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Report: Shanny considered broadcasting gig

Mike Shanahan Nearly Joined Dick Stockton in Booth for Fox NFL Coverage
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“Dick Stockton in an airport, telling me — and again, I didn’t tell him, like, ‘I do a 10-2 show and I’m gonna mention this tomorrow’ — but I certainly didn’t hide the fact that I’m in the business,” Paulsen said. “And he just kind of offered that. He said, ‘Yea, I was going to do it with Mike Shanahan, but it sounds like that’s not happening anymore.’”

Any time in the National Football League, when you have a chance to get a two-time SB-winning coach into the broadcast booth, you go for it.

Gabriel: Broncos aren’t AFCW shoo-in

Team preview: Denver Broncos
www.nationalfootballpost.com

I look for Ball to have an outstanding year in 2014. He is a physical inside runner who knows how to score…The Broncos signed former Steeler Emmanuel Sanders and he will be an upgrade over Decker. While Sanders lacks Decker’s size, he has more speed and toughness. Sanders will be able to play both inside and outside.

Williams was a first-round pick a year ago, filled in nicely when Vickerson got injured and actually may have played a little better. He has big-time potential…A player to keep an eye on is Quanterus Smith. Smith was a 2013 draft choice who missed last year recovering from an ACL tear. He has good outside pass rush talent.

Pretty run-of-the-mill stuff as far as the team's outlook goes. But since Gabriel's a scout, it's his takes on individual players that are really worth paying attention to.

Another way of saying TD should be a HOFer

Examining the variation in rushing throughout NFL history
www.footballperspective.com

Among running backs eligible but not yet in the Hall of Fame, it’s not Jerome Bettis who ranks highest on the list. Bettis, who ranks 6th in career rushing yards, finishes two spots behind Terrell Davis using this methodology. Should Davis be a Hall of Famer? That’s outside the scope of this post. This analysis tends to support his case, though, and it even ignores his touchdowns and his postseason play (it also ignores his lack of receiving and the value he gained from playing in Denver).

While this is again preaching to the choir, it never hurts to have more ammo to support TD's case for enshrinement.

Magazu: Garland is Denver’s Energizer Bunny

Ben Garland blazing military-NFL trail
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“He doesn’t wear down, which is really incredible,” Magazu said. “Even some of the other guys will ask, ‘Aren’t you even tired.’ Yeah, but you don’t ever see it. He has that mental toughness and that physical toughness he can push through it. It doesn’t look like there’s a dent in his armor.”

According to Ashley Fox, Garland still has one year of practice squad eligibility remaining.

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’
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“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
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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.