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Orange Julius: Football is still new to me

Julius Thomas still learning after breakout with Denver Broncos
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“Would it be fair for me to say, ‘Maybe a couple of weeks ago’?” Thomas said in a recent conversation, when asked when he finally started to feel comfortable with football. “Seriously. Last year, I was able to do a lot of good things. I kind of survived on self-confidence and athleticism. In one game, the defense did something, and Peyton was like, ‘Julius, did you see that?’ And I said, ‘Peyton, they got me; I had no clue what they were doing.’ There are still situations I haven’t been in before, and I’m still learning what to do.”

This is an interesting time to be discussing a contract extension; will the Broncos end up paying Thomas based upon 2013 production, or his potential - if not expected - growth?

Schlereth: It is time to change the name

Former Redskins lineman Mark Schlereth: ‘It is time to change the name’
www.washingtonpost.com

“There’s no question, if you research the history of that name, it’s a pejorative term and it needs to change. I mean, you would never go into a conference of Native American people and walk up in front of them and refer to them as Redskins. It is a derogatory term, that’s its origins, and it is time to be a leader, from the standpoint of the NFL. High school(s) across America have changed their names. The NCAA has implemented policy to change those names. Why has the NFL shuffled its feet on this? I don’t know, but it’s time to change.”

Amen, Stink.

Rahim Moore didn’t know if he’d walk again

There Are Some Things Rahim Moore Doesn’t Want to Remember
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“I didn’t know if I would ever walk again,” says Moore, who often turned to his faith during the rehab process. “I didn’t know if I would ever be the Rahim that I know I can be, and also be able to have the footwork and be swift and things like that. The Lord definitely restored me.”

Between Rahim and Derek Wolfe, it appears the Broncos should feel quite fortunate that both players are healthy and ready to play alive this season.

T.J. Ward turns himself in

Broncos' T.J. Ward turns himself in on assault charge
www.usatoday.com

Denver Broncos safety T.J. Ward appeared in court and was issued a summons Friday, one day after it was revealed police had issued a warrant for his arrest on a misdemeanor simple assault charge.

The warrant was dismissed, and Ward is scheduled to appear in court again June 23, according to the Denver Police Department’s Twitter account.

Glad to know someone, somewhere is working the hell out of that DPO Twitter account.

T.J. Ward’s apparently making friends in Denver

Arrest Warrant Out For Broncos Star
denver.cbslocal.com

According to documents reviewed by CBS4, Ward is wanted in connection with an incident that took place May 9 which is categorized both as an assault and disturbing the peace…sources say the warrant was issued in connection with a scuffle at a Denver nightclub.

We'll reserve judgment, but safe to say that no news like this is good news.

Gabriel: Latimer fell to Broncos for a reason

Draft Review: AFC West
www.nationalfootballpost.com

I’m not as high on Cody Latimer as many other people are. Yes, he is big and runs fast for the stop watch, but he doesn’t play with that speed. He plays like a 4.6 guy and is not quick in and out of cuts. What he does very well is track the ball and win the jump balls. I feel he still needs to develop his route running skills.

In his scouting report on the former Hoosier - in which he projects Latimer as a fourth- or fifth-rounder - Gabriel makes clear he doesn't agree with John Elway when it comes to Latimer's blocking acumen.

About that money, Wes…

WES WELKER CHURCHILL DOWNS DEMANDS MONEY BACK We Overpaid By $15k
www.tmz.com

Wes Welker left the Kentucky Derby with nearby $15,000 more than he should have ... thanks to a machine malfunction ... and now Churchill Downs is demanding he give the money back, stat ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Well, he still won $42K, so he probably doesn't need to go get back those hundreds he gave away.

Knapp: Osweiler preparing, progressing well

Broncos' Brock Osweiler set to graduate from Arizona State
www.denverpost.com

“He has shown all the qualities you like to see as a starter in this league. With the way he prepares. When he’s quizzed in the classroom or on the field on the progressions or reads, he is always on top of it. He asks questions that are well thought out.

“And then I saw great progress physically on his mechanics in tightening up his drop and his footwork. He has shown all the signs. You never know until a guy plays, but he has shown everything for us to believe he’s on track to becoming a starting NFL quarterback.”

It's all talk, as Knapp acknowledges. We'll just hope that if Brock does have to play sooner than later, his hard work translates to the field.

McShay: Latimer can provide immediate impact

Identifying the best selections made by each of the 32 NFL teams
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He uses his size to his advantage, winning with physicality and body control and by attacking the football with his hands. He didn’t drop a pass in the five games I studied of him. While he isn’t a burner, I think he can absolutely get enough separation at the pro level. Latimer can have an impact right away, and provides good depth to a unit that will see both Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker become free agents next offseason.

Latimer is probably here to replace Eric Decker. But don't dismiss the possibility that he takes over for Demaryius Thomas, who is about to become extremely (and deservedly) expensive.

Klis: Denver isn’t PK’s mystery team hot for Bortles

Broncos source: Trade for QB Blake Bortles not happening
blogs.denverpost.com

A Broncos source said the trade up for Bortles is not happening and that the team loves Osweiler.

Well, no shit.