<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> broncos]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/broncos Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:08:32 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Broncos' Jamaal Charles eager to prove he's healthy, ready to contribute ]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-jamaal-charles-eager-to-prove-hes-healthy-ready-to-contribute/article/1609661?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-jamaal-charles-eager-to-prove-hes-healthy-ready-to-contribute/article/1609661?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Jamaal Charles doesn't put all that much stock in his one-game preseason audition this weekend.

In his view, these are the numbers that really need to be considered as he returns from another knee injury: 7,260 career rushing yards, 23 career 100-yard games and a 5.45 yards per carry average — the highest in league history with a minimum of 500 attempts.

"My talent speaks for itself," Charles said.

The dynamic tailback will receive a substantial workload Saturday night against Green Bay to prove to the Denver Broncos he's still the same Jamaal Charles. Not that he's all that concerned.

"Jamaal never went anywhere," he said after practice Tuesday. "Everybody is making a big



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Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:12:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Woody Paige: Will Trevor Siemian last with the Denver Broncos?]]> http://gazette.com/woody-paige-will-trevor-siemian-last-with-the-denver-broncos/article/1609658?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woody-paige-will-trevor-siemian-last-with-the-denver-broncos/article/1609658?custom_click=rss

SUPERMIAN!

Or Clark Kent?

Will Trevor Siemian be the best seventh-round pick ever to start for the Broncos, and only the second to start a playoff game? Can he possibly become the best NFL quarterback ever selected in the seventh round?

Can he be the best quarterback the Broncos ever drafted, which wouldn't be as difficult as it may seem, considering others the franchise drafted?

Will the NFL's lowest-paid starting quarterback ($628,196) be among the best in 2017? Can a quarterback ranked in the bottom six starters finish in the top dozen this season?

Coach Van Joseph says the choice of Siemian as the starting quarterback is "permanent".



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Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:49:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Charles eager to prove he's healthy, ready to contribute]]> http://gazette.com/charles-eager-to-prove-hes-healthy-ready-to-contribute/article/feed/486277?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/charles-eager-to-prove-hes-healthy-ready-to-contribute/article/feed/486277?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Jamaal Charles doesn't put all that much stock in his one-game preseason audition this weekend.

In his view, these are the numbers that really need to be considered as he returns from another knee injury: 7,260 career rushing yards, 23 career 100-yard games and a 5.45 yards per carry average — the highest in league history with a minimum of 500 attempts.

"My talent speaks for itself," Charles said.

The dynamic tailback will receive a substantial workload Saturday night against Green Bay to prove to the Denver Broncos he's still the same Jamaal Charles. Not that he's all that concerned.

"Jamaal never went anywhere," he said after practice Tuesday. "Everybody is making a big deal. It's fo

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]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:49:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Broncos linebacker Shaq Barrett returns from hip injury]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-linebacker-shaq-barrett-returns-from-hip-injury/article/feed/486211?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-linebacker-shaq-barrett-returns-from-hip-injury/article/feed/486211?custom_click=rss ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The fresh-legged pass rusher lined up against Denver's newly anointed starting left tackle Garett Bolles on Tuesday and promptly bowled the rookie first-round draft pick over.

Welcome back, Shaq Barrett .

The Denver Broncos' battered defensive front got a big boost with Barrett's return from a right hip injury that had sidelined him since the spring.

"It's good to have him back," coach Vance Joseph said. "That group looks different with Shaq back there."

The Broncos have been battered by injuries at outside linebacker with Shane Ray tearing a ligament in his left wrist on the second day of training camp and rookie DeMarcus Walker dealing with a hip-flexor injury, although he, too, returne

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]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:01:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Broncos linebacker Shaq Barrett returns from hip injury ]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-linebacker-shaq-barrett-returns-from-hip-injury/article/1609634?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-linebacker-shaq-barrett-returns-from-hip-injury/article/1609634?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — The Denver Broncos' battered defensive front got a big boost Tuesday with the return of pass rusher Shaq Barrett from a hip injury that had sidelined him since the spring.

Barrett participated in individual drills after being moved from the non-football injury list to the active roster.

At one point the Broncos feared Barrett would miss the 2017 season, but last month GM John Elway said he expected Barrett back in the rotation by September.

