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Old 07-28-2012, 12:15 AM   #1
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Manning searching for timing with his new targets


By ARNIE STAPLETON
AP Pro Football Writer

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Peyton Manning's arm strength looks just fine. It's his timing with his new targets that's the biggest question mark facing the 4-time MVP as he embarks on his comeback with the Denver Broncos.

Manning doesn't appear bothered by the nerve injury in his neck that led to a series of operations, sapped his power and sidelined the league's most durable active quarterback all of last season.

Ever since he signed with the Broncos on March 20, two weeks after his tearful release from the Indianapolis Colts, Manning has been working hard to refine his rapport and rhythm with his new corps of pass catchers.

He has two old pals from his days in Indianapolis to help him adjust in wide receiver Brandon Stokley and tight end Jacob Tamme.

And he has 2 of the most promising young receivers in the NFL in third-year pros Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas, the biggest downfield threat he's ever had.

They lead a deep group of players vying to become the next Reggie Wayne or Marvin Harrison in Manning's aerial show.

"We always talk the opportunities are the greatest right now," Decker said. "We have a future Hall of Famer, a guy who's been to the Super Bowl, an All-Pro, someone who wants to win, too. I think as young receivers, we're hungry, we want to make the most of this opportunity and play our best football this year."

Catching Manning's passes is a thrill for a group of guys who loved Tim Tebow's passion but weren't exactly fans of his erratic passing.

Manning is a perfectionist whom running back Lance Ball called a "player-coach," a description Decker finds appropriate because Manning is that rare breed of superstar who makes everyone around him better.


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Old 07-28-2012, 12:19 AM   #2
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Peyton Manning starts anew with Denver Broncos receivers
The quarterback could help lesser-knowns like Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas become household names. Veterans Andre Caldwell and former Manning teammate Brandon Stokley are new to Denver



ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — When he was quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts, Peyton Manning was surrounded by standout receivers — sure-handed players such as Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark and Pierre Garcon.

But how much of that was Manning turning those players into stars with his pinpoint targeting?

"I think it was a combination," said John Elway, Denver's executive vice president of football operations. "They got so good because of the years that they had together and the feel that they had in certain situations. It was a feel during the game and they'd all react because they'd been together for so long."

The question is relevant now, because Denver has a crop of lesser-known receivers who could wind up becoming household names with Manning at quarterback. Many were on the Broncos' 31st-ranked passing offense last season — with Kyle Orton and then Tim Tebow at the helm.

"The receivers that we have here are young, but they're bigger and more athletic than [Manning] had in Indianapolis," Elway said. "That's not to say they're better, but they're just bigger."

Eric Decker, for instance, led the Broncos with a modest 44 receptions in 2011, with all but 11 in the first half of the season.

Also back is Demaryius Thomas, a first-round pick in 2010, who has been impressive at times — including his 80-yard touchdown on the first play of overtime in a playoff victory over Pittsburgh — but more often has been sidelined by injuries.

Andre Caldwell is new to Denver, and got a cheer from the crowd when he caught a deep ball from Manning on Thursday. Brandon Stokley isn't new to Denver, where he played from 2007-09, or new to Manning, his close friend and former road roommate in Indianapolis.

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Old 07-28-2012, 12:25 AM   #3
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Jack Del Rio latest coach taking reins of Broncos' defense
Del Rio, who is the Denver Broncos' seventh defensive coordinator in seven seasons, has the task of overhauling a defense that was in the bottom half of the NFL in most major categories last season.
By Sam Farmer

July 27, 2012, 9:05 p.m.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, last season's NFL defensive rookie of the year, was asked to describe the change in defensive coordinators, from Dennis Allen last season to Jack Del Rio now.

"We had a fiery coach last year," Miller said. "Coach Del Rio, he's a little bit laid-back."

Del Rio's response? Ah, training camp is young.

"I'm going to drive them and push them and demand of them," said the clench-jawed Del Rio, charged with turning around a talented but largely underachieving defense. "I may come across at times as a little bit laid-back, but I promise you I'm going to grind them as I need to. As we get going, they may not feel that way a couple weeks from now. 'Hey, what happened to coach?'"

Del Rio, the former Jacksonville coach hired by Denver in January, is the Broncos' seventh defensive coordinator in seven seasons and replaces Allen, new coach of the Oakland Raiders.

The Broncos have potential, particularly with pass rushers Miller and Elvis Dumervil on the outside and All-Pro cornerback Champ Bailey blanketing receivers. But they also need to bump up their lackluster numbers from last season, when they were in the bottom half of the league in most major categories, including points allowed (24th) and yards allowed (20th).

