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  Broncos | Demaryius Thomas was busy in 2014    Wed Jul 1, 09:43 PM

Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas' 184 targets last year were the most in the NFL.

Footballguys view: Thomas's targets could trend down a bit with the Broncos slowing down their offense under new head coach Gary Kubiak, but that should be offset by more red zone targets now that Julius Thomas is in Jacksonville. He's still worth a late first in PPR leagues.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning dealing with changes    Mon Jun 29, 05:46 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has been forced to deal with a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator, less practice time and more rest during offseason practices, new offensive linemen, a new starting tight end in TE Owen Daniels and not being able to practice with star WR Demaryius Thomas yet.

Footballguys view: The whole offseason is about change with Manning...and that could lead to better things with the Broncos--but perhaps not for fantasy owners. Manning is going to be running a more balanced system in 2015 with less emphasis on the passing game. Demaryius Thomas could see 100 catches again this year, but expect Emmanuel Sanders (101 catches in 2014) to drop to about 75 catches in 2015. Manning should be a low-end QB1 for fantasy owners this season.

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  Broncos | Cody Latimer likes the offense    Fri Jun 26, 09:14 PM

Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer said he has made an effort to develop more chemistry with QB Peyton Manning and has dedicated himself to learning head coach Gary Kubiak's playbook. 'It's much easier to catch on. It gives you time to play fast; you don't have to think so much,' Latimer said. 'Not as many adjustments in this offense. Once you know what you're doing out of the huddle, you stick with that. No changing on the run.'

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners should appreciate the high dynasty value of Latimer. He's got the natural talent to be a top-25 receiver in the NFL, but this offense is going to limit his production as the Broncos WR3. Latimer is going to play a larger role than he did last year as a rookie, but he's still behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Re-draft owners should have Latimer on the waiver wire speed dial, or they can take him as a late-round flier.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning trade rumors false    Wed Jun 24, 07:46 AM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning was not the subject of talks that had him headed for the Houston Texans. Reports suggested some in the Broncos organization wanted to jumpstart QB Brock Osweiler and start the rebuilding process.

Footballguys view: Of course the "report" was false....and by the way, this wasn't "scoopage" either as Matt "money" Smith said the same thing about a month ago on an NFL.com podcast. If the team wanted the Osweiler era to start, then why hasn't he been extended yet? Osweiler's in the final year of his contract, and at this time there have been no discussions about a new contract. Calm down Twitter, calm down.

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  Broncos | Window closed for Montee Ball?    Sun Jun 21, 08:52 PM

Troy E. Renck, from the Denver Post, believes that the "window has closed" for Montee Ball to prove himself as the team's starter. "If C.J Anderson stays healthy, his commitment is at a new level," Renck said. "I don't see Ball getting the chance to prove that anymore. I think the window closed on him last year." "It's a bellcow offense, the back doesn't rotate in and out."

Footballguys view: Strong statements here from one of the best Broncos beat writers. Note how he also includes that Kubiak is looking for one back to be the bellcow. Ball had hoped he could end up in a 1A/1B situation this year, but that may not be the case. Anderson is the starter, he's the frontrunner and he's the better back. We'll see if he can cement the job in training camp.

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  Broncos | Brandon Marshall will run soon    Wed Jun 17, 05:50 PM

Denver Broncos LB Brandon M. Marshall (foot) will begin running next week. Marshall had surgery on his injured foot in March.

Footballguys view: Marshall is a key part of the new Broncos defense. As the strong-side inside linebacker (SAM) in Wade Phillips' 3-4 defense, Marshall should get plenty of tackles. Watch his progress in training camp.

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  Broncos | C.J. Anderson starts as top RB    Tue Jun 16, 02:27 PM

Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson will begin training camp as the starting running back. Head coach Gary Kubiak said it's his job to hang on to. Kubiak also added that RBs Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman have had solid offseasons and will make the running back battle competitive.

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. Anderson proved last year that he could be a quality starter and full-time back. He's a natural fit for the zone-blocking system the Broncos have implemented up front this year. Anderson is more powerful than Ball and Hillman, and he's a better receiver out of the backfield.

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  Broncos | Montee Ball expecting big role    Sun Jun 14, 10:30 PM

Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball has performed well during offseason activities, and he described the situation at running back as a '1-A and 1-B' rotation between he and RB C.J. Anderson.