The Broncos have been battered by injuries at outside linebacker with Shane Ray tearing a ligament in his wrist on the second day of training camp and rookie DeMarcus Walker dealing with a hip-flexor injury.

Also sidelined are defensive ends Derek



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Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:17:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Broncos should consider trading Paxton Lynch after Trevor Siemian named starter]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-broncos-should-consider-trading-paxton-lynch-after-trevor-siemian-named-starter/article/1609582?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-broncos-should-consider-trading-paxton-lynch-after-trevor-siemian-named-starter/article/1609582?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Was everyone on Team Paxton wearing solar eclipse sunglasses while watching the Broncos quarterback competition?

"In a year or two he might be able to take over the reins,” coach Vance Joseph said of Lynch on Monday after announcing Team Siemian had won the day — and the starting quarterback gig in Week 1 and beyond. "But right now he's not."

They won’t, for many respectable reasons, but the Broncos should look to trade Paxton Lynch. Give the Jacksonville Jaguars a call.



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Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:20:51 -0600
<![CDATA[Trevor Siemian wins Broncos quarterback job again]]> http://gazette.com/trevor-siemian-wins-broncos-quarterback-job-again/article/1609565?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trevor-siemian-wins-broncos-quarterback-job-again/article/1609565?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Vance Joseph was admittedly enamored of the idea of a towering, chuck-it-or-tuck-it quarterback with first-round pedigree and a lightning bolt for a right arm leading the Denver Broncos in 2017.

Even more captivating for the rookie head coach was the notion of his egghead seventh-rounder with the sneaky fastball and penchant for making the right decisions calling the signals.

So, it's Trevor Siemian and not Paxton Lynch who will start for the Broncos.

Joseph made the announcement Monday following a five-month audition that represented the biggest position battle in the NFL this offseason.



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Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:49:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Trevor Siemian wins Broncos quarterback job again]]> http://gazette.com/trevor-siemian-wins-broncos-quarterback-job-again/article/feed/485977?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trevor-siemian-wins-broncos-quarterback-job-again/article/feed/485977?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Vance Joseph was admittedly enamored of the idea of a towering, chuck-it-or-tuck-it quarterback with first-round pedigree and a lightning bolt for a right arm leading the Denver Broncos in 2017.

Even more captivating for the rookie head coach was the notion of his egghead seventh-rounder with the sneaky fastball and penchant for making the right decisions calling the signals.

So, it's Trevor Siemian and not Paxton Lynch who will start for the Broncos.

Joseph made the announcement Monday following a five-month audition that represented the biggest position battle in the NFL this offseason.

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]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:07:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Paul Klee: Without a strong running game, Denver Broncos will be AFC also-rans, again]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-without-a-strong-running-game-denver-broncos-will-be-afc-also-rans-again/article/1609468?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-without-a-strong-running-game-denver-broncos-will-be-afc-also-rans-again/article/1609468?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Quarterbacks, schmwuarterbacks.

The true key to the Broncos’ season must be held together by Band-Aids and duct tape. It’s not Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch. (Jeez, guys. Stop hogging the spotlight already.) If the Broncos are going anywhere this year — aside from usual suspects Oakland, Kansas City and Indianapolis, and unusual suspects Buffalo, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia and Washington — the running backs must start pulling their weight around here.

Hey, don’t take my word for it.

"He's proven he's an NFL running back,” coach Vance Joseph said of the presumed starter at tailback, C.J. Anderson. “He's got to prove he can play 16 games and



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Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:40:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Green Bay Packers sign DT Calvin Heurtelou]]> http://gazette.com/green-bay-packers-sign-dt-calvin-heurtelou/article/feed/486015?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/green-bay-packers-sign-dt-calvin-heurtelou/article/feed/486015?custom_click=rss GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have signed defensive tackle Calvin Heurtelou.

The Packers announced the deal on Monday. Heurtelou (HURT'-uh-loo) is a first-year player out of the University of Miami. He originally signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in May 2016 but was released last August.

The 6-foot-2, 305-pound Heurtelou played in 26 games with 24 starts in two seasons at Miami. He had 52 tackles, a half-sack and a fumble recovery.

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More AP NFL: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.

