<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> broncos]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/broncos Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:33:27 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[The Gazette's Denver Broncos season preview]]> http://gazette.com/the-gazettes-denver-broncos-season-preview/article/1558236?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-gazettes-denver-broncos-season-preview/article/1558236?custom_click=rss

Looking forward to Broncos' season as much as we are?

The Gazette's season preview magazine will be delivered to subscribers Aug. 30 and should be available to purchase at King Soopers and Loaf 'N Jug stores.

It's 52 pages of feature stories, schedules and contests.

Don't miss columnist Paul Klee's predictions for the Broncos this season.

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Thu, 03 Sep 2015 11:47:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Final preseason games, few starters to see action]]> http://gazette.com/final-preseason-games-few-starters-to-see-action/article/feed/267564?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/final-preseason-games-few-starters-to-see-action/article/feed/267564?custom_click=rss What to look for in Thursday's final preseason games (all times EDT)

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GIANTS AT PATRIOTS, 7:30 p.m.

Backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo gets his last and probably best chance in the preseason to prepare to be the opening night starter if Tom Brady's suspension holds.

Brady often sits out the entirety of the fourth exhibition game, and there's even more reason for him to hold a clipboard Thursday night. Garoppolo threw only 27 passes last year, most of it in garbage time. So any snaps he can get will be helpful if he's needed to fill in for the reigning Super Bowl MVP.

The NFL found that Brady was "at least generally aware" of a scheme to illegally deflate footballs used in the AFC title game in January ag

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]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:00:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Broncos Preview: Peyton Manning seeks to break more records, defy age]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-preview-peyton-manning-seeks-to-break-more-records-defy-age/article/1558527?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-preview-peyton-manning-seeks-to-break-more-records-defy-age/article/1558527?custom_click=rss

Peyton Manning is 39, and he wants to continue starting at quarterback in the NFL. If you know anything about Manning, you realize he did not return to the Broncos this season to embrace mediocrity. He wants - he needs - to soar.

Soaring old quarterbacks are not common. Manning is attempting to conquer age. Remember, the aging process is undefeated.

Terry Bradshaw retired at 35. Roger Staubach departed the Cowboys at 37. Joe Namath was done at 34.

Johnny Unitas, the greatest quarterback of the 1960s, dragged his battered arm and body through three ill-advised seasons after he turned 38. In those three seasons, he threw 10 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. He ended his playing days in San Diego, thousands of miles from



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Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:06:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Broncos Preview: John Elway gets his band back together for a Broncos reunion tour]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-preview-john-elway-gets-his-band-back-together-for-a-broncos-reunion-tour/article/1558528?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-preview-john-elway-gets-his-band-back-together-for-a-broncos-reunion-tour/article/1558528?custom_click=rss

New blood.

That's what many franchises seek when chasing a championship.

The Broncos are going with a radical alternative.

Old blood.

Proven blood. (Broncos fans are hoping there's no over-the-hill blood.)

Gary Kubiak arrived in Colorado in January facing a simple, immense task. He has to outperform John Fox. That's all.

Remember, Fox won the AFC West four times in four seasons. He claimed 38 regular-season wins in the past three seasons. He directed the Broncos to seven playoff games, including a Super Bowl. (The Broncos played in five playoff games, total, from 1999-2010.)

All those accomplishments failed to satisfy Broncos godfather John Elway, who pushed Fox out the door.



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Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:36:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Predicting the Denver Broncos' 53-man roster]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-predicting-the-denver-broncos-53-man-roster/article/1558547?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-predicting-the-denver-broncos-53-man-roster/article/1558547?custom_click=rss

This is a terrible idea, and I'm good at those. Just ahead of the Broncos' final preseason game on Thursday, in which the starters won't play, let's predict the 53-man roster.

Quarterback (3): Peyton Manning, Brock Osweiler, Trevor Siemian.

With a stout defense, I take Siemian over Osweiler. There, someone said it.

For all the hand-wringing over Manning, flip back to 5:38 in the first quarter against the Niners, a seeing-eye, first-down pass to Caldwell. There are six, maybe seven, quarterbacks, who complete it. If Manning's your concern, you have a good team.

Backs (5): C.J. Anderson, Ronnie Hillman, Juwan Thompson, Montee Ball, James Casey (FB).



