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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 6/5/13

Every now and then a player passes from this Earth that transcends the teams we all root for. Walter Payton. Reggie White. Deacon Jones. These players are the true Ambassadors of the National Football League, with their history and personal glory on the gridiron. R.I.P. Deacon Jones.

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NFL Legend Deacon Jones Passes Away At 74 |
The NFL has just lost a legend as Hall of Fame defensive end David "Deacon" Jones has passed away from natural causes at his home in Southern California at the age of 74.

Deacon Jones, dead at 74, would have dominated any era; mail - Peter King
You can't say many players from the '40s, '50s and '60s would have dominated today. Be competitive, sure. But dominated? Not many. Deacon Jones, though -- there was a guy who would have been one of the greats whenever he played.

Denver Broncos Videos

Montee Ball of Denver Broncos says rookie 'jitters are gone' - ESPN
Willis McGahee remains a no-show at the Denver Broncos' voluntary offseason workouts and Montee Ball is among the young running backs taking advantage of the opportunity, saying Monday his rookie "jitters are gone."

Rodgers-Cromartie Playing Fast |
Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is using his reps against Peyton Manning to get ready for the regular season.

Rodgers-Cromartie Settling In |
Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie says he's fitting right in with the defense.

Williams Learning 'Grown-Man Game' |
Rookie defensive tackle Sylvester Williams talks about adjusting to the NFL and how it's different than college.

Bruton Working for Opportunity |
Safety David Bruton talks about why he's ready to expand his role on defense while continuing to stand out on special teams.

Denver Broncos News & Blogs

Alex Gibbs' teaching technique with Denver Broncos offensive line
Alex Gibbs returned to the Broncos in May as a consultant for Denver’s offensive line under coordinator Adam Gase. John Fox said of Gibbs’ return to the Broncos: "He’ll be a good resource."

Fast-Paced Defense |
Much ado has been made about the Broncos' desire to quicken the pace offensively. They want to run more plays per game, get things moving faster.

Adam Gase might bring some Mike Martz flavor to Denver Broncos offense - The Denver Post
The bulk of the Broncos' offense, including the terminology, will remain the same. They have not tossed aside what they did in 2012, at least from the limited parts I've seen on the practice field.

Williams, Wolfe Bond Over Work Ethic |
Rookie Sylvester Williams has been shadowing Derek Wolfe as he transitions to the pros, and Wolfe has been impressed with what he's seen.

Broncos' Hillman, Ball might be RBs of present, not just future - The Denver Post
There was a plan behind the photograph of the Broncos future, and possibly present, tailback duo.

Ronnie Hillman is X factor at running back for Denver Broncos | First & Orange
If it were truly a race to win the starting running back job with the Broncos, Ronnie Hillman would win by two strides over Montee Ball, Knowshon Moreno and the rest of the field. Hillman is fast.

McGahee skips OTAs but is expected to be at minicamp - The Denver Post
To understand why Willis McGahee has been absent from the Broncos offseason program, it helps to know where he came from.

Destination Denver for NFL Free Agents |
On the heels of a pair of AFC West titles, a league-best 13-3 record in the 2012 regular season and the addition of one of the most coveted quarterbacks in NFL history, the wave of orange and blue exhiliration that has captivated the city of Denver over the past 14 months has also washed over free agents across the NFL.

Bronco Fan Wall-Rick Long | Bronco Planet
The last Fan Cave post we did here on Broncoplanet turned out to be a welcome idea. I put the word out that we would continue the series as long as the submissions keep coming.

No, Champ Bailey isn’t sucking - It's All Over, Fat Man!
Yesterday me and the boys were kickin' it down at IAOFM headquarters (which is twice as cool as Kickin' It headquarters), when we received several emails linking us to a film review of Champ Bailey's subpar play from 2012.

David Bruton Ready to Step Into Defensive Role for Broncos - Predominantly Orange
Safety and special teams extraordinaire David Bruton re-signed with the Denver Broncos in March, and said that he had no intentions of going anywhere else.

Barrel Man's Barrel Sells for $2,550 - Predominantly Orange
One of the famous barrels that Tim "Barrel Man" McKernan wore at Denver Broncos games for more than 30 years sold for $2,550 on eBay.

Detroit Lions sign former Denver Broncos WR Matt Willis |
The Detroit Lions continued to tinker with the bottom of the roster on Tuesday, signing free agent wide receiver Matt Willis.

[Produto] Camisetas BBr + Champ Bailey "
Temporada nova, camiseta nova! É assim que queremos iniciar mais uma caminhada rumo ao Super Bowl! E para este ano resolvemos homenagear um dos grandes jogadores do Broncos, o cornerback Champ Bailey! E o melhor: com promoção especial de pré venda!

NFL News and Blogs

Colin Kaepernick could have been an Oakland Raider if not for failed trade - Peter King
"I think about it all the time, believe me,'' Hue Jackson, the rookie Raiders coach on Draft Day 2011, said Sunday night. "No question in my mind we wanted it to happen, and no question I thought it could happen. We wanted the kid in the worst way.''

NFL Head Coach Power Rankings |
What is the pecking order of NFL head coaches? We delved into this topic last yea, and it's time to take stock of the various front men across the league in 2013. Eight teams have a new head man, adding another layer to this challenge.

Oakland Raiders revert to old ways with firing of P.R. director -
The Oakland Raiders have made positive strides under a new regime of leadership, but Adam Schein says the franchise just took a huge step back with a controversial firing that has many up in arms.

NFL OTA roundup: Injuries, injuries and more injuries -
Medical bills spiked around the NFL on Tuesday as a couple of notable players underwent surgery while a few others avoided such invasive procedures, but are still sitting out.

Goodell says Jaguars could play 2 games in London; Jags have no interest -
The NFL commish says the Jags may play two home games in London. He also stated that he still has plans to eventually put a franchise in London. The Jaguars, however, apparently aren't interested in playing more than one game abroad.

Confusion arises over plans for Jaguars in London | ProFootballTalk
The blurb about the NFL expanding its annual London offering from two games to three contained an ominous footnote for fans in Jacksonville. According to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post, Commissioner Roger Goodell said that there's a "good chance" the Jaguars will play two "home" games per year ...

Gabe Miller says he took substance without medical exemption | ProFootballTalk
Bears tight end Gabe Miller will miss the first four games of the regular season due to a suspension -- if he makes the team. In his effort to remain in the good graces of the team he's trying to make, Miller has issued a statement through said team.

Jerry Jones on Cowboys’ draft board: I don’t see what the big deal is | ProFootballTalk
When the Cowboys accidentally revealed their draft board by posting videos of owner and General Manager Jerry Jones standing in front of it in the team's draft room, it was a much-discussed story in NFL circles. But Jones doesn't see why anybody cares.

Eric Mangini "definitely" wants to be a head coach again | ProFootballTalk
Eric Mangini is officially back in the NFL, after he was formally introduced today as a consultant on the 49ers' coaching staff. And he made clear that he wants to be a lot more than just a consultant in the future.