<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> broncos]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/broncos Sat, 23 May 2015 10:42:03 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Broncos DE Antonio Smith under investigation in Texas]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-de-antonio-smith-under-investigation-in-texas/article/1552294?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-de-antonio-smith-under-investigation-in-texas/article/1552294?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Denver Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith is under investigation in Texas over a criminal allegation the local sheriff described Thursday as "sexual in nature."

Smith has not been arrested and no charges have been filed. TMZ first reported the investigation.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said a complaint was made against Smith in November and it was "sexual in nature." After its investigation, the sheriff's office forwarded its findings to the county District Attorney's Office in February.

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ENGLEWOOD — Denver Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith is under investigation in Texas over a criminal allegation the local sheriff described Thursday as "sexual in nature."

Smith has not been arrested and no charges have been filed. TMZ first reported the investigation.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said a complaint was made against Smith in November and it was "sexual in nature." After its investigation, the sheriff's office forwarded its findings to the county District Attorney's Office in February.

The district attorney's office didn't return phone calls from The Associated Press on Thursday. When contacted by the Denver Post, District Attorney John Healey declined to discuss the nature of his

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Thu, 21 May 2015 21:34:21 -0600
<![CDATA[SI's off-season NFL Power Rankings: Broncos too high or low?]]> http://gazette.com/sis-off-season-nfl-power-rankings-broncos-too-high-or-low/article/1552307?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sis-off-season-nfl-power-rankings-broncos-too-high-or-low/article/1552307?custom_click=rss

The NFL? We're still weeks away from the MLB All-Star Game (July 14), yet the NFL never stops.

Sports Illustrated published NFL power rankings and the Denver Broncos are left out of the top five. The Broncos are ranked sixth, behind Dallas, Indianapolis, New England, Green Bay and No. 1 Seattle. 

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The NFL? We're still weeks away from the MLB All-Star Game (July 14), yet the NFL never stops.

Sports Illustrated published NFL power rankings and the Denver Broncos are left out of the top five. The Broncos are ranked sixth, behind Dallas, Indianapolis, New England, Green Bay and No. 1 Seattle. 

Click here to see the full list of rankings.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 12:40:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Former Air Force d-lineman gets chance to start at guard for Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/former-air-force-d-lineman-gets-chance-to-start-at-guard-for-broncos/article/1552279?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-air-force-d-lineman-gets-chance-to-start-at-guard-for-broncos/article/1552279?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Ben Garland spent his offseason fulfilling his 2015 commitment to the Colorado Air National Guard and now he's fighting to serve as one of Peyton Manning's primary protectors.

Five years after turning heads by chasing down Tim Tebow and then outracing the quick quarterback in post-practice wind sprints, the former Air Force defensive lineman is finally getting his shot at starting on Denver's offensive line.

He's competing with veteran journeyman Shelley Smith, among others, for the left guard spot vacated when Orlando Franklin bolted to San Diego in free agency.

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ENGLEWOOD — Ben Garland spent his offseason fulfilling his 2015 commitment to the Colorado Air National Guard and now he's fighting to serve as one of Peyton Manning's primary protectors.

Five years after turning heads by chasing down Tim Tebow and then outracing the quick quarterback in post-practice wind sprints, the former Air Force defensive lineman is finally getting his shot at starting on Denver's offensive line.

He's competing with veteran journeyman Shelley Smith, among others, for the left guard spot vacated when Orlando Franklin bolted to San Diego in free agency.

Garland played in eight games last season after spending two years on the Broncos' practice squad, a stint that followed his two-year

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Wed, 20 May 2015 21:23:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Former D-lineman getting shot at starting on Denver's O-line]]> By ARNIE STAPLETON http://gazette.com/former-d-lineman-getting-shot-at-starting-on-denvers-o-line/article/feed/235645?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-d-lineman-getting-shot-at-starting-on-denvers-o-line/article/feed/235645?custom_click=rss ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Ben Garland spent his offseason fulfilling his 2015 commitment to the Colorado Air National Guard and now he's fighting to serve as one of Peyton Manning's primary protectors.

Five years after turning heads by chasing down Tim Tebow and then outracing the quick quarterback in post-practice wind sprints, the former Air Force defensive lineman is finally getting his shot at starting on Denver's offensive line.

He's competing with veteran journeyman Shelley Smith, among others, for the left guard spot vacated when Orlando Franklin bolted to San Diego in free agency.

Garland played in eight games last season after spending two years on the Broncos' practice squad, a stint that followed his two-year

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]]> ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Ben Garland spent his offseason fulfilling his 2015 commitment to the Colorado Air National Guard and now he's fighting to serve as one of Peyton Manning's primary protectors.

Five years after turning heads by chasing down Tim Tebow and then outracing the quick quarterback in post-practice wind sprints, the former Air Force defensive lineman is finally getting his shot at starting on Denver's offensive line.

He's competing with veteran journeyman Shelley Smith, among others, for the left guard spot vacated when Orlando Franklin bolted to San Diego in free agency.

