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Horse Tracks: Training camp underway for Denver Broncos rookies

What? No 'Greatest to Wear' series revisited in Horse Tracks today? Not today, my Broncos brethren! Twenty-nine newly minted Broncos reported to Training Camp on Sunday and with that, I can no officially declare the summer drought of offseason Broncos news officially over. Do you smell that? It's football season and it's here.

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Man, does it feel good to know that actual football work is happening today at Dove Valley. Let's face it, this offseason wasn't the easiest to get through. Sure, there was that Super Bowl victory that made everything more palpable. From the parade, to the commemorative DVD release, to the ring ceremony, to the season in review video NFL Network premiered Sunday night, to the banner raising (or whatever they're going to do or raise... an endzone pad?) during the NFL Thursday night kickoff, to the September-ish release of the Super Bowl 50 America's Game, it has been the championship that has and will keep giving.

Then there were the things that were not so awesome. The roster turns over every year, but it especially stung this offseason because the guys that left all contributed to success the Broncos enjoyed in 2016. Peyton Manning, Malik Jackson, Bruce Osweiler, Danny Trevathan, Omar Bolden, Owen Daniels, Louis Vasquez, Aaron Brewer, David Bruton, Andre Caldwell, Ryan Harris, Evan Mathis, and Tyler Polumbus all either joined other teams or retired.

Then there were the contract roller-coasters that took Broncos Country for a ride. Immediately following the Super Bowl, there was hope that Denver would re-sign Burt Osweiler, but that was quickly quashed when he took his hurt feelings to Houston for a fat payday. C.J. Anderson's tender was matched by the Miami Dolphins and for a short time looked like he too was on his way out of Denver... until the Broncos matched their offer. Then there was the Von Miller saga. Will he? Won't he? Are his feelings hurt? What's he going to do? It all came to an end with a big fat contract here in the Mile High City.

With regards to arrests and behavior that could warrant a suspension when the season starts, there was only one real blip on that radar and it was Aqib Talib shooting himself or getting shot (likely shot himself) in Dallas. He appears to have recovered and looks like he'll be full-go on July 27th when the rest of the team reports to camp.

So with all that doom and gloom now in the past, the 2016 season is finally here. New faces like Donald Stephenson, Russell Okung, Jared Crick and everyone's favorite conversation piece, Mark Sanchez will soon take the field to give those twenty-nine rookies already in camp a run for their money.

Football? It's back.

HORSE TRACKS

So what has training camp been like over the years? From the Colorado School of Mines to Greeley, to Dove Valley, the Broncos have camped all over the state. Sundays with Sacco: The history of Broncos training camp | Denver Broncos

With all those departures, it's easy for nay-sayers to throw dirt on Denver and say the Broncos are done. This article flies in the face of that thinking. Broncos still serious contenders with new QB | Las Vegas Review-Journal

Let's talk position battles! Andrew Mason looks at CBs in part 17 of his 20-part series. 20 days, 20 Broncos camp questions -- 17. Which young CBs are ready to push for more playing time? | Denver Broncos

What if... The Broncos had won all eight Super Bowls they've been in? That was one I was thinking about just yesterday. Andrew Mason tackles other 'what ifs' in his weekly mailbag. Mason's Mailbag: Team focus, the future and "what ifs" in Broncos history | Denver Broncos

Does Steve Atwater deserve to be in the Hall of Fame? You bet he does. Steve Atwater deserving of Hall of Fame on many fronts - Today's Pigskin

A Dallas Cowboys bus collided with a van on Sunday, killing four people. Cowboys bus involved in crash that claims four lives | ProFootballTalk

Aldon Smith appears to be doing everything in his power to remain suspended. Strange video apparently of Aldon Smith emerges | ProFootballTalk

The start of training camp has to be bittersweet for Tom Brady and the Patriots in light of his suspension. Once the final second of that 4th preseason game ticks away, Brady can't even watch old Super Bowl highlights of him and his teammates. Okay, maybe his suspension isn't that strict, but it's close. Tom Brady can’t play catch with teammates while suspended | ProFootballTalk

What will likely be Brent Osweiler's favorite target in Houston is a little miffed at his contract situation. Hopkins on new deal: Treat me for what I'm worth - NFL.com

He's not the only one who is cheesed about their contract. DE Michael Bennett stokes fire over contract with Seattle Seahawks | ESPN

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Seahawks GM John Schneider got his contract extended. Priorities, aye Michael Bennett? Seahawks extend John Schneider | ProFootballTalk

With the Saints training camp soon to start, the icy period of non-communication between Drew Brees and management will likely thaw. How that bodes for a new contract for Brees is anyone's guess. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints have not resumed contract talks in last 3 months | ESPN

Remember the Favre trade? No, not the one that sent him from Green Bay to the Jets. The one that sent him from the Falcons to Green Bay. Here's a nifty article about the guy that the Falcons got in return. Favre trade chip embraces role in Packers lore | USA Today

Darnell, Broncos Country and the NFL wish you a happy retirement. Darnell Dockett expected to announce his retirement on Monday | ProFootballTalk