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» Ziggy's Training Camp Report 7/29/16

Jul 29, 2016 - 3:54 PM - by Ziggy
It's time! This is truly the shortest offseason that I can remember. I took my first trip of the year down to Dove Valley today. It was a scorcher. Knowing that the Broncos aren't going full tilt in pads right now really limits observations, even more so with the lineman. So I decided to focus on the skill positions and back 7 more than anything today. Here's some observations.

Offense-

QB's- I was telling my buddy on the drive down that I just don't buy into the hype about Trevor Siemian starting. After watching today's practice, I can see the possibility. Mark Sanchez was flat out horrible today. He was off on short, intermediate, and long passes. It didn't look to be a scheme or familiarization problem on most of his misses. He just flat out missed his receivers left and right. Siemian was far more crisp and accurate. His arm strength is also head and shoulders above Sanchez's as well. Paxton Lynch looked like a rookie. Inconsistent would be the word I would use for him right now. At times you can see the reason that Elway traded up in the first round to get him. He has a strong arm, but puts a good touch on the ball on most of his short and intermediate passes. He had one long bomb that hit his receiver right in stride for what would have been a sure TD. At other times, he looks lost out there. Still, he was better than Sanchez today.

RBs- Without tackling and the lineman going full speed there is only so much you can take away from a practice watching the running backs. CJ looks sharp and is cutting well. His vision looks like it's in late season form. He looks sharp. Hillman looks like the same Hillman I've seen every year in camp. Average NFL running back who struggles to find the right gap. My fist take from Booker was that he's smaller than what I remember seeing in college. Of course, this is the first time I've seen him in person. He showed good vision and cutback ability. He looked... [Read More]
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» Peyton Manning stars in 3 new hilarious DIRECTV ads with Lionel Richie

Jul 29, 2016 - 1:45 PM - by Denver Native (Carol)
You’ll still see Peyton Manning on Sundays. The now-retired quarterback stars in three commercials alongside Lionel Richie as part of DIRECTV NFL Sunday Ticket’s new ad campaign.

Yep, “Peyton on Sunday Mornings” might be the new “Chicken Parm, you taste so good.”

Check ’em out:
http://www.denverpost.com/2016/07/28...v-commercials/
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» Depth Chart Banter

Jul 29, 2016 - 12:14 PM - by MOtorboat
This is what I think the depth chart will look like for the start of the season, not necessarily what the first released depth chart will look like (when is that, next week?).

QB: Sanchez, Siemien, Lynch
RB: Anderson, Hillman, Booker
FB: Janovich
WR: Thomas, Taylor
WR: Sanders, Latimer
Slot: Norwood, Fowler
TE: Heuerman, Green, Coble
LT: Okung, Sambrailo
LG: Garcia, McGovern
C: Paradis, Ferentz
RG: Myers, McGovern
RT: Stephenson, Sambrailo

DE: Wolfe, Walker
NT: Williams, Kilgo, Moala
DE: Crick, Gotsis
OLB: Miller, Barrett
OLB: Ray, Ware, Nelson
ILB: Davis, Yarbrough
ILB: Marshall, Anderson
CB: Talib, Webster
CB: Harris, Roby, Doss
S: Stewart, Parks, Nixon
S: Ward, Simmons

K: McManus
P: Dixon
LS: Kreiter

Lots of backups probably wrong.

I think offensive line is probably the area where no one knows yet who's going to start in the interior and I know that definitely isn't right above. There's not a lot of positions where we don't know the starters, which is a good thing.

Your guess is as good as mine at backup inside linebacker.
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» Remember tight ends? Broncos do. They’re set to bring back the pass-catching TE.

Jul 28, 2016 - 10:07 PM - by Denver Native (Carol)
It’s not that Peyton Manning carried some bias against tight ends. They just rarely entered his consciousness last season. And the Broncos, under their former quarterback, morphed into a team with little need for the overlooked guys on the ends of the line.