Garland played in eight games last season after spending two years on the Broncos' practice squad, a stint that followed his two-year]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 18:16:39 -0600 <![CDATA[NFL to change extra-point kicks to longer distance]]> http://gazette.com/nfl-to-change-extra-point-kicks-to-longer-distance/article/1552166?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nfl-to-change-extra-point-kicks-to-longer-distance/article/1552166?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO — The NFL is moving back extra-point kicks and allowing defenses to score on 2-point conversion turnovers.

The owners on Tuesday approved the competition committee's proposal to snap the ball from the 15-yard line on PATs to make them more challenging. In recent seasons, kickers made more than 99 percent of the kicks with the ball snapped from the 2.

That proposal places the 2-point conversion at the 2, and allows the defense to return a turnover to the other end zone for the two points, similar to the college rule.

New England and Philadelphia also made suggestions on changing the extra point, but the owners went with the powerful committee's recommendation.

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SAN FRANCISCO — The NFL is moving back extra-point kicks and allowing defenses to score on 2-point conversion turnovers.

The owners on Tuesday approved the competition committee's proposal to snap the ball from the 15-yard line on PATs to make them more challenging. In recent seasons, kickers made more than 99 percent of the kicks with the ball snapped from the 2.

That proposal places the 2-point conversion at the 2, and allows the defense to return a turnover to the other end zone for the two points, similar to the college rule.

New England and Philadelphia also made suggestions on changing the extra point, but the owners went with the powerful committee's recommendation.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 17:06:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Coroner: Adrian Robinson, former Broncos linebacker, died of suicide]]> http://gazette.com/coroner-adrian-robinson-former-broncos-linebacker-died-of-suicide/article/1552061?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coroner-adrian-robinson-former-broncos-linebacker-died-of-suicide/article/1552061?custom_click=rss

UPDATE: Adrian Robinson, a former NFL linebacker from Temple University who played six games with the Broncos in 2013, died Saturday night in Philadelphia. He was 25.

The Philadelphia medical examiner's office told The Denver Post on Monday that Robinson's death has been ruled suicide by hanging. Philadelphia officials declined to speak further on the case.

Robinson, the 2009 Mid-American Conference defensive player of the year, signed with the Steelers in 2012 as an undrafted free agent.

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(AP) HAMILTON, Ontario — Adrian Robinson, the former Temple defensive lineman who recently signed with the Canadian Football League's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, has died. He was 25.

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UPDATE: Adrian Robinson, a former NFL linebacker from Temple University who played six games with the Broncos in 2013, died Saturday night in Philadelphia. He was 25.

The Philadelphia medical examiner's office told The Denver Post on Monday that Robinson's death has been ruled suicide by hanging. Philadelphia officials declined to speak further on the case.

Robinson, the 2009 Mid-American Conference defensive player of the year, signed with the Steelers in 2012 as an undrafted free agent.

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(AP) HAMILTON, Ontario — Adrian Robinson, the former Temple defensive lineman who recently signed with the Canadian Football League's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, has died. He was 25.

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Mon, 18 May 2015 14:39:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Raiders' Del Rio: Deflategate ruling like USC "overreaction"]]> By DAN GREENSPAN http://gazette.com/raiders-del-rio-deflategate-ruling-like-usc-overreaction/article/feed/234297?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/raiders-del-rio-deflategate-ruling-like-usc-overreaction/article/feed/234297?custom_click=rss LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio is not a fan of the discipline handed down against the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady in the "Deflategate" scandal, likening it to the heavy sanctions received by his alma mater, Southern California, in the NCAA's Reggie Bush investigation.

"I think there are some similarities in terms of an overreaction, from my standpoint," Del Rio said Saturday, prior to the former All-America linebacker's induction into the USC Athletics Hall of Fame. "I think it was a little bit overdone, but that's somebody else's problem right now.

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"I think there are some similarities in terms of an overreaction, from my standpoint," Del Rio said Saturday, prior to the former All-America linebacker's induction into the USC Athletics Hall of Fame. "I think it was a little bit overdone, but that's somebody else's problem right now.]]> Sat, 16 May 2015 22:05:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Bears hire college scouting, pro personnel directors]]> http://gazette.com/bears-hire-college-scouting-pro-personnel-directors/article/feed/234005?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bears-hire-college-scouting-pro-personnel-directors/article/feed/234005?custom_click=rss LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have hired Joe Douglas as director of college scouting and Anthony Kelly as director of pro scouting, joining new general manager Ryan Pace's front office.

Douglas spent more than 15 years with the Baltimore Ravens — the past three-plus seasons as their national scout. He was involved in drafting players such as quarterback Joe Flacco, guard Ben Grubbs, linebacker C.J. Mosley, cornerback Lardarius Webb and guard Marshal Yanda as well as current Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee,

Kelly had been with the Denver Broncos since 2007, spending the past five-plus years as assistant director of pro personnel. He was involved in trades, evaluating free agents and advance scouting.

