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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 6/19/12


Page Begins New Chapter "
As soon as the final selection of the 2012 NFL Draft was off the board, the Broncos front office was once again hard at work.

KOA Q&A – Elway, Part Two "
The Broncos recently finished their OTAs (organized team activities) and now they are off until training camp begins in late July. Leading up to training camp, we are bringing you a series of conversations 850 KOA has had with various Broncos personnel. This time, part two with Broncos’ Executive Vice President John Elway (JE)

Denver Broncos Videos

Schlereth: 'Patriots Have Incredible Versatility' - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN NFL Analyst Mark Schlereth joins SportsCenter to discuss why he thinks the New England Patriots are the NFL's Most Versatile Team

Fujita: NFL Smear Campaign - ESPN Video - ESPN
Scott Fujita says the NFL has embarked on a smear campaign and denies any involvement in Saints bounty program.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Potential of Broncos' Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas stokes veteran WR - The Denver Post
Back in Denver for his second go-round with the Broncos, Brandon Stokley leaned against the wall in a hallway inside Dove Valley during a recent interview as the conversation turned to Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas.

LaDainian Tomlinson retires from NFL with San Diego Chargers
There’s this song they like to play at Qualcomm in San Diego whenever the Chargers score a touchdown, a catchy pop song called "(more bounce in) California" by some band called Soul Kid #1.

OTFPWA Woman of the Month: LaToyia Mays Keeping Life Simple | Pro Player Insiders NFL Players
LaToyia Mays keeps life simple, even with a husband in the NFL. Mays and her husband Joe, linebacker for the Denver Broncos, came from having very little in their hometown of Chicago.

Division News

Signing Dontari Poe gets easier for Chiefs - AFC West Blog - ESPN
There isn’t much keeping Dontari Poe from signing with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Ranking the AFC West linebackers - AFC West Blog - ESPN
We continue our position-by-position divisional rankings with a solid group of linebackers:

Rodney Hudson in line to replace Chiefs' Wiegmann -
Veteran center Casey Wiegmann's consecutive starts streak stands at 175 games, second-longest among active NFL offensive linemen. Wiegmann, who turns 39 in July, is a free agent and is unlikely to continue his NFL career, leaving the Kansas City Chiefs' center position in the hands of 2011 second-round pick Rodney Hudson.

Future Foes

2012 Training Camp - Cleveland Browns QB Carousel Continues |
The Cleveland Browns change quarterbacks more often than the quarterback changes his jock strap.

Market for Colt McCoy speaks to market as much as McCoy | ProFootballTalk
It’s odd that the possibility of a backup quarterback leaving a bad team has ginned up as much talk as the Colt McCoy-Browns situation in recent days.

Aqib Talib's assault with deadly weapon case dismissed -
A criminal case against Tamp Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib has been dismissed by prosecutors in Texas, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported Monday.

Bryant McKinnie held out by Ravens to prevent injury -
Last week, the Baltimore Ravens held 6-foot-8, 360-pound offensive lineman Bryant McKinnie out of their final minicamp practices for conditioning purposes. The report hardly came as a surprise considering McKinnie has battled weight issues throughout his career, including prompting his release by the Minnesota Vikings following last year's lockout.

Ravens expecting a lot from Arthur Jones | ProFootballTalk
In his first two NFL seasons, Ravens defensive lineman Arthur Jones has cracked the starting lineup for only one game and has had just 14 tackles and no sacks.

J.J. Watt expects Texans' defense to top NFL -
J.J. Watt is an up-and-coming defensive end for the Houston Texans, but is he even playing the right sport? - Schaub's absence hurting Texans' rookie receivers
Here are some Whispers we've been hearing from our sources around the NFL:

Logan Mankins likely to start season on PUP list -
Medical opinions from doctors often vary, so it's no surprise that there are conflicting media reports about when New England Patriots left guard Logan Mankins will return from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Patriots restocking at linebacker showing positive signs | ProFootballTalk
When the Patriots defense was something other than a liability, Bill Belichick could count on a smart, capable group of linebackers which included Tedy Bruschi, Willie McGinest, Mike Vrabel and Ted Johnson.

Andy Dalton steps up his leadership game | ProFootballTalk
The right arm of the red-headed Bengals quarterback has been treated like the proverbial red-headed stepchild this offseason.

NFL News

Carroll wants a voice in clarifying CBA contact rules -
The NFL gave the Seattle Seahawks a stern slap on the wrist this month for running practices deemed too physical under the rules of the new collective bargaining agreement.

Roddy White rips NFLPA, applauds Roger Goodell -
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has never been shy about expressing his opinions on Twitter. He wasn't happy about the labor deal when it was initially agreed upon last summer, has been outspoken about former players suing the league, and he wasn't happy with his ranking on NFL Network's "Top 100: Players of 2012."

Scott Fujita denies involvement in Saints 'bounty' program -
Suspended players Scott Fujita, Will Smith and Anthony Hargrove left Monday's "bounty" appeal hearing before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell roughly an hour after it started, and Fujita vehemently denied his involvement in a bounty program run by the New Orleans Saint.

Ex-Prosecutor Presents N.F.L.’s Findings at Appeals in Bounty Case -
The four New Orleans Saints players suspended for what the N.F.L. says was their roles in a bounty system met with Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday in Manhattan and were given the opportunity to respond to the league’s evidence against them.

Eric Winston: Players regret giving Roger Goodell "absolute power" | ProFootballTalk
In nearly every critique of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s punishment of the Saints players involved in an alleged bounty system, you’re apt to hear the phrase "judge, jury and executioner."

Aaron Rodgers: NFL making game as safe as it can -
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has suffered a few concussions in his career. He understands the responsibility the NFL has in setting an example for youth football safety.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Inside the playbook: RB alignments | National Football Post
Drawing up the multiple alignments at the RB position.

Playbook: Spurrier's vertical concept vs. Cover 4 | National Football Post
Using video to break down Connor Shaw's TD pass vs. Clemson.

Brian Banks begins tryout with San Francisco 49ers -
Brian Banks' national tour in search of an NFL job continued Monday when he began a workout with the San Francisco 49ers.

Wes Welker and friends get "tackled" by security officials in Aspen | ProFootballTalk
As one set of player suspensions is still being hammered out by the league office, another player came close to getting himself in line for a suspension of his own on Friday night.

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