<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> broncos]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/broncos Tue, 21 Apr 2015 04:02:35 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Klee: Doubt Peyton Manning at your own risk]]> BY PAUL KLEE The Gazette http://gazette.com/klee-doubt-peyton-manning-at-your-own-risk/article/1550041?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-doubt-peyton-manning-at-your-own-risk/article/1550041?custom_click=rss

DENVER — With $160 million in the bank, a proud golf game and two perfectly adorable kids at home, would you return to a game that caused four neck surgeries?

Then why is Peyton Manning?

"I honestly believe he's back for two reasons," Broncos running back C.J. Anderson told me Monday in a quiet hallway at Dove Valley. "A, to prove everybody wrong; B, to win the championship. I do know that when he goes out there (in recent workouts) and he throws the ball, we're looking at him going, 'Damn. That looks like Peyton.'"

Any more questions? There are, plenty, and that's why Manning is again the most interesting man in football. When the NFL schedule is released at 6 p.m.



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DENVER — With $160 million in the bank, a proud golf game and two perfectly adorable kids at home, would you return to a game that caused four neck surgeries?

Then why is Peyton Manning?

"I honestly believe he's back for two reasons," Broncos running back C.J. Anderson told me Monday in a quiet hallway at Dove Valley. "A, to prove everybody wrong; B, to win the championship. I do know that when he goes out there (in recent workouts) and he throws the ball, we're looking at him going, 'Damn. That looks like Peyton.'"

Any more questions? There are, plenty, and that's why Manning is again the most interesting man in football. When the NFL schedule is released at 6 p.m.

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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:00:02 -0600
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tebowmania swept through Philly before Tim Tebow's return to the NFL even became official.

By the time the Philadelphia Eagles announced late Monday afternoon that Tebow signed a one-year contract, the city was buzzing about Chip Kelly's latest move. Tebow dominated newspaper headlines, social media conversation and sports talk radio. A pretzel factory even made "Tebowing" shaped pretzels.

Some fans applauded the move, while others claimed Kelly lost his mind. Talk show hosts debated the signing and questioned everything about Tebow from his passing skills to his faith and intelligence.

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]]> PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tebowmania swept through Philly before Tim Tebow's return to the NFL even became official.

By the time the Philadelphia Eagles announced late Monday afternoon that Tebow signed a one-year contract, the city was buzzing about Chip Kelly's latest move. Tebow dominated newspaper headlines, social media conversation and sports talk radio. A pretzel factory even made "Tebowing" shaped pretzels.

Some fans applauded the move, while others claimed Kelly lost his mind. Talk show hosts debated the signing and questioned everything about Tebow from his passing skills to his faith and intelligence.]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:18:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Harris believes DBs could hold key to Broncos' success]]> http://gazette.com/harris-believes-dbs-could-hold-key-to-broncos-success/article/feed/225199?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/harris-believes-dbs-could-hold-key-to-broncos-success/article/feed/225199?custom_click=rss ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — No disrespect to Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas. But Chris Harris Jr. thinks the Denver Broncos' fortunes rest in their secondary.

More specifically, how he and fellow cornerback Aqib Talib play the pass.

"I would say most of the season is going to rely on us," Harris said Monday. "A lot of those wins are going to come if we play good or we play bad."

The Pro Bowler doesn't mind that type of pressure on him. Harris even cut the team a generous hometown discount by signing a five-year, $42.5 million contract extension last December.

His motivation is blue-and-orange, not green.

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More specifically, how he and fellow cornerback Aqib Talib play the pass.

"I would say most of the season is going to rely on us," Harris said Monday. "A lot of those wins are going to come if we play good or we play bad."

The Pro Bowler doesn't mind that type of pressure on him. Harris even cut the team a generous hometown discount by signing a five-year, $42.5 million contract extension last December.