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Douglas spent more than 15 years with the Baltimore Ravens — the past three-plus seasons as their national scout. He was involved in drafting players such as quarterback Joe Flacco, guard Ben Grubbs, linebacker C.J. Mosley, cornerback Lardarius Webb and guard Marshal Yanda as well as current Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee,

Kelly had been with the Denver Broncos since 2007, spending the past five-plus years as assistant director of pro personnel. He was involved in trades, evaluating free agents and advance scouting.]]> Fri, 15 May 2015 17:02:56 -0600 <![CDATA[NFL commissioner to hear Brady suspension appeal]]> By HOWARD ULMAN and JIMMY GOLEN http://gazette.com/nfl-commissioner-to-hear-brady-suspension-appeal/article/feed/233368?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nfl-commissioner-to-hear-brady-suspension-appeal/article/feed/233368?custom_click=rss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday night he will personally hear the suspension appeal of Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady, who challenged the league's punishment for his role in using deflated footballs during the AFC championship game.

The NFL Players Association filed the expected appeal about an hour before a 5 p.m. deadline on Thursday, asking for a neutral arbitrator to hear the case. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed about six hours later that the commissioner had rejected the request.

"Commissioner Goodell will hear the appeal of Tom Brady's suspension in accordance with the process agreed upon with the NFL Players Association in the 2011 collective bargaining agreement," he said.



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The NFL Players Association filed the expected appeal about an hour before a 5 p.m. deadline on Thursday, asking for a neutral arbitrator to hear the case. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed about six hours later that the commissioner had rejected the request.

"Commissioner Goodell will hear the appeal of Tom Brady's suspension in accordance with the process agreed upon with the NFL Players Association in the 2011 collective bargaining agreement," he said.

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ENGLEWOOD — The San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos will hold joint practices in the lead-up to their Aug. 29 preseason game in Denver.

The 49ers will be the first opponent to use the Broncos' shiny new $35 million field house complete with hot tubs, locker rooms, meeting rooms and an indoor practice field in case of bad weather.

Last season, the Houston Texans had to load onto buses while still in uniform and shower back at their hotel several miles away following two joint practices with the Broncos.

The 49ers and Broncos, each with new coaches, will work out against each other Aug. 26-27.

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ENGLEWOOD — The San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos will hold joint practices in the lead-up to their Aug. 29 preseason game in Denver.

The 49ers will be the first opponent to use the Broncos' shiny new $35 million field house complete with hot tubs, locker rooms, meeting rooms and an indoor practice field in case of bad weather.

Last season, the Houston Texans had to load onto buses while still in uniform and shower back at their hotel several miles away following two joint practices with the Broncos.

The 49ers and Broncos, each with new coaches, will work out against each other Aug. 26-27.

Joint practices are becoming more popular in the NFL as teams pull back on the snaps starters get during the

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Thu, 14 May 2015 22:08:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Falcons sign former Redskins tackle Tyler Polumbus]]> http://gazette.com/falcons-sign-former-redskins-tackle-tyler-polumbus/article/feed/233700?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/falcons-sign-former-redskins-tackle-tyler-polumbus/article/feed/233700?custom_click=rss ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have added a possible new starter to their offensive line by signing former Redskins tackle Tyler Polumbus.

The 6-foot-8, 308-pound Polumbus started 42 of his 47 games during four years with the Redskins. He also has played with Denver and Seattle.

Polumbus will rejoin former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who now holds the same job in Atlanta under new coach Dan Quinn. Polumbus worked out for the Falcons on Tuesday.

The Falcons have Jake Matthews returning at left tackle and currently list Ryan Schrader as their starting right tackle. Polumbus is expected to compete with Schrader and Sam Baker for a starting job.

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The 6-foot-8, 308-pound Polumbus started 42 of his 47 games during four years with the Redskins. He also has played with Denver and Seattle.

Polumbus will rejoin former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who now holds the same job in Atlanta under new coach Dan Quinn. Polumbus worked out for the Falcons on Tuesday.

The Falcons have Jake Matthews returning at left tackle and currently list Ryan Schrader as their starting right tackle. Polumbus is expected to compete with Schrader and Sam Baker for a starting job.

Polumbus originally signed with Denver as an undr]]> Thu, 14 May 2015 19:17:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Tom Brady appeals suspension in 'Deflategate']]> http://gazette.com/tom-brady-appeals-suspension-in-deflategate/article/1551791?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tom-brady-appeals-suspension-in-deflategate/article/1551791?custom_click=rss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady has appealed his four-game suspension for his role in using deflated footballs during the AFC championship game.

The expected appeal was filed by the NFL Players Association on Thursday about an hour before the 5 p.m. deadline. The union asked for a neutral arbitrator to hear the case, though the league's collective bargaining agreement stipulates that it will be decided by Commissioner Roger Goodell or a person he designates.

"Given the NFL's history of inconsistency and arbitrary decisions in disciplinary matters, it is only fair that a neutral arbitrator hear this appeal," the union said in a news release.



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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady has appealed his four-game suspension for his role in using deflated footballs during the AFC championship game.