Footballguys view: Anderson is at the top of the depth chart right now. Ball is his backup, but expect him to push Anderson for the job in training camp. Anderson is the better fit in the zone-blocking system, but Ball was the high (second round) draft pick. We'll see this battle unfold in August.

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  Broncos | C.J. Anderson even better?    Sun Jun 14, 07:44 PM

Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson showed better conditioning and performed better in offseason programs this year than he did last season.

Footballguys view: Anderson looks fantastic in the Gary Kubiak system. He's got the ability, and he's in the offense that could lead to him finishing the season as the league's leading rusher. Anderson will battle Montee Ball in training camp for the starting job, but it's his to lose. Last year, Anderson proved he's a three-down back and would only need to come off the field briefly if he's the starter.

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  Broncos | Demaryius Thomas to skip camp?    Thu Jun 11, 11:35 PM

Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas is not expected to report to training camp unless a long-term deal is reached before the July 15 deadline to sign franchise players to extensions, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

Footballguys view: The Broncos could get something done with Thomas in the 11th hour. The target price for Thomas could be somewhere between $12 million and $16 million annually. However, it is unknown if Thomas would want more than $16 million per year (a number that would be greater than Calvin Johnson). Stay tuned.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning not happy    Thu Jun 11, 11:23 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning is upset that WR Demaryius Thomas doesn't have a new deal and isn't practicing with the team, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday, June 11.

Footballguys view: It's not to say that Manning is unhappy, we'd say more disappointed from his comments at mincamp and OTAs. Manning is keeping in touch with Thomas this offseason, and the hope is that Denver will be able to find a way to get something done with the superstar wide receiver before the July 15th deadline.

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  Broncos | Shane Ray dealing with injury    Thu Jun 11, 02:41 PM

Denver Broncos DE Shane Ray (quadriceps) has missed some snaps during workouts because of a strained quadriceps. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said the minicamp will be important for Ray to receive more reps.

Footballguys view: The Broncos would like Ray to come along more quickly to compete as a part-time pass-rusher behind Von Miller and Demarcus Ware, but it's not mission-critical. Ray should be able to give either Miller or Ware a breather, and he plays like every snap is his last. Ray should be a nice pass-rusher as a rookie for the Broncos when he's finally healthy.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning limited in OTAs    Thu Jun 11, 12:12 AM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning and other veterans have accepted a lighter load during organized team activities (OTAs), as younger and inexperienced players are seeing more spring practice reps.

Footballguys view: Nothing to see here people. Manning has looked rock solid according to our very own Cecil Lammey reporting from Dove Valley. His arm strength and velocity are as good as can be expected, and Manning is throwing accurately short, intermediate and deep (around 45-55 yards). Head coach Gary Kubiak is trying to keep his veterans fresh and healthy for training camp in late July.

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  Broncos | Montee Ball determined this offseason    Wed Jun 10, 06:25 PM

Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball seems more motivated this offseason after suffering an early-season groin injury and losing his starting job to RB C.J. Anderson. Coaches have noticed that Ball is more focused following a tumultuous 2014 campaign. Ball said he's ready to be the next man up and is determined to win his starting spot back.

Footballguys view: Ball has been impressive out at Broncos minicamp according to our very own Cecil Lammey. The problem for him is that Anderson has looked better. This battle bears watching over training camp, but it's Anderson's job to lose. Head coach Gary Kubiak wants to find one bellcow to be the featured back, and Anderson can fit that role. We like Anderson as a low-end RB1 (early 2nd-round pick), but know that he has the upside to lead the league in rushing this season.

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  Broncos | Demaryius Thomas' contract will get done    Tue Jun 9, 05:59 PM

Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas was not present at minicamp Tuesday, June 9, as he awaits a long-term deal. Head coach Gary Kubiak said he is very confident that the long-term deal will get done.

Footballguys view: Of course Kubiak is going to express confidence, but at the end of the day we're not expecting a deal until we get closer to the July 15th deadline. Thomas would play on a one-year salary of $12.8 million if he doesn't get a long-term deal and instead signs his franchise tender.

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  Broncos | Demaryius Thomas has deadline    Tue Jun 9, 08:57 AM

Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas has until July 15 to reach a new deal with the team or else they can't sign a new deal until after the season. It would cost $15.39 million to place the franchise tag on him in 2016.