"Those aren't numbers I'm looking for," Del Rio said. "I won't be proud of that. We're going to want to be a top-10-type unit."

Plenty of hurdles await. The first seven quarterbacks the Broncos will face are Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger, Atlanta's Matt Ryan, Houston's Matt Schaub, Oakland's Carson Palmer, New England's Tom Brady, San Diego's Philip Rivers, and New Orleans' Drew Brees.

Those players have a combined 23 Pro Bowl invitations and six Super Bowl rings.

"It's the gantlet," Del Rio said.

Del Rio had impressive success in Carolina in 2002, when he was John Fox's first defensive coordinator with the Panthers — a job Del Rio held for one season before Jacksonville hired him as head coach. He was fired by the Jaguars last November.

In that one season, Del Rio took a Carolina defense that finished last in the league and transformed it into the NFL's second-ranked unit.

"He gets instant credibility with the players because he was a Pro Bowl player," Fox said. "He gets instant credibility with me because of what he did with that defense in Carolina."

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Old 07-28-2012, 12:26 AM   #4
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Denver Broncos' Ronnie Hillman: Speediest Back in Franchise History?

"America is all about speed. Hot, nasty, badass speed." –Will Ferrell

Despite never having played a down of professional football, Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman may have already cemented himself a place in the Denver Broncos record books.

Hillman's career statistics sit at zero across the board. The former San Diego State Aztec won't record his first carry or yard until August 9, when the Broncos shake off the rust in a preseason exhibition against the Chicago Bears. And, at the very earliest, he won't record his first official statistic until Denver's first regular season game on September 9.

As you guessed, however, we aren't talking about a finite statistic in a physical record book, but of something less tangible, something that technically can't be measured.

Game speed.
This poses the question: Could Ronnie Hillman be the most fleet-footed back in Denver Broncos franchise history?

To even touch upon the subject immediately encroaches into territory of pure conjecture. One would have to define what game speed truly is. To do so is somewhat impossible, since most have their own opinions and ideas as to what that may or may not be. The draftniks of this world revert to the old 40-yard dash more often than not.

It follows that if we were going by Mel Kiper's definition of speed, Tatum Bell would take the cake. But what good is an electronically timed speed if you use it as a means to run into your blockers' backs? What good is being able to blanket a football field like only Bo knows if you can't get three steps without tripping?

Let us define "speed" as a visual perception of a combination of two factors—straight-line speed and lateral burst. Sure, opinions will vary, but it gets to the heart of the issue.

I mean no disrespect to Floyd Little or Clinton Portis, or any other Broncos speedsters I may be omitting. The thing is, I believe Hillman may have the most complete blend of speed and quickness of any player to don the orange and blue. Sure, he'd probably get toasted by a 25-year-old Portis in a foot race. Frankly though, Portis was never a slasher, even in his 200-pound days. He was a one-cut, no-nonsense burner. He had the ability to make people miss, but when you look at the grainy pre-YouTube footage, Portis' lateral agility was simply a nice complement to his 96-overall Madden speed rating. You wouldn't necessarily look at his lateral agility with the same wide eyes that you would for his speed.


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Old 07-28-2012, 12:32 AM   #5
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wow, Shanahan deserves alot of credit for this.
Denver Broncos: Can the Offense Go Another Season Without Being Shut Out?




National Football League training camps are open for business, and that can mean only one thing: We are ready for some football!

Since 2000, there have been 99 shutouts in the NFL. Last season there were five, with the St. Louis Rams being shut out in a pair of games. The Raiders, Redskins and Seahawks were the other three teams shut out in a game in 2011. The fewest shutouts since 2000 was four in 2004, while the most shutouts in a season since 2000 were 15 in the 2006 regular season.

The Denver Broncos are the NFL franchise that has the longest time span since their last shutout. The last time the Broncos were shut out was November 22, 1992, when they lost 24-0 to the Raiders.

With the addition of Peyton Manning at QB, you have to wonder if that streak will continue to grow as long as Manning is at the helm. Manning’s Colts were never shut out in a regular-season game during his career in Indianapolis. They did lose one playoff game in January 2003 to the New York Jets, 41-0


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Old 07-28-2012, 12:40 AM   #6
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Broncos Report To Camp And Hope To Provide Healing, Lift Spirits In Wake Of Aurora Shooting

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning waves as he reports to NFL football training camp, Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at the team's headquarters in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos reported to camp Wednesday hoping to lift the spirits of a community in mourning over the movie theater massacre in neighboring Aurora.

