Pre camp musings

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All players report tomorrow and start their first practice on Friday. And recent developments are that Antoine Smith will report with the players and this is great news as depth is greatly needed at that position and with his experience and versatily, he could start or provide great value at depth. And Jake Long will visit the Broncos. He has played every year of his career at Left Tackle, but is coming off his second ACL tear from last season. So he would have to prove he is not hampered by that knee problem before the Broncos would consider him. But with his experience and quality of play, he could start at LT and Ty Samborla could then move to RT. And Zone Blocking would be easier on his knee and because they will use two tight ends, he could get help from the TE. So if he is healthy, go after him Elway!
And dates that players will point to ,especially those on the bubble are:

Tuesday Sept.1
This is the day the Broncos must make the first cut to 75 players by 2:00pm MDT. This date is between the 3rd&4th preseason games against San Francisco and the Arizona game on Sept 3.

Saturday, Sept. 5
This is the date after that final preseason game against Arizona, that the Broncos must cut the roster to 53 players and take action on PUP and Non-Football Injury lists.

Sunday Sept. 6
Claiming period for waived or cut players must be done by 10:00am MDT. They can also establish a ten man player squad.

So, Broncos, practice hard and smart in camp and establish a great team, Bovada now has them tied with New England and Dallas for 4th place Super Bowl odds. First, second and third are Green Bay, Seattle and Indianapolis. New England fell becsuse of the upholdment of Brady’s four game suspension. And his first game back is a huge one with the Colts in prime-time. Seattle and the Broncos have the best defenses of those 6 teams, so that could be a huge factor at how these odds appear towatds the end of the season. And finally, there are 3 veteran players that could discintly find themselves looking for another job elsewhere in the NFL. They are Andre Caldwell, who has to have a great camp and hold off several talented young recievers. Second is Tony Carter, whose erratic play last season has himself square on the bubble, and even with a decent camp, could still be waived or cut. And the third is Punter Britton Colquitt whose season performances the last two years and a big contract could very well leave him very vulnerabile to being replaced by big- leg Karl Schmitz who can also kick off, thus opening up a roster spot to boot. So these three may very well lose their Broncos jobs. There may be other veterans who lose their jobs too, but these are the ones most likely to be gone off the roster.

There is a really good quality of players entering camp tomorrow and first practice Friday, so Go,Go Broncos and give us another great season in Broncos Country and go after that Lombardi with every ounce of talent,strength and heart&mind you possess!!!

Broncos to Visit with Former Dolphins and Rams OT Jake Long

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The Broncos are set to talk to former Dolphins and Rams offensive tackle Jake Long, as the AP reports Denver will meet with Long on Thursday.

The first overall pick by Miami in 2008 and a four-time Pro Bowler, Long missed nine games last season in St. Louis with a second torn ACL in two years. The Rams released him this spring.

The Broncos lost star left tackle Ryan Clady to a season-ending knee injury in May, leaving second-round draft pick Ty Sambrailo as Manning’s presumed blindside protector.

Denver signed Ryan Harris after Clady’s injury to provide an experienced backup, and Sambrailo stepped into the starting lineup and quickly impressed coach Gary Kubiak. Chris Clark enters camp as the starter on the right side.

The Broncos are installing a zone-blocking scheme that makes heavy use of two-tight end sets, which will give their left tackle plenty of help in keeping pass-rushers at bay.

Manning will have four new linemen this season regardless of who starts at left tackle. The only returning starter is right guard Louis Vasquez, who spent the last half of last season at right tackle. The left guard is Ben Garland, who hasn’t started a game since 2008 at Air Force, when he was a defensive lineman.

Long has started all 96 games he’s played in during his NFL career and was a first-team All-Pro in 2010.

Broncos Announce DL Antonio Smith to Be at Camp

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The Broncos have tweeted out that despite the ongoing case against him, DL Antonio Smith will be at camp and ready to go with the rest of the team.

The Denver Post yesterday wrote that the status on Smith was ‘unchanged.’

As the Broncos grow closer to making a decision on Antonio’s Smith status, his case remains unresolved in Texas.

Despite receiving information from the sheriff’s office in February, the Fort Bend County district attorney has not determined whether he will charge Smith in the criminal abuse allegations leveled against him.

“The complaint is still under investigation and no determination has been made to formally charge Mr. Smith at this time,” the Fort Bend, Texas District Attorney said Monday.

If the status of his case doesn’t change, Smith could report to training camp Thursday with the veteran players. The Broncos excused Smith from voluntary offseason workouts to tend to his personal matters. They have remained in contact with him over the past two months and are expected to determine his status soon. If the Broncos decide they need more time to make a decision on Smith he cannot be fined for his absence from training camp.

