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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 6/6/13

"You're very accurate in saying how disappointing that loss was," Manning said, "but I will kind of put an asterisk by the 2012 season because really, from May of 2011 all the way through January 2013, it was a year-and-a-half unlike any other from a professional standpoint. When you do have some time to sit back and look back on it, it was somewhat of a gratifying feeling to have persevered through the obstacles that were thrown in front of me – with the change of a team, which is harder than people realize." I've said it all along. Forget Adrian Peterson, Peyton Manning deserved to be MVP last year. No other player performed like he did after going through what he did, AP included.


Peyton Manning 'felt like a rookie in some ways' during comeback season with Broncos - Yahoo! Sports
From Yahoo! Sports: Returning from four neck surgeries wasn't the only thing Manning overcame in Denver last season.

93-Day NFL Warning: J.J. Watt Played Hurt All Last Year; Think on That - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
What's that? You were wondering exactly how many days until the start of the NFL season? Well, you're in luck! We here at the Triangle are set to spen

Interactive Graphic: How Good Are N.F.L. Teams at Picking the Best? - Interactive Graphic -
Teams do have skill in picking players in the N.F.L. Draft, but chance also plays a strong role.

Denver Broncos News and Blogs

Broncos mourn loss of parents of running backs coach Eric Studesville - The Denver Post
It was a somber start to an offseason workout. Broncos head coach John Fox gathered his players and coaches Wednesday morning and told them about how running backs coach Eric Studesville had lost his parents.

Cornerback to Safety: A Tough Transition
Moving from cornerback to safety late in a career isn't as easy as some might think.

Denver Broncos want Derek Wolfe to lead pack - ESPN
One of the most talked about Denver Broncos in the offseason workout sessions has been second-year defensive lineman Derek Wolfe. The second-round pi

Healthy Julius Thomas Making Most of Opportunities
With two good ankles under him for the first time in a long time, tight end Julius Thomas is again turning heads at Broncos practice.

Elway, Broncos Take Qs From Fans at KOA Event
John Elway and a group of Broncos players answered fan questions at a KOA sponsor event that took place in the Broncos' locker room.

Broncos like what Derek Wolfe did in 2012 but are pushing for more - The Denver Post
When it comes to football, Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio worries only about the bottom line.

Wesley Woodyard's impressive 2012 Broncos season still worth a look - The Denver Post
Last season, Wesley Woodyard had 114 tackles to lead a defense that finished second in the NFL in yards allowed per game (290.8) and was fourth in points allowed per game (18.1).

Former Broncos DT Justin Bannan Could Be Headed to Chargers - Predominantly Orange - A Denver Broncos Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Justin Bannan (97) against the Baltimore Ravens during the AFC divisional round playoff game at Sports Authority Field. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

The demise of the three-down linebacker? - It's All Over, Fat Man!
Doc ponders the disappearance of three-down middle linebackers and how that's affected the Broncos

NFL News and Blogs

Dwight Freeney eager to sack Peyton Manning -
Dwight Freeney and Peyton Manning were teammates for a decade. So naturally Freeney can't wait to hit the living snot out of Manning when the San Diego Chargers play the Denver Broncos.

Bill Barnwell on the vanishing value of the veteran quarterback - Grantland
How young QBs and their cheap contracts make veterans like Philip Rivers look expendable.

Raiders' defense going back to Davis years - AFC West Blog - ESPN
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Al Davis Oakland Raiders were known for playing man-to-man coverage in the secondary. The late Oakland owner would be pleased.

San Diego Chargers sign D.J. Fluker to wrap rookie class - ESPN
The San Diego Chargers completed a couple of AFC West rookie class firsts Wednesday. The Chargers announced they have agreed to terms with their firs

N.F.L. Deal on Use of Images Divides Retirees -
The N.F.L. agreed to put $42 million in a common-good fund to help retired players and to promote the sale of the images of groups of players, but that has set up an unusual showdown.

Dolphins’ insistence on offset language is expected to spread | ProFootballTalk
Yes, the Dolphins are fully expected to insist on the presence of offset language in the contract that eventually will be signed by defensive end Dion Jordan, the third overall pick in the draft. No, the Dolphins will not be the only team in the top 10 to push for offsets.

Rex Ryan: N.Y. Jets aren't close to deciding starting QB -
The New York Jets talked last month about wrapping up the Mark Sanchez-Geno Smith QB duel by training camp, but the coach acknowledged Wednesday that the team isn't close to a decision.

2013 NFL Draft first-round picks' signing status -
Kenny Vaccaro and Ziggy Ansah became the initial first-round picks from the 2013 NFL Draft to sign with their new teams. Keep tabs on all the contract moves right here.