Several players visited hospitalized survivors and medical personnel in the days after a gunman in full body armor opened fire during the midnight premiere of the new Batman movie, leaving 12 dead and 58 injured.

Coach John Fox said the Broncos will do what they can to provide a measure of comfort to a heavy-hearted community, a role he's familiar with from his time with the New York Giants during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
"Well, we're going to do our absolute best and we understand the responsibility that comes with being in the Broncos organization," Fox said. "This region, city, state has great passion for the team, there's no doubt. I think our players will feel that responsibility and it's something that we'll talk about most definitely later today in our team meeting.
"I was in New York when 9-11 occurred and a lot of the victims really looked to us and (now, others) will look to us here in Denver, for some uplifting times."

Quarterback Peyton Manning called eight of the wounded Sunday and Monday while a dozen of his teammates, decked out in their orange jerseys, visited hospitalized patients and those who were treating them.

Some of those same players had gathered a few weeks ago to honor the firefighters who were battling Colorado's deadly wildfires that destroyed hundreds of homes.

"Well, for some negative things that do happen to occur, our guys do a whole lot of good and that was part of that, whether it was the fires or this recent tragedy," Fox said. "I'm very proud of them. They were out there, they want to give back and they want to somehow lift the spirits."

Among the players making visits to hospitals in recent days was Pro Bowl pass rusher Elvis Dumervil, who was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following a traffic dispute in Miami where a witness said he flashed a gun in his waistband during a confrontation with a female driver.



Alot more to read, well worth the click. Pictures of the victims are also at the end.
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:51 AM   #7
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Has anyone heard that Denver might sign Ernie Sims? I didnot know he was available. He seemed like a really good player hard to believe he is a free agent.
Denver Broncos: Ernie Sims Could Be an Immediate Impact Replacement at WLB

 
After a month of bad news for the Denver Broncos on defense, including an arrest for aggravated assault for Elvis Dumervil and then multiple failed drug tests for performance enhancing substances by D.J. Williams, there are a myriad of questions surrounding the Broncos defense in 2012.

The Broncos depth at linebacker is an area of concern going into training camp this week as the bunch is mostly made up of a new draft pick and college free agents, outside of Joe Mays at middle linebacker, Wesley Woodyard at weak side linebacker, and a couple of unspectacular second-year guys in Nate Irving and Mike Mohamed. Von Miller at strong side linebacker is my odds-on favorite to win defensive player of the year if he can continue to improve and develop in 2012.

As for veteran leadership, it's just not there. Both Woodyard and Mays have just five seasons of experience each, and the rest of the bunch have been in the league for just over a single season.

Woodyard has been average when he was called upon to replace D.J. Williams when he missed some time due to injury the past season. I think that now might be the time for the Broncos to make another free agency acquisition as training camp kicks off this week.

Ernie Sims, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts, drafted as a top 10 pick by the Detroit Lions, if healthy would be the perfect fit for the Broncos, who find themselves in dire need of another body at the Will linebacker spot.



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Denver Broncos' 4 Backups Who Would Start for Other Teams



Since the John Elway era ended in Denver following the 1999 Super Bowl, media attention and national interest towards the Broncos has been significant, but never to the level that it once was.
Though Jake Plummer and Jay Cutler provided years of solid and fairly exciting offenses, the country was never too enamored with the bucking horses of Colorado.

Then came a man name Tim Tebow, who was succeeded by a man named Peyton Manning; and subsequently sports journalists from all over the country now call their home Denver.

There's no questioning that the Manning comeback project in Denver will capture headlines this year. Denver, for the first time since Elway's retirement, has a proven No. 1 quarterback at the reins. Helping Manning out will be the team around him, where some positions are stacked beyond belief.

Here are four players who are confined to a backup role in Denver, but could very justifiably have themselves a starting job in other cities.

see the slideshow of the back-ups that would start for other teams
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:07 AM   #9
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Denver Broncos: Players Health Will Be Key To Mile High Success
 


The Denver Broncos had a solid offseason acquiring pieces to fill their needs through free agency and the draft. With their defense revamped and a new-look offense behind Peyton Manning, it is hard to imagine the Broncos not making the playoffs, even with their tough schedule. What remains to be seen, however, is if key players will be able to stay on the field for an entire season.