The “Biggest Gut-Punch Loss” in Broncos History? SI Has a Stunner From the 1996 Season

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Sports Illustrated has put out a piece on the “Biggest gut-punch loss” for each and every franchise, the Broncos included.

The game that the author the piece, Doug Farrar, picked is an interesting one – a game that stopped the Broncos from their playoff run in 1996 when the team fell at home to the Jaguars.

Denver Broncos: Jan. 4, 1997, AFC divisional round—Jaguars 30, Broncos 27

John Elway was the losing quarterback in three Super Bowls earlier in his career, and he actually had his most productive seasons a few years after Denver’s championship chances dried up for a while. Things started to look up in 1995, when owner Pat Bowlen hired Mike Shanahan, Elway’s old offensive coordinator, as the new head coach. The Broncos went 8–8 in 1995, but jumped up to 13-3 in 1996. With one of the best overall teams in the NFL, it looked like Elway might get another shot at the Super Bowl.

But in what turned out to be perhaps his most agonizing postseason defeat, Elway’s Broncos were stunned by the Jaguars—a second-year expansion team—after starting with a 12–0 lead. Jaguars QB Mark Brunell proved to be a lot like Elway had been in earlier years, an accurate passer who could outrun pressure, and the Broncos couldn’t measure up. Denver won two Super Bowls in the next two seasons, a feat made all the more impressive by the fact that this loss was such a psychological hit.

The Broncos got their revenge against the Jaguars a season later, and went on to win two straight Super Bowls.

Broncos QB Manning To Help Chattanooga Victims Families

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Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) said Tuesday that Peyton Manning, who recently visited military personnel and Chattanooga, Tenn., police officers following last week’s shootings, will contribute to a fund to help the families of the victims, Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post reports.

“I do want to say that, thankfully, our community has come together to make sure that these families have the financial support that they need beyond that, and there’s an effort underway in Chattanooga now,” Corker said in a speech on the Senate floor. “I hope people in the world will participate to make sure that, again, there is financial support to sustain these families in light of what happened.

“My friend and a great Tennessean, or at least we claim him as that — he lives in Chattanooga for part of the year — Peyton Manning has lent his name to this effort, and my sense is you’re going to see a generous outpouring to ensure that at a base level some of the needs of these families, if not all financially, will be dealt with in an appropriate way.”

Manning on Saturday visited the Naval Marine Corps Reserve Center on Amnicola Highway where four United States marines and a Navy sailor were killed by a lone shooter.

Manning Visits Chattanooga Military Center Following Shootings

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Multiple sources tell WRCB TV that Peyton Manning showed up at the Naval Marine Corps Reserve Center on Amnicola Highway where four U.S. Marines were shot dead by a lone gunman last week.

A fifth service member died from injuries he suffered on Saturday.

A Chattanooga police officer remains hospitalized from injuries he suffered.

The record-breaking quarterback for the Denver Broncos, who played football for the University of Tennessee, showed up at the reserve late Saturday night to visit with military personnel and police officers.

The attack, which is being investigated as a domestic terrorism incident, has left the Tennessee Valley in mourning.

Former Broncos RB Cedric Cobbs Arrested in Prostitution Case

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Former Patriots and Broncos running back Cedric Cobbs was arrested in a prostitution case in Arkansas, Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports.

The former Arkansas running back was charged with first-degree promoting prostitution.

Cobbs, 34, was assigned a $500 bail and is no longer in jail.

Cobbs allegedly drove a woman to a hotel and arranged to have sex for money, but it was an undercover police officer. Cobbs was waiting in the parking lot and was arrested.

A pipe used to smoke methamphetamine was found in the car along with a second pipe, prescription pills and meth in the woman’s purse

Cobbs in October was indicted in federal court alongside 32 others also accused of dealing prescription pain medications.

Demaryius Thomas Says He Was Never Worried About a New Deal

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Saying he “wanted to finish a Bronco, retire a Bronco,” Denver wide receiver Demaryius Thomas said Friday he’s glad negotiations worked out on a new long-term deal and that he looks forward to helping the team win the Super Bowl, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.

Thomas, who had been designated as the team’s franchise player, signed a five-year, $70 million deal Wednesday that includes $43.5 million in guarantees.

And though the negotiations came down to the final hours before the deadline for teams to agree with players with the franchise tag, Thomas said he never doubted an agreement would be made.

“No, I didn’t [worry a deal would not get done],” Thomas said. “I kind of knew for a little while I was going to be a Bronco. … Kind of a week before they were going back and forth, I kind of knew.”

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