But in this, the second year of coach Gary Kubiak’s run-heavy variation of the West Coast offense, with Manning now retired, the Broncos probably will turn an eager eye to their tight ends.

The tight ends have returned to Denver — even if they never left.

“Peyton always knew where he wanted to go, based on coverage,” said Virgil Green, a sixth-year tight end who became so dispensable last season, the Broncos made him a fullback.

“This a tight end-friendly offense,” Green said Thursday at Dove Valley. “This year, the quarterbacks we have, they’re expected to read coverage more and go to the open guy. I think tight ends should be a little more successful than years past.”
rest - http://www.denverpost.com/2016/07/28...os-tight-ends/
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» Anyone know?

Jul 27, 2016 - 7:59 PM - by WARHORSE
.......where one can get one of the Broncos "Iron Sharpens Iron" training camp Tshirts?
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» Von Miller joins Carrie Underwood in opening of “Sunday Night Football”

Jul 26, 2016 - 7:12 PM - by Denver Native (Carol)
The Von Miller tour rolls on.

The Broncos linebacker is one of 12 NFL players who will be featured with singer Carrie Underwood in the opening of this season’s “Sunday Night Football” on NBC.

Miller is the only Broncos player chosen, joining Giants’ Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr., Steelers’ Antonio Brown, Cowboys’ Dez Bryant, Raiders’ Khalil Mack, Cardinals’ Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson, Packers’ Clay Matthews, and Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas and Russell Wilson.

Underwood will perform “Oh, Sunday, Night,” which is set to the music of “Somethin’ Bad.”

The Broncos have two Sunday night games scheduled: Nov. 6 at Oakland and Dec. 25 at Kansas City.
http://www.denverpost.com/2016/07/26...rie-underwood/
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» The Ringer: Von Miller's wonderfully wacky world

Jul 26, 2016 - 10:20 AM - by VonDoom
Fun read on the face of our franchise. Some highlights (football and otherwise):

Star football players tend to be boring. Getting creative and adventurous on the field and deviating from the plan can cost a player his spot in the league. Football players are trained to follow rules and regulations, and for the successful ones, that extends to consuming as much film study as possible.

Miller is the exception. “I watch film on my iPad and stuff, but, not really,” Miller says with a laugh. Unless it is the playoffs — more on that later — he’s totally finished with football once he’s home each day. He tries to complete all of his game preparation and film study at the team facility so that he can use his free time to be free: namely, to watch National Geographic or dive into a new online theory. This offseason he’s become intrigued by the last ice age, and more recently by a creature called “Haast’s eagle,” which piqued Miller’s interest by going extinct because its primary food source, the flightless moa, went extinct due to hunting by humans and other causes.

“I spend a lot of time looking up extinct animals,” he says. Miller describes this chain of events as though spending hours learning about Haast’s eagle was a highlight of his offseason. He’s particularly fascinated by the moa going extinct so quickly. It took only 100 years, he says. “That is so super fast. It normally takes at least 1,000 years. But that’s what happens. Humans hunted the moa to extinction, and the Haast’s eagle went extinct right after because that’s what he ate.” (Dinosaurs are not a part of Miller’s fascination with the extinction process because “everyone already talks about them.”)
... [Read More]
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» Opening Day: Broncos vs Panthers

Jul 26, 2016 - 2:06 AM - by WARHORSE
A lot has changed since the superbowl for the Broncos. Mainly in the presence of Manning on the offensive side of the ball. Bad play or not, he brought a mindset.

Not so much has changed for the Panthers......or has it?
Josh Norman is by far the big offseason story for the Panthers. Norman could play on an island with the leagues elite. Depending on the players brought in to replace Norman.....this could be a big factor.

This is going to be a tough game for the Broncos. Alot will depend on the 12th man imo. If Cam needs to go to a silent count, this will give us a big boost on defense. Missing Malik Jackson in the run game will tell alot too.

The Panthers defense vs the Broncos offense. One has to give the edge to the Panthers D, afterall, we dont know what we have in the Broncos offense. That being said, they have little tape on what they'll see. Im not going to discuss all the ins and outs, I want to leave that for discussion.

