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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 5/18/13

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are going to need to channel their inner Glenn Frey because in 2013, The Heat is On, baby.

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The pressure index | National Football Post
1. Denver Broncos: No matter how many times it’s been uttered, it still bears repeating: The Denver Broncos won more playoff games with Tim Tebow under center than they did with Peyton Manning. As played-out as that statement is, you can’t help but think about it after last year’s colossal failure at Mile High.

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Video: Broncos' Wesley Woodyard Hosts Charity Dinner For At-Risk Youth - Predominantly Orange
The Denver Broncos capped off Be a Champion in the Community week Thursday with a posh dinner put on by Wesley Woodyard and his charity, the 16Ways Foundation.

Denver Broncos Draft History – School Representation | Bronco Planet
I did some looking and went down a rabbit hole seeking answers. Using Pro Football Reference, which isn’t entirely accurate (but better than most), I found that they listed only 15 players drafted by the Broncos out of Florida. That is still the most by a few.

Why Denver's Von Miller is the Most Complete OLB in the NFL | Bleacher Report
Strong cases can be made for guys like DeMarcus Ware and Aldon Smith, but at the end of the day, there's no outside linebacker a front office would choose over Von Miller when building a defense.

Woodson in no hurry to sign, but Denver Broncos still in play - The Denver Post
Although they were met with a contractual stiff-arm, the Broncos remain in play for the services of veteran defensive back Charles Woodson.

Demaryius Thomas ranked way too low as NFL player No. 68 | First-and-Orange
What sports discovered from that List boom is they instantly generate debate. And so 13 years later, the Lists continue. The NFL Network is putting out its top 100 players for 2013 and the first Bronco showed up at No. 68 last night with receiver Demaryius Thomas.

Concussions: the cost of doing business? - It's All Over, Fat Man!
Last week's column about controversial Chargers team doctor David Chao and the NFL's continuing campaign to discredit CTE pioneer Bennet Omalu prompted a comment that I’ve heard often in the discussions of making professional sports safer.

Gray Matter: May 17 |
In this week's fan mailbag, we talk Charles Woodson, more free agent possibilities, three 1,000-yard receivers and more.

Star Trek: The NFL Generation |
Spock is the calm, collected and highly logical first officer of the Starship Enterprise, who uses his intelligence to guide the Enterprise to safety. Similarly, Manning has arguably the best football mind in the NFL, and he uses his knowledge to guide the Broncos to victory on Sundays. If only Manning could use his knowledge to cover Jacoby Jones, too. That would have been great.

Grading the Draft: Denver Broncos | Draft Insiders
Peyton Manning helped put the Broncos back into the playoffs again last season yet they fell disappointingly short in January. The Broncos hoped to add the final pieces on defense which would push them closer to the Super Bowl.

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Ranking the NFL quarterbacks -
Is Tom Brady the best around, or has another signal-caller stolen the crown? Marc Sessler takes on the task of trying to rank the top quarterbacks in football.

Lawyer: Mario Williams sent ex-fiancée strange texts -
Mario Williams filed a lawsuit against his ex-fiancee to recover a $785,000 engagement ring. But her lawyer claims the Buffalo Bills defensive end was the one who broke it off and peppered his client with texts.

RG3 throwing, Rob Gronkowski may need more surgery and more -
Robert Griffin III has been throwing since April, Rob Gronkowski may need back surgery, David Garrard could try his hand at coaching and more. Here's what you may have missed on Friday.

Chip Kelly, Stunned by Media Scrutiny Behind Hot Dog Eating Contest |
Chip Kelly has gained notoriety in recent days by doing away with the Philadelphia Eagles‘ now infamous "Taco Tuesdays" and "Fast Food Fridays" that were staples under Andy Reid‘s tenure.

Smokers will help pay for funding gap in Vikings stadium | ProFootballTalk
As it turns out, folks who puff on Marlboros will help pay for the next place where Ragnar will be blowing his horn. With electronic pulltab and bingo games, the original funding mechanism for the state's portion of the new Vikings stadium, falling far short of projections, Minnesota needs a new ...

NFL Power Rankings | Fanspeak NFL Blog
The Broncos improved their defensive backs, defensive tackles, offensive line, running backs and on top of that added Wes Welker. The loss of Elvis Dumervil still is problematic, but other than that it was the perfect offseason.