Footballguys view: This is not news. Thomas has a deadline just like any franchise-tagged player that has yet to be signed to a new long-term deal. We believe a deal will get done before the deadline in the 11th hour. Look for the Broncos to come to an agreement with Thomas some time in July.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning looking good    Mon Jun 8, 01:57 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning looked good when working out with teammates at Duke University this offseason and did not show any problems with the quadriceps injury he suffered during the 2014 season, according to Duke head coach David Cutcliffe. 'I thought he looked really healthy. We had talked about nutrition, about sleep, about recovery. He's really so, so smart. So brilliant and so disciplined. But there's another level, always. I thought he looked really fit. I thought his core was great. I watched him train inside, and he looks good and he's strong where he needs to be strong, and he didn't show anything at all from the quad. And we talked a lot about flexibility,' Cutcliffe said.

Footballguys view: Our very own Cecil Lammey has been out at Broncos OTAs and reports the same thing. Manning's arm strength, velocity and accuracy look really good during offseason workouts. The veteran quarterback does need work when operating from under center. We'll see less shotgun formations for the Broncos this year with Gary Kubiak running the show. Manning should still be a QB1 for fantasy owners, but put him around QB10 in your rankings.

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  Broncos | Jeff Heuerman signs     Thu Jun 4, 04:31 PM

Denver Broncos TE Jeff Heuerman signed his four-year rookie deal Thursday, June 4. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: We weren't thrilled by this addition....however, the Broncos sound incredibly high on Heuerman. He was going to be in the mix behind Owen Daniels and Virgil Green this year. Heuerman (knee) is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, so we'll have to wait until 2016 to see him play.

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  Broncos | C.J. Anderson svelte at OTAs    Tue Jun 2, 01:33 AM

Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson modified his diet, ran hills and tracks in Colorado and California to check in at 221 pounds for the start of organized team activities (OTAs), down 22 pounds from this point last season.

Footballguys view: Anderson played last year around 220 pounds. He led the league in rushing over the final six weeks of the season, and he's at the top of the depth chart now for the Broncos. Anderson will face competition from Montee Ball in training camp, but he has the potential to finish the season as a top-5 fantasy back because of his power, nose for the end zone and receiving ability.

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  Broncos | Shane Ray signs contract     Mon Jun 1, 06:13 PM

Denver Broncos DE Shane Ray signed a contract with the team Monday, June 1. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: The Broncos moved up in the first round for the first time under the guidance of general manager John Elway. Ray is a talented pass-rusher who plays like every snap is his last. He's an alpha male with a chip on his shoulder, and he should be able to generate a lot of pressure as a part-time player behind Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware.

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  Broncos | Shane Ray practicing    Mon Jun 1, 01:55 PM

Denver Broncos DE Shane Ray (foot) is participating in drills during organized team activities Monday, June 1.

Footballguys view: Ray plays with a mean streak, and he has great snap anticipation and first-step quickness. He has good closing burst to the quarterback, and he should be a great reserve player for the Broncos this year behind Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning sitting out    Mon Jun 1, 01:54 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning is not participating in organized team activities Monday, June 1.

Footballguys view: Manning is just getting a bit of rest here. Brock Osweiler worked with the first team on Monday, and our very own Cecil Lammey reports from Dove Valley that Osweiler looked fantastic. Osweiler is a fine fit for the Gary Kubiak system, but he's in the final year of his contract.

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  Broncos | Ryan Clady to IR    Fri May 29, 12:36 PM

Denver Broncos OT Ryan Clady (knee) was placed on Injured Reserve Friday, May 29.

Footballguys view: A crushing blow to the Broncos pass-protection here. Without Clady, the Broncos are looking to rookie Ty Sambrailo as their left tackle. We'll see if the second-round pick is up to the task.

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  Broncos | Duo splits first-team carries    Fri May 29, 09:07 AM

Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball and C.J. Anderson are splitting first-team repetitions during organized team activities.

Footballguys view: Anderson's the starter at this point, and it's his job to lose. Ball is finally healthy after a groin injury cut his 2014 season short. Unless Anderson fumbles the job away or gets hurt, we can't see Ball overtaking him for the starting job. At practice on Wednesday, Ball looked odd in the zone-blocking system while Anderson looked like a natural. The lead back in Denver (under new head coach Gary Kubiak) is going to be a RB1 for fantasy owners.