Broncos defense vs the Panthers offense. The edge goes to Denver, especially at home. However.....will the Broncos offense be able to give some rest to the D by sustaining drives? If that happens, the game is over, Denver wins. But we will be in flux at Oline......QB......TE and FB.
We'll need a heckuva preseason to be able to step up to the Panthers D. (there I am discussing the offense again) Will leave for discussion.

Special teams......Denver has the edge. The return games are offsetting, but I think we edge out in coverage and kickers.

Coaching: Wash. Rivera has done a great job playing his team to their strengths. Kubes offense will be in year two, as will Wades defense.


Ive just gotten the discussion started......and now my prediction:

Broncos 24

Panthers 17

I would NEVER predict a Broncos loss.....its a PREDICTION.

But if I look at everything on paper alone, I... [Read More]
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» NFL teams now face fines, loss of draft picks if they violate concussion protocol

Jul 25, 2016 - 7:53 PM - by Denver Native (Carol)
The NFL and NFL Players Association on Monday jointly announced new guidelines designed to probe and punish teams that violate the league's game-day concussion protocol.

Under the new policy, when a team's medical staff or other employee is determined to violate the concussion protocol, the team could be subject to discipline -- either fines of anywhere from $50,000 to $150,000 for a first violation, or loss of draft picks.

Fines for violators will ramp up to a minimum of $100,000 for second and each additional violation of the concussion protocol.
rest - http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/17...ssion-protocol
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» Broncos Training Camp 2016 - Articles, Tweets, etc.

Jul 25, 2016 - 1:08 PM - by Denver Native (Carol)
No more hotel for veteran Broncos during training camp

ENGLEWOOD - Veteran Denver Bronco players will enjoy a new feature at training camp this year.

Their own beds.

Head coach Gary Kubiak will only have his rookies stay at the hotel near the Broncos’ UCHealth Training Center headquarters. Veteran players can sleep at their own homes.

It’s the first time since the 2003-08 Mike Shanahan period the entire group of players didn’t sleep in one housing unit.

Training camp for the Broncos started in 1960 with gym floor cots and dorm rooms at the Colorado School of Mines. From 1967-71 the Broncos trained at their team headquarters in Adams County, but Floyd Little, the star running back from that era, said the players always stayed in a Denver hotel off Speer Boulevard during training camp.
rest - http://www.9news.com/sports/no-more-...camp/280529641
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» Over the Cap: Best and Worst contracts of 2016

Jul 25, 2016 - 10:03 AM - by VonDoom
Here's the piece on the Broncos:

Best: Chris Harris, 5 years, $42.5 million, $10M guaranteed

John Elway pulled off one of the greatest con jobs of all time to get Harris to agree to this contract late in the 2014 season. Harris was already gaining recognition around the NFL as one of the better cornerbacks in the NFL and he was every bit as good as teammate Aqib Talib. At the least Harris should have matched Talib’s $9.5M per year contract, but he’ll end up earning $6.5 million less over a 5 year period. While his overall guarantee of $24 million is closer to Talib’s that in no way should make up for the differential.

By the time Harris has signed this contract the cornerback market had already taken a turn for the better after a two or three year pullback, yet somehow the Broncos got Harris to work from the old contract landscape rather than trying to push forward the way other players would have. Just a few weeks later when free agency began Byron Maxwell, a lesser player, signed a massive contract for over $11 million a season. This past year Janoris Jenkins signed for over $12.5 million a year. This was a heist by Denver’s front office.