The expected appeal was filed by the NFL Players Association on Thursday about an hour before the 5 p.m. deadline. The union asked for a neutral arbitrator to hear the case, though the league's collective bargaining agreement stipulates that it will be decided by Commissioner Roger Goodell or a person he designates.

"Given the NFL's history of inconsistency and arbitrary decisions in disciplinary matters, it is only fair that a neutral arbitrator hear this appeal," the union said in a news release.

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Thu, 14 May 2015 14:23:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Blog: You'll never guess where this Broncos fan got the team logo tattooed - (photo)]]> http://gazette.com/blog-youll-never-guess-where-this-broncos-fan-got-the-team-logo-tattooed-photo/article/1551734?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blog-youll-never-guess-where-this-broncos-fan-got-the-team-logo-tattooed-photo/article/1551734?custom_click=rss

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Thu, 14 May 2015 12:25:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Denver Broncos' Pat Bowlen, the Ring of Fame and mixed emotions]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-denver-broncos-pat-bowlen-the-ring-of-fame-and-mixed-emotions/article/1551702?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-denver-broncos-pat-bowlen-the-ring-of-fame-and-mixed-emotions/article/1551702?custom_click=rss

I wrote this column a couple days after the Broncos lost to the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII, and it came to mind Wednesday, the day the Broncos elected Pat Bowlen to the Ring of Fame.

Mainly, because that column starts like this: When the day comes to induct Pat Bowlen into the Broncos Ring of Fame, a fraternity he created...."

So it happened, much sooner than anyone preferred, and I was right about one thing: Bowlen argued the decision to include his name in the Ring of Fame.

"Why the hell would you do that?" he told Joe Ellis, the team president.

But I was wrong about another thing, and that's how there was no statement from Bowlen on how it should be about the fans, not him.



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I wrote this column a couple days after the Broncos lost to the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII, and it came to mind Wednesday, the day the Broncos elected Pat Bowlen to the Ring of Fame.

Mainly, because that column starts like this: When the day comes to induct Pat Bowlen into the Broncos Ring of Fame, a fraternity he created...."

So it happened, much sooner than anyone preferred, and I was right about one thing: Bowlen argued the decision to include his name in the Ring of Fame.

"Why the hell would you do that?" he told Joe Ellis, the team president.

But I was wrong about another thing, and that's how there was no statement from Bowlen on how it should be about the fans, not him.

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Thu, 14 May 2015 09:37:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Bowlen important to Broncos, but many others are more important]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-bowlen-important-to-broncos-but-many-others-are-more-important/article/1551716?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-bowlen-important-to-broncos-but-many-others-are-more-important/article/1551716?custom_click=rss

I'm glad Pat Bowlen will join the Bronco Ring of Fame. He deserves the honor.

But, please, let's not get carried away. Let's not get sentimental.

Bowlen never caught a pass, never threw a touchdown, never devised a game plan.

He's an important piece in Broncos history, but there are a dozen, at least, more important pieces.

And there's one simple explanation for why Bowlen ranks as a Front Range hero:

John Elway was his quarterback.

During the 20 seasons (1983-99 and 2011-2014) of Elway's association with the franchise, the Broncos traveled to the Super Bowl six times and competed in 29 playoff games.



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I'm glad Pat Bowlen will join the Bronco Ring of Fame. He deserves the honor.

But, please, let's not get carried away. Let's not get sentimental.

Bowlen never caught a pass, never threw a touchdown, never devised a game plan.

He's an important piece in Broncos history, but there are a dozen, at least, more important pieces.

And there's one simple explanation for why Bowlen ranks as a Front Range hero:

John Elway was his quarterback.

During the 20 seasons (1983-99 and 2011-2014) of Elway's association with the franchise, the Broncos traveled to the Super Bowl six times and competed in 29 playoff games.

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Thu, 14 May 2015 09:07:39 -0600
<![CDATA[At 28, punter Karl Schmitz finally gets shot at NFL]]> http://gazette.com/at-28-punter-karl-schmitz-finally-gets-shot-at-nfl/article/1551592?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/at-28-punter-karl-schmitz-finally-gets-shot-at-nfl/article/1551592?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — The labyrinthine path that 28-year-old punter Karl Schmitztook to the cusp of the NFL routed him from the soccer pitches and beaches of Bermuda to being a YouTube sensation and finally a legitimate pro prospect.

He played one half of one high school football season in St. Louis after recovering from an auto accident just before his senior year and a single season in college after bouncing around to three universities, one of which didn't even field a football team.

Yet, here he is, amazingly, with a shot at making the Denver Broncos — after he turned the head of chief executive John Elway.

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ENGLEWOOD — The labyrinthine path that 28-year-old punter Karl Schmitztook to the cusp of the NFL routed him from the soccer pitches and beaches of Bermuda to being a YouTube sensation and finally a legitimate pro prospect.

He played one half of one high school football season in St. Louis after recovering from an auto accident just before his senior year and a single season in college after bouncing around to three universities, one of which didn't even field a football team.

Yet, here he is, amazingly, with a shot at making the Denver Broncos — after he turned the head of chief executive John Elway.

