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Is this Ronnie Hillman’s last big chance with the Broncos?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's hard to believe this is just Ronnie Hillman's third season in Denver, isn't it?

It almost feels like he's running out of chances with the Broncos, and that he really needs to take advantage of his current one, which figures to include his first career start.

Perhaps it's the preseason gaffes, or how much his four career fumbles (in only 179 touches) stand out in the mind.

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Demaryius Thomas named AFC Offensive POW for second time

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Demaryius Thomas has been named the AFC Offensive POW for his Week 5 explosion.

After a slow start to the season that included several drops, Thomas caught eight passes for two touchdowns and a franchise record 226 yards.

Over Denver's first three games, Demaryius had totaled only 13 catches for 141 yards and one score.

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The Jets are one hot mess

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Seattle (3-1) continued its winning ways on Monday night with a 27-17 decision at Washington (1-4).

Russell Wilson passed for two scores and rushed for another, adding 122 yards on the ground to 178 net passing yards.

Neither touchdown pass went to Percy Harvin, who maddeningly had three scores called back by penalty.

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Mike Holmgren reportedly visited Raiders

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Having dispatched one of the league's last unbeaten teams with relative ease, the Broncos will face a squad at the other end of the spectrum in Week 6.

Denver heads east to play the Jets, who find themselves amidst a four-game losing streak and turmoil that grows by the day.

It's the longest streak of futility of Rex Ryan's tenure, and he attempted to take all of the blame for Sunday's 31-0 debacle in San Diego.

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Study suggests college players report fewer than 4% of possible concussions

Good Morning, Broncos fans! A couple of notes on coaching jobs from Gary Myers:

Raiders owner Mark Davis seems obsessed with bringing back Jon Gruden to coach in Oakland after he fired Dennis Allen last week. If Davis gives Gruden total control, this might be the job he takes...

Speculation is the University of Michigan wants Ravens coach John Harbaugh if Brady Hoke gets fired. If not John, then Jim, the 49ers coach and former Wolverines quarterback...

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NFL to start HGH testing on Monday

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As expected, the Cardinals will again start Drew Stanton over the injured Carson Palmer at quarterback on Sunday.

Palmer (shoulder) and LB Glenn Carson (ankle) are out, guard Paul Fanaika (knee) is questionable, while five other Cardinals are listed as probable.

For Denver, David Bruton (ankle) and Lerentee McCray (knee) are questionable, and five others are probable, including Louis Vasquez (ribs).

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Thursday Night Football: Must miss TV

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Thursday night brought yet another dud, as the Packers dispatched the Vikings 42-10 in Green Bay.

The season's first two Thursday games were each decided by 20 points, while the three since have featured 30+ point margins. 

Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes and Eddie Lacy added two more on the ground.

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New DirecTV deal portends huge contracts for Broncos’ Thomases, Knighton, Harris

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As anticipated, the NFL and DirecTV have reached a lucrative extension to their exclusive broadcast agreement.

The deal will include an expansion of DirecTV's rights to stream games via mobile and broadband devices.

Incredibly, the reported figures are far higher than had been speculated earlier.

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Unearthing the 2000s time capsule: Gruden, Gannon, Orton, and McDaniels

Wednesday was an aughts-heavy news day, with all sorts of blasts from the not so distant past.

Jon Gruden issued a tepid dismissal of a potential return to Oakland, claiming he's "not thinking about coaching."

But the Raiders might have the young QB that Chucky covets, in Derek Carr.

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Study finds CTE in brains of 76 out of 79 deceased NFLers

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Now that the Raiders have fired their latest coach, what's next for them?

Owner Mark Davis danced around questions after introducing Tony Sparano as interim coach on Tuesday.

But Tim Kawakami still expects Davis to make a serious run at Jon Gruden.

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