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  Broncos | Chris Clark to stay at right tackle for DEN    Thu May 28, 05:29 PM

Updating previous reports, Denver Broncos OT Chris Clark will continue to play right tackle despite OT Ryan Clady (knee) likely missing the 2015 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Clark replaced Clady at left tackle when Clady was injured in 2013. OTs Michael Schofield and rookie Ty Sambrailo figure to be the frontrunners to start at left tackle, but recently acquired OT Ryan Harris should also be in the mix to protect QB Peyton Manning's blind side.

Footballguys view: Clark filled in for an injured Clady for most of 2013, and he did a fine job. Sambrailo was the team's second-round pick in the draft this year, and he played in a zone-blocking system at left tackle during his college career at Colorado State. Trusting a rookie to guard Manning's blind side is a risky move.

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  Broncos | Ryan Clady tears ACL    Thu May 28, 02:25 PM

Denver Broncos OT Ryan Clady (knee) tore the left anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during practice Wednesday, May 27, and he is likely to miss all of the 2015 season, according to a league source.

Footballguys view: A crushing blow to the Broncos here. Clady is an All-Pro left tackle in charge of protecting Peyton Manning's blind side. Now, the team is going to turn to rookie Ty Sambrailo in that position. The Broncos are going to have a more balanced offense this year, so dial back expectations for Manning and the passing game compared to what we've seen over the last three years in Denver.

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  Broncos | Denver to use more play-action    Thu May 28, 02:13 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense is expected to use much more play-action passing in 2015 under new head coach Gary Kubiak and his stretch-run, zone-blocking offense. Manning, however, has primarily been a pocket passer in his 17-year career, relying more on quick releases than his ability to scramble or roll out.

Footballguys view: With Ryan Clady down for the count this season, anything they can do to buy Manning time is good. We've seen Manning's quick release save him from getting buried behind a weak offensive line, but he's a year older, a year slower and losing Clady is going to sting. Manning is currently tracking as the third quarterback off the board (in the fourth round), but might seem high as the summer drags on with more runs and less time to throw.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning looks great    Thu May 28, 12:45 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning looked strong and sharp in practice Wednesday, May 27, 'whistling' throws short, medium and long. He was quick-footed and appeared to be in great condition for 39 years old, according to The Associated Press' Arnie Stapleton. Manning will have to work almost exclusively from under center in 2015.

Footballguys view: He looks great but he just lost Ryan Clady for the whole season, so this offense will likely lean on the run even more heavily than it was already going to. Manning is currently tracking as the third quarterback off the board at about the fourth round, but that might dip a little in the coming weeks. We've seen Manning's quick release save him from getting buried behind a weak offensive line, but he's a year older, a year slower and losing Clady is an awful difficult thing to overcome.

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  Broncos | Shane Ray sits out of OTAs    Thu May 28, 08:56 AM

Denver Broncos DE Shane Ray (toe) did not participate in organized team activities Wednesday, May 27. Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak said Ray is close to returning from turf toe and will be fitted for orthotic inserts in his shoes. Ray could begin individual drills soon, Kubiak said.

Footballguys view: The Broncos have high hopes for Ray, but they can take it 'slow' with him since Von Miller and Demarcus Ware are the starters. Of course, Ray moving to outside linebacker makes every snap count, even OTAs, but he should be ready to go shortly and shouldn't have issues catching up.

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  Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders may see dip in stats    Thu May 28, 01:17 AM

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders indicated he may not be able to put up the same numbers in 2015 than he did in 2014 because of the offense head coach Gary Kubiak is bringing to the team. 'It's definitely different,' Sanders said. 'You talk about going from a no-huddle offense to an offense that's huddling up, to an offense that is predicated off running a football and then throwing it. It's different.' Sanders said his goal is to have 1,000 receiving yards on the season.

Footballguys view: What Sanders is saying is dead on, and something fantasy players should keep an eye on. If Kubiak's offense does end up skewing run-heavy and lower-tempo, then stats for the receivers will dip. Sanders' current ADP is early third round, which sounds about right for now.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning to work under center    Wed May 27, 09:47 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning will see most of his snaps under center during organized team activities this week, according to head coach Gary Kubiak. Kubiak said Manning already has plenty of experience in the shotgun since the team used it 70% of the time in 2014.

Footballguys view: Manning is going to get plenty of work under center in Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the offseason program. We'll see a lot of play-action passing from Manning this season.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning arrives at OTAs    Wed May 27, 07:17 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning participated in organized team activities Wednesday, May 27. It marked the official beginning of Manning's 18th NFL season.

