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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 5/21/13

Thankfully members of my own family are all accounted for and safe, but I am sure many of their own friends and acquaintances are not. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the region, but especially the little ones lost at Plaza Towers... and if you live in the area, continue to stay safe and know Americans are with you through and through!

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Oklahoma Tornado: How to Help - ABC News
At least 51 people are dead after a massive tornado touched down in the Oklahoma city metropolitan area on Monday.

20 children among the dead in Oklahoma| USA Today
A massive, mile-wide tornado with winds up to 200 mph killed at least 51 people Monday afternoon during 40 terrifying minutes of destruction across southern Oklahoma City and its suburbs.

Oklahoma combs through wreckage after 'storm of storms' leaves 24 dead - U.S. News
Authorities lowered the death toll to 24, less than half the figure they gave in the initial chaos after the twister, but there was still no full accounting of those missing. Nine of the dead were children, including seven in a flattened elementary school.

NFL players react on Twitter to Oklahoma tornadoes -
NFL players, including native Oklahomans Wes Welker and Gerald McCoy, are beginning to react on Twitter about the deadly storm that hit the Oklahoma suburbs.

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Tom Brady more confident than ever as New England Patriots need him more than ever - Peter King -
Considering what a transcendent talent Tom Brady is, the career he's had, and that he turns 36 in 11 weeks, this statement he made to me over the weekend is significant: "Going into my 14th year, I have never had more confidence in how I am throwing the football. I've never felt better throwing the football."

Denver Broncos Videos

2013 OTAs Day One |
View images from the Broncos first practice during 2013 organized team activities.

Laying the Groundwork |
With the start of OTAs, and the first practice now behind them, the Broncos are officially preparing for week one of the 2013 season.

Fox: 'Good First Day' |
Head Coach John Fox talks to the press after the team's first OTA practice.

Manning on Starting OTA's |
Peyton Manning talks about getting on the field and practicing as a team as OTA's get underway.

Bailey Talks Building From Last Year |
Champ Bailey talks about starting OTA's and why the secondary will be better than last year's.

Welker Talks First Day |
Wide receiver Wes Welker talks about participating in his first OTA practice as a Bronco.

Moore Talks Moving On |
Safety Rahim Moore talks candidly about what he learned from last year's playoff loss and preparing for 2013.

Denver Broncos News and Blogs

Decker, Thomas, Welker Form Formidable Trio |
Statistically, last season was one of four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning's best. The quarterback set Broncos single-season records in nearly every major passing category, including completions, completion percentage, passing yards, touchdown passes and quarterback rating.

Moore Putting 'Blood, Sweat and Tears' into Improvement |
Rahim Moore isn't just moving past his playoff misplay -- he's using it as fuel to put everything he has into improving in his third NFL season.

Peyton Manning, Broncos return for offseason practices - The Denver Post
Nothing like the first day of organized training activities Monday for the Broncos and Peyton Manning to pick up where they left off.

Willis McGahee is only no-show for Broncos' training session - The Denver Post
Willis McGahee, whose future as the Broncos starting running back spot would seem to be in peril after the team drafted Montee Ball in the second round, was the only non-injured veteran who wasnt present Monday for the first day of OTAs.

Denver Broncos face big questions at start of NFL offseason practice - The Denver Post
For all Peyton Manning has accomplished as an NFL quarterback, he has zero completions and zero touchdown passes in the 2013 regular season.

Between Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno, Broncos have tough choice | First & Orange
The Denver Broncos have four accomplished backs and only one football. Is it time for Willis McGahee to go?

Denver Broncos: What to Watch for at OTAs | Bleacher Report
On Monday, the Denver Broncos will kickoff Phase Three of their offseason schedule.

Denver Bronco Legends: Rick Upchurch | Bronco Planet
It is fitting that we begin this Narrative on Denver Broncos legends with Rick Upchurch. Today is his 61st birthday.

