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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 5/23/12


Manning 'Picking Up Right Where He Left Off'
The focus was on quarterback Peyton Manning as OTAs kicked off Monday, and the Broncos came away impressed.

Notebook: Manning Benefits Defense
The offense is excited about the addition of Peyton Manning at quarterback, but the defense knows the signal caller can benefit that side of the ball as well.

Broncos' Champ Bailey still cornerback through and through - The Denver Post
Fourteen years into his NFL career and Champ Bailey said the video doesn't lie.

Broncos' Mike Adams hoping to uphold tradition of No. 20 - The Denver Post
It was almost unsettling for Mike Adams this week as the Broncos defense lined up for the first time against the Broncos offense.

Broncos had their eyes on tailback Ronnie Hillman before the draft - The Denver Post
The Broncos went into the draft wanting to select a running back. Ronnie Hillman, from San Diego State, was one of the backs they liked a lot.

Denver Broncos Videos

Manning Impresses In Broncos Workout - ESPN Video - ESPN
Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss the high praise for Peyton Manning after his first workout with the Broncos.

OTAs Day Two: Florence
Cornerback Drayton Florence talks about getting used to his new teammates and working during OTAs.

OTAs Day Two: Adams
Safety Mike Adams talks about the importance of building chemistry in the secondary during OTAs.

OTAs Day Two: Bannan
Defensive lineman Justin Bannan talks about returning to Denver and getting back to work during OTAs.

Safety Issues Discussed At NFL Owners Meetings - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter reports from the NFL owners meetings on the league's concerns about on and off-field safety issues.

AFC North Predictions - ESPN Video - ESPN
Herm Edwards, Bill Polian and Marcellus Wiley with their predictions for the AFC North.

Blogger Blitz: Jaguars OTA Notes - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky talks about what he's learned down at Jaguars OTAs

Blogger Blitz: Bengals Running Game - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley has reason to believe the Bengals' running game will get back on track this season.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Fox Learns From Thunderbirds "
After watching his team take the field for the first practice of OTAs, Head Coach John Fox took an hour drive down to Colorado Springs to watch another team practice.

Broncos OTAs: Hands of Peyton Manning - First-and-Orange
In drafting Derek Wolfe with their highest selection in the draft, the Broncos made it clear they want more pass rush from their interior defensive linemen.

Broncos DT Bannan: "Football comes with a price" - First-and-Orange
Broncos defensive tackle Justin Bannan has played 10 full seasons in the NFL, and on Tuesday, the NFL veteran articulated very well his thoughts on one of the league’s hottest issues: player safety and the long-term health of its players.

Broncos' RB Moreno: "Everyone competing for a job" - First-and-Orange
Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno is back on the practice field, at least in a limited fashion, less than six months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL.

MaxDenver " Moore on the Upswing — With An Assist from Mike Adams
Mike Adams was signed to start at free safety — and he wants nothing less from Rahim Moore than to improve and push him to heights he hasn’t seen.

MaxDenver " Communication a Corner-stone for Adams
"Take care of your corners first," Mike Adams says he was told by former teammate Tony Parrish in San Francisco early in his career. It’s a lesson he carries to the Broncos several years later.

MaxDenver " Opinions Vary on Knee and Thigh Pads
The league made them mandatory for 2013 — and also changed the helmets for 2012, says recently-signed CB Drayton Florence.

Tracy Porter has no problem with leg pads | ProFootballTalk
Earlier this month, the must-ask question for current and former NFL players centered on whether they’d let their children play football.

Division News

NFL offseason report cards: AFC West
Denver Broncos (B+): You'd think signing the man who is arguably the game's greatest quarterback would mean an 'A.' - AFC West players in the crosshairs
As training camp approaches, we take a look at the players on each team who will be most heavily scrutinized.

San Diego Chargers' Quentin Jammer won't wear leg pads -
Don't count San Diego Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer a fan of the NFL's future policy requiring all players to wear padding on their legs, according to U-T San Diego.

Oakland Raiders' Rolando McClain apologizes for bad publicity -
Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain has apologized for bringing bad publicity to the team following his recent conviction for assault.

Future Foes

Pittsburgh Steelers open OTAs without unsigned Mike Wallace - ESPN
Mike Wallace has one of offensive coordinator Todd Haley's playbooks. What the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver doesn't have is a new long-term contract.

Ben Roethlisberger says 'no trouble' with Todd Haley -
When the Pittsburgh Steelers gather for Tuesday's organized team activities, they'll be asked to tread new ground.

Troy Polamalu a surprise attendee at Steelers OTAs -
After nine outrageously successful seasons in the NFL, Troy Polamalu has earned the right to manage the offseason any way he chooses.

Implementing the plan | National Football Post
Following the team’s 4-12 disaster last season, the Buccaneers are putting together a blueprint for success in 2012.

Colt McCoy takes first snaps at Browns' OTAs -
After what we heard from general manager Tom Heckert on Monday, the starting quarterback role for the Cleveland Browns sure sounds like Brandon Weeden's job to lose.

Brandon Weeden expected to start for Browns -
During his keynote address to the Akron Browns Backers Banquet on Monday, Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert clarified the team's three-way competition for the starting quarterback job by saying that the best guy is going to play. That guy is expected to be 2012 first round pick Brandon Weeden.

Shurmur praises Greg Little, Mohamed Massaquoi | ProFootballTalk
The Browns don’t have a big-name, No. 1 wideout. But they hope that some of the guys on the depth chart will play like one.

Texans punter receives permission to treat ADD -
After the NFL suspended Houston Texans punter Brett Hartmann for violating its performance-enhancing drug policy, the league has given him permission to use the very substance he was penalized for using.

Bradie James replaces DeMeco Ryans 'and then some' -
The Houston Texans traded Pro Bowl linebacker DeMeco Ryans to the Philadelphia Eagles in one of the more surprising deals of the offseason. Why would Houston jettison one of its defensive leaders?

NFL News

Owners vote on trade deadline, pads, new IR rules for 2013 -
Players use them on the high-school level. They use them in college, too. And now, in an effort to continue improving the safety of the game, the NFL will also begin requiring all players to wear knee and hip pads starting in 2013.

N.F.L. Owners Mandate Pads on Knees and Thighs, and Await Union Reaction -
N.F.L. owners made thigh and knee pads mandatory for the 2013 season, although the players union could raise an objection in another indication of the fractured relationship between the two sides.

Roger Goodell expects bounty evidence will go public after hearings, appeals - ESPN
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says he expects evidence in the New Orleans Saints bounties case would be made public after all the player appeals and grievances have been heard.

NFL wants high-speed Internet for every fan in every stadium | ProFootballTalk
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he wants every fan in every stadium to be able to access the Internet using whatever device they carry into the stands with them,

Seau's Suicide Prompts Worries About Post-NFL Life -
Junior Seau's suicide is troubling NFL players.

Redskins, Cowboys salary-cap appeals dismissed -
Special master Stephen Burbank has granted the NFL's motion to dismiss the grievance filed by the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins regarding the salary cap situation that occurred during the league's uncapped year, league counsel Jeff Pash said in Atlanta on Tuesday.

A quick playbook session on the NFL 'boot' game | National Football Post
Chalkboard breakdown, coaching points, keys, etc.

NFL - 10 best players who had their seasons shortened - ESPN
There were plenty of big names who lost a good portion of last season to injuries.

Go Broncos!