Footballguys view: Our very own Cecil Lammey was out at Dove Valley for the practice today. He reports that Manning's arm looked good and the veteran quarterback was throwing with proper velocity. Manning does need to get used to working from under center as he will do so often under new head coach Gary Kubiak. The nature of the offense will be balanced, and that is going to limit the numbers we see from Manning this year. He's still a QB1 for fantasy owners, but more towards the lower end of that tier.

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  Broncos | Shane Ray will likely be limited    Mon May 18, 07:44 AM

Denver Broncos DE Shane Ray (toe) is likely to be limited in his work at minicamp this week, if he can participate. The team just lost TE Jeff Heuerman, their third-round pick, to a torn ACL and the Broncos do not want another higher-profile rookie injury.

Footballguys view: Ray's turf toe did not require surgery to repair, but the Broncos want to make sure he's healed properly before they push him too much in practice. We'll likely see the rookie pass-rusher limited in practice until the team gets to training camp. Ray will serve as a backup pass-rusher this year for the Broncos, spelling DeMarcus Ware or Von Miller on certain downs.

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  Broncos | Shane Ray may practice Monday    Sun May 17, 10:25 AM

Denver Broncos DE Shane Ray (toe) may be able to participate in some of the drills during practice Monday, May 18, according to head coach Gary Kubiak.

Footballguys view: The Broncos will take it easy on Ray as he continues to deal with turf toe. The injury did not require surgery, but it can linger if not given the proper amount of time to heal. They moved up in the first round to select Ray, and he should play as a part-time pass-rusher at outside linebacker behind stars Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware.

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  Broncos | Cody Latimer to play on outside    Sat May 16, 11:45 PM

Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer will step in as an outside receiver when the team uses three-receiver sets this year.

Footballguys view: This move was anticipated ever since the Broncos moved up to draft Latimer in the second round last year. Emmanuel Sanders can move back inside to his more natural position in the slot, and Latimer can be a force on the outside. Latimer has a large wingspan, great leaping ability and he can be dominant at the point of the catch. This offense under Gary Kubiak won't utilize three wide receivers that often, so make sure to temper your expectations for the talented second-year wide receiver.

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  Broncos | Trevor Siemian signs deal    Sat May 16, 11:00 AM

Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian signed a four-year contract with the team Friday, May 15. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: We have no idea why the Broncos would draft Siemian. His film at Northwestern was bad, and he had trouble staying in the starting lineup as a collegian. His throwing motion is a 3/4 release, and he struggles with accuracy on passes 10 yards or more downfield. He'll be on the practice squad this year for Denver, but they could also put him on season-ending Injured Reserve as he's still recovering from a knee injury he suffered last year.

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  Broncos | Rookie TE Heuerman torn ACL out for season    Sat May 9, 09:59 PM

Cecil Lammey, from ESPN Denver and Footballguys.com, reports Denver Broncos rookie tight end Jeff Heuerman suffered a torn ACL in rookie minicamp and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Footballguys view: A blow to the Broncos tight end corps here. Heuerman was a third-round pick for the Broncos, and he was expected to develop this year behind Owen Daniels and Virgil Green. Without Heuerman, we could see more playing time for James Casey as the team's third tight end.

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  Broncos | C.J. Anderson overweight last year?    Fri May 8, 10:42 PM

Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson was a 'little chubby' and wore down quick at times last year, according to former offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who now works for the Chicago Bears.

Footballguys view: Well, for wearing down quick last year Anderson led the league in rushing over the final six weeks of the season with 648 rushing yards. His eight rushing touchdowns during that time also led the NFL. Anderson's 779 all-purpose yards (rushing and receiving) was good for third in the NFL behind New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (853) and Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (780). Anderson will start for the Broncos this year and has the ability to finish as a top-10 fantasy running back in 2015.

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  Broncos | Shane Ray to be ready for camp    Fri May 1, 12:21 PM

Denver Broncos DE Shane Ray (toe) said he will 'definitely' be ready for training camp later this summer.

Footballguys view: The Broncos loved Shane Ray and proved it with a big jump up to grab him. If he can get on the field in time for camp, as this report suggests, he will rotate in with Demarcus Ware and Von Miller. The defense could be very scary in Denver this year.

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  Broncos | Denver acquires 23rd overall pick    Thu Apr 30, 10:43 PM

The Denver Broncos acquired the 23rd overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft from the Detroit Lions in exchange for C Manuel Ramirez, the 28th overall pick, the 143rd overall pick and a 2016 fifth-round pick.