Elway, Manning and A Super Bowl Simulacrum | Bronco Planet
The year 1983 was a great one for Bronco fans. It is also the year I was born, which meant I didn’t have a chance to fall in love with another football team.

Wes Welker, Shaun Phillips Adjusting to Life as Denver Broncos - Predominantly Orange
The Denver Broncos did their part this off season to sign some key veteran players that could make an immediate impact.

Broncos Open OTA's as Full Team, Rahim Moore Expects Self-Improvement - Predominantly Orange
The Denver Broncos were back at for the first time since mid-January. This week consists of voluntary off season training activities (OTA’s). The next time the Broncos will meet as a group will be for non-voluntary OTA’s from June 11-13.

Peyton Manning: Charles Woodson would be a great addition | ProFootballTalk
Peyton Manning would like to play with the man who beat him out for the 1997 Heisman Trophy. Manning said free agent cornerback Charles Woodson, who visited the Broncos last week, would be a good fit in Denver, on the field and in the locker room.

1º Treino da pré temporada "
Iniciaram no dia de hoje as OTAs do Denver Broncos. Elas são treinos não obrigatórios e que fazem parte do programa de pré temporada do Denver Broncos. Você pode acompanhar todo o calendário e programação neste link.

Aspectos do jogo XI: Zone Blocking Scheme (ZBS) "
Com mais uma offseason em andamento, o Broncos Brasil tem tempo suficiente para voltarmos a escrever na série Aspectos do Jogo. Nesta série de posts nós procuramos ensinar diversos detalhes do esporte em si, do funcionamento da NFL, sua tabela, treinamentos, detalhes de time e em especial o Broncos, estratégias, jogadas, formações, nuances de cada posição em campo e etc.

NFL News and Blogs

Miami left behind by shifting realities facing Super Bowl hosts -
Yes, the Miami Dolphins' failure to secure funding for stadium improvements likely hurt South Florida's chances to host Super Bowl L, but there's more to this story, Jeff Darlington reports.

Megatron: I had broken fingers during historic season -
In addition to facing regular double teams, Calvin Johnson battled through injury in 2012. The Detroit Lions receiver confirms he had three broken fingers during his record-breaking season.

Will RG3 be ready for Redskins camp? GM isn't certain -
Bruce Allen wants to see Robert Griffin III back on the field as much as anyone, but the Washington Redskins GM isn't making any predictions about the QB's return to the field.

The Robert Griffin III wedding registry: A tale of kitchen greatness -
RGIII wants to be a champion on and off the field, and you know that because he asked for the Nesco American Harvest Snackmaster Encore Dehydrator and Jerky Maker.

Twists and slants: How to generate pressure with only 4 rushers -
In his debut column for SB Nation, Ben Muth breaks down the finer points of using line stunts to pressure quarterbacks.

Draft could move to May, Chargers protect Te'o -
The NFL are in the dog days of the off-season. Stuck between the NFL draft and training camp, fans are stuck waiting to hear about their players in reports from (mostly) behind closed-doors practices, and second-hand sources.

Seahawks QB Josh Portis arrested on suspicion on DUI | ProFootballTalk
The Seattle Seahawks continue to deal with issues that will potentially affect the availability of their players on the field. According to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, Portis was arrested and charged with a gross misdemeanor on May 5 after being pulled over on a freeway just outside of Sea...

Arm surgery complete, next up for Gronkowski is evaluation of back | ProFootballTalk
Now that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has undergone a fourth arm surgery, which initially is being regarded as a success, attention soon will turn to his lingering back issue.

Mario Williams says texts to ex were blown out of proportion | ProFootballTalk
Bills defensive end Mario Williams is embroiled in a lawsuit with his ex-fiancée, attempting to force her to return a $785,000 engagement ring. As part of that lawsuit, his ex-fiancée has released text messages in which Williams discusses taking prescription painkillers and having thoughts of suic...