<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> broncos]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/broncos Tue, 04 Aug 2015 22:18:10 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Fiery Sanders expands his role with Denver Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/fiery-sanders-expands-his-role-with-denver-broncos/article/1556810?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fiery-sanders-expands-his-role-with-denver-broncos/article/1556810?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Emmanuel Sanders is so wired to win that he considers his competitive streak both a blessing and a burden.

Sure, it helped him make the Pro Bowl for the first time in 2014, but the Denver Broncos' speedy wide receiver said he usually can't dial it down enough to enjoy a friendly video game or a round of poker.

"Sometimes I hate that I'm so competitive," he said. "But it ended up paying off when it comes to playing a sport."

Sanders was so eager to impress his new team and build a rapport with Peyton Manning last year that he overdid it, strained a quad and missed much of training camp. Then he went out and had a career year with 101 receptions for 1,404 yards and nine TDs.



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Tue, 04 Aug 2015 19:51:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Giants Ayers, Casillas have Jersey City hometown bond]]> http://gazette.com/giants-ayers-casillas-have-jersey-city-hometown-bond/article/feed/258686?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/giants-ayers-casillas-have-jersey-city-hometown-bond/article/feed/258686?custom_click=rss EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Before they became teammates with the New York Giants this off-season, Robert Ayers and Jonathan Casillas didn't think they knew each other.

The two seven-year NFL veterans made their way to the NFL by very different routes, but turns out, they both were born in Jersey City, just a short distance from MetLife Stadium, the Giants' home. And they faced each other on the basketball court at one time.

Defensive end Ayers went to the University of Tennessee, was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round in 2009 and spent his first five seasons there before signing a two-year free-agent contract with the Giants in 2014.

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]]> Tue, 04 Aug 2015 18:06:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Agent remains hopeful Colts can reach deal with T.Y. Hilton]]> http://gazette.com/agent-remains-hopeful-colts-can-reach-deal-with-t.y.-hilton/article/feed/258671?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/agent-remains-hopeful-colts-can-reach-deal-with-t.y.-hilton/article/feed/258671?custom_click=rss

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — T.Y. Hilton's preference is to be paid like an All-Pro receiver in Indianapolis.

On Tuesday, Hilton's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told a small group of reporters he was hopeful the two sides could agree to a contract extension by Labor Day weekend, as team owner Jim Irsay has suggested. Hilton's contract expires after the season.

A year ago, he caught 82 passes for a career high 1,345 yards and seven touchdowns to earn his first trip to the Pro Bowl. Hilton recently questioned on Twitter whether the new five-year, $70 million deals signed by Dallas' Dez Bryant and Denver's Demaryius Thomas should serve as the standard for him.

Rosenhaus declined to talk about the terms he was seeking.

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]]> Tue, 04 Aug 2015 17:32:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Fiery Sanders expands his role with Denver Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/fiery-sanders-expands-his-role-with-denver-broncos/article/feed/258626?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fiery-sanders-expands-his-role-with-denver-broncos/article/feed/258626?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Emmanuel Sanders is so wired to win that he considers his competitive streak both a blessing and a burden.

Sure, it helped him make the Pro Bowl for the first time in 2014, but the Denver Broncos' speedy wide receiver said he usually can't dial it down enough to enjoy a friendly video game or a round of poker.

"Sometimes I hate that I'm so competitive," he said. "But it ended up paying off when it comes to playing a sport."

Sanders was so eager to impress his new team and build a rapport with Peyton Manning last year that he overdid it, strained a quad and missed much of training camp. Then he went out and had a career year with 101 receptions for 1,404 yards and nine TDs.

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]]> Tue, 04 Aug 2015 16:09:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Poll: Who will have more pass attempts this NFL Season? Manziel, Osweiler or Tebow?]]> http://gazette.com/poll-who-will-have-more-pass-attempts-this-nfl-season-manziel-osweiler-or-tebow/article/1556770?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/poll-who-will-have-more-pass-attempts-this-nfl-season-manziel-osweiler-or-tebow/article/1556770?custom_click=rss





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Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:22:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Broncos' Chris Harris wants to be No. 1 in Madden football]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-broncos-chris-harris-wants-to-be-no.-1-in-madden-football/article/1556766?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-broncos-chris-harris-wants-to-be-no.-1-in-madden-football/article/1556766?custom_click=rss

Madden football video is a world unto itself. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just ask any football fan who’s under 40 years old.

