back tandem of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart — nicknamed "Smash and Dash."

Dusty Saunders: Broncos' coverage pits Denver TV stations - The Denver Post
Sports news flash: The Broncos didnt win the Super Bowl last season.

Denver Mayor Hancock huddles with Broncos - The Denver Post
Although he goes by His Honor these days, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock remembers his Super Bowl run as the teams mascot.

Highlight at Broncos training camp: Fans see quality hit parade - The Denver Post
After an offseason lockout that put all things football on hold, it took a little longer than usual for the Broncos to settle into training camp.

Lowlight at Broncos training camp: Don't get too comfortable - The Denver Post
Safety Renaldo Hill, who was released Saturday night, wasnt even gone 24 hours before his No. 23 jersey was being worn by running back Willis McGahee.

First and Orange Blog

Matt Willis: Wide receiver, Ninja? | First-and-Orange
I chased Broncos wide receiver Matt Willis down after practice today, and when I caught up to him just before he walked off the practice field, I uttered a sentence I never thought I’d say in my career as a professional sportswriter.

Surprise: Broncos adding tight end Fells, visiting with Rosario | First-and-Orange
Richard Quinn, the Broncos’ second-round draft pick in 2009 who entered camp as the expected starter as the blocking tight end, and Dan Gronkowski, who entered camp as the starting "receiving" tight end, are about to get some serious competition.

Marcus Thomas back with Broncos | First-and-Orange
The Broncos have re-signed defensive tackle Marcus Thomas on a one-year contact. The New York Giants were also in on Thomas, who played his first four seasons with the Broncos.

Daniel Graham agrees to 3-year deal with Titans | First-and-Orange
Tight end Daniel Graham, the former Thomas Jefferson High School and University of Colorado star who played the previous four seasons with the Broncos, has agreed to terms with the Tennessee Titans.