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Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:21:11 -0600
<![CDATA[FANTASY PLAYS: Knowing when to draft Gronk a tricky decision]]> http://gazette.com/fantasy-plays-knowing-when-to-draft-gronk-a-tricky-decision/article/feed/267352?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fantasy-plays-knowing-when-to-draft-gronk-a-tricky-decision/article/feed/267352?custom_click=rss

If you managed to stay awake in school when teachers talked about economics, you might remember the term "opportunity cost." Put simply, it describes what you could've bought had you chosen to spend your money differently.

Consider Rob Gronkowski the touchdown-scoring embodiment of that in fantasy football.

The New England Patriots star is the rare tight end worthy of first-round draft consideration. He's the top target in a good offense. And drafting him means securing a mammoth positional advantage that could carry your team right into the playoffs.

The dilemma: Picking Gronkowski could mean missing out on top running backs like Matt Forte or DeMarco Murray. Or elite receivers like Antonio Brown and Dez Bryant.

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]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 01:51:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Hasselbeck looking for meaningful snaps in preseason finale]]> http://gazette.com/hasselbeck-looking-for-meaningful-snaps-in-preseason-finale/article/feed/267232?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hasselbeck-looking-for-meaningful-snaps-in-preseason-finale/article/feed/267232?custom_click=rss

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Matt Hasselbeck understands the significance of Thursday's preseason finale.

The 39-year-old quarterback has a one-year contract and is backing up Andrew Luck, who has never missed a pro game.

If all goes well in Indianapolis this season, this traditionally meaningless contest could turn out to be the last meaningful snaps of Hasselbeck's 17-year NFL career — and he's lobbying to start.

"Coach (Chuck Pagano) tried to pull me from a two-minute drill and I gave him a dirty look like, 'I just heard you say this morning how important practice is,'" Hasselbeck said half-jokingly after Monday's workout. "For me, I was thinking, 'How do you think I got here?' Yes, It's a preseason game, but we need all

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]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 01:50:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Montee Ball fighting for roster spot with Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/montee-ball-fighting-for-roster-spot-with-broncos/article/1558507?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/montee-ball-fighting-for-roster-spot-with-broncos/article/1558507?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Montee Ball predicted in the spring that he'd unseat Pro Bowler C.J. Anderson as the Denver Broncos' starting running back.

Now, he's fighting just to make the roster.

Ball started camp as Anderson's backup but slipped behind Ronnie Hillman, who's averaged 7.4 yards a carry this preseason, and Juwan Thompson, who also shines on special teams, something Ball doesn't do.

Ball has carried the ball just 16 times in the preseason and is averaging a paltry 2.6 yards a carry heading into the exhibition finale Thursday night against Arizona.



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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:04:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Montee Ball fighting for roster spot with Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/montee-ball-fighting-for-roster-spot-with-broncos/article/feed/267180?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/montee-ball-fighting-for-roster-spot-with-broncos/article/feed/267180?custom_click=rss ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Montee Ball predicted in the spring that he'd unseat Pro Bowler C.J. Anderson as the Denver Broncos' starting running back.

Now, he's fighting just to make the roster.

Ball started camp as Anderson's backup but slipped behind Ronnie Hillman, who's averaged 7.4 yards a carry this preseason, and Juwan Thompson, who also shines on special teams, something Ball doesn't do.

Ball has carried the ball just 16 times in the preseason and is averaging a paltry 2.6 yards a carry heading into the exhibition finale Thursday night against Arizona.

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:34:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Broncos again look like class of AFC West]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-again-look-like-class-of-afc-west/article/feed/267171?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-again-look-like-class-of-afc-west/article/feed/267171?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos have owned the AFC West since Tebowmania swept the NFL in 2011.

They've won the division by an average of 3.67 games behind Peyton Manning, who hasn't had any feeling in the fingertips on his throwing hand since undergoing neck fusion surgery while with the Colts.

"Well, if I threw for 5,400-something yards and 55 touchdown passes, I wish my fingers would have been numb, too," GM John Elway said.

Despite dominating their division for four years, the Broncos are a team in transition.

Tired of watching his team bow out with a whimper in the playoffs, Elway replaced coach John Fox with Gary Kubiak, his longtime backup and one-time offensive coordinator, last winter.

