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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 7/6/12

20 Days until Camp

2012 Game-by-Game: Week 4
In week four of the 2012 season, the Broncos host the Oakland Raiders in their first divisional matchup of the year.

Peyton Manning embraces Broncos iPad playbook -
In late April, "Around the League" pointed out how the Denver Broncos were among a growing list of teams scraping their monster-sized playbooks for the iPad.

How "tough" are Professional Football Players? |
Tough – (adjective) tough [tuf] (tough*er, tough*est)

2012 ESPYS - July 2012 ESPN
Here's your chance to vote for the best moment in sports during the last year. Demaryius Thomas' sudden death TD catch is up for that category.

Bronco Birthdays

LB Joe Mays is 27 today.

Denver Broncos Videos

NFL Improving Fan Experience - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mark Schlereth shares his thoughts on the NFL allowing fans in stadiums to see the same replays as the lead official.

NFL Upholds Discipline For Saints Bounty Program - ESPN Video - ESPN
The First Take crew discuss Roger Goodell and the NFL upholding the suspensions of players involved in the Saints bounty program.

PFT Live: Should GMs target franchise players? | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio breaks down some of the hottest topics around the NFL including the latest news regarding the bounty lawsuit, the delay of replays, and whether GMs on the hot seat should mortgage future draft picks for immediate production by signing other teams’ franchise players.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Colorado sports fans asked for a lot of patience; can you spare it? - The Denver Post
Patience. In the local sports world, that word is all the rage these days.

Division News

Jaws: Philip Rivers is seventh best QB - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Ron Jaworski is a big fan of half the starting quarterbacks in the AFC West.

Offseason Breakdown: San Diego Chargers | Audibles
Norv Turner received a stay of execution after last season — the second straight in which San Diego missed the playoffs.

Mathews should be a catch for Chargers - AFC West Blog - ESPN
In our AFC West chat Thursday, we talked about the importance of San Diego running back Ryan Mathews catching about 50 passes out of the backfield this season.

Future Foes

Josh Freeman raves about young Buccaneers WR corps -
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added a major piece to their offense in March when they landed Vincent Jackson in free agency.

Bengals trying to bury some historic streaks in 2012 | ProFootballTalk
The Bengals were a pleasant surprise last year. If they can repeat that success, it will be a major shock, if only because of the historical implications.

Matt Schaub not worried by status as Houston Texan -
Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub has started a lot of games. He has produced two 4,000-yard seasons, including one where he led the NFL in passing yards. He's this era's Trent Green.

Petrino says Mallett is in "great shape" | ProFootballTalk
One of the most talked-about 2011 draft prospects has become one of the most-forgotten quarterbacks in the league. But maybe he shouldn’t be. - Ihedigbo re-signing adds to Patriots' training-camp battles
The Patriots re-signed S James Ihedigbo late last month, bringing back a player whose contributions in 2011 exceeded expectations

NFL News

32 draft picks remain unsigned | ProFootballTalk
In past years, the process of signing draft picks didn’t heat up until after the Fourth of July. This year, more than 200 draft picks already have inked four-year deals.

Exclusive game audio could be the key to keeping stadiums full | ProFootballTalk
For years, we’ve been suggesting the use of NASCAR-style access to on-field communications as a way to give fans who attend NFL games something they can never get at home.

N.F.L. Commissioner Showed Bias in Bounty Scandal, Union Asserts -
Recycled arguments met action Thursday in the continuing Saints bounty squabble.

Kenny Stabler’s troubles mount, owes IRS $265,000 | ProFootballTalk
The troubled life of former Raiders quarterback Kenny Stabler isn’t getting any better.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Steven Jackson happy Jeff Fisher doesn't need training -
The St. Louis Rams went the first-time-head-coach route when they hired Scott Linehan in 2005. An 8-8 season and one of the worst three-year stretches in NFL history followed.

Terrell Owens, Drew Brees work out in San Diego -
The recent developments in Terrell Owens' life have been depressing rather than entertaining. But the NFL's second-leading receiver in career touchdowns isn't giving up hope of getting a job.

Oregon poll shows Packers more popular than nearby Seahawks | ProFootballTalk
Maybe because their closets are already full of green and yellow Ducks gear, they just don’t want to change their pallete. - Can RG3 avoid the 'Snyder snuggle?'
If the ability to turn common objects into gold is called the Midas touch, perhaps the opposite affect should be known as the Snyder snuggle.

Doug Flutie decries bias against short quarterbacks | ProFootballTalk
One of the shortest quarterbacks in NFL history is speaking out against size discrimination.

Playbook: Breaking down Graham vs. '2-Man' | National Football Post
Using video to discuss the TE's TD vs. the 49ers.

Amani Toomer: Tony Romo is better than Eli Manning -
Is it that time again? Like getting an oil change or visiting the dentist, we were about due for a story in which New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was underappreciated.

Redskins want more from Brian Orakpo | ProFootballTalk
With 28.5 sacks in his first three seasons, it is safe to say that the Redskins have been happy with what they’ve gotten from linebacker Brian Orakpo.

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