For years, Schmitz returned to Clayton High School in St. Louis, often after getting off work at 2

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Wed, 13 May 2015 19:55:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Owner Pat Bowlen selected for Broncos ring of fame]]> http://gazette.com/owner-pat-bowlen-selected-for-broncos-ring-of-fame/article/1551572?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/owner-pat-bowlen-selected-for-broncos-ring-of-fame/article/1551572?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — The easy part was selecting team owner Pat Bowlen for the Denver Broncos' ring of fame. The hard part was telling him.

Team president and CEO Joe Ellis drove over to see Bowlen, who stepped down from his daily duties last summer as he battled Alzheimer's.

He said he knew exactly how Bowlen would react when informed he'd been chosen as the 28th member of the ring of fame, which Bowlen created in 1984 to salute former players and administrators who played significant roles in the franchise's history.

"He paused and he had a little wry smile come over his face. He said, 'Well, why the hell would you guys do that?'" Ellis recounted at a news conference Wednesday.



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ENGLEWOOD — The easy part was selecting team owner Pat Bowlen for the Denver Broncos' ring of fame. The hard part was telling him.

Team president and CEO Joe Ellis drove over to see Bowlen, who stepped down from his daily duties last summer as he battled Alzheimer's.

He said he knew exactly how Bowlen would react when informed he'd been chosen as the 28th member of the ring of fame, which Bowlen created in 1984 to salute former players and administrators who played significant roles in the franchise's history.

"He paused and he had a little wry smile come over his face. He said, 'Well, why the hell would you guys do that?'" Ellis recounted at a news conference Wednesday.

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Wed, 13 May 2015 19:40:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Broncos add 4 players, including 2 off waivers]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-add-4-players-including-2-off-waivers/article/1551487?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-add-4-players-including-2-off-waivers/article/1551487?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — The Denver Broncos have been awarded two second-year players off waivers: tight end Marcel Jenson from Jacksonville and returner/receiver Solomon Patton from Tampa Bay.

The Broncos also signed guard Andre Davis and wide receiver David Porter as college free agents Tuesday.

Jensen played in one game his rookie season and Patton in seven. Patton averaged 23.1 yards on 18 kickoff returns and 11.2 yards on 10 punt returns.

Davis started all 48 games at the University of Buffalo and Porter appeared in 51 games at TCU.



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ENGLEWOOD — The Denver Broncos have been awarded two second-year players off waivers: tight end Marcel Jenson from Jacksonville and returner/receiver Solomon Patton from Tampa Bay.

The Broncos also signed guard Andre Davis and wide receiver David Porter as college free agents Tuesday.

Jensen played in one game his rookie season and Patton in seven. Patton averaged 23.1 yards on 18 kickoff returns and 11.2 yards on 10 punt returns.

Davis started all 48 games at the University of Buffalo and Porter appeared in 51 games at TCU.

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Tue, 12 May 2015 18:39:58 -0600
<![CDATA[John Elway says freak injuries won't change rookie minicamps]]> http://gazette.com/john-elway-says-freak-injuries-wont-change-rookie-minicamps/article/1551486?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/john-elway-says-freak-injuries-wont-change-rookie-minicamps/article/1551486?custom_click=rss

DENVER — John Elway says the Denver Broncos won't dial down the intensity of rookie minicamps after third-round pick Jeff Heuerman blew out a knee last weekend.

"When you're a rookie, you get excited about it," Elway said Tuesday. "I remember my first minicamp. We were running around like chickens with our heads cut off, too. So, it's always hard to pull the reins back."

Joining draft picks at rookie minicamps are undrafted college free agents and other players on tryouts. They're going full speed hoping to impress coaches and earn a roster spot.

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DENVER — John Elway says the Denver Broncos won't dial down the intensity of rookie minicamps after third-round pick Jeff Heuerman blew out a knee last weekend.

"When you're a rookie, you get excited about it," Elway said Tuesday. "I remember my first minicamp. We were running around like chickens with our heads cut off, too. So, it's always hard to pull the reins back."

Joining draft picks at rookie minicamps are undrafted college free agents and other players on tryouts. They're going full speed hoping to impress coaches and earn a roster spot.

Heuerman's season-ending injury came 24 hours after Jaguars first-rounder Dante Fowler Jr. was lost for the season with a torn left ACL. The former Florida defensive

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Tue, 12 May 2015 18:35:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Watch: Broncos' Garland, Green promote exercise during Colorado Springs school visit]]> http://gazette.com/watch-broncos-garland-green-promote-exercise-during-colorado-springs-school-visit/article/1551418?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/watch-broncos-garland-green-promote-exercise-during-colorado-springs-school-visit/article/1551418?custom_click=rss

Broncos players Ben Garland and Virgil Green visited Stratton Meadows Elementary School Monday.

Garland, an offensive guard and Air Force Academy graduate, and Green, a tight end, were part of the NFL's "Play 60" program to help encourage kids to get 60 minutes of exercise a day.