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:08:50 -0600 <![CDATA[Broncos waive three more to trim roster to 75 players]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-waive-three-more-to-trim-roster-to-75-players/article/1558480?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-waive-three-more-to-trim-roster-to-75-players/article/1558480?custom_click=rss

Gary Kubiak and the Broncos' coaching staff went home Monday night still facing difficult decisions and having little time to make them. Earlier that morning, they had trimmed their training camp roster of 90 men to 78, waiving nine, cutting one, trading another and placing a rookie on the injured reserve.

When they returned Tuesday, just hours before the 2 p.m. deadline to reduce the list to 75, Kubiak and Co. revealed one of the final three cuts.

Nathan Palmer's work at Dove Valley is done. The third-year receiver who spent most of last season on the practice squad was waived. Following Tuesday's practice, rookie linebacker Danny Mason and tight end Dan Light, a recent waiver claim, were let go as well.

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:55:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Broncos Preview: Offense is playing to a beat of a different drum]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-preview-offense-is-playing-to-a-beat-of-a-different-drum/article/1558458?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-preview-offense-is-playing-to-a-beat-of-a-different-drum/article/1558458?custom_click=rss

Gary Kubiak believes in the running game.

John Elway believes running more will help preserve Peyton Manning, the Broncos' fragile 39-year-old quarterback.

And Manning believes he can surprise skeptics with his ability to adapt to a new system.

Under Kubiak's direction last season, the Ravens rushed for 126.2 yards per game, eighth in the NFL. Joe Flacco threw for 3,986 yards and 27 touchdowns, both career highs. In 2011, Kubiak's Texans averaged 153 yards rushing per game, second in the NFL. Kubiak is a former NFL quarterback with a deep devotion to the run.

The Broncos roared to 12 wins last season and won the AFC West, but were stumbling late in the season while Manning struggled with injuries. The team was



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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:58:22 -0600
<![CDATA[LB Alexander, P Zastudil among 11 players cut by Cardinals]]> http://gazette.com/lb-alexander-p-zastudil-among-11-players-cut-by-cardinals/article/feed/266838?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lb-alexander-p-zastudil-among-11-players-cut-by-cardinals/article/feed/266838?custom_click=rss

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Outside linebacker and longtime special teams standout Lorenzo Alexander and veteran punter Dave Zastudil were among 11 players released by the Arizona Cardinals on Monday.

The team cut three inside linebackers — Glenn Carson, Edwin Jackson and Andrae Kirk. The other players released were former University of Arizona cornerback Shaquille Richardson, guard Nate Isles, tight end Gannon Sinclair, wide receiver Ryan Spadola and cornerback Darren Woodard. Arizona also waived/injured wide receiver Travis Harvey.

The moves leave 76 players on the Cardinals' roster, one more than the limit for Tuesday's deadline. The team must be down to its regular-season 53-man roster by Saturday.

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]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:13:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Jaguars TE Julius Thomas could miss start of regular season]]> http://gazette.com/jaguars-te-julius-thomas-could-miss-start-of-regular-season/article/feed/266860?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jaguars-te-julius-thomas-could-miss-start-of-regular-season/article/feed/266860?custom_click=rss JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas could miss multiple games to start the regular season.

General manager Dave Caldwell said Monday that Thomas will get a second opinion on his injured right hand, and if he needs surgery, he would be sidelined another four weeks.

"It's more or less just cleaning it up and tightening it up," Caldwell said during a conference call. "This will assure that the bone will heal completely by the time he's ready to go."

Thomas, who signed a five-year, $46 million contract that included $24 million guaranteed in free agency, broke a bone in the back of his hand in the preseason opener against Pittsburgh. He initially was supposed to be back for the regular-s

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]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:14:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Broncos trade tackle Chris Clark]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-trade-tackle-chris-clark/article/1558441?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-trade-tackle-chris-clark/article/1558441?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Chris Clark is joining the superstar he couldn't beat.

The Denver Broncos traded the sixth-year tackle to the Houston Texans for a 2016 seventh-round draft pick Monday as they trimmed a dozen players in their first round of roster reductions.