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]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:28:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Trevor Siemian appears to have won Broncos QB job again]]> http://gazette.com/trevor-siemian-appears-to-have-won-broncos-qb-job-again/article/feed/485758?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trevor-siemian-appears-to-have-won-broncos-qb-job-again/article/feed/485758?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Even though coach Vance Joseph isn't saying it, the steady and solid Trevor Siemian appears to have won the Denver Broncos' quarterback derby for the second straight summer.

The seventh-rounder from Northwestern has outplayed former first-round pick Paxton Lynch of Memphis, whose flashes of athleticism and agility remain overshadowed by poor decisions and bad throws.

Although Joseph isn't declaring a winner yet, Siemian has impressed a second set of coaches running a second offensive scheme, and Lynch, while he's shown some progress, still doesn't look ready to run a team.

Joseph appeared to squelch the notion that the decision could come down to which one has the higher perceived upside, insis

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]]> Sun, 20 Aug 2017 13:53:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Trevor Siemian appears to have won Broncos QB job again ]]> http://gazette.com/trevor-siemian-appears-to-have-won-broncos-qb-job-again/article/1609513?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trevor-siemian-appears-to-have-won-broncos-qb-job-again/article/1609513?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Even though coach Vance Joseph isn't saying it, the steady and solid Trevor Siemian appears to have won the Denver Broncos' quarterback derby for the second straight summer.

The seventh-rounder from Northwestern has outplayed former first-round pick Paxton Lynch of Memphis, whose flashes of athleticism and agility remain overshadowed by poor decisions and bad throws.

Although Joseph isn't declaring a winner yet, Siemian has impressed a second set of coaches running a second offensive scheme, and Lynch, while he's shown some progress, still doesn't look ready to run a team.

Joseph appeared to squelch the notion that the decision could come down to which one has the higher perceived upside,



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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 13:50:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Lynch starts, Siemian throws TD as Broncos beat 49ers]]> http://gazette.com/lynch-starts-siemian-throws-td-as-broncos-beat-49ers/article/1609494?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lynch-starts-siemian-throws-td-as-broncos-beat-49ers/article/1609494?custom_click=rss

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Paxton Lynch led three scoring drives in his bid for the starting quarterback job, Denver forced four turnovers in the first half and the Broncos beat the San Francisco 49ers 33-14 on Saturday night.

Trevor Siemian, who started Denver's preseason opener a week ago, came off the bench to throw a touchdown pass, C.J. Anderson rushed for 24 yards and a score and Brandon McManus kicked four field goals for the Broncos (2-0).

Denver still isn't likely much closer to making a decision on whom the starter will be despite vice president of football operations John Elway's plea earlier this week that one of the two take control of the job.



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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:55:44 -0600
<![CDATA[FANTASY PLAYS: Wide receivers more important as game shifts]]> http://gazette.com/fantasy-plays-wide-receivers-more-important-as-game-shifts/article/feed/485676?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fantasy-plays-wide-receivers-more-important-as-game-shifts/article/feed/485676?custom_click=rss

When it comes to fantasy football we all hear several pieces of advice. Don't draft quarterbacks early as that position is deep. Make sure to get at least one top running back in the first couple of rounds as that pool will dry up quickly. Don't ever take a kicker or defense/special teams until the last few rounds. What about wide receivers?

It's no secret that the NFL is a passing league. It seems every rule change over the past 5-10 years has been geared toward the benefit of throwing the ball and putting points on the board with quick, exciting plays. In fantasy, we are slowly but steadily seeing a switch to point per reception (PPR) leagues. This puts further emphasis on pass catchers early in our drafts.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Vance Joseph isn't yet ready to declare a winner in the race to be Denver's starting quarterback between Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian.

If he is, the Broncos' head coach is keeping it to himself.

Lynch led three scoring drives in his bid for the job while Siemian, who started the preseason opener a week ago, came off the bench to throw a touchdown pass as the Broncos beat the San Francisco 49ers 33-14 on Saturday night.

"The time frame's not important," Joseph said. "What's important is we get it right. It could be this week, it could be next week."

On a night when Denver forced four turnovers in the first half, running C.J.

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]]> Sun, 20 Aug 2017 01:16:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Paul Klee: In spite of media bubble, conservative voice the powerful reason Colin Kaepernick is still unsigned in NFL]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-in-spite-of-media-bubble-conservative-voice-the-powerful-reason-colin-kaepernick-is-still-unsigned-in-nfl/article/1609345?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-in-spite-of-media-bubble-conservative-voice-the-powerful-reason-colin-kaepernick-is-still-unsigned-in-nfl/article/1609345?custom_click=rss

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — It’s almost cut day in the NFL.

