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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 8/15/11


Denver Broncos defensive tackle Marcus Thomas trying to live up to expectations of "first-round talent" - The Denver Post
They were only three words, just four syllables. But they're always there for Broncos defensive tackle Marcus Thomas.

Kiszla: Coach John Fox brings right instincts back to Denver Broncos - The Denver Post
Anybody who thinks new Broncos coach John Fox knows X's and O's better than the departed Josh McDaniels is nuts.

Analysis: Broncos' number of interest — 500 rushing attempts this season - The Denver Post
The Broncos may have a magic number this season, or at least one well worth putting on the things-to-do list.

Undrafted safety Kyle McCarthy looks like a keeper for the Denver Broncos - The Denver Post
The Broncos drafted safeties in the second round (Darcel McBath) and fourth round (David Bruton) in 2009 and another pair of safeties this year in the second round (Rahim Moore) and fourth round (Quinton Carter).

Q&A: Broncos will consider taking a QB in first round of 2012 draft - The Denver Post
Q: The Broncos' situation at quarterback is a mess. John Elway​ inherited Kyle Orton​, Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn, so do you think Elway will draft a quarterback in 2012? And will Stanford's Andrew Luck be a great NFL quarterback? news: Umenyiora set to practice, will play under current contract
A somewhat miffed Osi Umenyiora is returning to the New York Giants without a new contract. news: New kickoff rules are winning few fans among players, coaches
One of the most significant NFL rule changes in years is already provoking strong opinions after just one week of preseason games. news: Patriots to work out veterans Houshmandzadeh, Sharper
T.J. Houshmandzadeh won't be the only big-name veteran paying a visit to the New England Patriots this week. Free-agent safety Darren Sharper, a 14-year veteran and a key member of the New Orleans Saints' 2009 Super Bowl-winning squad, told NFL Network Sunday that he will work out for the Patriots on Monday. news: Cotchery says chance to 'win right now' led him to Steelers
Jerricho Cotchery went through his due diligence after the New York Jets granted the veteran wide receiver his release last week. news: Report: Pryor confident in eligibility for supplemental draft
With the NFL supplemental draft just days away, Terrelle Pryor is still in a holding pattern. news: Patriots DL coach Johnson: 'I expect a lot' from Haynesworth
Longtime position coach Pepper Johnson is the latest from within the Patriots organization who has had a positive first impression of Albert Haynesworth, whose reputation in the NFL preceded him in New England. news: Panthers' Newton, Browns' McCoy show flashes of brilliance
The third night of preseason football continued to provide answers to some of the looming questions that dominated the offseason. While one game will certainly not serve as a definitive evaluation on a player, it does provide an opportunity to make projections based on flashes of talent and potential. news: Young Browns showing promise behind McCoy's growth
Here are five things to take from the preseason opener between the Browns and Packers, with one team rebuilding, and the other defending a championship ...

Audibles " Posts No reason for Broncos to bail on Tim Tebow "
Tebow was in the spotlight again Thursday night as Denver opened its preseason schedule at Dallas. He took over for Broncos starter Kyle Orton late in the first quarter and played until halftime of Denver’s 24-23 loss.

On Guard: Mankins' Millions | National Football Post
The labor dispute between Logan Mankins and the Patriots-- which lasted longer than the labor dispute between the NFL and the NFLPA – is finally resolved.

Remember this guy? | National Football Post
Shawne Merriman’s production from Saturday night’s game in Chicago should be talked about: nine snaps, two sacks and another pressure that led to rookie Marcell Dareus making a play on the QB.

Lawrence Tynes angry with no call that put him on crutches | National Football Post
Carolina Panthers linebacker Sean Ware fell into Tynes’ left plant leg while blocking a field goal in the fourth quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Tynes was furious there was no penalty on the play.

Bears ignore new rule and kick off from the 30 | National Football Post
Toub wanted to find out about his new young players and how they would be on kick coverage. So in order to find that out he had his team kick off from the 30-yard line.

Guaranteed contracts come to the NFL: an analysis | National Football Post
As the Oklahoma Land Rush merry-go-round of player signings continues at its speed dating pace, the new contracts for NFL rookies indicate a historic shift has taken place.

Johnson would be a fool to trust Titans - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
When Finnegan expressed desire for a new contract before training camp, the Titans reportedly told him they would take care of him. Defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson told him that if he reported, he would get his upgraded deal. Coach Mike Munchak reassured Finnegan, who is one of the top cornerbacks in the game, that he was an important player to the team.

49ers to bring in QB Culpepper for workout - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Daunte Culpepper(notes) is the latest addition to the San Francisco 49ers’ stable of quarterbacks.

Smith miraculously still behind center for Niners - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Of all the cutting-edge calls contained in the playbook Jim Harbaugh brought down the peninsula from Stanford to the head coach’s office at the San Francisco 49ers’ headquarters, none was more surprising than his decision to give Alex Smith a copy last April.

NFL: Rookie QBs look good in Week 1 of preseason - ESPN
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the first week of preseason was how well rookie quarterbacks played.