In joint practices with the Texans last summer, Clark took exception when J.J. Watt pushed him around during a one-on-one pass-rushing drill and kept right on motoring toward the imaginary QB. Clark finally broke free with a swipe at the Texans star that sent the pass rusher's helmet bouncing on the ground.

"Don't get mad when you get beat," Watt hollered at Clark.

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Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:53:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Broncos trade tackle Chris Clark to Houston]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-trade-tackle-chris-clark-to-houston/article/feed/266735?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-trade-tackle-chris-clark-to-houston/article/feed/266735?custom_click=rss ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Chris Clark is joining the superstar he couldn't beat.

The Denver Broncos traded the sixth-year tackle to the Houston Texans for a 2016 seventh-round draft pick Monday as they trimmed a dozen players in their first round of roster reductions.

In joint practices with the Texans last summer, Clark took exception when J.J. Watt pushed him around during a one-on-one pass-rushing drill and kept right on motoring toward the imaginary QB. Clark finally broke free with a swipe at the Texans star that sent the pass rusher's helmet bouncing on the ground.

"Don't get mad when you get beat," Watt hollered at Clark.

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]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:26:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Tebow getting biggest chance with Eagles in last exhibition]]> http://gazette.com/tebow-getting-biggest-chance-with-eagles-in-last-exhibition/article/feed/266837?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tebow-getting-biggest-chance-with-eagles-in-last-exhibition/article/feed/266837?custom_click=rss

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tim Tebow is getting his last chance this offseason to prove he should stay with the Eagles as their third-string quarterback.

The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner is expected to see a lot of playing time in Philadelphia's final exhibition game on Thursday against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.

"It's been an awesome journey," Tebow said after Monday's practice.

Tebow, now competing with Matt Barkley for the roster spot, won a national title in college at Florida and led the Broncos to a playoff game win in 2011. But he hasn't played a regular season game since 2012 and was out of football after New England released him two years ago until Eagles coach Chip Kelly signed him this spring.

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ENGLEWOOD — The Denver Broncos traded offensive tackle Chris Clark to Houston on Monday, released veteran linebacker Reggie Walker and placed rookie tight end Jeff Hauerman on injured reserved.

The Clark trade for a seventh-round pick in 2016 is contingent on his passing a physical.

Hauerman tore an ACL one week after he was drafted, but the Broncos couldn't put him on IR until the 75-man roster cut. Otherwise, he would have had to go through waivers first.

The Broncos also waived fourth-year running back Jeremy Stewart, quarterback Zac Dysert, punter Spencer Lanning, safety Ross Madison, tight end Jake Murphy and linebacker Chase Vaughn.

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Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:04:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Broncos trade Clark, cut Walker, Stewart]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-trade-clark-cut-walker-stewart/article/feed/266734?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-trade-clark-cut-walker-stewart/article/feed/266734?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos traded offensive tackle Chris Clark to Houston on Monday, released veteran linebacker Reggie Walker and placed rookie tight end Jeff Hauerman on injured reserved.

The Clark trade for a seventh-round pick in 2016 is contingent on his passing a physical.

Hauerman tore an ACL one week after he was drafted, but the Broncos couldn't put him on IR until the 75-man roster cut. Otherwise, he would have had to go through waivers first.

The Broncos also waived fourth-year running back Jeremy Stewart, quarterback Zac Dysert, punter Spencer Lanning, safety Ross Madison, tight end Jake Murphy and linebacker Chase Vaughn.

Three rookies were cut: cornerback Tevrin Brandon, guard Andre

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]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:29:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Broncos Preview: The Art of the Sack Dance with Von Miller]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-preview-the-art-of-the-sack-dance-with-von-miller/article/1558335?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-preview-the-art-of-the-sack-dance-with-von-miller/article/1558335?custom_click=rss

He Superman'ed after dropping Cam Newton. That episode was memorable, if only because of the speed Von Miller flashed to catch the nimble quarterback, the power he flexed to bring Newton down - with one arm, mostly.

He honored teammate (and former football idol) DeMarcus Ware, with the Hulk Smash. After sacking Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, on a critical third-and-5 play in Atlanta, he fed himself with two spoons - "Eating Greedy," Miller called it.

"I don't think I'll ever run out of ideas," the Broncos star pass-rusher said.

