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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 6/4/12


Brian Dawkins isn’t worried about possible health effects of football, yet | ProFootballTalk
Safety Brian Dawkins, who retired earlier this year after 16 seasons of pro football, played most of his career before the NFL became sensitive to the long-term consequences of concussions.

Clady doesn’t think his job will change much with quarterback switch | ProFootballTalk
Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady enters the final year of his contract. The Broncos reportedly have launched talks aimed at getting his deal extended, despite concerns among the media that he has regressed.

Denver Broncos Videos

Luck Close To Contract? - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Clayton on Colts owner Jim Irsay saying that Andrew Luck is "getting close" to signing a contract with the team.

Division News

Stanzi jumps to second team with Chiefs | National Football Post
KC's 2011 draft pick moves past Quinn in pecking order at practice.

Chiefs may lean heavily on two-tight end sets | ProFootballTalk
The Chiefs made two big tight end additions this offseason. The first was Kevin Boss, who signed a three-year, $9 million free-agent contract on March 15.

Quentin Jammer, and When Life Affects Your Job -
One of the more fascinating N.F.L. human interest stories of 2012 was written by Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune over the weekend.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, Dante Rosario primed for breakout years -
In the midst of a recent, wide-ranging conversation about the San Diego Chargers, coach Norv Turner caught me off-guard.

Future Foes

Max Starks not expected back with Steelers | ProFootballTalk
n our Saturday post discussing the top-ten free agents remaining on the market, we suggested free agent tackle Max Starks as a fallback option in Pittsburgh should rookie Mike Adams not prove up to the task of protecting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s blind side. - Browns' free safety spot wide open
Two positions to watch in Cleveland are free safety and defensive tackle.

Eric Hagg penciled in as Browns new free safety | ProFootballTalk
The Cleveland Browns have a hole to fill at free safety with the departure of Mike Adams to Denver. Second-year safety Eric Hagg is getting the first crack.

Gronkowski says ankle feels "better every single week" | ProFootballTalk
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski played Super Bowl XLVI through multiple torn ligaments in his left ankle.

Ray Rice isn’t worried about being up to speed | ProFootballTalk
Running back Ray Rice spent some time with his Ravens teammates this weekend on an athletic field.

Ray Rice misses teammates, but business comes first -
Ray Rice was back on the field with his teammates Sunday. It just wasn't the type of field on which Baltimore Ravens fans would like to see him.

Roddy White preparing to do less this season | ProFootballTalk
One of the things you can set your watch to in the offseason is a player saying that he’s going to do more in the year to come.

Texans G.M. relies on emotional detachment in overhauling roster | ProFootballTalk
Two years ago, the Texans wanted to be the featured team on Hard Knocks. Now, they’re not interested.

Posey has plenty of catching up to do | ProFootballTalk
With chronic needs at receiver, the Texans attempted to address the situation in part by investing a third-round pick in former Ohio State wideout DeVier Posey.

NFL News

Jaguars' Justin Blackmon arrested for aggravated DUI -
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested on a complaint of aggravated DUI early Sunday morning in Stillwater, Okla., a Payne County Jail spokeswoman confirmed to

Justin Blackmon's blood alcohol was three times limit -
The story behind Justin Blackmon's Sunday morning DUI arrest in Stillwater, Okla., isn't getting any prettier.

Blackmon's arrest triggers bad memories for Jaguars -
Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Gene Smith put his faith in Justin Blackmon when he selected the Oklahoma State wide receiver with the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Report: Dolphins mull 2013 franchise tag for Jake Long -
Jake Long is unsure if there have been any talks between his agent, Tom Condon, and the Miami Dolphins' front office regarding a contract extension, but the four-time Pro Bowl left tackle shouldn't plan on leaving South Florida anytime soon.

Chris Johnson: "I am still the best back in the league" | ProFootballTalk
Thirteen NFL running backs ran for more yardage than Tennessee’s Chris Johnson last season, but Johnson doesn’t think any of them are better than him.

How to attack Cover 2 from a 3x1 alignment | National Football Post
Drawing up the '999' route on the chalkboard

"Offset" language could be an issue for top eight contracts | ProFootballTalk
The new rookie wage scale leaves teams and agents for draft picks few topics about which to haggle.

Go Broncos!