His motivation is blue-and-orange, not green.]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:47:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Looking back, Broncos' Chris Harris 'irritated' he didn't cover Colts' T.Y. Hilton]]> By Pat Graham, Associated Press http://gazette.com/looking-back-broncos-chris-harris-irritated-he-didnt-cover-colts-t.y.-hilton/article/1550028?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/looking-back-broncos-chris-harris-irritated-he-didnt-cover-colts-t.y.-hilton/article/1550028?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — No disrespect to Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas. But Chris Harris Jr. thinks the Denver Broncos' fortunes rest in their secondary.

More specifically, how he and fellow cornerback Aqib Talib play the pass.

"I would say most of the season is going to rely on us," Harris said Monday. "A lot of those wins are going to come if we play good or we play bad."

The Pro Bowler doesn't mind that type of pressure on him. Harris even cut the team a generous hometown discount by signing a five-year, $42.5 million contract extension last December.

His motivation is blue-and-orange, not green.



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ENGLEWOOD — No disrespect to Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas. But Chris Harris Jr. thinks the Denver Broncos' fortunes rest in their secondary.

More specifically, how he and fellow cornerback Aqib Talib play the pass.

"I would say most of the season is going to rely on us," Harris said Monday. "A lot of those wins are going to come if we play good or we play bad."

The Pro Bowler doesn't mind that type of pressure on him. Harris even cut the team a generous hometown discount by signing a five-year, $42.5 million contract extension last December.

His motivation is blue-and-orange, not green.

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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:21:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Eagles sign former Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow to 1-year contract]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/eagles-sign-former-broncos-quarterback-tim-tebow-to-1-year-contract/article/1550015?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eagles-sign-former-broncos-quarterback-tim-tebow-to-1-year-contract/article/1550015?custom_click=rss

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles have signed quarterback Tim Tebow to a one-year contract, giving the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner his first shot in the NFL since the Patriots cut him before the 2013 season.

The team announced the deal Monday but did not disclose financial terms.

Tebow hasn't played in the NFL since 2012 with the New York Jets. He worked as a television analyst last year with the SEC Network and ESPN.

The 27-year-old player is still highly popular after leading Florida to two national titles and spending two seasons with the Denver Broncos. Many fans follow Tebow because of his strong Christian beliefs.

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PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles have signed quarterback Tim Tebow to a one-year contract, giving the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner his first shot in the NFL since the Patriots cut him before the 2013 season.

The team announced the deal Monday but did not disclose financial terms.

Tebow hasn't played in the NFL since 2012 with the New York Jets. He worked as a television analyst last year with the SEC Network and ESPN.

The 27-year-old player is still highly popular after leading Florida to two national titles and spending two seasons with the Denver Broncos. Many fans follow Tebow because of his strong Christian beliefs.

The Eagles already have four other quarterbacks on their roster: Sam Bradford,

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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:40:56 -0600
<![CDATA[AP Sources: Tim Tebow expected to sign with Eagles on Monday]]> http://gazette.com/ap-sources-tim-tebow-expected-to-sign-with-eagles-on-monday/article/feed/224837?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-sources-tim-tebow-expected-to-sign-with-eagles-on-monday/article/feed/224837?custom_click=rss

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It's Tebow Time in the City of Brotherly Love.

Tim Tebow is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Eagles on Monday, according to three people familiar with the deal. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the contract hasn't been finalized.

Tebow hasn't played in the NFL since 2012 with the New York Jets. He was released by the New England Patriots before the 2013 season and spent last year working in television as an analyst for the SEC Network and ESPN.

Despite being out of the league, the 27-year-old Tebow remained one of the most popular players around. He has a legion of fans who follow him because of his strong Christian beliefs.

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Tim Tebow is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Eagles on Monday, according to three people familiar with the deal. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the contract hasn't been finalized.

Tebow hasn't played in the NFL since 2012 with the New York Jets. He was released by the New England Patriots before the 2013 season and spent last year working in television as an analyst for the SEC Network and ESPN.