This training camp will be full of anticipation to see Peyton, but also for the many position battles that will be fought for and won. Too many key spots are up for grabs at the RB, LB, and on the defensive line and health will be a main factor in some players getting the nod. This may be the most anticipated training camp since 1998, but with one hit, it could turn very quickly into the reincarnation of the Brian Griese years.

The most prominent player being Manning, it will be interesting to watch the first few hits of the year and see just how he responds. All team and private doctors have cleared Manning while stressing that a career ending injury is not imminent. This is where the collective gasp of the fans will undoubtedly be heard with every sack or knockdown throughout the year. It is safe to assume that if healthy, Peyton will be the main key to getting the Broncos to the playoffs.

Don’t forget, however, that Denver also has other key areas where injuries can clearly diminish their hopes beside the QB position. Will Champ Bailey, at age 34, be able to be that All-Pro DB that patrols the corners? Will Knowshon Moreno, who hasn’t had a complete season since his rookie year in 2009, stay on the field and produce? This isn’t even a tip of the iceberg. The Broncos have aging stars on both sides of the ball and will be hard-pressed to field a complete squad week in and week out.

Don’t forget that RB Willis Mcgahee is 30yrs old now and that is the age where most RB’s start to decline rapidly. WR Brandon Stokley is 36 and one good hit up the middle can be the end of his season, while CB Drayton Florence, DE Ty Warren, and DT Justin Bannan all have over ten years in the league. Not to mention that Warren missed the entire 2011 season with a torn triceps muscle.

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Should the Denver Broncos Pursue Alan Branch from Seattle Seahawks?
July 25, 2012 10:40 AM EDT
In a time when the Super Bowl window is open the Denver Broncos can't think about the future. Their questions at defensive tackle could become their undoing unless they find help. Alan Branch from the Seattle Seahawks tops the list.

Questions on Ty Warren puts pressure on defensive line
Denver belongs to Peyton Manning at least for the next two seasons. That means the Broncos will probably put their focus on finding him all the help he needs on offense. That doesn't mean they should ignore the defense. Denver has the makings of a really good unit but questions still linger not about the talent but about the health and the depth, especially in the front seven. Pass rusher Elvis Dumervil could face suspension for assault charges. The biggest worry though is at the middle of the defensive line. Denver has waited two seasons to see their investment in nose tackle Ty Warren pay off. For two seasons he hasn't even played a meaningful game. A hip injury knocked him out in 2010 and a triceps tear sidelined him last season. The Denver Broncos struggled against the run in his absence and unless he stays healthy things could get even worse with division running backs like Darren McFadden and Jamaal Charles returning healthy.
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Branch would be a nice addition but at this point I like Denver's defensive line. They are going to suprise people.

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While I do appreciate the posting of articles....Bleacher report is never a good source of news

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Thanks! Those are great articles, and I would be excited if we can pick up Alan Branch and Ernie Sims for depth!
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Awesome keep em coming Bacchus
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While I do appreciate the posting of articles....Bleacher report is never a good source of news
The Bleacher report I feel deal alot in speculation, but I ALWAYS find them interesting.
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I wouldn't mind bringing in Sims.
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I wouldn't mind bringing in Sims.
I do not know anything about him other than he was a first round pick and I thought he was a good NFL Player. I thought he was still with Detroit to tell you the truth. I do believe Denver could use a LBer and if he pans out do not bring DJ back.
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I do not know anything about him other than he was a first round pick and I thought he was a good NFL Player. I thought he was still with Detroit to tell you the truth. I do believe Denver could use a LBer and if he pans out do not bring DJ back.
He is an ok player so he has bounced around. He is scheme specific from what I've read. Really really tough for his size that's dealt with injuries because of it. If they don't have something they like, he might be able to come and help.
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I do not know anything about him other than he was a first round pick and I thought he was a good NFL Player. I thought he was still with Detroit to tell you the truth. I do believe Denver could use a LBer and if he pans out do not bring DJ back.
Honestly I don't know much about him either I just don't have faith in any of our WLB's when it comes to coverage. If he is worth a darn there then bring him in.
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Honestly I don't know much about him either I just don't have faith in any of our WLB's when it comes to coverage. If he is worth a darn there then bring him in.
Yeah, that's kinda me too. I hope Irving proves to be a stud this year.
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Yeah, that's kinda me too. I hope Irving proves to be a stud this year.
Well I think Irving is still behind Mays, who isn't exactly a stellar LB. So that tells me he's got alot of work to do. I hope he can get better really fast. But I don't think he's going to turn out to be a great pick.
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