Bronco Links – 6/21/17

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Demaryius Thomas

“I love the challenge, I’m excited about it. Hopefully we get back to where we been. I really don’t think he’s asking me to be somebody I’m not. He’s asking me to be the person I am, or like the guys around me know me. He’s just challenging me to be a better player on the field, because he knows I got it in me. I know that too.”~Demaryius Thomas, on Vance Joseph expecting him to be a dominant player.

 

FAST FACTS

In his first 48 regular-season games for the Broncos (2012-14 seasons), Peyton Manning averaged 309.6 passing yards and 2.7 TD passes per game.

BRONCO BIRTHDAYS

Center Billy Bryan (1977-88) is 62, Tight End Wesley Duke (2005) is 36, Coach Wade Phillips is 70, Linebacker Terry Pierce (2003-04) is 36, Wide Receiver Mike Sherrard (1996) is 54 and Linebacker Al Wilson (1999-2006) is 40.

BRONCO TRIVIA

 What Broncos star was the last NFL player (entering 2015) to rush for five Touchdowns in a game?

VIDEOS

Dual Threat: Bolles showcases his lacrosse skills

 

BRONCOS BLOGS

Broncos want Demaryius Thomas to be ‘one of our most prominent leaders’

 

AFC WEST

What we learned about Chiefs this offseason

Chiefs give players a plan for time before camp begins

Pre-Camp Reads: Spencer Ware Takes the Lead in 2017

Betting public believes in Raiders

LaMarr Woodley Talks Rise Of Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders

Pro Football Focus projects Chargers to finish 10-6 in 2017

Shawne Merriman readies Chargers rookies for “things out of left field”

Hardwick and Smith are Fans of Bolts’ Offseason Changes

Five Fun Facts about Isaac Rochell

Merriman Sets Record Straight for Rookies

 

AROUND THE LEAGUE

HC McDermott impressed with Tyrod Taylor’s leadership

Shaq Lawson plans on getting back to player he was in college

Report: DeShone Kizer closing gap on Cody Kessler

Coach George Warhop thinks LT Smith can be elite

Charles Tapper expects to contribute to Cowboys pass rush

Jonathan Cooper favorite to win LG job with Cowboys

NFL’s most feared position groups: Cowboys’ O-line tops the list

Jarvis Landry’s agent puts deadline on extension talks

Darren Sproles has been making defenders miss for a quarter century

Vic Beasley expecting more attention from blockers this year

Devonta Freeman: Super Bowl will always play in back of my head

Armstead might not play much on passing downs

OBJ: Giants’ WR tandem will be ‘trouble’ for defenses

Jets sign former Bears receiver Marquess Wilson

Lions DT Khyri Thornton suspended for six games

Bob Quinn “confident” deal gets done with Matthew Stafford

Packers plan to use Randall more in the slot

Mike Daniels: Packers’ defense ‘did a heck of a job’

Revitalized Damarious Randall ready to be the ‘star’ in Packers’ defense

Brett Hundley could start somewhere in 2018

James Bradberry, Daryl Worley feel better prepared for year two with Panthers

Belichick reportedly impressed with Cooks’ work

Rams cutting Demetrius Rhaney

DeAngelo Hall eyeing future front office role after playing career is over

Saints add depth, sign C Chris Watt

Cliff Avril makes good on sack promise, builds homes and school in Haiti

Karl Klug working hard to get back on the field

Closer bond with Mike Zimmer has Sam Bradford more at home with Vikings

 

EXTRA POINTS

“My memory ain’t what it used to be”: Warren Sapp says he’ll donate his brain for CTE research

Free-agent corner Justin Gilbert suspended one year

NFL releases calendar for 2017-18, with draft site still TBD

Who has the best 1-2 punch at receiver in the NFL?

 

CALENDAR

July 27 — Earliest date the Broncos may begin Training Camp. The Schedule has not been released yet.

July 24 — Signing period ends for Unrestricted Free Agents to whom a “May 9 Tender” was made by prior club.

August 3-6 — Hall of Fame Weekend, Canton, Ohio.

August 9-13 — First Preseason Weekend.

August 31 — Final Preseason Games.

September 2 — Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must name their final 53 player rosters and establish their Active/Inactive List. Simultaneously, the 24-hour claiming period for waived players begins

September 3 — Claiming period for waived players will expire at 12:00 noon, New York time.

September 3 — Teams may establish their 10 player Practice Squad. No club, including the player’s prior club, will be permitted to sign a player to a Practice Player Contract until all clubs have received simultaneous notification via the above Personnel Notice that such player’s prior NFL player contract has been terminated via the waiver system.

September 4-9 — The 2017 NFL Season Weekly Injury Report begins, where each club is required to file a Practice Report with the NFL communications department every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for a regular season Sunday game; Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for a Thursday game; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for a Monday game; and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for a Saturday game.

September 7 — At 12:00 a.m., New York time, the Top 51 Rule expires for all NFL clubs.

September 7, 10-11 — Regular Season opens.

 

TRIVIA ANSWER

 

Clinton Portis. He did it in a 45-27 win over Kansas City in 2003.

 

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