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Broncos players Ben Garland and Virgil Green visited Stratton Meadows Elementary School Monday.

Garland, an offensive guard and Air Force Academy graduate, and Green, a tight end, were part of the NFL's "Play 60" program to help encourage kids to get 60 minutes of exercise a day.

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Tue, 12 May 2015 09:19:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Broncos rookie suffers major knee injury at practice]]> By ARNIE STAPLETON http://gazette.com/broncos-rookie-suffers-major-knee-injury-at-practice/article/feed/231956?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-rookie-suffers-major-knee-injury-at-practice/article/feed/231956?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Another prized pick from last weekend's NFL draft is expected to miss the season after suffering a major knee injury at a rookie minicamp. This time it's Broncos third-rounder Jeff Heuerman.

The tight end from Ohio State tore his left anterior cruciate ligament at a special teams practice Saturday afternoon and had to be carted off the field.

The workout had been moved indoors because of wintery weather that made the regular fields too slick.

Heuerman's injury came 24 hours after Jaguars first-rounder Dante Fowler Jr., was lost for the season with a torn left ACL. The former Florida defensive end was the No. 3 overall pick and the first non-quarterback selected in the draft.

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]]> ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Another prized pick from last weekend's NFL draft is expected to miss the season after suffering a major knee injury at a rookie minicamp. This time it's Broncos third-rounder Jeff Heuerman.

The tight end from Ohio State tore his left anterior cruciate ligament at a special teams practice Saturday afternoon and had to be carted off the field.

The workout had been moved indoors because of wintery weather that made the regular fields too slick.

Heuerman's injury came 24 hours after Jaguars first-rounder Dante Fowler Jr., was lost for the season with a torn left ACL. The former Florida defensive end was the No. 3 overall pick and the first non-quarterback selected in the draft.]]> Sat, 09 May 2015 22:18:35 -0600 <![CDATA[Tulane teammates join Denver Broncos together]]> By ARNIE STAPLETON http://gazette.com/tulane-teammates-join-denver-broncos-together/article/feed/231926?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tulane-teammates-join-denver-broncos-together/article/feed/231926?custom_click=rss ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Introductions between Lorenzo Doss and Taurean Nixon weren't necessary at the Denver Broncos' rookie minicamp this weekend.

The pair of 187-pound cornerbacks played football and ran track together at Tulane, and both were chosen in the later rounds of the NFL draft.

Doss is known as a ball hawk — he had 15 interceptions in three years for the Green Wave.

"He is an athlete," Nixon said. "He is one of those guys that's ball hungry. If the ball is in the air, Lorenzo will come down with it. Being a receiver before he was a cornerback makes him a great cornerback because he goes and gets the ball."

Nixon is a speedster — he ran the 100 meters in a blazing 10.5 seconds.

"You (aren't)

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]]> ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Introductions between Lorenzo Doss and Taurean Nixon weren't necessary at the Denver Broncos' rookie minicamp this weekend.

The pair of 187-pound cornerbacks played football and ran track together at Tulane, and both were chosen in the later rounds of the NFL draft.

Doss is known as a ball hawk — he had 15 interceptions in three years for the Green Wave.

"He is an athlete," Nixon said. "He is one of those guys that's ball hungry. If the ball is in the air, Lorenzo will come down with it. Being a receiver before he was a cornerback makes him a great cornerback because he goes and gets the ball."

Nixon is a speedster — he ran the 100 meters in a blazing 10.5 seconds.

"You (aren't)]]> Sat, 09 May 2015 17:31:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Manning returns to Indy but avoids talking about Patriots]]> By MICHAEL MAROT http://gazette.com/manning-returns-to-indy-but-avoids-talking-about-patriots/article/feed/231743?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/manning-returns-to-indy-but-avoids-talking-about-patriots/article/feed/231743?custom_click=rss

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Peyton Manning tried to take the air out of "Deflategate" on Friday.

Even the evasive Broncos quarterback couldn't make the questions disappear.

Two days after The Wells Report implicated Tom Brady and two team employees for underinflating footballs, Manning returned to his first NFL home and attempted to sidestep the issue three times.

"Like I said, I'll speak it as clearly and slowly as I can. He's my friend, he'll always be my friend," Manning told reporters before a fundraiser for the Indianapolis children's hospital named in his honor. "I don't know what happened, I don't have much more than that for you.

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]]> INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Peyton Manning tried to take the air out of "Deflategate" on Friday.

Even the evasive Broncos quarterback couldn't make the questions disappear.

Two days after The Wells Report implicated Tom Brady and two team employees for underinflating footballs, Manning returned to his first NFL home and attempted to sidestep the issue three times.

"Like I said, I'll speak it as clearly and slowly as I can. He's my friend, he'll always be my friend," Manning told reporters before a fundraiser for the Indianapolis children's hospital named in his honor. "I don't know what happened, I don't have much more than that for you.]]> Fri, 08 May 2015 21:03:10 -0600 <![CDATA[3 athletes with Montana ties sign free agent deals]]> By The Associated Press http://gazette.com/3-athletes-with-montana-ties-sign-free-agent-deals/article/feed/230015?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3-athletes-with-montana-ties-sign-free-agent-deals/article/feed/230015?custom_click=rss Three football players with Montana ties signed free agent deals after the NFL draft.