The newest version of the Madden series is freshly released. Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. is ranked as the No. 4 cornerback behind Richard Sherman of the Seahawks, Darelle Revis of the Jets and Vontae Davis of the Colts.

“I finished No. 1 in the stats, so I thought I should be No. 1,” Harris said while resting after Monday’s practice.

He laughed.

“I’ll take that, man. I’m just glad I’m getting recognition for the numbers I’ve been putting it up. So I’m satisfied with that. I’ll take that



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Tue, 04 Aug 2015 09:58:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee and David Ramsey talk biggest non-Manning story at Broncos camp]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-and-david-ramsey-talk-biggest-non-manning-story-at-broncos-camp/article/1556769?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-and-david-ramsey-talk-biggest-non-manning-story-at-broncos-camp/article/1556769?custom_click=rss

 Gazette sports columnists Paul Klee and David Ramsey discuss the biggest non-Peyton Manning story at Broncos training camp.

More Broncos coverage:

- Who is the Bronco nobody is talking about (but should be)?

- Broncos' Chris Harris wants to be No.



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Tue, 04 Aug 2015 09:53:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Brock Osweiler capitalizes on Peyton Manning's day off]]> http://gazette.com/brock-osweiler-capitalizes-on-peyton-mannings-day-off/article/1556744?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brock-osweiler-capitalizes-on-peyton-mannings-day-off/article/1556744?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Brock Osweiler looked around and asked a pertinent question.

"Are you sure I need to go up here?" Osweiler asked as he stepped up to the podium after taking most of the snaps during Peyton Manning's day off.

It's not that he was bashful. At 6-foot-8, he was pretty sure he didn't need to stand another foot higher, that's all.

He turned to make sure the top of the backdrop wasn't too low for the craning cameras.

Satisfied, he spun back around.

"It fits," he declared.

So, too, does Denver's new offense, apparently.

The mobile pocket. Being under center. Play-action passes.

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Tue, 04 Aug 2015 09:40:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Osweiler capitalizes on Manning's day off]]> http://gazette.com/osweiler-capitalizes-on-mannings-day-off/article/feed/258243?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/osweiler-capitalizes-on-mannings-day-off/article/feed/258243?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Brock Osweiler looked around and asked a pertinent question.

"Are you sure I need to go up here?" Osweiler asked as he stepped up to the podium after taking most of the snaps during Peyton Manning's day off.

It's not that he was bashful. At 6-foot-8, he was pretty sure he didn't need to stand another foot higher, that's all.

He turned to make sure the top of the backdrop wasn't too low for the craning cameras.

Satisfied, he spun back around.

"It fits," he declared.

So, too, does Denver's new offense, apparently.

The mobile pocket. Being under center. Play-action passes.

Coach Gary Kubiak, himself a lifelong backup to a superstar when his boss, John Elway, was his t

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:12:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Falcons' Julio Jones hoping for new contract before season]]> http://gazette.com/falcons-julio-jones-hoping-for-new-contract-before-season/article/feed/258182?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/falcons-julio-jones-hoping-for-new-contract-before-season/article/feed/258182?custom_click=rss

ATLANTA (AP) — After losing a few pounds in the offseason, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones believes he is stronger and more explosive.

How much more explosive?

"Now, on go balls, I've got another gear," Jones said Monday.

There could soon be a new contract for the Atlanta star, too. The Falcons are in talks with Jones' agent, Jimmy Sexton, on a contract extension for Jones, who can become a free agent following the season.

It seems likely that Jones, who earned his second Pro Bowl spot last season, will return in 2016 — either with a new deal or with a franchise tag. This season's franchise tag was $12.8 million.

Jones would prefer the security of a long-term deal.

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:38:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Broncos P Colquitt takes a $1.4 million pay cut]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-p-colquitt-takes-a-1.4-million-pay-cut/article/feed/258153?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-p-colquitt-takes-a-1.4-million-pay-cut/article/feed/258153?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Britton Colquitt is no longer the highest-paid punter in the First Family of Fourth Downs.

