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

John Elway has guided this franchise admirably back to prominence in an amazingly short period of time. In just three years, he has positioned the Denver Broncos as the clear cut favorite in the AFC to advanced to the Super Bowl. Go Broncos!

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NFL - For Denver Broncos, it's Super Bowl or bust - ESPN
After last year's disappointment, it's Super Bowl or bust for the Broncos in Peyton Manning's second season, writes Jeffri Chadiha.

Denver Broncos News & Blogs

Denver Bronco Legends-Rod Smith | Bronco Planet
Twenty-Nine wide receivers were selected in the 1994 NFL Draft, but Rod Smith was not among them. He eventually signed with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent and went on to become one of the greatest players in club history.

QB Pressure Profiles: AFC West |
As I mentioned in one of the previous articles, the handling of pressure is one area where Manning and Tom Brady differ. Manning does well against interior pressure so the way to get to him is through the tackles.

NFL News & Blogs

Hernandez grand jury to hear from shooting victim - The Denver Post
HARTFORD, Conn.—A Connecticut man who says he lost an eye after being shot by Aaron Hernandez in February was ordered Friday to appear before a grand jury in Massachusetts that is considering the murder case against the former New England Patriots tight end.

Shane Vereen playing some WR for Patriots -
New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen could see significant time at wide receiver this season.

Daytona 500 track wants to host Jaguars, Florida, FSU football -
The Daytona International Speedway, host of the Daytona 500, just broke ground for $400 million worth of renovations and could be looking beyond auto racing.

Yeremiah Bell’s persistence, effort led him to the NFL | ProFootballTalk
Every player has a story about his path to pro football. Plenty of them are similar. Few mirror Yeremiah Bell's. As explained recently by Josh Weinfuss of the Cardinals' website, Bell had a Rudy-style journey, working in a steel mill before willing his way on to the football team at Eastern K...

NFL considers banning academically ineligible players from Scouting Combine | ProFootballTalk
In response to the criticism arising from the Aaron Hernandez case, the NFL is considering a change that, in our view, ultimately will have no impact on the decision of teams to take chances on players with questionable backgrounds. According to Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.

Giants’ Dan Connor arrested with knife at airport | ProFootballTalk
Giants linebacker Dan Connor has reportedly been arrested for carrying a switchblade knife at Philadelphia International Airport. Philadelphia TV station WPVI reports that Connor, who grew up in the Philadelphia area, was arrested at 9 a.m.

Exchanged Hernandez jersey tally reaches four figures | ProFootballTalk
The Patriots are offering to give fans new jerseys in exchange for their old Aaron Hernandez jerseys, and many are taking New England up on the proposition. Close to 1,200 Hernandez jerseys had been traded in for other New England jerseys as of late Saturday afternoon, the Patriots said.

Mark Murphy: Packers will retire Favre’s number before 2016 | ProFootballTalk
The Green Bay Packers expect to retire former quarterback Brett Favre's number before 2016, when Favre will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Arrests were rampant in Gainesville under Urban Meyer | ProFootballTalk
Yes, it would have been better if Urban Meyer had left the can of worms closed. Now that Meyer has defended himself and the University of Florida football program in connection with the background and history of Aaron Hernandez, Meyer has invited increased scrutiny of the players he recruited.

Ernest Wallace will be arraigned Monday | ProFootballTalk
Authorities in Massachusetts will waste little time to officially file charges against Ernest Wallace. Accused of serving as an accessory after the fact in connection with the murder of Odin Lloyd, Wallace recently was transported from Florida to Massachusetts.

Chilo Rachal denies he quit on the Bears | ProFootballTalk
Chilo Rachal started eight games at guard for the Bears last year, but in November he left the team for what were termed "personal reasons" shortly after he was demoted from the first-string offensive line. Now Rachal is speaking out and denying that he quit on his team.

Ravens cheerleader killed in motorcycle accident | ProFootballTalk
Dion Bagby, who recently earned a spot on the Ravens' cheerleading squad, died Friday in a motorcycle accident, according to the Frederick (Md.) News-Post. Bagby was 27. An Oklahoma native who resided in Vienna, Virginia, Bagby was slated to debut this fall with the Ravens' squad.

Colin Kaepernick responds to Miami Dolphins hat flak -
Colin Kaepernick was shunned by fans after a photograph surfaced of him wearing a Miami Dolphins hat on the Fourth of July. The San Francisco 49ers QB responded to the criticism head-on.