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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 7/26/13

With the start of Training Camp, I figure its time to ramp up the daily links digest for you fine folks. Since the Draft it's been a severely reduced version of Horse Tracks. That ends today!

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Denver Broncos 2013 Training Camp: Defense excels on Day One - Mile High Report
After six weeks - six long weeks - the Denver Broncos finally, finally got back to football Thursday, to the cheering throng of 3,007 Broncos fans, some of whom had been waiting in the parking lot since midnight.

Exclusive Highlights from Day 1 of Camp |
Broncos TV is the only place you'll find these training camp highlights from Thursday.

Player Reaction after Day 1 |
Broncos players talk about starting training camp.

2013 Broncos Training Camp-The Kaptain’s Log Day 1 | Bronco Planet
I showed up earlier than I planned to Dove Valley this morning as I had a hard time sleeping from the excitement of Training Camp. It didn’t take long to find a few old friends already waiting for the gates to open. By the time we were let in, it had begun to sprinkle and the line had tailed all the way out to the parking lot.

Denver Broncos News & Blogs

Five Thoughts from the Training Camp Opener |
Andrew Mason checks in with his takeaways from Thursday morning's training camp practice.

Camp Journal: Montee Ball on Day 1 |
Rookie running back Montee Ball gives his first-hand take on the Broncos' training camp opener.

John Elway comments on Broncos' tumultuous offseason at training camp - The Denver Post
When John Elway accepted Pat Bowlens offer to head the Broncos football department 2½ years ago, there was excitement about hiring a head coach, building a player roster and returning the franchise to its long-lost Super Bowl contention.

Sylvester Williams, Broncos' 1st-round pick, signs as training camp opens - The Denver Post
The Broncos have all 86 players under contract after first-round draft pick Sylvester Williams signed Thursday.

Broncos' Peyton Manning supports Von Miller despite pending suspension - The Denver Post
Despite the news that Von Miller is facing a four-game suspension to start the season, quarterback Peyton Manning along with Broncos fans embraced the star linebacker at the teams first practice of training camp Thursday.

Broncos training camp's first day features healthy roster, hearty fans - The Denver Post
The Broncos practiced for just more than 2 ½ hours Thursday morning at their Dove Valley complex.

Peyton Manning: Bad times tell us 'who the rats are' -
Peyton Manning knows the Denver Broncos are facing adversity right now. But the superstar quarterback believes dealing with the bad times tells the team "who the rats are."

ProFootballTalk: One-on-one with John Fox | ProFootballTalk
Erik Kuselias sits down with Denver Broncos head coach John Fox to talk about what's in store for his team this season. Even though the Ravens eliminated the Broncos in the playoffs, Fox still believes the 2012 season was a success and also believes Peyton Manning will be as good as advertised this ...

Von Miller's Potential Suspension Would Put Early Pressure on Broncos Offense | Bleacher Report
Von Miller's presence on Denver's defense is a boon to Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense.

QBR Team Efficiency Under Review :: Queue Stats
Almost every stat or rating has a limited effectiveness in some way. This site has never been about using one stat to describe everything that occurs in a game or over the course of an entire season. It has rather been about using a collection of highly accurate stats with a significant correlation to winning football games to serve as a guide when conducting any kind of analysis.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: 2012 Pressure Plays, Defense
In light of recent news about Von Miller potentially being suspended for four games, Denver's stats might be cause for concern. No one pressured opposing quarterbacks more often than did the Broncos, and they were one of the most dependent on pressure for their overall pass defense efficiency.

Even With Von Gone, Broncos Will Move On | Fanspeak's AFC West Blog
The news broke Monday that Broncos star linebacker Von Miller is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. It is unclear what substances Miller has tested positive for, but The Denver Post reported that he tested positive for both amphetamines and steroids during his rookie season.

Fotos do Training Camp - Dia 1 "
Aconteceu no dia de hoje o primeiro dia de treinos dos Training Camps do Denver Broncos na preparação para a temporada de 2013. Os únicos jogadores a ficarem de fora foram os contundidos Chris Kuper (RG) e JD Walton (C) e o novato Silvester Williams que ainda não tinha assinado seu contrato.