That honor belongs to brother Dustin.

Two years after becoming the league's highest-paid punter, Britton agreed to a $1.4 million pay cut from the Denver Broncos. He'll get $1.6 million instead of $3 million.

Dustin is making $2.95 million.

"I'm not mad about it," Britton Colquitt said of Monday's agreement. "It's part of the business, and I'm confident in our team this year and the ability God has given me. And I feel that I'm going to have a better year than I've had in the past.

"It's no big deal. Money's not why I'm doing this.

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:26:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Britton Colquitt, Broncos agree to pay cut for 2015]]> http://gazette.com/britton-colquitt-broncos-agree-to-pay-cut-for-2015/article/1556698?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/britton-colquitt-broncos-agree-to-pay-cut-for-2015/article/1556698?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Two years after becoming the league's highest-paid punter, Britton Colquitt has increased his chances of making the Denver Broncos' roster by agreeing to a $1.4 million pay cut.

Colquitt now will make $1.6 million this season after Monday's agreement. His 2016 salary of $3.25 million remains untouched.

Colquitt signed a three-year, $11.7 million extension in 2013, but his production slipped last year. In the offseason, the Broncos brought in kicker/punter Karl Schmitz, a strong-legged 28-year-old from Jacksonville University who hasn't played since 2008.

Colquitt is the second Broncos veteran to take a pay cut this year. Peyton Manning agreed to a $4 million reduction in his salary, to $15 million.



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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:31:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Cowboys' Mincey back at practice after ending brief holdout]]> http://gazette.com/cowboys-mincey-back-at-practice-after-ending-brief-holdout/article/feed/257922?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cowboys-mincey-back-at-practice-after-ending-brief-holdout/article/feed/257922?custom_click=rss

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Dallas Cowboys defensive end Jeremy Mincey didn't stay away from training camp long in his effort to get a reworked contract.

The team's sack leader last season ended a brief holdout and worked on the side Sunday at practice after missing the first three days of camp, including the first padded practice. Mincey showed up Saturday night.

The 31-year-old Mincey reached an agreement that boosts his contract this year to $2 million, a $500,000 increase that essentially replaces a playing-time bonus he barely missed out on last season.

While Mincey also wanted to add years to his deal, that's unlikely to happen until after the season. He could have been fined $30,000 for each day he missed, but the Co

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]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 22:11:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Miller no longer in NFL's drug program]]> http://gazette.com/miller-no-longer-in-nfls-drug-program/article/1556668?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/miller-no-longer-in-nfls-drug-program/article/1556668?custom_click=rss  

ENGLEWOOD — Von Miller no longer carries all those extra pounds or the weight of the world.

He's back at his natural position and size and his playfulness and smile are back, too.

The Denver Broncos star linebacker has been discharged from the NFL's drug program after staying clean for two years, meaning he's no longer subject to regular, random urine testing.

"Yeah, I mean, it is nice. But things don't change. I'm still the same guy I was at the beginning of this year. I'm still grinding," Miller said Sunday night.

He's not in the mood to celebrate his newfound freedom — a chance he was given when the NFL and the players union hammered out a revised drug policy last fall.



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Sun, 02 Aug 2015 19:45:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Miller no longer in NFL's drug program]]> http://gazette.com/miller-no-longer-in-nfls-drug-program/article/feed/257980?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/miller-no-longer-in-nfls-drug-program/article/feed/257980?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Von Miller no longer carries all those extra pounds or the weight of the world.

He's back at his natural position and size and his playfulness and smile are back, too.

The Denver Broncos star linebacker has been discharged from the NFL's drug program after staying clean for two years, meaning he's no longer subject to regular, random urine testing.

"Yeah, I mean, it is nice. But things don't change. I'm still the same guy I was at the beginning of this year. I'm still grinding," Miller said Sunday night.

He's not in the mood to celebrate his newfound freedom — a chance he was given when the NFL and the players union hammered out a revised drug policy last fall.

