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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 8/22/13

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So much doom and gloom lately. Let's lighten the mood a little around here and focus more on the positive. In fact, most of the stories today ARE positive, so enjoy Broncos Country!

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Woodyard's Shift to Middle Part of Solution at Linebacker
Head Coach John Fox said Wesley Woodyard would've shifted to middle linebacker "regardless," but the move helps define the plan to fill in for the suspended Von Miller.

Julius Thomas striving to find his way as Broncos tight end - Denver Post
Julius Thomas has cloaked himself in this mystical orange jersey now, and during the preseason, the tight end has caught our attention with a couple snazzy snatches.

Denver Broncos Videos

Phillips One of 'Next Men Up' |
Von Miller will miss six games, but Veteran Shaun Phillips has seen this adversity before and says the team will collectively pick up the slack.

Dove Valley Demo on Bag Policy |
Stadium Management Company's Andy Gorchov walks the media through the NFL's new gameday bag policy.

Gase on Running Backs, Fumbles |
Offensive coordinator Adam Gase talks about turnover troubles and running back priorities.

Del Rio on Linebackers, Rams Game |
Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio talks about the linebacker corps and looks ahead to the Rams game.

Fox: 'We All Need to Pick It Up' |
Coach John Fox speaks to the media following practice on Wednesday.

Denver Broncos News & Blogs

Gase: Fumbles are 'Unacceptable' |
After four turnovers in the preseason game at Seattle, a point of emphasis this week has been ball security.

Phillips on Miller's Absence: 'We'll Be OK' |
Broncos linebacker Shaun Phillips said that the Broncos defense will be 'quite alright' in dealing with the adversity of Von Miller's suspension.

Wes Welker back at Broncos practice; Ryan Lilja still out - The Denver Post
Broncos slot receiver Wes Welker was back at practice Wednesday. He had missed the previous two days with a sprained ankle.

How badly does Von Miller suspension hurt Denver's Super Bowl chances? | Denver Post
With linebacker Von MIller suspended for six games, did the Broncos' chances of winning Super Bowl take a major hit? Don't panic, say Las Vegas oddsmakers.

Peyton Manning passing the eye test as Broncos rev up for NFL season - Denver Post
So far through the NFL preseason, one of the positives for the Broncos is that Peyton Manning has looked sharp. It isnt the numbers as much as it is the eye test.

Shaun Phillips, Danny Trevathan "Next Men Up" For Broncos - Predominantly Orange
The "next man up?" Well that’s none other than linebacker Shaun Phillips. That’s right. The former San Diego Charger that Broncos Country used to love to hate will be the Broncos’ (hopefully) significant pass rusher.

[BMF] Preseason 2 - Denver @Seattle -
Olá a todos novamente. Começando o segundo "O Bom, O Mau e O Feio" da temporada, que na verdade, se tivesse o nome de apenas "O Feio", descreveria bem melhor o que foi o jogo contra o Seahawks nessa segunda semana da Preseason.

AFC West Rival Roundup

Why the Kansas City Chiefs Can Now Win the AFC West Division - NFL Mock
A few months ago the thought was juggled around but never really taken seriously. Most experts agree the new Kansas City Chiefs would play much better than the team in 2012 that earned the first overall pick, but reaching the playoffs, much less winning the AFC West division, wasn’t taken seriously. Things have changed.

Chiefs-49ers trade: Who approves this trade MORE? - Arrowhead Pride
The Chiefs and 49ers AJ Jenkins and Jon Baldwin trade is over and done with. Let's wrap things up by comparing the approval polls from each side.

Best case / worst case with the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line - Arrowhead Pride
Let's start off by saying that the Kansas City Chiefs have played just two preseason games so this is way too early to be figuring out the best case and worst case scenarios for the 2013 season.

32 Teams in 32 Days: Oakland Raiders |
In the midst of one of the most extensive roster rebuilds you’ll see, the 2013 Oakland Raiders have purged without pausing for a year-and-a-half, and will field a defense made up of as many as nine new starters from what they ran out just last season.

Raiders training camp rookie show a travesty - Silver And Black Pride
Every NFL team at the end of camp has the rookies put on a show for the rest of the team. This year for the Raiders, according to multiple sources, the show this year was incredibly bad.

Raiders will be watching waiver wire closely on cutdown day - Silver And Black Pride
Last season the Raiders were busy bees on the waiver wire in preseason. Several players who appeared momentarily safe after the first roster cutdown, soon found out they were not as the team added players who had been cut from rosters across the NFL.

Chargers NT Kwame Geathers making strong case for roster spot - Bolts From The Blue
Has Kwame Geathers earned a place on this team through two preseason games? Jerome Watson takes a look at what Kwame Geathers has provided for the San Diego Chargers this preseason and what he will provide going forward.

The San Diego Chargers should trade for Jairus Byrd - Bolts From The Blue
Buffalo Bills Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd is unhappy in Buffalo and would welcome a trade to the right destination. The San Diego Chargers owe it to themselves, and their fans, to make a phone call.

NFL News & Blogs

Rex Ryan's defense must get going again | The MMQB with Peter King
A little creative chaos can be quite entertaining—but it won’t win football games. To do that, Rex’s men are refocusing on defense as the offense sorts itself out.

From the moment he was drafted, McNabb has been the target of all sorts of horrible nonsense -
Up until April 17th, 1999, by comparison, Donovan McNabb's life doesn't seem to have been all that stupid. His family endured racially-motivated vandalism while living in an all-white Chicago neighborhood, and that is certainly very disgusting and stupid.

2013 NFL rosters, as explained by Google image search -
That's the picture you expect to be the first result from a Peyton Manning search: official, stuck between smile and frown, overwhelmed by forehead. I don't know how DRC's eighth-grade football photo found its way onto the internets.

Adding up the pluses and minuses from Week 2 of the preseason -
The preseason continues to be like life: short, empty, and ultimately full of too much Chris Berman. Oh, Chris Berman. You get assigned preseason football and the Home Run Contest, and yet you can't take the hint.

Is Google vying for NFL Sunday Ticket? -
Google CEO Larry Page is meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday. Among the topics of conversation: the NFL Sunday Ticket package and DirecTV's expiring contract after the 2014 season.

Pamphilon and Marshall on concussions in football -
"United States of Football" director Sean Pamphilon and former All-Pro Giants defensive end Leonard Marshall discuss Pamphilon's documentary, brain injuries in football, and what can be done to change the sad outcomes of a life spent in America's favorite -- and most violent -- sport.

Ravens Trade David Reed To Colts For Delone Carter - Baltimore Beat Down
Loaded at receiver, the Ravens traded David Reed to the Colts for running back Delone Carter.

One team's junk is another team's treasure | National Football Post
CB Al Harris, NT Kelly Gregg, and WR/PR Eric Parker were just a few of my clients who were tossed away by one team and eventually coveted by another where their careers blossomed. Trent Green, Jake Delhomme, Wes Welker, Danny Woodhead, and even Johnny Unitas were some notables that were cut by their initial teams and went on to stardom with another.

Will the big changes in Big D make a difference? | National Football Post
After finishing the 2012 regular season with a record of 8-8 and missing the playoffs, the Dallas Cowboys were once again forced to face the question of whether or not their window to win a championship was closing, or was already closed.

The Best Skill Position Groups Ever | Football Perspective
The Atlanta Falcons have a pretty good group of skill position players. Tony Gonzalez has a comfortable lead on Jerry Rice’s career receptions pace; Gonzalez will one day become the first tight end inducted into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot.

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