Despite being out of the league, the 27-year-old Tebow remained one of the most popular players around. He has a legion of fans who follow him because of his strong Christian beliefs.]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:35:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Dallas police suspend investigation involving Broncos' Aqib Talib]]> By Troy Renck, The Denver Post http://gazette.com/dallas-police-suspend-investigation-involving-broncos-aqib-talib/article/1549865?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dallas-police-suspend-investigation-involving-broncos-aqib-talib/article/1549865?custom_click=rss

The Dallas police department Friday suspended an investigation into an alleged aggravated assault involving Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib, citing lack of evidence.

"Based on the interviews and the evidence available the (investigation) is suspended until any further leads," read an email issued by the Dallas police.

Talib and his brother Yaqub were interviewed after an investigation into reports that a black male fired a gun outside the Luxx Nightclub in Dallas on April 8. However, the police never identified Aqib Talib or his brother as being involved in the shooting.



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The Dallas police department Friday suspended an investigation into an alleged aggravated assault involving Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib, citing lack of evidence.

"Based on the interviews and the evidence available the (investigation) is suspended until any further leads," read an email issued by the Dallas police.

Talib and his brother Yaqub were interviewed after an investigation into reports that a black male fired a gun outside the Luxx Nightclub in Dallas on April 8. However, the police never identified Aqib Talib or his brother as being involved in the shooting.

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Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:42:55 -0600
<![CDATA[David Bruton Jr. aims to win a starting safety job in '15]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/david-bruton-jr.-aims-to-win-a-starting-safety-job-in-15/article/1549809?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-bruton-jr.-aims-to-win-a-starting-safety-job-in-15/article/1549809?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — David Bruton Jr. watched the Denver Broncos sign free agent Darian Stewart after Rahim Moore bolted to the Texans. He's heard all the chatter about them moving Bradley Roby or Kayvon Webster over from cornerback.

All this offseason scheming and speculation has left the seventh-year pro and special teams ace asking, "What about me?"

Bruton aims to earn a starting job in 2015 for the first time since his senior season at Notre Dame in 2008.

"That's my goal," Bruton said. "I feel as though I played extremely well when I had my opportunity last year.



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ENGLEWOOD — David Bruton Jr. watched the Denver Broncos sign free agent Darian Stewart after Rahim Moore bolted to the Texans. He's heard all the chatter about them moving Bradley Roby or Kayvon Webster over from cornerback.

All this offseason scheming and speculation has left the seventh-year pro and special teams ace asking, "What about me?"

Bruton aims to earn a starting job in 2015 for the first time since his senior season at Notre Dame in 2008.

"That's my goal," Bruton said. "I feel as though I played extremely well when I had my opportunity last year.

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:44:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Clady remains anchor of Denver's remodeled O-line]]> http://gazette.com/clady-remains-anchor-of-denvers-remodeled-o-line/article/feed/223786?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/clady-remains-anchor-of-denvers-remodeled-o-line/article/feed/223786?custom_click=rss ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — General manager John Elway promised he'd fix Peyton Manning's pocket of protection this offseason. The one position he didn't have to bother upgrading was left tackle.

Blindside protector Ryan Clady is the only member of Denver's remodeled offensive line returning to the same position in 2015.

Louis Vasquez, who was moved to right tackle in a major midseason shuffling that failed to halt the Broncos' unraveling, returns to his natural position at right guard, where he was an All-Pro in 2013.

The Broncos will have new starters at left guard, center and right tackle.

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Blindside protector Ryan Clady is the only member of Denver's remodeled offensive line returning to the same position in 2015.

Louis Vasquez, who was moved to right tackle in a major midseason shuffling that failed to halt the Broncos' unraveling, returns to his natural position at right guard, where he was an All-Pro in 2013.