Boise State wide receiver Matt Miller of Helena signed with the Denver Broncos, Montana defensive end Zach Wagenmann of Missoula signed with the Arizona Cardinals and Montana State linebacker Alex Singleton signed with the Seattle Seahawks. Singleton is from Thousand Oaks, California.

Miller caught 244 catches for 3,049 yards and 29 touchdowns at Boise State, but his senior season was cut short by an ankle injury that required surgery.

Wagenmann was named the Big Sky Conference defensive player of the year after posting 17.5 sacks, 22.5 tackles for a loss and six forced fumbles as a senior. A broken foot during pre-draft workouts may h

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]]> Three football players with Montana ties signed free agent deals after the NFL draft.

Boise State wide receiver Matt Miller of Helena signed with the Denver Broncos, Montana defensive end Zach Wagenmann of Missoula signed with the Arizona Cardinals and Montana State linebacker Alex Singleton signed with the Seattle Seahawks. Singleton is from Thousand Oaks, California.

Miller caught 244 catches for 3,049 yards and 29 touchdowns at Boise State, but his senior season was cut short by an ankle injury that required surgery.

Wagenmann was named the Big Sky Conference defensive player of the year after posting 17.5 sacks, 22.5 tackles for a loss and six forced fumbles as a senior. A broken foot during pre-draft workouts may h]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 15:27:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Broncos stick with theme of toughness, athleticism]]> By ARNIE STAPLETON http://gazette.com/broncos-stick-with-theme-of-toughness-athleticism/article/feed/229568?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-stick-with-theme-of-toughness-athleticism/article/feed/229568?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Grouching that the Denver Broncos hadn't gone out "kicking and screaming" in the playoffs the last three seasons, John Elway set out to toughen up a team that featured 11 Pro Bowlers but went out with a whimper.

After changing coaches and shaking up the roster, he fashioned a draft class thick on toughness and athleticism.

The Broncos boss said the common denominators in this nine-member class were "the competitiveness that they bring, the toughness and the love of the game. I think that was really something that we concentrated on, trying to find those types of players.

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]]> ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Grouching that the Denver Broncos hadn't gone out "kicking and screaming" in the playoffs the last three seasons, John Elway set out to toughen up a team that featured 11 Pro Bowlers but went out with a whimper.

After changing coaches and shaking up the roster, he fashioned a draft class thick on toughness and athleticism.

The Broncos boss said the common denominators in this nine-member class were "the competitiveness that they bring, the toughness and the love of the game. I think that was really something that we concentrated on, trying to find those types of players.]]> Sat, 02 May 2015 20:46:54 -0600 <![CDATA[NFL DRAFT: Jets grab QB Petty in trade]]> By BARRY WILNER http://gazette.com/nfl-draft-jets-grab-qb-petty-in-trade/article/feed/229379?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nfl-draft-jets-grab-qb-petty-in-trade/article/feed/229379?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — Quarterbacks Bryce Petty and Brett Hundley found their way into the NFL on Day 3 of the draft Saturday — heading to entirely different circumstances.

Baylor's Petty went to the New York Jets, who've had inconsistency at the position for years. UCLA's Hundley will journey to Green Bay, where hardly anyone can remember the last time the Packers had questions behind center.

The Jets made an early splash in the fourth round after a night of contemplating who remained on the board. New York moved up one spot in a deal with Jacksonville to get the prolific passer who operated a spread offense in college.

Petty will have plenty to learn in the pros, and will have Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Matt Simms a

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]]> CHICAGO (AP) — Quarterbacks Bryce Petty and Brett Hundley found their way into the NFL on Day 3 of the draft Saturday — heading to entirely different circumstances.

Baylor's Petty went to the New York Jets, who've had inconsistency at the position for years. UCLA's Hundley will journey to Green Bay, where hardly anyone can remember the last time the Packers had questions behind center.

The Jets made an early splash in the fourth round after a night of contemplating who remained on the board. New York moved up one spot in a deal with Jacksonville to get the prolific passer who operated a spread offense in college.

Petty will have plenty to learn in the pros, and will have Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Matt Simms a]]> Sat, 02 May 2015 19:24:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Broncos could be looking at QBs on final day of NFL draft]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-could-be-looking-at-qbs-on-final-day-of-nfl-draft/article/feed/229387?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-could-be-looking-at-qbs-on-final-day-of-nfl-draft/article/feed/229387?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos may be looking at quarterbacks on the final day of the NFL draft after already picking up a pass rusher, offensive lineman and a tight end.

UCLA QB Brett Hundley remains on the board. So does Bryce Petty of Baylor. The Broncos currently have that QB named Peyton Manning — who turned 39 last month — along with Brock Osweiler and Zac Dysert.

The Broncos picked up two athletic players Friday, selecting Colorado State offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo in the second round and Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman in the third.

