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Montee Ball appears to have done enough right - or Ronnie Hillman enough wrong - to have secured the starting position. in spite of the fact that Knowshon Moreno has done the most to prove he is ready to be the starter so far this preseason.

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Montee Ball gets first-team reps as running back at Broncos practice
Montee Ball has next. The Broncos rookie running back, their second-round draft pick this year out of Wisconsin, was moved to the first team during Mondays practice.

Denver Broncos Videos

BTV Daily: More Reps for Ball |
Montee Ball wants to be the starter and is using momentum from Saturday's game to improve.

Fox on RB Position, Cardinals Prep |
Head Coach John Fox talks to the press after Monday's practice at Dove Valley.

Denver Broncos News & Blogs

ReFo: STL @ DEN, Preseason WK 3 |
With an excellent crowd in Mile High, and both Peyton Manning and Sam Bradford playing until halftime, the first two quarters had more the feel of a regular season encounter. Closer inspection, however, told us that nearly everything was out of the first few pages of the playbooks and, particularly in the running game, it was very vanilla fare.

Upon Further Review: vs. Rams |
Independent analyst Andrew Mason takes his weekly second look at the game film for standout performances, good and bad.

For Broncos at running back, three's a crowd (except for third down) - Denver Post
Hochmans Happy Hour: Each weekday near quittin time, Denver Post sports columnist Benjamin Hochman primes the barstool banter. In this installment, Hochman studies Knowshon Moreno's role with Broncos.

Broncos, Peyton Manning probably won't pass as frequently as on Saturday - Denver Post
The Broncos have made it clear all along they wouldnt mind throwing the ball fewer times than in 2012, when they averaged 37 passing attempts in the regular season.

John Elway, Peyton Manning help announce ticket sales for BMW Championship - Denver Post
Tickets for the 2014 BMW Championship, which is scheduled to take place Sept. 1-7, 2014, at Cherry Hills Country Club, went on sale Monday.

NFL dares to goad Denver fans with Ravens signs | First-and-Orange
Get this. Because the NFL promotes both teams for its Annual Kickoff Game, the league is putting up signage of both the Ravens and Broncos around Sports Authority Field at Mile High and downtown Denver

Preseason Week 4: Monday Practice |
View shots from practice Monday, Aug. 26, at Dove Valley.

Broncos' G Zane Beadles Doesn't Just Play, He Influences the Cancer Community - Predominantly Orange
Perhaps in a different lifetime, Denver Broncos’ starting left guard Zane Beadles was an elephant roaming the great arid deserts of Africa or stomping around luscious evergreen forests in Asia. His size wouldn’t be the only thing that indicates the possiblity, however.

AFC West Rival Roundup

San Diego Chargers 2013 Season Preview - Bolts From The Blue
Which young player will make "the leap"? Which rookie will get regular playing time? What record will the 2013 San Diego Chargers finish with? Let's preview it all!

Chargers place three players on reserve, officially add Richard Marshall - Bolts From The Blue
The San Diego Chargers added two players to the injured-reserve (IR) list and one to the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list before officially adding CB Richard Marshall onto the roster.

Eric Fisher, still injured, plays better in KC Chiefs third preseason game - Arrowhead Pride
KC Chiefs RT Eric Fisher had a rough go of it last week. His performance this week improved.

The Kansas City Chiefs options, from the best to worst case scenarios - Arrowhead Pride
Kansas City Chiefs TE Tony Moeaki fractured his shoulder. Let's take a look at the Chiefs options with him right now.

Raiders defense has only shown what they want you to see - Silver And Black Pride
The Raiders defense has been pretty bland this preseason which is just what they want you to think.

Tracy Porter to take over as Raiders nickel corner - Silver And Black Pride
Coming into the final couple weeks before the start of the regular season, the Raiders secondary appears to be completely healthy for the first time. The latest to return to action was Tracy Porter who the team is counting on to compete for starting cornerback position. He will also be taking over as the team's nickel corner.

NFL News & Blogs

Monday Morning Quarterback: Arian Foster; Rex Ryan; and more thoughts | The MMQB with Peter King
His health in question and his presence looming large in the Super Bowl picture, the Texans’ running back insists he's feeling fine; why Rex Ryan guaranteed his firing; more.

NFL Debrief: Organizational drift -
Giggles flared up in the back of the room. In the front, a hand went up as another smart-assed question flew.

A summary of outright lies you need to know about Jeff Tuel -
Jeff Tuel has been named the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback for Week 1. You have no idea who Jeff Tuel is. Let's catch you up.

Santonio Holmes returns to Jets practice for first time in 10 months -
Holmes has resumed practice, but it's unknown when the Jets' No. 1 wide receiver will suit up for a game.

Parys Haralson traded to New Orleans Saints, according to Cam Inman - Niners Nation
The 49ers have reportedly traded Parys Haralson to the New Orleans Saints. We break down what it all means.

Mark Sanchez injury: Rex Ryan confirms Jets QB out vs. Eagles -
Jets head coach Rex Ryan ruled out Mark Sanchez for Thursday's game against the Eagles.

NFL could ease policy on Adderall under new PED deal -
A recent proposal could change the way the NFL disciplines players for positive tests for Adderall and other substances.

Rob Gronkowski injury: Patriots TE participates in individual drills -
Rob Gronkowski is doing individual work at Patriots practice, but his regular season status is still as murky as ever.

Malcom Floyd returns to practice for Chargers, hopes to play Week 1 -
Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers could be getting a lift, as the team's top receiver returned to practice on Monday.

What we don't know after three preseason weeks -
Coach John Fox supported starting running back Ronnie Hillman in public, and then he took away his first-team practice reps. Rookie Montee Ball, who has looked unremarkable as a runner in the preseason, practiced with the "ones" on Monday. Knowshon Moreno has outplayed both youngsters. The Broncos wanted Ball to take this job, and Hillman to step up from a year ago. It didn't happen in August.

NFL Week 1 market report | National Football Post
We begin our Monday ten days from the start of the 2013 NFL regular season and over three months removed from the time the first professional football point spreads hit the board in Las Vegas.

The Pittsburgh Steelers Will Miss the 2013 NFL Playoffs - NFL Mocks
Part of the fun of the NFL preseason is taking a moment to make a bold prediction. Honestly, it could be argued whether this is bold or not depending on interpretation, but in braving the expected backlash, here it is. The Pittsburgh Steelers will not, repeat not, make the 2013 playoffs.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: NFL Stats Not Always on Target
Much has evolved in the 10 years since Football Outsiders debuted. The niche group of fans demanding a smarter brand of football analysis continues to grow. This has led to the creation of a variety of metrics from several sources that were just not available back in the day.

Tim Tebow's Blueprint for Earning Spot on Patriots' 53-Man Roster | Bleacher Report
Tim Tebow isn't a lock to make the final 53-man roster of the New England Patriots, but he still has time to make a case for it in the team's final preseason game against the New York Giants.

Projecting the 2013 Jets |
Let’s start with a picture showing just how ugly the Jets passing game has been over the last four years. The chart below displays where New York has ranked in Net Yards per Attempt, Adjusted Net Yards per Attempt, passer rating, Football Outsiders DVOA, and ANS’s Pass EPA/Play in each season starting in 2009. The black line shows an average of the team’s ranks in those five metrics. On the left, is the team’s rank from 1 to 32.

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