Footballguys view: Ramirez was an odd fit in the new zone-blocking system, so trading him away is no big deal. The Broncos wanted pass-rusher Shane Ray, and they added him with this move. They had to get in front of Baltimore who could have selected Ray before Denver was on the clock at 28th overall.

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  Broncos | Shane Ray selected 23rd overall    Thu Apr 30, 10:37 PM

Missouri DE Shane Ray was selected 23rd overall by the Denver Broncos in the 2015 NFL Draft Thursday, April 30.

Footballguys view: This is a great pick for the Broncos. Ray gives them a young pass-rusher to groom behind DeMarcus Ware. The Broncos are going to have a much more aggressive defense this year under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. It wouldn't surprise us to see Ray compile 5-7 sacks this year as a rookie.


  Broncos | Montee Ball eyes starting role    Thu Apr 30, 03:22 PM

Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball is confident that he will regain the lead-back role with the team, but admitted that RB C.J. Anderson deserves the job right now. Ball is currently behind Anderson and RB Ronnie Hillman on the depth chart. Ball blames an appendectomy in August of last year for weakening his core, which then led to a torn right groin that put him on Injured Reserve. He had just 172 yards on 55 carries and a touchdown in 2014. Ball started feeling better in February and has spent the last three months working on his flexibility with a personal trainer.

Footballguys view: He's going to have to fight off CJ Anderson, and that won't be easy. Anderson had a stellar 2014 and Ball didn't. He should be able to overcome Hillman easily, but Anderson looks like the favorite to win the lead back job in 2015.

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  Broncos | Danny Trevathan to be ready for training camp    Wed Apr 29, 04:51 PM

Denver Broncos LB Danny Trevathan (knee) said he should be at full speed when training camp starts in late July. Trevathan is practicing on a limited basis during voluntary minicamp as he is recovering from season-ending knee surgery.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning may play more seasons    Wed Apr 29, 02:27 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning said he feels good physically and does not see the 2015 season as a farewell tour. Manning said the team has been learning head coach Gary Kubiak's offense during offseason workouts.

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  Broncos | Danny Trevathan limited    Wed Apr 29, 01:03 PM

Denver Broncos LB Danny Trevathan (knee) said he has been limited during offseason workouts since he is returning from multiple knee injuries. Trevathan said his goal for this upcoming season is to stay healthy.

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  Broncos | Danny Trevathan works out    Wed Apr 29, 01:42 AM

Denver Broncos LB Danny Trevathan (knee) was able to take part in workouts as the team started its offseason program Tuesday, April 28.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning at veteran's mini camp    Tue Apr 28, 08:37 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning took part in the first day of veteran's mini camp Tuesday, April 28. Manning wouldn't say whether 2015 would be his last season in the NFL, 'I feel good physically, and the whole team, including me, is just excited to get back on the field,' Manning said. 'We've been here a couple weeks, lifting and meeting, but it's always nice to get back on the football field.'

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  Broncos | Quanterus Smith failed physical    Tue Apr 28, 01:16 PM

Updating a previous item, Denver Broncos DE Quanterus Smith (knee) was waived Tuesday, April 28, after a failed physical on his left knee. Smith played in 15 games last year and had 11 tackles and zero sacks.

Footballguys view: Smith's knee problems date back to 2012 when he was leading the NCAA in sacks before his injury. Those problems lingered through his entire career with the Broncos, and it will prevent other teams from having a ton of interest in the pass-rusher.

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  Broncos | Quanterus Smith waived    Tue Apr 28, 10:27 AM

Denver Broncos DE Quanterus Smith was waived Tuesday, April 28, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Smith just couldn't stay healthy during his brief time with the Broncos. A fifth-round pick in 2013, Smith was an interesting developmental prospect. He led the NCAA in sacks during his 2012 season at Western Kentucky, but a knee injury cut his season short. That knee injury kept him out of action in 2013 as a rookie with the Broncos, and it slowed him down in 2014 as well.

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  Broncos | Tony Carter signs tender    Mon Apr 27, 04:34 PM

Denver Broncos CB Tony Carter signed his restricted free-agent tender Monday, April 27. The tender is worth $1.542 million.

Footballguys view: Carter is a reserve cornerback for the team who will only see the field in sub-package situations. He likes to take chances, can make big plays...but he can also get burned.

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