Sambrailo was a ski racer growing up and Heuerman an elite hockey player. Broncos boss John Elway appreciates that because, "usually guys that are athletic ar

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]]> ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos may be looking at quarterbacks on the final day of the NFL draft after already picking up a pass rusher, offensive lineman and a tight end.

UCLA QB Brett Hundley remains on the board. So does Bryce Petty of Baylor. The Broncos currently have that QB named Peyton Manning — who turned 39 last month — along with Brock Osweiler and Zac Dysert.

The Broncos picked up two athletic players Friday, selecting Colorado State offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo in the second round and Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman in the third.

Sambrailo was a ski racer growing up and Heuerman an elite hockey player. Broncos boss John Elway appreciates that because, "usually guys that are athletic ar]]> Sat, 02 May 2015 05:04:35 -0600 <![CDATA[Ravens snag TE Williams and DT Davis on draft's 2nd day]]> By DAVID GINSBURG http://gazette.com/ravens-snag-te-williams-and-dt-davis-on-drafts-2nd-day/article/feed/229270?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ravens-snag-te-williams-and-dt-davis-on-drafts-2nd-day/article/feed/229270?custom_click=rss

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens insist that talent, not positional need, is the driving force behind their draft.

While that may be true, the Ravens have already filled three sizable holes over the first three rounds.

Baltimore selected Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams and Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis on Friday night after picking Central Florida wide receiver Breshad Perrmian with the 26th overall pick Thursday.

"It was the way the board was stacked," general manager Ozzie Newsome said, even though each of those three positions lost key players earlier this offseason.

Perriman has a chance to be the deep threat that was lost when wide receiver Torrey Smith signed with San Francisco.

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]]> OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens insist that talent, not positional need, is the driving force behind their draft.

While that may be true, the Ravens have already filled three sizable holes over the first three rounds.

Baltimore selected Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams and Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis on Friday night after picking Central Florida wide receiver Breshad Perrmian with the 26th overall pick Thursday.

"It was the way the board was stacked," general manager Ozzie Newsome said, even though each of those three positions lost key players earlier this offseason.

Perriman has a chance to be the deep threat that was lost when wide receiver Torrey Smith signed with San Francisco.]]> Sat, 02 May 2015 00:18:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Lions draft Nebraska RB Abdullah, Stanford CB Carter]]> By NOAH TRISTER http://gazette.com/lions-draft-nebraska-rb-abdullah-stanford-cb-carter/article/feed/229263?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lions-draft-nebraska-rb-abdullah-stanford-cb-carter/article/feed/229263?custom_click=rss

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Ameer Abdullah is ready to help Detroit's backfield. He's just not about to compare himself to the running back he is replacing.

"I think there's only one Reggie Bush," Abdullah said. "Hopefully I'm out to prove that there's only one Ameer Abdullah. Reggie, obviously, in my years of living, watching college football and watching Reggie throughout his career, he's one of the most electrifying guys I've ever seen, so I'm ready to prove myself that I'm doing things my own way."

The Lions drafted Abdullah in the second round Friday night, adding the Nebraska running back after they cut Bush earlier this offseason. That pick filled a need, and so did their next one when they took Stanford cornerback Alex

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]]> ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Ameer Abdullah is ready to help Detroit's backfield. He's just not about to compare himself to the running back he is replacing.

"I think there's only one Reggie Bush," Abdullah said. "Hopefully I'm out to prove that there's only one Ameer Abdullah. Reggie, obviously, in my years of living, watching college football and watching Reggie throughout his career, he's one of the most electrifying guys I've ever seen, so I'm ready to prove myself that I'm doing things my own way."

The Lions drafted Abdullah in the second round Friday night, adding the Nebraska running back after they cut Bush earlier this offseason. That pick filled a need, and so did their next one when they took Stanford cornerback Alex]]> Sat, 02 May 2015 00:04:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Broncos take tight end Jeff Heuerman in third round]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-take-tight-end-jeff-heuerman-in-third-round/article/feed/229333?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-take-tight-end-jeff-heuerman-in-third-round/article/feed/229333?custom_click=rss ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have selected Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman in the third round of the NFL draft on Friday night.

The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Heuerman caught 17 passes for 207 yards and two TDs last season for the national champion Buckeyes. Heuerman said he's "ecstatic" to catch passes from Peyton Manning.

Denver is trying to replace tight end Julius Thomas, who signed with Jacksonville in the offseason.

Earlier Friday, the Broncos picked Colorado State offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo in the second round. They took Missouri pass rusher Shane Ray in the first round.

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]]> ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have selected Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman in the third round of the NFL draft on Friday night.

The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Heuerman caught 17 passes for 207 yards and two TDs last season for the national champion Buckeyes. Heuerman said he's "ecstatic" to catch passes from Peyton Manning.

Denver is trying to replace tight end Julius Thomas, who signed with Jacksonville in the offseason.

Earlier Friday, the Broncos picked Colorado State offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo in the second round. They took Missouri pass rusher Shane Ray in the first round.

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