But this one? This one was new, fresh, a departure from Miller's ever-changing lineup of sack dances. This was Vonnie Football spreading his creative wings.

"Wooooo!" he shouted during a



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Sun, 30 Aug 2015 20:13:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Tomsula: LB Brooks won't return to 49ers practice this week]]> http://gazette.com/tomsula-lb-brooks-wont-return-to-49ers-practice-this-week/article/feed/266612?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tomsula-lb-brooks-wont-return-to-49ers-practice-this-week/article/feed/266612?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks will not practice this coming week with the San Francisco 49ers, who sent him away from the team after he was charged with misdemeanor sexual battery Wednesday.

Coach Jim Tomsula said Sunday there was no change in Brooks' status.

"That's day to day. I have not been updated on that at all, so it's exactly where it is," Tomsula said, adding that Brooks would not practice.

The team sent him home Thursday morning from Colorado, where the 49ers held a pair of joint practices with the Broncos before playing a preseason game against Denver on Saturday night.

General manager Trent Baalke said he wasn't sure how long the expulsion would last or whether it would be perm

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]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:58:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Denver's defense carrying the load while offense struggles]]> http://gazette.com/denvers-defense-carrying-the-load-while-offense-struggles/article/feed/266578?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denvers-defense-carrying-the-load-while-offense-struggles/article/feed/266578?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — His two Pro Bowl receivers haven't been together on the field with him all offseason. He hasn't found the end zone all month. And he's coming off his first three-sack outing since mid-2013.

Yet, Peyton Manning is thoroughly impressed.

With his defense.

The Broncos' starters have allowed just six points in 11 drives this preseason. Wade Phillips' unit has 15 sacks altogether, most of those coming by backups after cameo appearances from Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware, who had a sack for a safety in Denver's 19-12 victory over San Francisco.

The starters didn't allow a completion by Colin Kaepernick until the final minute of the first half and only allowed two catches for 13 yards Saturday night.

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Rhythm does not concern Wade Phillips. - Forget the YouTube clip of the Broncos' defensive coordinator doing the "YMCA", it's the timing of an NFL offense that Phillips shows no regard for. - As Denver transitions to a 3-4 alignment (three lineman and four linebackers), which has been a Phillips trademark for decades, one thing is clear: the Broncos will try to be as disruptive as possible. - "We're going to be a pressure defense," Phillips said. "If it's pressure out of zone and zone blitzes, or it's pressure out of man and man blitzes, that is what you try to decide." - With pass rushers Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware and first-round pick Shane Ray on the outside applying a rush on opposing quarterbacks, the rest of the team should benefit.



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Sun, 30 Aug 2015 16:03:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Manning on the run in Denver's 19-12 win over 49ers]]> http://gazette.com/manning-on-the-run-in-denvers-19-12-win-over-49ers/article/feed/266458?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/manning-on-the-run-in-denvers-19-12-win-over-49ers/article/feed/266458?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Sure, Peyton Manning said, he'd like to have played more this summer — and better.

He swears he's not worried.

"I think we can still win games as we're developing the identity," Manning said Saturday night when Denver rode its stifling defense and good ground game to a 19-12 win over the sputtering San Francisco 49ers.

Manning was doomed by protection problems and an interception in the end zone one week after penalties and dropped passes kept him from finding any rhythm. He was 14 for 21 for 124 yards and was sacked three times, twice by linebacker NaVorro Bowman.

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]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:42:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Klee: Shaky again, Denver Broncos' offense worth a second opinion]]> http://gazette.com/klee-shaky-again-denver-broncos-offense-worth-a-second-opinion/article/1558357?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-shaky-again-denver-broncos-offense-worth-a-second-opinion/article/1558357?custom_click=rss

DENVER - My new friend Nick Walshaw is a recovering rugby player from Australia. I wondered, because on the smoky-hot practice fields at Broncos headquarters last week, Nick baked his shorn head in the sun, while the locals hunted down shade.

"It's winter back home. I'm loving this weather, mate," he reminded during Denver's 19-12 preseason win against San Francisco at Sports Authority Field on Saturday. This was all relatively new to Nick, a journalist who traveled across the globe to report on Jarryd Hayne, the rugger from Australia attempting to secure a spot on the 49ers' roster without a football background.