You know what that means: “It’s a business” will be the favorite phrase of coaches, players and analysts, right up until the season starts and “Gotta watch the film” returns to the No. 1 spot. Instead of having two cut days, the NFL this year will have one — Sept. 3, when teams must trim rosters from 90 to 53, and when coaches say it’s their worst day of the year, they mean it.

But it’s a business. And business is why Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned by an NFL franchise.

It’s not collusion among NFL owners. It’s not a flag-waving league joining arms to blackball the polarizing, 29-year-old



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Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:36:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Denver Broncos great John Elway discusses his stance on the NFL's national anthem protests]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-denver-broncos-great-john-elway-discusses-his-stance-on-the-nfls-national-anthem-protests/article/1609333?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-denver-broncos-great-john-elway-discusses-his-stance-on-the-nfls-national-anthem-protests/article/1609333?custom_click=rss

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Thursday after the Broncos closed their joint practice with the San Francisco 49ers, I asked John Elway, the team's president of football operations, about his stance on the national anthem protests again taking place in the NFL. Here's his full answer:

"My stance is that everybody has their right to do what they wish to do and their beliefs are their beliefs. That's why we live in this country. They have the right to display whatever they wish to display.

"I think one thing — where we stand and where I stand with the Broncos — is, 'That's OK and we will respect that and whatever you want to do is fine with us. But the bottom line is that can't get in the way with our



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Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:28:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee for Three: Welcome to the competition, Paxton Lynch: Observations from Broncos' Day 2 at San Francisco]]> http://gazette.com/klee-for-three-welcome-to-the-competition-paxton-lynch-observations-from-broncos-day-2-at-san-francisco/article/1609367?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-for-three-welcome-to-the-competition-paxton-lynch-observations-from-broncos-day-2-at-san-francisco/article/1609367?custom_click=rss

Gazette sports columnist Paul Klee offers three observations from the Broncos' second practice vs. the 49ers: 

Paxton’s Last Stand

Welcome to the Broncos quarterback competition, Paxton Lynch. “Very impressed,” coach Vance Joseph said after Lynch turned heads with the first-team offense on Day 2 of joint practices with the 49ers. “His best day? I’m not sure. But he made three or four big-time throws.” Even better, none landed in the arms of the bad guys — or on the grass turf, as Lynch threw not a single incompletion in 7-on-7 drills. Thursday, Lynch looked like an NFL quarterback for the first time since he joined the Broncos.



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Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:21:05 -0600
<![CDATA[49ers rookie LB Foster limited by injury to right shoulder]]> http://gazette.com/49ers-rookie-lb-foster-limited-by-injury-to-right-shoulder/article/feed/485110?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/49ers-rookie-lb-foster-limited-by-injury-to-right-shoulder/article/feed/485110?custom_click=rss

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers rookie linebacker Reuben Foster has a mild AC joint sprain in his surgically repaired right shoulder.

Foster was held out of contact during practice Thursday with the Denver Broncos because of the injury. The team says the injury is not related to the torn rotator cuff that Foster had an operation on before the draft.

That injury helped contribute to Foster sliding in the first round before San Francisco traded up to No. 31 to draft the former Alabama linebacker. Foster has been impressive so far in camp and has moved into a first-team role at linebacker.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he expects Foster to be able to play in Saturday's exhibition game against Denver.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Paxton Lynch now gets his chance to seize the starting quarterback job for the Denver Broncos.

Lynch has gotten the bulk of the work with the first-team offense this week and will start Saturday's exhibition game against the San Francisco 49ers as the Broncos look for either Lynch or last year's starter Trevor Siemian to emerge in the competition.

"We'd like the decision made by itself," Broncos GM John Elway said Thursday. "We want one of them to take the reins and take over. That would be the ideal situation. We'll get through this game and see what happens."

After a somewhat shaky performance in the first day of joint practices with San Francisco, Lynch was much sharper on day two with mo

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Paxton Lynch now gets his chance to seize the starting quarterback job for the Denver Broncos.

Lynch has gotten the bulk of the work with the first-team offense this week and will start Saturday's exhibition game against the San Francisco 49ers as the Broncos look for either Lynch or last year's starter Trevor Siemian to emerge in the competition.