The Broncos will have new starters at left guard, center and right tackle.]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:48:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Clady remains anchor of Denver's remodeled O-line]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/clady-remains-anchor-of-denvers-remodeled-o-line/article/1549760?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/clady-remains-anchor-of-denvers-remodeled-o-line/article/1549760?custom_click=rss ENGLEWOOD — General manager John Elway promised he'd fix Peyton Manning's pocket of protection this offseason. The one position he didn't have to bother upgrading was left tackle.

Blindside protector Ryan Clady is the only member of Denver's remodeled offensive line returning to the same position in 2015.

Louis Vasquez, who was moved to right tackle in a major midseason shuffling that failed to halt the Broncos' unraveling, returns to his natural position at right guard, where he was an All-Pro in 2013.

The Broncos will have new starters at left guard, center and right tackle.



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ENGLEWOOD — General manager John Elway promised he'd fix Peyton Manning's pocket of protection this offseason. The one position he didn't have to bother upgrading was left tackle.

Blindside protector Ryan Clady is the only member of Denver's remodeled offensive line returning to the same position in 2015.

Louis Vasquez, who was moved to right tackle in a major midseason shuffling that failed to halt the Broncos' unraveling, returns to his natural position at right guard, where he was an All-Pro in 2013.

The Broncos will have new starters at left guard, center and right tackle.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:55:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware excited about additions of Wade Phillips, Antonio Smith]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/von-miller-demarcus-ware-excited-about-additions-of-wade-phillips-antonio-smith/article/1549682?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/von-miller-demarcus-ware-excited-about-additions-of-wade-phillips-antonio-smith/article/1549682?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware are expecting to get to the quarterback a lot more often this season thanks to two veteran offseason additions to Denver's defense: lineman Antonio Smith and coordinator Wade Phillips.

The pass-rushing duo combined for two dozen sacks in their first season together last year. They're expecting to have a bigger impact in the offensive backfield in Phillips' 3-4 scheme, especially if Smith can push the pocket from the inside.

Ware's excitement about his reunion with Ware is understandable: he collected 60 1(backslash)2 of his 127 career sacks when Phillips was his head coach in Dallas from 2007-10.



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ENGLEWOOD — Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware are expecting to get to the quarterback a lot more often this season thanks to two veteran offseason additions to Denver's defense: lineman Antonio Smith and coordinator Wade Phillips.

The pass-rushing duo combined for two dozen sacks in their first season together last year. They're expecting to have a bigger impact in the offensive backfield in Phillips' 3-4 scheme, especially if Smith can push the pocket from the inside.

Ware's excitement about his reunion with Ware is understandable: he collected 60 1(backslash)2 of his 127 career sacks when Phillips was his head coach in Dallas from 2007-10.

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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:53:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Denver Broncos huffing and puffing again, but it feels like hot air]]> By PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-denver-broncos-huffing-and-puffing-again-but-it-feels-like-hot-air/article/1549635?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-denver-broncos-huffing-and-puffing-again-but-it-feels-like-hot-air/article/1549635?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Maybe it's time for the Broncos to tone down the rhetoric. They sound all huffy and puffy, like they will blow your house down. But after three seasons of spectacular Septembers, notable Novembers - and then pitiful playoffs - all the huffing and puffing this time around just feels like hot air.

Here they were again Monday, the first time the Broncos convened as a team at Dove Valley since the Refund Game against the Colts. Let it be known these were the first words from a player after the initial workout of the offseason training program:

"If we don't bring a Super Bowl to this city this year, then it's a bust season."

Please, not this nonsense again. Haven't you guys learned anything by now?

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ENGLEWOOD — Maybe it's time for the Broncos to tone down the rhetoric. They sound all huffy and puffy, like they will blow your house down. But after three seasons of spectacular Septembers, notable Novembers - and then pitiful playoffs - all the huffing and puffing this time around just feels like hot air.

Here they were again Monday, the first time the Broncos convened as a team at Dove Valley since the Refund Game against the Colts. Let it be known these were the first words from a player after the initial workout of the offseason training program:

"If we don't bring a Super Bowl to this city this year, then it's a bust season."