AFC West Rival Roundup

AFC training camp position battles to watch -
We take a look at some of the most interesting training camp position battles around the AFC.

Chiefs training camp: Andy Reid knows Dexter McCluster's history - Arrowhead Pride
KC Chiefs players met with the media on Thursday ahead of the start of training camp on Friday. Read on for updates from Dexter McCluster on installing the playbook, what his position will be and a trip down memory lane to McCluster's draft.

KC Chiefs' Derrick Johnson is feeling good heading into year 9 - Arrowhead Pride
Derrick Johnson, the KC Chiefs Pro Bowl linebacker, arrived in St. Joe for Chiefs training camp on Thursday and talked to the media about whether he's old, his new roommate and the start of a new training camp.

How to follow all the action at Raiders 2013 training camp - Silver And Black Pride
A list of Twitter handles for all media and players in attendance at Raiders 2013 training camp.

Tweets from Day 1 of San Diego Chargers Training Camp 2013 - Bolts From The Blue
A collection of the best tweets from before, during and after the first official practice of the 2013 San Diego Chargers football season.

Did the San Diego Chargers Improve Their Defensive Line? - Bolts From The Blue
Much of the key components of the Chargers Defensive Line remain unchanged from 2012. Did enough change on the line to improve them overall?

NFL News & Blogs

Bill Belichick opens up on Aaron Hernandez -
The Patriots head coach spoke to the media for the first time since the investigation of Aaron Hernandez began.

Matt Ryan contract: Falcons QB agrees to extension worth over $100 million -
Reports have Ryan signing one of the largest contracts in the league. Find out the full details and where it places him in the pantheon of quarterback contracts.

Cowboys Stadium to be renamed AT&T Stadium -
Five years after talks broke down in 2008, the Cowboys and AT&T have reached an agreement on naming their home stadium.

Percy Harvin injury: Seahawks WR begins camp on PUP list -
Seattle's biggest offseason acquisition will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list with a hip injury. Harvin may want a second opinion.

Possible regression? | National Football Post
Last summer we took a look at an interesting trend that taught us the following: From 2002-2011, there were ten instances in which an NFL team saw its per game scoring average increase or decrease by 9.0 or more points per game from one season to the next. And in all ten instances, the team in question went in the opposite direction in year 3.

Arthur Blank: Winning rings is what signing Matt Ryan is about | ProFootballTalk
Shortly after Falcons owner Arthur Blank agreed to pay quarterback Matt Ryan $20.75 million a year, Blank said it's all about winning a Super Bowl. Blank praised Ryan, General Manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Mike Smith for getting the deal done and positioning them to be a team that can win a ...

Mike Shanahan: "It doesn’t make sense" to play RGIII in preseason | ProFootballTalk
There won't be any commemorative t-shirts for Robert Griffin III preseason games this year. Griffin said this week that he didn't think he'd be playing in any preseason games this summer unless coach Mike Shanahan said so and Shanahan doesn't sound like a man who is planning to say so.

Prosecutors contend they have photos of Hernandez with murder weapon | ProFootballTalk
Prosecutors don't have the gun that killed Odin Lloyd. But they think they have photos of it. On Thursday, via multiple reports, documents that were released publicly include still frames from Hernandez's video surveillance system, which prosecutors contend show Hernandez holding the murder wea...

Watching Tape With Torrey | The MMQB with Peter King
The Raven breaks down how he torched Champ Bailey in last year's playoffs—and proved he's a complete receiver.

Atlanta Falcons Hidden Roster Gems For 2013 NFL Season - NFL Mocks
The NFC South is a boiling pot for NFL potential. Every year at least one of its teams is a championship contender. Last season it was the Atlanta Falcons and they don’t appear ready to relinquish their hold on that title.

Inside Linebacker Moldbreakers: London Fletcher and Patrick Willis
Last year, I wrote about how rare and impressive it was to see Ray Lewis and London Fletcher still playing at high levels.

32 Questions for 32 Teams: Training Camp Edition | Fanspeak NFL Blog
The Broncos relied heavily on their pass rush last year so the potential loss of Von Miller for four games on top of Elvis Dumervil, could hurt this unit. While they should still be okay with making the playoffs, an extra loss in the first four games could hurt their chances of the number 1 seed again.

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