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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 5/30/12

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Saccomano Honored for 35 Years
Vice President of Corporate Communications Jim Saccomano has been with the Broncos for 35 years. On Tuesday, he was honored for his tenure.

Denver column: Peyton Manning commands respect, and Broncos desperately need some | Indianapolis Star |
Nothing against 80-yard touchdown passes or the Bible, but Broncos Country is a better place without Tim Tebow.

Broncos didn't select "reaches" in NFL draft - The Denver Post
There has been plenty of discussion, both near and far, about how the Broncos drafted more for need this year.

Broncos DL Ben Garland to be sworn in to Air National Guard | First-and-Orang
The Colorado Air National Guard is coming to Dove Valley.

Denver Broncos Videos

Blogger Blitz: What To Do With Rolando - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC West blogger Bill Williamson talks about the Raiders options for dealing with linebacker Rolando McClain

Challenges Facing Big Ben - ESPN Video - ESPN
Tedy Bruschi discusses the challenges Ben Roethlisberger will face learning a new system.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Poll: Will Brock rock in Denver? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Denver top decision maker John Elway recently told a group of Broncos fans that he believes quarterback Brock Osweiler represents the future of the team.

Can the Denver Broncos run the football without the Tim Tebow factor? | First-and-Orange
One of the biggest questions confronting the 2012 Broncos, but seldom discussed amid the Peyton Manning excitement: Can they succeed running the ball using a conventional running style?

Mark Kiszla: NFL is absolutely brutal, and that's why we love it - The Denver Post
Kill the violence and the NFL would slowly die.

Broncos' Ryan Clady, Champ Bailey should be next on "Top 100" list | First-and-Orange
The NFL Network has been running a series called "

Division News

Chiefs need to find right spot for McCluster - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs are not set on a certain position for third-year player Dexter McCluster, so he is going back to the "OW" position he coined when he was drafted by the Chiefs.

Contender vs. Pretender: Kansas City Chiefs | National Football Post
A daunting five-game stretch to open the season will set the tone in Kansas City this year.

Bolts' Mathews having one of those offseasons |
Chargers running back Ryan Mathews squeezed a football against his sweat-dampened, cutoff gray tank top. Then he got to work.

Terrelle Pryor taking positive steps with Raiders
It is fitting that Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor's season was wiped out by his false start penalty. - AFC rookie long shots to watch
It is no easy chore for seventh-round picks to make NFL rosters, and the task is no less daunting for undrafted free agents. But it can happen.

Future Foes

Mike Wallace frustrated, Steelers CB Taylor says -
In a perfect world, receiver Mike Wallace would currently be on the field for the Pittsburgh Steelers, working with his fellow wide receivers while soaking up the intricacies of Todd Haley's new offense.

Randall Gay retired from NFL because of concussions -
As the NFL continues to mine for information about the health risks associated with concussions, Randall Gay has learned enough.

Ben Roethlisberger sees progress in Steelers’ offense | ProFootballTalk
The questions about whether Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and new offensive coordinator Todd Haley can work well together won’t go away until it happens in the regular season, but for his part Roethlisberger says things are running smoothly during Organized Team Activities.

Steelers ink third-round linebacker Sean Spence | ProFootballTalk
The Steelers previously had signed seven of their nine 2012 draft picks. No. 8 is now under contract.

Report: Jags think Maurice Jones-Drew lost a step -
Maurice Jones-Drew isn't taking part in OTAs for the Jacksonville Jaguars, which can't be considered much of a surprise.

Jaguars sign second-rounder Andre Branch -
The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed 2012 second-round draft pick Andre Branch, the 38th overall pick in April.

A.J. Green leads by example for Bengals | |
For a player in his second season to say he feels like one of the old guys around the Bengals locker room most times would elicit a couple laughs. In the case of A.J. Green, though, that statement is true.

A.J. Green says Bengals rookie Sanu will be 'special' -
Mohamed Sanu's NFL career began quite awkwardly, but he appears to have landed in a good place.

Binns, Tate battling for starting wideout job with Bengals | ProFootballTalk
The Bengals’ receiving corps has undergone a dramatic overhaul in recent years. Now led by one of the best young wideouts in the league (A.J. Green), it’s unknown who will start across from him.

Mike Smith expects a lot of growth from Julio Jones this offseason | ProFootballTalk
Julio Jones fought through injuries and a limited offseason, but still caught 54 passes for 959 yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie.

Samuel creates stir in first practice with Falcons | ProFootballTalk
In an effort to improve their secondary, the Atlanta Falcons shipped merely a seventh-round pick to the Eagles for cornerback Asante Samuel.

Cam Newton says he was a bad teammate last year | ProFootballTalk
The biggest debate about Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in recent days has had to do with whether or not he padded his stats by throwing the ball a lot at the end of losses.

J.J. Watt aims to be dominant, go to Super Bowl | ProFootballTalk
With defensive tackle Nick Fairley finding himself in multiple jackpots this offseason, Texans fans are happier than ever that their favorite team picked defensive end J.J. Watt instead. - Texans rookie Dwight Jones misses practice
Undrafted rookie WR Dwight Jones missed Tuesday's organized team activity with the Texans.

NFL News

NFL retiree lawsuit against union dismissed -
A lawsuit filed against the NFL Players Association by retirees was dismissed Tuesday by a federal judge, who said she's "empathetic to their concerns" but ruled they had no legal right to hundreds of millions of dollars in additional post-career benefits they claimed they lost during lockout talks last year.

New CBA forces Rivera to send players home | ProFootballTalk
The offseason workout rules contained in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement have forced Panthers coach Ron Rivera to take unprecedented action. - Colts add former first-round OL Foster
The Colts signed free-agent OL George Foster on Tuesday and waived FB Ryan Mahaffey.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Concussion suit from former Eagles cites Kolb, Bradley return to play | ProFootballTalk
Yet another concussion lawsuit has been filed, per the Courier-Post. And while this one has only a trio of named plaintiffs

Cardinals' Kevin Kolb not concerned about concussions -
Kevin Kolb had the final month of his 2011 season wiped out by a concussion, but it's not something that keeps him up at night.

What Do Concussions Have to do with the NFL’s Equipment Mandate? " Concussion Policy and the Law
What was the real motive behind the NFL’s announcement last week that it was requiring its players to wear thigh and knee pads for the 2013 season?

Corwin Brown case remains unresolved after psychiatric evaluations | ProFootballTalk
The family of former NFL player Corwin Brown believes that brain trauma from his playing days has contributed to his behavior, which included holding his wife hostage last year and then shooting himself. But court-ordered examinations of Brown did not yield any conclusive results.

What is a zone blitz? | National Football Post
Going to the chalkboard to break down the basics of closed (strong) and open (weak) side zone pressure.

Looking at NFL Player Development from a different angle (2) |
After the death of NFL great Junior Seau, reiterated its call for an extensive Player Develop Program that revolved around the efforts of a Player Performance Council.

Go Broncos!