Please, not this nonsense again. Haven't you guys learned anything by now?

It

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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:41:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Broncos agree to terms with tight end James Casey]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/broncos-agree-to-terms-with-tight-end-james-casey/article/1549515?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-agree-to-terms-with-tight-end-james-casey/article/1549515?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — James Casey brings both versatility and familiarity to Dove Valley.

The free-agent tight end who agreed to a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos on Saturday played for coach Gary Kubiak in Houston from 2009-12.

He spent his last two seasons in Philadelphia, where he worked primarily as a run-blocker in Chip Kelly's offense and made his mark on special teams. He led the league last year with 439 special teams snaps, collecting 13 tackles and blocking two punts.

Casey, the only player in the NFL to play 900 snaps on special teams and 900 snaps from scrimmage over the last three seasons, was more of a target under Kubiak with the Texans.



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ENGLEWOOD — James Casey brings both versatility and familiarity to Dove Valley.

The free-agent tight end who agreed to a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos on Saturday played for coach Gary Kubiak in Houston from 2009-12.

He spent his last two seasons in Philadelphia, where he worked primarily as a run-blocker in Chip Kelly's offense and made his mark on special teams. He led the league last year with 439 special teams snaps, collecting 13 tackles and blocking two punts.

Casey, the only player in the NFL to play 900 snaps on special teams and 900 snaps from scrimmage over the last three seasons, was more of a target under Kubiak with the Texans.

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Sat, 11 Apr 2015 16:15:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Packers-Patriots, Broncos-Seahawks top preseason]]> http://gazette.com/packers-patriots-broncos-seahawks-top-preseason/article/feed/221965?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/packers-patriots-broncos-seahawks-top-preseason/article/feed/221965?custom_click=rss The NFL preseason will open Aug. 9 when Pittsburgh and Minnesota meet in the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio.

In the first full week of the preseason, the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will host Green Bay, which lost to Seattle in the NFC title game. The Seahawks will host Denver, which they beat in the 2014 Super Bowl, in Week 1 of the exhibition games.

Most matchups in the preseason involve AFC vs. NFC teams, but a dozen games will feature intraconference meetings. Pittsburgh, Dallas, Minnesota, Green Bay and Buffalo each play two exhibitions within the conference.

The regular season begins Sept. 10; that schedule is expected to be released later this month.

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In the first full week of the preseason, the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will host Green Bay, which lost to Seattle in the NFC title game. The Seahawks will host Denver, which they beat in the 2014 Super Bowl, in Week 1 of the exhibition games.

Most matchups in the preseason involve AFC vs. NFC teams, but a dozen games will feature intraconference meetings. Pittsburgh, Dallas, Minnesota, Green Bay and Buffalo each play two exhibitions within the conference.

The regular season begins Sept. 10; that schedule is expected to be released later this month.

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The NFL released its preseason schedules today. Exact dates will be announced at a later time, the league says. Here's the Broncos preseason schedule:

At Seattle, Aug. 13-17
—The game where Peyton Manning plays the first series

At Houston, Aug. 20-25
—The game where Gary Kubiak returns to Texas, and Peyton Manning plays one quarter

vs. San Francisco, Aug. 27-30
—The game where Peyton Manning plays the first half

vs. Arizona, Sept.



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The NFL released its preseason schedules today. Exact dates will be announced at a later time, the league says. Here's the Broncos preseason schedule:

At Seattle, Aug. 13-17
—The game where Peyton Manning plays the first series

At Houston, Aug. 20-25
—The game where Gary Kubiak returns to Texas, and Peyton Manning plays one quarter

vs. San Francisco, Aug. 27-30
—The game where Peyton Manning plays the first half

vs. Arizona, Sept.