"It's not time to s

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]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 19:38:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas longs to see freed mother]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-receiver-demaryius-thomas-longs-to-see-freed-mother/article/1556666?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-receiver-demaryius-thomas-longs-to-see-freed-mother/article/1556666?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - Demaryius Thomas is still waiting to see his mother out from behind bars for the first time since the police came busting into his house one morning when he was 11.

Katina Smith and her mother, Minnie Pearl Thomas, were arrested on drug trafficking charges. The police allowed Smith to walk her kids to the school bus stop before being taken into custody.

Last month, President Barack Obama cut short Smith's sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee, Florida, part of his push to reduce the prison population of nonviolent offenders.

Smith called Thomas on Thursday to tell him she was back in Georgia.

"She's at a halfway house," Thomas said. "That's a good start.

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]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 19:10:01 -0600 <![CDATA[With Jeffery leading pack, no shortage of options for Bears]]> http://gazette.com/with-jeffery-leading-pack-no-shortage-of-options-for-bears/article/feed/257974?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/with-jeffery-leading-pack-no-shortage-of-options-for-bears/article/feed/257974?custom_click=rss

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — If indeed this is his time, his chance to assert himself as a true No. 1 receiver for the Chicago Bears, Alshon Jeffery was in no mood to discuss it.

"I mean I'm not looking forward to anything," he said. "I'm just doing my job whatever it takes for us to win. I mean whether that's me blocking, catching the ball. It doesn't matter. It's not one guy who stands out on our team. It takes 11 guys on the field. So each one of us has our part."

Jeffery has a big one as the Bears try to shake off a miserable five-win season that led to general manager Phil Emery and coach Marc Trestman being fired.

Ryan Pace and John Fox were hired to replace them and reinvigorate a franchise with just one playoff ap

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]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 18:42:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Plan to limit Manning's snaps will also benefit backup]]> http://gazette.com/plan-to-limit-mannings-snaps-will-also-benefit-backup/article/feed/257933?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/plan-to-limit-mannings-snaps-will-also-benefit-backup/article/feed/257933?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The plan to give Peyton Manning a breather at training camp is designed to pay dividends not only for the five-time MVP but also his backup.

Entering the final year of his rookie contract, Brock Osweiler will get his biggest chance yet to prove he's a worthy successor.

"Well, we're going to evaluate him through training camp and evaluate him through the preseason," GM John Elway said.

Osweiler's extended apprenticeship has left him with just 30 passes on his resume.

However, he's not looking at this as his August audition.

"I'm a firm believer that practice is a huge deal," Osweiler said. "So, I view every practice throughout the year" as important.

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]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 15:20:50 -0600 <![CDATA[Plan to limit Peyton Manning's snaps will also benefit backup]]> http://gazette.com/plan-to-limit-peyton-mannings-snaps-will-also-benefit-backup/article/1556661?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/plan-to-limit-peyton-mannings-snaps-will-also-benefit-backup/article/1556661?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — The plan to give Peyton Manning a breather at training camp is designed to pay dividends not only for the five-time MVP but also his backup.

Entering the final year of his rookie contract, Brock Osweiler will get his biggest chance yet to prove he's a worthy successor.

"Well, we're going to evaluate him through training camp and evaluate him through the preseason," GM John Elway said.

Osweiler's extended apprenticeship has left him with just 30 passes on his resume.

However, he's not looking at this as his August audition.

"I'm a firm believer that practice is a huge deal," Osweiler said. "So, I view every practice throughout the year" as important.



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Sun, 02 Aug 2015 15:09:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Broncos star Von Miller can cash in on NFL's richest non-QB contract]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-broncos-star-von-miller-can-cash-in-on-nfls-richest-non-qb-contract/article/1556659?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-broncos-star-von-miller-can-cash-in-on-nfls-richest-non-qb-contract/article/1556659?custom_click=rss

It's at least one month too early to make any bold predictions on the Broncos' 2015 season.

Except one: It says here Von Miller will win the NFL's defensive player of the year award and, soon after, sign the richest contract in NFL history for a non-quarterback.