There were other little things that I like about this contract as well. This may have been the first Broncos contract to use the end of contract option years. They used the bonus structure in this one so that they would even get a salary cap credit if an option was not picked up. I also liked the decision to take a low cap hit early in the contract so that their investment in the corner position, from a cap perspective, would not run so high while Talib and Harris were both on the team. Normally I don’t care for that contract structure but in this case I think it works perfectly plus
... [Read More]
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» Von Miller, now handsomely paid, returns to lead Broncos’ title defense

Jul 23, 2016 - 1:39 PM - by Denver Native (Carol)
Still bleary eyed from celebrations hours earlier, Von Miller stood at a podium inside San Francisco’s Moscone Center the morning of Feb. 8 to receive an honor only nine other defensive players before him had earned. The moment was his and all about him, yet he tried to make it anything but.

After his signature “Howdy,” he rattled off the names of Broncos teammates who helped him through “the toughest of days” before quickly realizing he didn’t have time to name all 52. He thanked his mother. He praised general manager John Elway. He told of how happy he was to help defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and fellow linebacker DeMarcus Ware finally get a ring. He even thanked the media staring back at him.

Then he answered the question on everyone’s mind.
AND

But there also were Miller’s two-a-days and Brazilian jiu-jitsu workouts, and the stops at gyms across the country, from Miami to Hollywood, to maintain his conditioning. The few media interviews along the way carried the same tone and often the same message. Miller was optimistic. He knew it was a business. He was expecting a deal any day.

He was going to be a Bronco for life.

“Von, from the outset, wanted to stay in Denver,” Branion said. “I think as we went through the process, which was a lengthy one, he had to consider all of his options. So he certainly thought about them, because I made him do
... [Read More]
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» Derek Wolfe Wants Him Some RINGS>>>>

Jul 23, 2016 - 1:17 PM - by WARHORSE
http://broncoswire.usatoday.com/2016...unt-of-weight/


This cat is a stud. That looked SO easy. I really pray for the health of our team this year. (and all the teams) I feel we got a great shot if Johns

and Kubes plan of adding emphasis on the run game comes to fruition. May the ZBS be at its finest this year and may Booker be a wonderful

surprise to us all!

Not to mention Lynch.......hopes hes under center by week 10 with that arm and mobility.
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» Inside Brandon McManus’s second life as a food blogger

Jul 22, 2016 - 5:23 PM - by aberdien
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https://theringer.com/denver-broncos...dc6#.39s01tn89

It’s been a big year for Denver kicker Brandon McManus. He played a major part in the Broncos’ Super Bowl win, connecting on all three of his field goal attempts. He got married. And, crucially, he blogged about the nigiri sushi at a Japanese gastropub in Denver called Izakaya Den, where he enjoyed the kanpachi’s “meaty, pale white flesh with a delicate taste” and the wild tai that was “firm yet flaky.”

For McManus, new to the food-blogging world in particular and to sushi in general, this was a transformative experience. The blogging, featuring the requisite photographs of about-to-be-consumed meals, was making him a bolder eater.

“I could never commit to raw fish,” McManus said in an interview with The Ringer. “But I had two appetizers, then got an entree, and it was one of the best meals of my life. To get to the tenderness of the raw fish was amazing.”

Like many athletes, McManus burns so many calories that he has to eat a lot. In the past, however, he never put that facet of his life to good use. So when he started eating at some of the best restaurants in his city, a sudden urge developed that even he can’t fully explain. “I don’t know what came over me,” he said. “I just decided to blog about it, and we just kind of rolled with it.”
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» Broncos: Team gets feeling that Kubiak will roll with Sanchez to start and go from there

Jul 21, 2016 - 12:19 PM - by Northman
http://www.12up.com/posts/3493050-re...qb?a_aid=40607

Broncos defensive lineman Sylvester Williams appeared on ​Sirius XM NFL Radio and said that Kubiak has, "kind of let us know" that veteran Mark Sanchez would be leading the team come September.

"But I think, going into the camp, I think Coach Kub kind of let us know he's going to go with Mark and give Mark the opportunity to see what he can do and then go on from there."

The Broncos drafted their QB of the future in Paxton Lynch during the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, but he needs some time to develop before taking over the starting role. there had been talk that Trevor Siemian would be given a chance to start, but it seems Sanchez will be given the reigns.


At least to start.
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