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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 14:33:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Broncos star Von Miller doesn't seem fazed by anything]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/broncos-star-von-miller-doesnt-seem-fazed-by-anything/article/1549356?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-star-von-miller-doesnt-seem-fazed-by-anything/article/1549356?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Unlike a year ago when he was coming off a torn ACL, Von Miller doesn't seem to have a single care.

No concerns about his contract.

No worries about a new coaching staff.

And no doubt that Peyton Manning will bounce back in 2015.

"It's not the first season he's been doubted. He was doubted the first season he came here," Miller said of Manning, who contemplated retirement this offseason after an injury-marred slide to end 2014. "I think the way Peyton's going to come out with it is going to be classic."

Manning has gone 40-13 in Denver after his release from Indy following spinal fusion surgery in 2011, and in many ways was better than before.



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DENVER — Unlike a year ago when he was coming off a torn ACL, Von Miller doesn't seem to have a single care.

No concerns about his contract.

No worries about a new coaching staff.

And no doubt that Peyton Manning will bounce back in 2015.

"It's not the first season he's been doubted. He was doubted the first season he came here," Miller said of Manning, who contemplated retirement this offseason after an injury-marred slide to end 2014. "I think the way Peyton's going to come out with it is going to be classic."

Manning has gone 40-13 in Denver after his release from Indy following spinal fusion surgery in 2011, and in many ways was better than before.

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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 19:19:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Dallas investigation or not, Denver Broncos should cut Aqib Talib]]> By PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-dallas-investigation-or-not-denver-broncos-should-cut-aqib-talib/article/1549351?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-dallas-investigation-or-not-denver-broncos-should-cut-aqib-talib/article/1549351?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Oh, he can ball. The anticipatory reflexes Aqib Talib flashed when he Pick Six'ed the Jets in Week 6? Like a tutorial on how to play cornerback in the NFL.

Playing football is never the question with Talib. Wasn't then, isn't now. Whether he ranks as the fourth-best cornerback in the NFL, the 10th-best, the 18th-best, doesn't matter here. He's up there, way up there, somewhere in the top 20 or so, regardless if he's judged by Pro Football Focus or a set of eyes from the living-room couch.

Talib can ball, all right, and the Broncos defense was better when he was on the field. Problem is, a football game runs about 3 hours, give or take a challenge flag. The other 21 hours in a day should make Talib dispensable for the



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DENVER — Oh, he can ball. The anticipatory reflexes Aqib Talib flashed when he Pick Six'ed the Jets in Week 6? Like a tutorial on how to play cornerback in the NFL.

Playing football is never the question with Talib. Wasn't then, isn't now. Whether he ranks as the fourth-best cornerback in the NFL, the 10th-best, the 18th-best, doesn't matter here. He's up there, way up there, somewhere in the top 20 or so, regardless if he's judged by Pro Football Focus or a set of eyes from the living-room couch.

Talib can ball, all right, and the Broncos defense was better when he was on the field. Problem is, a football game runs about 3 hours, give or take a challenge flag. The other 21 hours in a day should make Talib dispensable for the

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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 19:00:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Report: Broncos CB Talib under investigation in Texas assault]]> WFAA http://gazette.com/report-broncos-cb-talib-under-investigation-in-texas-assault/article/1549324?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-broncos-cb-talib-under-investigation-in-texas-assault/article/1549324?custom_click=rss

DALLAS – Dallas Police Department sources say NFL cornerback Aqib Talib and his brother are under investigation for an aggravated assault early Wednesday morning at a downtown Dallas nightclub, according to WFAA in Dallas.

The two were questioned at the scene of the assault and allowed to leave. Police have not released any details of the assault at this time. Police say the vehicles Talib and his brother were in have been towed. DPD is still gathering evidence in the case.

Talib, a six-year NFL veteran, is a Pro Bowl cornerback for the Denver Broncos. He was the 20th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Kansas. He attended Richardson Berkner High School.



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DALLAS – Dallas Police Department sources say NFL cornerback Aqib Talib and his brother are under investigation for an aggravated assault early Wednesday morning at a downtown Dallas nightclub, according to WFAA in Dallas.