"We'd like the decision made by itself," Broncos GM John Elway said Thursday. "We want one of them to take the reins and take over. That would be the ideal situation. We'll get through this game and see what happens."

After a somewhat shaky performance in the first day of joint practices with San Francisco, Lynch was much sharper on day



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Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:55:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Taylor healthy and a 'force' again at camp with Redskins]]> http://gazette.com/taylor-healthy-and-a-force-again-at-camp-with-redskins/article/feed/485092?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/taylor-healthy-and-a-force-again-at-camp-with-redskins/article/feed/485092?custom_click=rss

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — When Phil Taylor wanted to call it a career, his wife and son pushed back.

Taylor's wife, Dajana, told him he needed to get back on the football field, and son Phil Jr. didn't want to see his father give up on the dream of playing in the NFL.

"They kept my will in it, and I kept going at it," Taylor said. "I might not have been in a place I wanted to be mentally, but at the same time I kept fighting to get back out here."

Almost three years since he last played in a regular-season NFL game, Taylor is in camp with the Washington Redskins and looking like someone who hasn't been out nearly that long.

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]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:02:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Paul Klee: Without can't-miss QB, Vance Joseph faces tall task in first season as Denver Broncos coach]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-without-cant-miss-qb-vance-joseph-faces-tall-task-in-first-season-as-denver-broncos-coach/article/1609282?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-without-cant-miss-qb-vance-joseph-faces-tall-task-in-first-season-as-denver-broncos-coach/article/1609282?custom_click=rss

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Vance Joseph coaches to a beat. It starts thumping promptly at 5:30 a.m., when the Broncos coach works out, every day before work, in the weight room at the UCHealth Training Center.

There is music booming from loudspeakers, too, when the players arrive for team meetings in the auditorium at 7:30 a.m. Before they hear “VJ” address the team, they hear Tupac, Biggie or Drake — a soundtrack that changes daily and seems ripped straight from a Pete Carroll playbook on keeping the workplace fresh, lively, engaged. Joseph refers to it as “moving the cheese.”

We're all still getting to know Vance Joseph.



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Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:32:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Broncos LB Von Miller returns to scene of Super Bowl MVP]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-lb-von-miller-returns-to-scene-of-super-bowl-mvp/article/feed/484906?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-lb-von-miller-returns-to-scene-of-super-bowl-mvp/article/feed/484906?custom_click=rss

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Von Miller had some pretty good flashbacks when he arrived at Levi's Stadium for the first time since winning the Super Bowl MVP here just over 18 months ago.

The stakes were far lower for a joint practice between his Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers than they were for that Super Bowl win over Cam Newton and Carolina in February 2016 but that didn't stop the memories.

"Walking onto the field this morning, it's a whole lot different," Miller said. "It's a lot more red than what it was last time. Before it was just gold and black and a whole bunch of white, all the Super Bowl stuff. It still had the same feel. San Francisco has always been good to me. The Bay Area has always been good to u

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]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:56:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Broncos LB Von Miller returns to scene of Super Bowl MVP ]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-lb-von-miller-returns-to-scene-of-super-bowl-mvp/article/1609277?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-lb-von-miller-returns-to-scene-of-super-bowl-mvp/article/1609277?custom_click=rss

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Von Miller had some pretty good flashbacks when he arrived at Levi's Stadium for the first time since winning the Super Bowl MVP here just over 18 months ago.

The stakes were far lower for a joint practice between his Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers than they were for that Super Bowl win over Cam Newton and Carolina in February 2016 but that didn't stop the memories.

"Walking onto the field this morning, it's a whole lot different," Miller said. "It's a lot more red than what it was last time. Before it was just gold and black and a whole bunch of white, all the Super Bowl stuff. It still had the same feel. San Francisco has always been good to me. The Bay Area has always been



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Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:00:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee for Three: Observations from Denver Broncos' first practice with San Francisco 49ers]]> http://gazette.com/klee-for-three-observations-from-denver-broncos-first-practice-with-san-francisco-49ers/article/1609266?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-for-three-observations-from-denver-broncos-first-practice-with-san-francisco-49ers/article/1609266?custom_click=rss

