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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 5/24/12


Notebook: Dumervil Healthy, 'Going for the 'Ship'
Elvis Dumervil said entering this offseason healthy, he has trimmed down, gotten 'more in shape' and is ready to help the organization strive for a championship in 2012.

Playing with a Full Deck "
Despite being labeled as a veteran leader among the receivers by fellow wideout Brandon Stokley, in some ways Eric Decker and this year’s rookie class have a lot in common this offseason.

Thomas, Decker Building Rapport With Manning -
Peyton Manning's two biggest targets are a pair of promising young receivers who have already made their mark in the NFL despite spending lots of time on the sideline.

Broncos' Matt Russell makes first NFL trade: Vaughn for Gronkowski | First-and-Orange
Heads up, Ted Thompson. Don’t look behind you, A.J. Smith. Matt Russell is on the board.

Denver Broncos Videos

OTAs Day Three: Miller
Von Miller talks about putting on a couple of pounds and using this offseason to improve as a player.

OTAs Day Three: Thomas
Demaryius Thomas talks about the importance of staying healthy and taking a larger offensive role this season.

OTAs Day Three: Decker
Wide receiver Eric Decker talks about how he's taking advantage of this week's on filed work.

OTAs Day Three: Dumervil
Elvis Dumervil talks about trimming down, entering his second year with Von Miller and playing with Peyton Manning.

Reaction To NFLPA Lawsuit - ESPN Video - ESPN
Bill Polian gives his thoughts on the NFLPA's federal lawsuit alleging collusion

NFLPA Files Federal Lawsuit - ESPN Video - ESPN
Chris Mortensen on the NFL Players Association's federal lawsuit against the NFL and owners alleging collusion.

Denver Broncos Blogs

New Broncos CB Porter not talking trash to Manning ... yet
Peyton Manning has one Super Bowl ring ... just one Super Bowl ring say those who nitpick his legacy so far or even suggest younger brother Eli Manning (and his double dose of bling) has surpassed the NFL's only four-time MVP.

Age no obstacle as Broncos stockpile CBs to plug leaks - The Denver Post
Age is just a number, but for those assembling defenses in the NFL, a higher number usually is not wanted at cornerback.

Peyton Manning gets Gronk of his own | ProFootballTalk
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has at his disposal tight end Rob Gronkowski. Now, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has a Gronk of his own.

Broncos-Colts swap FB Chris Gronkowski for CB Vaughn -
The Denver Broncos have acquired a Gronkowski brother.

MaxDenver " Vaughn for Gronkowski = Depth for Need
There wasn’t any room left for Cassius Vaughn.

Broncos busy watching weight during first round of OTAs - The Denver Post
Sure, this week at Dove Valley provided the first glimpse at the new-look, Peyton Manning-led Broncos. But plenty of familiar faces are debuting new looks as well.

Division News

Philip Rivers supports LaDainian Tomlinson reunion -
While we wouldn't call it a full-fledged "movement" quite yet, a potential reunion between the San Diego Chargers and LaDainian Tomlinson has become a topic of conversation in San Diego the last few days.

Raiders’ Ron Bartell: I won’t wear leg pads, so I’m saving fine money | ProFootballTalk
Raiders cornerback Ron Bartell is one of the many NFL players who doesn’t wear knee and thigh pads and doesn’t like the NFL’s plan to make them mandatory starting in 2013.

Future Foes

Bengals finalize Dan Herron’s rookie deal | ProFootballTalk
The Cincinnati Bengals announced Wednesday that they have finalized rookie running back Dan Herron’s four-year contract. - Special teams will look different for Texans
he Texans’ offensive line was a driving force behind the most successful season in franchise history in 2011, so it is no wonder why the rebuilding of the right side of the unit will grab the lion’s share of the headlines this offseason

Bengals' Andy Dalton: Arm strength isn't an issue -
Andy Dalton doesn't live in a bubble. The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback is aware of the debate about his arm strength, but it won't shake his confidence after last season's successful rookie campaign.

Ravens hope to lock up Ray Rice this summer -
The Baltimore Ravens need Ray Rice more than ever heading into the 2012 season, but will they be able to get on the same page with their star running back before the conversation turns nasty?

Mike Wallace doesn’t have a contract, does have Steelers’ playbook | ProFootballTalk
Steelers restricted free agent receiver Mike Wallace doesn’t appear to be close to coming to terms with the team on a contract,

Rashard Mendenhall says he'll play for Steelers in 2012 -
Injuries are often about timing. Rashard Mendenhall's torn anterior cruciate ligament on Jan. 1 has made Mendenhall's status for 2012 an open question in Pittsburgh all offseason.

NFL News

Giants' Andre Brown appealing Adderall PED ban -
If the New York Giants have any designs on making Andre Brown their new plus-sized running back, they've hit a road block not even a fleet of illicit Brandon Jacobs could avoid.

NFLPA files collusion suit against NFL over 2010 season -
The NFL Players Association filed a collusion complaint against the NFL in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota on Wednesday, alleging the league imposed a secret $123 million salary cap during the uncapped year of 2010.

Collusion Claim the Latest NFL-Union Feud -
The lockout was easier than all this. In many ways, more peaceful, too.

NFLPA contends Article 3 of new CBA doesn’t apply to collusion case | ProFootballTalk
Wednesday’s conference call regarding the NFLPA collusion suit against the NFL touched on many issues regarding the case. One important wrinkle appears in the new CBA, at Article 3, Section 3(a).

Johnnie Morton sues as number of NFL concussion lawsuits tops 80 | ProFootballTalk
There are now more than 80 concussion-related lawsuits against the NFL

Miscellaneous Good Stuff

How do you beat Cover 3? | National Football Post
Breaking down the 'Sail' route vs. the 3-deep zone. - Packers, Patriots atop Cantor's win total props
Broncos: 9½ (Over: -110, Under: -120)

Predicting 62 NFL rookies outperform vets in 2012 NFL season (3) |
TFE's final piece in the 3 part series by Joe Landers predicting 62 NFL rookies poised to outperform the average veteran in the 2012 NFl season.

Hitting the Books | National Football Post
Educating my clients through the wise words of others.

Steve Smith says money troubles common in NFL -
The ink is barely dry on Steve Smith's four-year, $37.75 million deal with the Carolina Panthers. The three-year extension he signed last month includes $16.8 million guaranteed, with a $10 million signing bonus, but Smith doesn't plan to flaunt it.

Go Broncos!