The two were questioned at the scene of the assault and allowed to leave. Police have not released any details of the assault at this time. Police say the vehicles Talib and his brother were in have been towed. DPD is still gathering evidence in the case.

Talib, a six-year NFL veteran, is a Pro Bowl cornerback for the Denver Broncos. He was the 20th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Kansas. He attended Richardson Berkner High School.

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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11:12:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Free agent receiver Wes Welker visits Dolphins]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/free-agent-receiver-wes-welker-visits-dolphins/article/1549318?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/free-agent-receiver-wes-welker-visits-dolphins/article/1549318?custom_click=rss

DAVIE, Fla. — Wes Welker is the latest free agent receiver to visit the Miami Dolphins.

The 33-year-old Welker, who played for Miami from 2004 to 2006, arrived at the team complex Wednesday. The five-time Pro Bowl player was with Denver last year and caught 49 passes for 464 yards and two scores, his least productive season since 2005.

Welker has been troubled by concussions but has missed only nine games in his 11-year career.

The Dolphins are eager to shore up their corps of wideouts after several departures this offseason. They earlier hosted visits by Greg Jennings and Michael Crabtree.

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DAVIE, Fla. — Wes Welker is the latest free agent receiver to visit the Miami Dolphins.

The 33-year-old Welker, who played for Miami from 2004 to 2006, arrived at the team complex Wednesday. The five-time Pro Bowl player was with Denver last year and caught 49 passes for 464 yards and two scores, his least productive season since 2005.

Welker has been troubled by concussions but has missed only nine games in his 11-year career.

The Dolphins are eager to shore up their corps of wideouts after several departures this offseason. They earlier hosted visits by Greg Jennings and Michael Crabtree.

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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 09:57:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Dick Wood, who was Dolphins' 1st QB, dies at age 79]]> http://gazette.com/dick-wood-who-was-dolphins-1st-qb-dies-at-age-79/article/feed/221137?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dick-wood-who-was-dolphins-1st-qb-dies-at-age-79/article/feed/221137?custom_click=rss MIAMI (AP) — Dick Wood, the first starting quarterback for the Miami Dolphins, has died at the age of 79.

The team said Wood died Saturday in Atlanta.

He played for the expansion Dolphins in 1966, his final season in the AFL, and threw four touchdown passes and 14 interceptions. When with the Jets, he became the first player to throw a touchdown pass at Shea Stadium.

He also played for the Raiders, Chargers and Broncos, with 33 career starts, after a college career at Auburn.

The Alabama native also had a long career as an assistant coach in the NFL and college, including five seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, before retiring in 1997.

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]]> MIAMI (AP) — Dick Wood, the first starting quarterback for the Miami Dolphins, has died at the age of 79.

The team said Wood died Saturday in Atlanta.

He played for the expansion Dolphins in 1966, his final season in the AFL, and threw four touchdown passes and 14 interceptions. When with the Jets, he became the first player to throw a touchdown pass at Shea Stadium.

He also played for the Raiders, Chargers and Broncos, with 33 career starts, after a college career at Auburn.

The Alabama native also had a long career as an assistant coach in the NFL and college, including five seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, before retiring in 1997.

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AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.]]> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 19:04:26 -0600 <![CDATA[DE Antonio Smith reunites with Kollar, Kubiak]]> http://gazette.com/de-antonio-smith-reunites-with-kollar-kubiak/article/feed/220768?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/de-antonio-smith-reunites-with-kollar-kubiak/article/feed/220768?custom_click=rss ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The reunion has rejuvenated Antonio Smith — not that he's ever succumbed to age or the normal wear and tear of playing in the NFL.

The Denver Broncos jumped at the chance to sign the 33-year-old defensive lineman when the rival Oakland Raiders released him in a cost-cutting move last week.