1. Vance Joseph: straight to the point

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — OK, OK. Let’s get right to it, Coach: How good are the Broncos? “I’m not sure. Obviously we’re in camp, we’ve had a bunch of injuries so far, so I’m not sure how good we’re going to be,” Vance Joseph said Wednesday after the first of two joint practices with the San Francisco 49ers. "Teams change each year. Every team changes each year. So I’m not sure. That’s why you play the games. You ask me about Week 7 or 8, I’ll have a good answer for you. But right now I have no idea. No one does.” How much change is there? Of Denver's 11 offensive starters in Super Bowl 50, only four were on the practice field



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Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:33:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Beth Mowins debuts in NFL play-by-play for CBS on Sept. 24]]> http://gazette.com/beth-mowins-debuts-in-nfl-play-by-play-for-cbs-on-sept.-24/article/feed/484580?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/beth-mowins-debuts-in-nfl-play-by-play-for-cbs-on-sept.-24/article/feed/484580?custom_click=rss

Beth Mowins will debut as the first woman to call NFL play-by-play for CBS on Sept. 24.

Mowins will join former NFL kicker Jay Feely when Cleveland plays at Indianapolis. The network released its announcer pairings on Tuesday.

Mowins will start the season calling a Monday night NFL game between the Chargers and Broncos for ESPN. She will be the second woman to call play-by-play for an NFL regular-season game and first since NBC's Gayle Sierens in 1987.

Mowins has called college football for ESPN since 2005 and done play-by-play locally on preseason Raiders games.

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will make his CBS debut with Jim Nantz, calling the Oakland at Tennessee game on the first Sunday of the seas

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]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:53:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Broncos defensive end Jared Crick latest camp casualty]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-defensive-end-jared-crick-latest-camp-casualty/article/feed/484260?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-defensive-end-jared-crick-latest-camp-casualty/article/feed/484260?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Defensive end Jared Crick is the latest victim of the Denver Broncos' injury outbreak. He was carted off the practice field Monday with apparent back spasms.

Crick is the 10th Denver defender — and the sixth member of the D-line — to get hurt this offseason.

"Hey man, people better pray more at night, man. That's the only thing that's going to help," cornerback Aqib Talib said.

Crick, who played more snaps than any defensive lineman on the team last year, appeared to be favoring his right leg after getting hurt during run drills. Coach Vance Joseph said he didn't know the exact nature of Crick's injury.

"The first thought is it was a back spasm. But we're not sure, to be honest," Jose

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]]> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:38:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Charles soon gets to prove he's still a playmaker in the NFL]]> http://gazette.com/charles-soon-gets-to-prove-hes-still-a-playmaker-in-the-nfl/article/feed/484024?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/charles-soon-gets-to-prove-hes-still-a-playmaker-in-the-nfl/article/feed/484024?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos will soon discover if Jamaal Charles is still Jamaal Charles.

Coach Vance Joseph says he'll take the bubble wrap off the veteran running back sometime this preseason, but he isn't sure if that will be against the 49ers, Packers or Cardinals.

Asked Saturday if Charles is running out of time to make the team because he hasn't been getting as many handoffs as the Broncos' other running backs at training camp, Joseph shot down that notion with a curt "No, he's not."

Joseph has said all along he'll take it slow with Charles but he did acknowledge that yes, he probably has to see Charles play in the preseason to keep him on the 53-man roster.

"He'll eventually play," Joseph s

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]]> Sun, 13 Aug 2017 12:55:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Saints' Thomas primed to thrive in Colston's former role]]> http://gazette.com/saints-thomas-primed-to-thrive-in-colstons-former-role/article/feed/483884?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/saints-thomas-primed-to-thrive-in-colstons-former-role/article/feed/483884?custom_click=rss

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints receiver Michael Thomas sounds eager to accept the responsibility of being a "No. 1" receiver in New Orleans' prolific offense, even if he doesn't necessarily like such labels.

"Whatever I have to do to add value to this team and put points on the board, that's what I'm going to do and do it at a high level," Thomas said after practice at Saints training camp Saturday. "If I'm No. 1, No. 2, whatever I am ... I'm going to do it to the best of my ability and, ultimately, every time I touch (the ball), I'm going to try to score."

The 6-foot-3, 212-pound Thomas lines up at the "X'' position that Saints career receiving leader Marques Colston held from 2006 to 2015. And in his second NFL season, he of

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