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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 5/9/13

Randy Gradishar is as deserving of the Hall of Fame as any Denver Bronco not yet inducted. The time has come for at least ONE member of the famed Orange Crush to be given the honor he deserves for spear heading that defense for 10 seasons. Hat tip to Predominately Orange for keeping the drive for Gradishar to the Hall alive and well.

Denver Broncos linebacker Randy Gradishar (53) in action during the 1978 season at Mile High Stadium.
Denver Broncos linebacker Randy Gradishar (53) in action during the 1978 season at Mile High Stadium.
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Why Gradishar MUST Be Inducted Into The HOF - Predominantly Orange
What I want to do is rather than try to guess which one of the Denver Broncos’ 2013 draft picks are going to have a Hall of Fame career, is focus on which Broncos of the past DID have a Hall of Fame career and have been shut out to this point. In this first of several articles, I will focus on the anchor of the Orange Crush defenses of the 70′s and early 80′s: Randy Gradishar.

Denver Broncos News & Blogs

2013 Denver Bronco CFA’s: Lamaar Thomas | Bronco Planet
The Denver Broncos brought in a pair of College Free Agent (CFA) Wide Receivers after the 2013 NFL Draft was completed. We have covered one of them, Quincy McDuffie, and today, we’ll take a closer look at the other one. His name is Lamaar Thomas.

Dreessen: 'I Think We’re Going to be a Lot Better' |
Tight end Joel Dreessen talked how the offense can play faster in 2013 and his increased comfort level his second season with the Broncos.

Ayers: 'This is a Big Year for Me' |
Defensive end Robert Ayers talks about having lofty expectations for himself in 2013.

Franklin Talks Pranks, Adding Vazquez |
Tackle Orlando Franklin talked about getting pranked by Eric Decker at the Rockies game and what the signing of Louis Vazquez adds to the O-Line.

Ayers Ready for Spotlight |
The starting right defensive end spot currently belongs to Robert Ayers. And the fifth-year veteran is working hard to seize the opportunity.

Fine-Tuning Details Will Benefit Offense in 2013 |
Tight end Joel Dreessen expects attention to detail in the offseason program to benefit the 2013 offense.

Sylvester Williams, first-round Broncos pick, gets first hits as fan delivers scrutiny - The Denver Post
From his perch as the Broncos' latest first-round draft pick, Sylvester Williams has taken his first blow.

Broncos receivers don't mind sharing wealth of Peyton Manning passes - The Denver Post
Joel Dreessen was going through the projected reception stats now that the Broncos have added slot man Wes Welker to what was already a prolific, Peyton Manning-led passing attack.

What the Broncos NFL draft did for Willis McGahee, Knowshon Moreno | Denver Post
It’s highly unlikely that barring injury the Broncos will keep both Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno on their 2013 season-opening roster.

Tyrann Mathieu, Montee Ball among key picks beyond Round 1 -
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will love Ball because of his abilities as a runner and as a pass-catcher. He's a tough runner with good hands -- and he does not fumble. Not to mention, he's a good blocking back. Ball is smart, has a good work ethic and is a very good person. Denver is known for using the play-action pass; I don't think Ball will see eight men in the box very often. If Ball had been with the Broncos last season, they might not have lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs -- they missed out on about seven first downs, and Ball's the kind of guy who will get you a first down when you need one.

PETA advises Von Miller to pass on poultry | ProFootballTalk
Broncos linebacker Von Miller aspires to be the Gustavo Fring of North Texas. (The legal stuff, not the secret underground meth lab.) But before Miller fully embarks on his desire to raise and then kill chickens for food purposes, PETA has offered up its two cents.

NFL News & Blogs

Jacksonville Jaguars owner sounds doubtful on Tim Tebow -
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan and general manager Dave Caldwell spoke out Tuesday about Tim Tebow. But they might not have given the answers Tebow fans wanted.

Florida lawyer's radio ad urges Jags to sign Tim Tebow -
There is no length that Tim Tebow fans won't reach to try and get their favorite quarterback a job. One Orlando attorney used airtime to pitch Tebow to Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan.

Saints top list of sub-.500 teams with playoff shot -
For NFL teams that suffered a losing season in 2012, the gift of spring is especially great. Everyone is 0-0. Everyone has a chance. Do Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints have the best shot?

NFL Evolution - Health & Safety
Andrea Kremer, NFL Network’s player health and safety chief correspondent, reported Wednesday from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, where 54 former players received training as USA Football ambassadors. These ambassadors will be among the leaders in the Heads Up Football program, a nationwide campaign to make football safer for children.

DeMarcus Ware channels Bane with updated facemask -
DeMarcus Ware is following in the footsteps of Justin Tuck in matters of the facemask. The Dallas Cowboys star posted a Facebook photo of his new helmet, which has eight horizontal bars.

Ronde Barber to retire, Rob Gronkowski still on the mend -
Ronde Barber is calling it a day after 16 seasons, and Rob Gronkowski may not be available for your Week 1 fantasy football lineup. Those stories and more in Wednesday's evening NFL roundup.

New NFLPA rule doesn’t make it harder, or easier, for Jay-Z to get certified | ProFootballTalk
On Wednesday, the NFLPA sent to all certified agents a memo detailing three changes to the NFLPA Regulations Governing Contract Advisors. Quoting an unnamed high-profile agent, Mike Freeman of reports that one of the changes represents "a shot across the bow of Jay-Z.

Rookie minicamps conclude Sunday — and then OTAs begin | ProFootballTalk
The offseason work that defines a good portion of May and June for NFL clubs is starting to get into high gear. Almost three-quarters of NFL teams will begin organized work with their rookies on Friday.

Santonio says Sanchez is the starter in New York | ProFootballTalk
The Jets claim that the starting quarterback position will be determined via competition -- a competition that the organization perhaps believes incumbent starter Mark Sanchez won't win. In the mind of receiver Santonio Holmes, Sanchez already has.

Dolphins, Weatherford at impasse | ProFootballTalk
As the Dolphins try to move forward with their efforts to finagle public funding for upgrades to Sun Life Stadium, clear battle lines have been drawn between the team and Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford regarding the key question of whether Weatherford promised to send the stadium renovation ...

Felix Jones visiting Patriots | ProFootballTalk
Add the Patriots to the list of teams who have shown enough interest in Felix Jones to bring him in for a visit. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Patriots are hosting the running back on Wednesday and Thursday.

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