Smith said new Broncos defensive line coach Bill Kollar, under whose tutelage he thrived during their time together in Houston from 2009-13, reached out to him as soon as he became a free agent.

And Smith in turn jumped at the chance to play for Kollar and coach Gary Kubiak again, quickly signing a one-year, $2 million deal.

"When I first came to Houston we had a rocky relationship," Smith said of Kol

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]]> ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The reunion has rejuvenated Antonio Smith — not that he's ever succumbed to age or the normal wear and tear of playing in the NFL.

The Denver Broncos jumped at the chance to sign the 33-year-old defensive lineman when the rival Oakland Raiders released him in a cost-cutting move last week.

Smith said new Broncos defensive line coach Bill Kollar, under whose tutelage he thrived during their time together in Houston from 2009-13, reached out to him as soon as he became a free agent.

And Smith in turn jumped at the chance to play for Kollar and coach Gary Kubiak again, quickly signing a one-year, $2 million deal.

"When I first came to Houston we had a rocky relationship," Smith said of Kol]]> Mon, 06 Apr 2015 19:19:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Kubiak lands another of his former players for Broncos]]> By Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press http://gazette.com/kubiak-lands-another-of-his-former-players-for-broncos/article/1549002?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kubiak-lands-another-of-his-former-players-for-broncos/article/1549002?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Dove Valley is beginning to look like a class reunion. Veteran defensive lineman Antonio Smith is the fifth player to reunite with coach Gary Kubiak in Denver.

The 12th-year pro who signed a one-year deal Thursday recorded 27 of his 44 1(backslash)2 sacks in his five seasons (2009-13) in Houston, where Denver's new coach was in charge of the Texans from 2006-13.

Smith played in Oakland last year. He also played in Arizona from 2004-08. Overall, he's appeared in 156 regular season games (133 starts) and eight playoff games (seven starts).

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ENGLEWOOD — Dove Valley is beginning to look like a class reunion. Veteran defensive lineman Antonio Smith is the fifth player to reunite with coach Gary Kubiak in Denver.

The 12th-year pro who signed a one-year deal Thursday recorded 27 of his 44 1(backslash)2 sacks in his five seasons (2009-13) in Houston, where Denver's new coach was in charge of the Texans from 2006-13.

Smith played in Oakland last year. He also played in Arizona from 2004-08. Overall, he's appeared in 156 regular season games (133 starts) and eight playoff games (seven starts).

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Thu, 02 Apr 2015 15:10:41 -0600
<![CDATA[NFL gives 32 compensatory picks to 14 teams]]> http://gazette.com/nfl-gives-32-compensatory-picks-to-14-teams/article/feed/216683?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nfl-gives-32-compensatory-picks-to-14-teams/article/feed/216683?custom_click=rss PHOENIX (AP) — NFC champion Seattle, Denver and Kansas City each were awarded four compensatory picks in this year's draft.

The NFL handed out 32 such picks to 14 teams on Monday. They begin at the conclusion of the third round when Super Bowl winner New England gets the 97th overall choice.

New England lost LeGarrette Blount, Dane Fletcher, Brandon Spikes and Aqib Talib in 2014 free agency, while adding Brandon Browner and Brandon LaFell. Blount returned to the Patriots after being cut by Pittsburgh in November and was a key running back the rest of the season.

The Patriots get two picks overall.

A team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive c

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]]> PHOENIX (AP) — NFC champion Seattle, Denver and Kansas City each were awarded four compensatory picks in this year's draft.

The NFL handed out 32 such picks to 14 teams on Monday. They begin at the conclusion of the third round when Super Bowl winner New England gets the 97th overall choice.

New England lost LeGarrette Blount, Dane Fletcher, Brandon Spikes and Aqib Talib in 2014 free agency, while adding Brandon Browner and Brandon LaFell. Blount returned to the Patriots after being cut by Pittsburgh in November and was a key running back the rest of the season.

The Patriots get two picks overall.

A team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive c]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 22:01:30 -0600