Vonnie Football is on a mission from Wade. Phillips, the new/old defensive coordinator, coached J.J. Watt and proclaimed the Texans' star would be a Hall of Famer. This proclamation doesn't seem as bold as that one, considering Watt was a rookie at the time.

Miller is fun again, having fun again, wrecking offenses again.



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Sun, 02 Aug 2015 11:13:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Broncos lose Kyle Williams to torn Achilles tendon]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-lose-kyle-williams-to-torn-achilles-tendon/article/feed/257698?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-lose-kyle-williams-to-torn-achilles-tendon/article/feed/257698?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver returner Kyle Williams tore his left Achilles during a punt return drill at training camp Saturday and will miss the season.

The oft-injured Williams missed much of the Broncos' offseason workouts with sore hamstrings. He was out of the league last year after playing in all four of Kansas City's preseason games.

Williams was reaching to scoop a football when he crumpled to the grass in pain and was carted off the field minutes later and taken for an MRI.

Williams, a fifth-year pro who has played in San Francisco and Kansas City, was in the mix for Denver's punt return job.

Coach Gary Kubiak said Williams "was doing a good job. He came back in great shape and was doing some return s

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]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 19:25:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Thomas longs for reunion with his mother]]> http://gazette.com/thomas-longs-for-reunion-with-his-mother/article/feed/257766?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thomas-longs-for-reunion-with-his-mother/article/feed/257766?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Demaryius Thomas is still waiting to see his mother out from behind bars for the first time since the police came busting into his house one morning when he was 11.

Katina Smith and her mother, Minnie Pearl Thomas, were arrested on drug trafficking charges. The police allowed Smith to walk her kids to the school bus stop before being taken into custody.

Last month, President Barack Obama cut short Smith's sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee, Florida, part of his push to reduce the prison population of non-violent offenders.

Smith called Thomas on Thursday to tell him she was back in Georgia.

"She's at a halfway house," Thomas said. "That's a good start.

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ENGLEWOOD — Denver returner Kyle Williams tore his right Achilles during a punt return drill at training camp Saturday.

The oft-injured Williams missed much of the Broncos' offseason workouts with sore hamstrings.

He was reaching to scoop a football when he crumpled to the grass in pain and was carted off the field minutes later.

Williams, a fifth-year pro who has played in San Francisco and Kansas City, was in the mix for Denver's punt return job.

Coach Gary Kubiak said Williams "was doing a good job. He came back in great shape and was doing some return stuff, wasn't even touched. So, one of those things you just feel bad for him. I know he's very disappointed, so we'll support him best we can.



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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 18:52:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Marshall back on field but with a heavy heart]]> http://gazette.com/marshall-back-on-field-but-with-a-heavy-heart/article/feed/257720?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marshall-back-on-field-but-with-a-heavy-heart/article/feed/257720?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Brandon Marshall is back on the football field, trying to replicate last year's breakout season despite two screws in his right foot and a heavy heart.

Marshall led the Broncos with 111 tackles last year despite being hobbled down the stretch by a right foot injury that required offseason surgery.

Because he didn't have the operation until March, he'll have to play the whole season before surgeons can remove hardware in his right foot, meaning he'll have to manage some pain along the way.

He said his foot feels fine so far, but the pain he's dealing with now is the grief over his grandfather's death.

Little Roy Williams, 88, died on July 7 after contracting pneumonia following surgery, Ma

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]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 15:58:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Falcons' Tamme making easy transition to life after Manning]]> http://gazette.com/falcons-tamme-making-easy-transition-to-life-after-manning/article/feed/257686?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/falcons-tamme-making-easy-transition-to-life-after-manning/article/feed/257686?custom_click=rss

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta tight end Jacob Tamme was worried about playing with another quarterback after catching passes from Peyton Manning most of his career with Indianapolis and Denver.

"Peyton has been a huge part of my career, and he's a great friend of mine," Tamme said. "It's hard for me to go somewhere and feel like I was not falling off a cliff at the quarterback position. This is one of the few places where you could go and feel like you weren't."

After two days of his first training camp with the Falcons, Tamme said there has been no scary break-in period. He said Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has helped make for an easy transition.

