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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 7/12/12

14 Days until Camp

2012 Training Camp Schedule takes a closer look at some interesting connections between members of the coaching staff.

In the weeks leading up to training camp, will take you inside the roster, position-by-position. Next up in the series: special teams

Q&A with Keith Burns
Assistant Special Teams Coach Keith Burns talked about why OTAs are so important to special teams, how being a former player helps him as a coach, and what it's been like being involved with the Broncos for 16 years. - Don't discount Broncos' run game
Last season, the Broncos had the league’s top rushing attack. In 2012, their offense will be different with one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time at the helm.

Bronco Birthdays

LB Nate Irving is 24.
LB Donnie Spragan (2002-04) is 36

Denver Broncos Videos

NFL Rookies Go To Canton - ESPN Video - ESPN
For the first time the NFL the league has require all drafted rookies to tour the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of their orientation.

NFL32OT: RGIII Wants Josh Gordon To Join Redskins - ESPN Video - ESPN
Episode 168: Wendi Nix and Antonio Pierce discuss RGIII's push for the Redskins to get Josh Gordon. Chris Mortensen reports on Drew Brees not reporting to camp. The NFL32 crew breaks down Chris Ponders role for the Vikings.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Peyton Manning buys Denver area mansion for $4.5 million — for a deal - The Denver Post
With only two weeks to go until the start of training camp, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has found his new home.

Broncos strength coach Luke Richesson wants players to finish strong - The Denver Post
Perhaps the biggest challenge for new Broncos strength and conditioning coach Luke Richesson is reversing a long history of the Broncos fading down the stretch of the regular season. They have even done so in playoff seasons.

Fantasy sitdown: Demaryius Thomas -
Fantasy owners are always looking for the next big thing, that one sleeper or breakout candidate who can turn their squad into an unstoppable fantasy force and title contender. For me, Demaryius Thomas is one of those players in 2012.

Demaryius Thomas: I wish Tim Tebow stayed in Denver | ProFootballTalk
Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas hasn’t been shy about sharing his positive feelings about the departure of Tim Tebow this offseason.

D.J. Williams, Broncos LB, failed second drug test, NFL says -
Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams, who was given a six-game suspension earlier this year for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing substance policy, also failed a second drug test in September, the Denver Post reported Wednesday, citing court documents

D.J. Williams accused of manipulating three different urine tests | ProFootballTalk
Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams, who is embroiled in a legal fight with the NFL over his looming six-game suspension for violating the league’s policies against banned substances, is accused of repeatedly attempting to cheat the drug testing system.

Division News

Chiefs Linked To Another Supplemental Draft Prospect - Arrowhead Pride
Just a little bit ago we noted that the Kansas City Chiefs were one of 21 teams reportedly at Josh Gordon's pro day today, just two days before the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft

Charger pushing through 'pyramid' injury |
Chargers rookie guard Johnnie Troutman will likely be placed on the PUP list this month.

Future Foes

Bryant McKinnie loses weight before Ravens camp -
When the Baltimore Ravens held Bryant McKinnie out of minicamp practices for conditioning purposes last month, the offensive lineman's weight was blamed as the culprit.

Ed Reed, Ravens safety, says holdouts necessary -
Ray Lewis had this to say last month about Ed Reed, his longtime Baltimore Ravens teammate: "Ed is Ed, and when July 25 (training camp) comes up, Ed will be here and we'll be getting ready to roll."

Falcons coach Mike Smith not ready to stake claim to NFC South | ProFootballTalk
With the Bucs rebuilding, the Panthers building, and the Saints potentially disintegrating, many think the Falcons could easily capture the NFC South title.

NFL News

Before the supplemental draft, the NFL has its own draft lottery | ProFootballTalk
Unlike the NBA and the NHL, the NFL does not have a draft lottery: The NFL bases its draft order on each team’s record, playoff performance and strength of schedule the previous season. Every NFL fan knows that. - WR Gordon fields mid-round interest
Former Baylor WR Josh Gordon strongly figures to be the only player selected of eight that have been granted eligibility in Thursday’s supplemental draft.

Report: Josh Gordon may be "overhyped" | ProFootballTalk
We asked the question on Tuesday, and a pair of unnamed league sources (via Albert Breer of NFL Network) answered it on Wednesday.

Report: Robert Griffin III pushing Redskins to take Josh Gordon | ProFootballTalk
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III played with receiver Josh Gordon at Baylor. And Griffin would like to play with Gordon in Washington.

Larry Lumpkin works out | ProFootballTalk
Believe it or not, there are players other than former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon in Thursday’s Supplemental Draft.

NFL files grievance with union over Jonathan Vilma suit -
The NFL has filed a grievance with the NFL Players Association, requesting that Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma withdraw his defamation suit against Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Stephen Davis already experiencing memory loss | ProFootballTalk
Former Redskins and Panthers running back Stephen Davis said Wednesday he’s beginning to have problems with short-term memory, and he added another name to the growing docket of concussion lawsuits.

Former Bear Shaun Gayle joins parade of concussion lawsuits | ProFootballTalk
Add former Bears safety Shaun Gayle to the rolls of players suing the NFL, accusing the league of failing to properly diagnose head injuries.

John Mara: NFL did not conceal concussion research -
Not enough attention is paid to the warriors of old, who delighted us on Sundays, but now -- away from the lights and adoring crowds -- struggle to function through the day, mere shadows of what they once were.

Robert Griffin III hopes to sign Redskins contract soon -
Washington Redskins rookies are scheduled to report to the team's facility for conditioning and workouts on Monday. If quarterback Robert Griffin III has anything to do with it, he'll have a signed contract by then, Mike Jones of the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

ESPN re-signs Mel Kiper, Adam Schefter, John Clayton and Ed Werder | ProFootballTalk
ESPN’s coverage of the NFL isn’t going to look too much different in the next few years.

Playbook: Defending the goal line fade route | National Football Post
Using video of Bowe's TD vs. the Colts to talk technique

Three (more) mistakes NFL players make with their money | National Football Post
An observation from 25 years of being an NFL agent.

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