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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 7/15/12

11 Days until Camp

Nothing to prove and no more percentages for Peyton | ProFootballTalk
As Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning prepares to embark on his 15th NFL season and his first with a team other than the Colts, he has made two things clear.

High-profile Manning family likes to talk football, and teach it too - The Denver Post
Sure, it's mildly stunning to watch the star hosts of the high-profile football camp bring 'em in, deliver instruction, exhort encouragement, get sweaty with the drills and put in 18-hour days.

Bronco Birthdays

RB Sammy Winder (1982-90) is 53.

Denver Broncos Videos

Steelers Optimistic About Wallace Deal - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Clayton talks about the Pittsburgh Steelers efforts to reach a long-term deal with Mike Wallace.

No Progress Made Between Rice, Ravens - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Clayton discusses the latest on the contract negotiations between Ray Rice and the Ravens.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Manning to honor former Tennessee Vols coach during Broncos bye week | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post
At least the schedule did something for the Broncos. Actually, it wasn’t the Broncos but the University of Tennessee that benefitted.

Wyoming QB Brett Smith at Manning Passing camp | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post
Among the 40 college quarterbacks who served as camp coaches at the Manning Passing Academy this week was Wyoming’s Brett Smith.

Syracuse QB Charley Loeb wins Manning camp Quarterback Challenge | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post
It figures. Charley Loeb a Syracuse senior who has yet to start a game and has thrown just five passes in his college career, won the Manning Passing Academy’s Quarterback Challenge here Saturday night at Nicholls State University.

AFC breakdown: All eyes on Denver Broncos in offseason - The Denver Post
The NFL's era of free agency has had its share of blockbuster courtships, of big-name players moving on to put their names on somebody else's marquee.

Division News

Preseason Power Rankings No. 21: Kansas City Chiefs | ProFootballTalk
After making a surprise trip to the playoffs in 2010, the Chiefs took a surprisingly big step backward in 2011, resulting in the firing of head coach Todd Haley and the promotion of Romeo Crennel to replace him.

Tyvon Branch, Oakland Raiders reach four-year deal -
Oakland Raiders safety Tyvon Branch has agreed to a four-year deal with the team, NFL Network's Michael Lombardi reported Saturday.

Charlie Weis: Brady Quinn could start in NFL for me -
Charlie Weis has bounced around in recent years, from Notre Dame to the Kansas City Chiefs, and then from Florida to Kansas. The longtime coach has worked with an impressive line of quarterbacks, but he can't stop talking about one in particular.

Future Foes - Texans think rookie OG Brooks can be a starter
With Texans QB Matt Schaub cleared to resume football activities following his season-ending Lisfranc injury sustained in Week 10 last season, it seems like an appropriate time to examine how the Texans will keep their QB out of harm’s way in 2012. - Falcons expecting Baker to return to pre-2011 form
To fill one of the most critical jobs on offense — protecting Matt Ryan’s blind side — the Falcons are expecting fifth-year veteran OLT Sam Baker to put forth one of his best seasons.

Ray Rice 'optimistic' about Baltimore Ravens deal -
The clock is ticking on a pair of premier running backs who have yet to sign their franchise tenders in hopes of sealing up long-term contracts

NFL News

Wes Welker reportedly not expecting Patiots deal -
The New England Patriots and franchised wide receiver Wes Welker have until 4 p.m. ET on Monday to reach a multiyear deal. As of Saturday night, Welker's camp would be surprised if a deal is reached

Johnathan Joseph: Bengals are cheap, Texans are not | ProFootballTalk
Johnathan Joseph left Cincinnati to sign a five-year, $48.75 million contract in Houston last year, so it’s not surprising that Joseph views the Texans as a more generous team than the Bengals.

‘Skins, Griffin still haggling over offset language | ProFootballTalk
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III won’t officially become Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III until he signs a contract. And while Griffin has said he hopes to get it done by Monday, the two sides still have to do some work.

Robert Griffin III will have a 'great year,' says Sonny Jurgensen -
Washington Redskins legend Sonny Jurgensen believes Robert Griffin III is going to be the next rookie quarterback to have a breakout rookie campaign.

Josh Gordon failed three marijuana tests in college | ProFootballTalk
The Browns using a second-round pick (which they’ll lose in next year’s draft) to take wide receiver Josh Gordon in Thursday’s Supplemental Draft has been described as risky.

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