"Matt has been awesome," Tamme said after Saturday's practice. "I love workin

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]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 14:39:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Troubles haven't slowed down for NFL]]> http://gazette.com/troubles-havent-slowed-down-for-nfl/article/feed/257665?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/troubles-havent-slowed-down-for-nfl/article/feed/257665?custom_click=rss

Shattered cellphones. Fireworks accidents. Failed drug tests.

The NFL's endless aggravation raged through an offseason marked by more crime and punishment, rules violations by owners, and the never-ending "Deflategate" saga.

The latest black eye came from Pro Bowl defensive end Sheldon Richardson, who addressed his recent drug suspension by telling his teammates and coaches as they reported to training camp that "they don't have to worry about my name being in the news again."

A short time later, reports surfaced of Richardson being charged with resisting arrest and multiple traffic violations in an incident in Missouri this month. Police clocked him going 143 mph and found a loaded gun in his Bentley and a 12-year-old

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]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 11:10:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Klee: Taking attendance at Denver Broncos first day of school]]> http://gazette.com/klee-taking-attendance-at-denver-broncos-first-day-of-school/article/1556611?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-taking-attendance-at-denver-broncos-first-day-of-school/article/1556611?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - It's 2 hours before the Broncos' first practice of training camp - a practice, not a game, not a game - and the line of cars already snakes around the corner. Some folks, possibly including Ben Garland, got here at 5 a.m.

Guy in the Julius Thomas jersey? Bummed, kind of. Guy in the Demaryius Thomas jersey? Clothed, for another five years.

"C.J. Anderson's family is looking for a parking spot," a security guard hears through his Walkie-Talkie. Brock Osweiler's wife grabs a front-row seat. Tom Jackson and Adam Schefter ready their SportsCenter set for a live shot. Me? Hydrated, sunscreen-ed, amped. Ready, set, football:

10:38 a.m.: Matt Paradis, a backup center, pukes all over the 40-yard-line. Then he



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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 22:10:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Friday Faceoff: Who is the Bronco nobody is talking about (but should be)?]]> http://gazette.com/friday-faceoff-who-is-the-bronco-nobody-is-talking-about-but-should-be/article/1556598?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/friday-faceoff-who-is-the-bronco-nobody-is-talking-about-but-should-be/article/1556598?custom_click=rss

Survey says: Watch out for Sanders

By Paul Klee

Peyton Manning? Nah. Every Coloradan and their chocolate Lab talks about the quarterback: Too old/motivated by records/still Peyton, depending on whether your pint of 90 Shilling is half full or half empty.

Von Miller? The conversation should be about Vonnie Football. This is when the fifth-year star must become the face of the franchise, preparing for when Manning hangs up his cleats.

But it’s not Miller. C.J. Anderson? Enough folks talk about the running back as the ideal fit in Gary Kubiak’s offense that he’s disqualified from this discussion.

In the case of the forgotten Bronco, I hold the trump card: Rod Smith.



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ENGLEWOOD — Gary Kubiak sure has the blueprints.

He helped guide the Denver Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowls in the late 1990s as John Elway's backup-turned tutor and now he's trying to steer them back to the top of the NFL behind 39-year-old Peyton Manning.

On the eve of his first training camp as Denver's head coach, Kubiak said: "I can remember some of the conversations we're having now are some of the same conversations we had as coaches going into John's last year or two, how we were going to approach his work, how we were going to go about things."

Bottom line: plenty of rest for Manning, a notorious workhorse who's long been loath to give away any snaps.



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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:55:01 -0600
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ENGLEWOOD - If sports are entertainment, the best entertainment in Colorado is not, in fact, at Dove Valley for Broncos training camp. It's in Boulder for the Republican debate, and can anyone really argue that won't be wildly entertaining? - The debate falls on Oct. 28, a Wednesday during the Broncos' bye week, so Peyton Manning is available to attend, or pop some corn and watch on TV like the rest of us, and scribble pointers in preparation for his inevitable run for office. - Peyton for President? Still has a nice ring to it. - Speaking of rings, new coach Gary Kubiak owns two Super Bowl rings he won with the Broncos. Their quest for a third opens at 10 a.m. Friday - the first of 14 training camp sessions that are open to the public.



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