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Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:05:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Manning on the run in Denver's win over 49ers]]> http://gazette.com/manning-on-the-run-in-denvers-win-over-49ers/article/1558355?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/manning-on-the-run-in-denvers-win-over-49ers/article/1558355?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Peyton Manning failed to get the Broncos into the end zone in seven possessions Saturday night, when Denver rode its stifling defense and good ground game to a 19-12 win over the sputtering San Francisco 49ers.

All that rest has turned into rust for Manning, who was doomed by protection problems and an interception in the end zone one week after penalties and dropped passes kept him from finding any rhythm.

Manning was 14 for 21 for 124 yards and was sacked three times, twice by linebacker NaVorro Bowman.

Manning isn't expected to play against Arizona next week, meaning he'll head into the regular season having directed just two scoring drives — both of them field goals — in 11 possessions



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Sat, 29 Aug 2015 22:40:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Opposing quarterbacks shouldn't plan on having success against Broncos' defense]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-opposing-quarterbacks-shouldnt-plan-on-having-success-against-broncos-defense/article/1558353?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-opposing-quarterbacks-shouldnt-plan-on-having-success-against-broncos-defense/article/1558353?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Colin Kaepernick led the 49ers to the Super Bowl. His arm is mighty. He frightens defensive coordinators.

"He's very athletic," John Elway said Thursday, "and he's got that big-play ability to avoid things and make things happen."

The athletic quarterback with the mighty arm made precious little happen Saturday night against the Broncos' stifling defense.

During the half he played, Kaepernick led his teammates to zero yards of passing offense and only three first downs. Two of those first downs came on frantic scrambles out of the pocket in the final two minutes.

Kaepernick spent most those two quarters sprinting away from a pack of motivated Broncos. He had virtually no chance to display that big-play



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Sat, 29 Aug 2015 22:27:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Falcons announce 5-year contract extension for Julio Jones]]> http://gazette.com/falcons-announce-5-year-contract-extension-for-julio-jones/article/feed/266407?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/falcons-announce-5-year-contract-extension-for-julio-jones/article/feed/266407?custom_click=rss

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons agreed to a $71.25 million, five-year contract extension with Julio Jones on Saturday that compares favorably with recent deals paid to other top wide receivers.

The deal, announced by the team before Saturday night's preseason game at Miami, was expected. Owner Arthur Blank recently said an agreement would come soon, and he has consistently said he wants Jones to play his full career with the Falcons.

Jones learned the deal was done while the Falcons were warming up for the game. Blank came on the field and they shared a hug.

"I didn't have any doubt in my mind we'd get it done — if not this year, next year," Jones said. "I want to be a Falcon the rest of my career, and Mr. Blank

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There's a beat bumping through Nathan Palmer's brain right now. The origin? It could be anything, he says, from a conversation he had with a Broncos teammate, to a news story he watched on Denver Channel 4, to a memory from his childhood in Indiana.

Soon as this day is over, once Gary Kubiak has dismissed the Broncos from another day at training camp, Palmer has designs on putting this new beat to work.

"After long days like this, I like to play the piano to relax myself," Palmer says, and it's then you realize this man is so far removed from the jock stereotype, football almost seems like a foreign subject. Palmer's first passion is football. The Broncos sign his paycheck. That's where his focus must remain. Bills to pay,



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<![CDATA[49ers in turmoil as they face Broncos in exhibition game]]> http://gazette.com/49ers-in-turmoil-as-they-face-broncos-in-exhibition-game/article/feed/266188?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/49ers-in-turmoil-as-they-face-broncos-in-exhibition-game/article/feed/266188?custom_click=rss A look at what to expect in Saturday night's preseason games:

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49ERS AT BRONCOS, 9 p.m.

Peyton Manning hasn't had his pair of Pro Bowl receivers on the field with him since the playoffs. Emmanuel Sanders (hamstring) is sitting this one out and Demaryius Thomas is still working his way into "football shape" after missing the entire offseason program in a contract dispute. In his debut last week, Manning's four drives all ended in punts thanks to drops and flags.

Ronnie Hillman loves Denver's new zone blocking scheme. He leads the league with a 7.5-yard average this summer. "I think this offense fits him very well ... because that's what he did at San Diego State, he was a great zone runner," general manager John

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