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Denver Broncos' defense faces proving ground - The Denver Post
Although the Broncos will play their second preseason game tonight against the Buffalo Bills​ at the newly christened Sports Authority Field at Mile High, a little more time will be needed to repair all that ails their defense.

Woody Paige: Tebow will eventually replace Orton again - The Denver Post
New coach John Fox's "open competition" is closed. No matter how well Tebow or Quinn plays in this exhibition, Orton will begin the season at quarterback. However, in my opinion, he won't close the season at quarterback.

Q&A: Broncos' Tebow must learn to be patient in the pocket - The Denver Post
Q: Will Tim Tebow's patience in the pocket increase with a better offensive line protecting him? Or is it just experience he needs in the NFL that will help keep him there longer? Or both? I know this, if I was Tim, I'd be thinking, "I've got two, three seconds to throw the ball before I'm pressured or sacked, so if nothing is open, I'm running to keep our drive alive."

QB mystery: Quinn, Tebow battle for Broncos' No. 2 - The Denver Post
The Broncos' quarterback drama has moved on to the No. 2 role, where there is intrigue about whether Brady Quinn​, and not Tim Tebow, will be the first quarterback in to replace starter Kyle Orton​ in the preseason game tonight against the Buffalo Bills​.

Tim Tebow laughs off report of University of Miami bounty | First-and-Orange — Denver Broncos news, stats, analysis — The Denver Post
Three years removed from his only collegiate game against the University of Miami, Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow on Thursday was able to laugh about allegations that the Hurricanes placed a bounty on him in 2008.

Broncos hope to get a good look at backups against Bills - The Denver Post
With the Broncos second preseason game on deck tonight — the Buffalo Bills come to Denver — the teams starters are expected to play deep into the second quarter before news: McCoy says Bucs stunned by speed of Brady, Patriots' offense
What they got Thursday night was a 31-14 beatdown, with Brady and the Patriots torching Tampa Bay for two quarters, something for which defensive tackle Gerald McCoy admitted his Bucs teammates weren't prepared. Blogs " Blog Archive Haley refuses to address Baldwin, Jones fight "
Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley did not deny that there was a fight this week between first-round draft pick Jonathan Baldwin and veteran RB Thomas Jones, but did not directly address the issue, either, in his remarks following a preseason loss at Baltimore. Blogs " Blog Archive Panthers sign center Kalil to five-year extension "
The Panthers have signed veteran center Ryan Kalil to a five-year contract extension. news: Fox: Broncos' QB rotation vs. Bills will be 'game-time decision'
Fans will just have to tune in Saturday night to see what happens when the Broncos face the Buffalo Bills at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the stadium's new moniker. news: Report: League, union still seeking resolution on HGH testing
Negotiators for the NFL and the NFL Players Association will meet with anti-doping experts next week as they try to reach an agreement on HGH testing before the start of the regular season, people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. news: Knee surgery to keep Giants DE Umenyiora out up to a month
Osi Umenyiora will not practice with the New York Giants for a while, and this time it has nothing to do with his contract. news: NFL's position on Pryor strengthens relationship with NCAA
When the NFL announced Thursday that it would let former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor enter next Monday's supplemental draft -- but also impose a five-game suspension upon his signing with a team -- the message seemed clear: If you mess with the NCAA, you mess with us. news: Bears GM Angelo reached out to Ravens after lying accusations
Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said Friday the air has been cleared with the Baltimore Ravens after members of that organization ripped his franchise over a botched trade in April's NFL Draft.

Garrard still leads Gabbert in Jacksonville | National Football Post
With 50 percent of the preseason precincts reporting in now, Vito Stellino of the Jacksonville Times-Union is projecting David Garrard still as the slight favorite to retain his job as the Jacksonville Jaguars starting quarterback.

John Beck shines in preseason debut for Redskins | National Football Post
If there was ever any doubt John Beck would be the starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins, it was erased Friday night.

Injuries ground Jets vets Mason, Brunell | National Football Post
The New York Jets got a double dose of the injury bug in Friday's practice.

Absent Al? Davis unseen at Raiders camp | National Football Post
Al Davis has been called many things in his legendary tenure as the managing general partner of the Oakland Raiders. Pioneer, visionary, revolutionary, and a number of things perhaps not suitable for print as well.

Olin Kreutz says it will be tough to play against Bears | National Football Post
As Olin Kreutz continues to learn the offense for the New Orleans Saints, the veteran center has one thing he can look forward to: Playing his former team in Week 2.

New Meadowlands Stadium finally gets a name | National Football Post
After one year known as New Meadowlands Stadium, the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets has finally found someone willing to purchase the naming rights.

Don't read into Vick's night vs. the Steelers | National Football Post
Michael Vick didn’t play good football in Pittsburgh. The numbers: 5-12 for 47-yards, along with three interceptions. Not what you should see from your No.1 QB in August.

Did we forget about Reggie? | National Football Post
Earlier this morning, we discussed Cam Newton getting the start vs. the Dolphins on Friday. A big night for the rookie as he tries to lock up the No.1 job for the Panthers.

Breaking down Brady's TD pass to Ochocinco | National Football Post
I want to take a quick look at Tom Brady’s TD pass to Patriots WR Chad Ochocinco in last night’s preseason game vs. the Bucs. A good example to breakdown the play action game in the red zone.

Bills stuck with big bills | National Football Post
First, they traded star wide receiver Lee Evans after paying him a roster bonus of $1 million and a workout bonus of $100,000. Evans – after receiving that $1.1 million – was shipped to the Baltimore Ravens for the small price of a fourth-round draft pick.

Terrelle Pryor considering appeal of suspension after draft - ESPN
Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor could appeal the five-game suspension levied against him by the NFL should he be chosen in next week's supplemental draft, a decision that would add another layer of complexity to an already unprecedented situation.

Arizona Cardinals suspect RB Ryan Williams will miss season - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals' offensive hopes took a big hit when rookie running back Ryan Williams was carted off the field with a right knee injury early in the third quarter during a preseason loss to the Green Bay Packers Friday night.

New York Jets' Plaxico Burress to start Sunday and 'play a bunch' - ESPN New York
When it comes to Plaxico Burress, Rex Ryan is like a lot of football fans: He can't wait to see him on the field, catching passes.

Detroit Lions vs. Cleveland Browns - Recap - August 19, 2011 - ESPN
Colt McCoy threw three touchdown passes -- two to tight end Evan Moore -- in the first half, but the Browns blew a 15-point lead after halftime and lost 30-28 to the Lions on Friday night in a penalty-filled exhibition that showed both teams have plenty to fix in the next three weeks before the season opener.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Baltimore Ravens - Recap - August 19, 2011 - ESPN
The lopsided score suggests the Baltimore Ravens solved some of their glaring offensive issues after a lackluster start to the preseason.

Is Brady Quinn pushing Tim Tebow to third on the depth chart? - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
There are a lot of people who believe that Tim Tebow(notes) should be the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Maybe these people need to get together, organize, and focus their efforts on making sure Tebow is at least the number two quarterback.

Players' side of labor deal hard to swallow - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
When the NFL lockout was over, all parties were declared winners – the owners would lose just one preseason game, the players would get to play and the fans would get to see them.

NFL teams have to trim rosters to 80 on Aug. 30 - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The NFL informed all 32 teams on Friday that they need to reduce their rosters to 80 players by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

Michael Irvin calls Nevin Shapiro a ‘snake’ and a ‘rapist’ - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Michael Irvin lashed out at Nevin Shapiro on Thursday, two days after Yahoo! Sports broke the story about illicit benefits the jailed booster gave to 72 members of the University of Miami football team.