Thursday, October 30, 2014

Manning Brady Hard to Beat: NFL Game Ratings for Week 9

+NFL Week 9 Game Rankings: Hard to beat 

Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning

Brady and Manning meet again in a rematch of last season's AFC championship game.
+Getty Images

Last week was Statement Week for pretty much every team in the league that needed a win.

Can that continue again?

Every potential contending team that was under extreme duress to win -- +Seattle Seahawks, +New Orleans Saints, +Cincinnati Bengals+Pittsburgh Steelers and +Buffalo Bills -- won. Even those that simply couldn't really afford to lose to weaker opposition, like Detroit and Cleveland, got the job done. Then there's Chicago. The +Chicago Bears imploded in New England and is sinking to new depths.

But you get the prevailing sentiment that comes into this week. The team that needed the game most, in almost every instance, won in Week 8 -- whether it was a blowout or hard-fought. This week there aren't nearly as many cases where one team that's in the playoff mix really has its back against the wall and needs to prove something.

With six teams on the bye -- the +Detroit Lions, +Atlanta Falcons, +Green Bay Packers, +Buffalo Bills, Bears, and +Tennessee Titans -- there is a dearth of divisional games. There are three total, although two of them are humdingers -- Ravens at Steelers and Saints at Panthers. 

And, in the coveted 4:25 p.m. (EST) slot, which always dominates ratings, we have on what might be the regular-season game of the year on CBS -- possibly the final meeting between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

So why don't we get right to the footlongs on that note, my friends.

Cont on to +CBS Sports H/T: Jason La Canfora

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sanders knew exactly where and what he was headed for in Mile High

Maybe +Emmanuel Sanders decided that a dance was not quite befitting and "Striking a Pose" was far more appropriate. +Denver Broncos +BRONCOS CR3W - Quite the intuition Sanders had when signing with Denver last week.

Photo Courtesy: +The Associated Press +Denver Broncos +NFL 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Associated Press (
With this much speed and acceleration, it's no surprise Emmanuel Sanders is so adept at catching up.

Sanders waited six long weeks to join the list of players who have caught a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning. Now, he has four in less than a week.

Manning and Sanders connected for a trio of touchdowns Thursday night in the +Denver Broncos' 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers .

"We understand in this offense, it can be anyone's night at any moment," said Sanders, who didn't catch his first TD pass for Denver until Sunday night, when Manning set the career record. "I'm just happy tonight was my night."

Sanders caught all nine passes Manning threw his way and gained 120 yards Thursday night.

He needs just 106 more yards to top his best season he ever had in four years in Pittsburgh. That's all in a night's work for Sanders, who has four career 100-yard receiving games, all this season.

"I'm enjoying playing with him," Manning said. "He's got a great work ethic. He really loves football and he brings that energy to practice every day and also to the playing field. ... He was pretty special tonight."

With the Chargers' banged-up secondary double-teaming red-hot receiver Demaryius Thomas, Sanders caught TD throws of 2, 31 and 3 yards. The last one followed Chris Harris Jr.'s interception of a flustered Philip Rivers.
Rookie running back Juwan Thompson added two TD runs as the Broncos (6-1) tightened their grip on the AFC West division in the +NFL over the Chargers (5-3), who lost their second straight game.

"It's an accomplishment for the room," said Ronnie Hillman, who carried 20 times for 109 yards. "It's a touchdown for the room. He's taking them, but that's all right. He earns them. That's a tough 2 yards to get. I'm just playing my role getting him down there."

Manning finished 25 of 35 for 286 yards with three TDs and no interceptions or sacks five nights after breaking Brett Favre's career touchdown mark.

Sanders' speed, combined with Hillman's second gear, is the juice GM John Elway had in mind when he said the Broncos could be better this year than they were last season.

"John Elway and his staff went out and wanted to increase our team speed in all phases of the game and I think we've done that," coach John Fox said.

Sanders called Denver "wide receivers' heaven" when he joined the Broncos in the spring. He spent his first five games in a Broncos uniform piling up the yards -- 473 of them -- but wistfully wishing to become the 45th player to catch a touchdown pass from Manning.

The only blemish in Sanders' breakout night was his fumble in the fourth quarter that +Wes Welker recovered.

His teammates teased him that he'll be carrying around the football with the green beanie as punishment next week.

"But it's not big deal," Sanders said. "It's only going to make me better."

Each time Thompson scored, Rivers and the Chargers responded with 80-yard drives that ended with touchdown catches by tight end Antonio Gates. His first score was a 4-yard grab on fourth down, his second a 10-yard catch with 9 1/2 minutes left that made it 35-21.

Rivers finished 30 of 41 for 252 yards with three TDs and two interceptions.

Brandon McManus missed a 53-yard field goal with six minutes remaining, giving the Chargers great field position, but safety Rahim Moore intercepted Rivers' pass to Malcolm Floyd at the Denver 4 and the Broncos grounded it out from there.

With Sanders having a big day, Demaryius Thomas quietly topped 100 yards himself for the fourth straight week, finishing with 105 yards on eight catches, a team record.

Manning broke another of Favre's records on this night, albeit a much more obscure one: he now has 16 seasons with 20 or more touchdown passes, one more than Favre. And he's approaching another of Favre's marks: with his 157th career multiple TD game, Manning is two shy of Favre's mark in that category.

After losing at home to the Chargers on a Thursday night in December -- Denver's only home loss last season -- the Broncos changed their work week. They practiced without pads and helmets.

But their first two drives led to punts as defensive coordinator John Pagano again found ways to thwart Manning even with a banged-up secondary that was missing cornerbacks Brandon Flowers (concussion) and Steve Williams (groin).

Then, Sanders starting finding the end zone.

+Denver Broncos : Photo Courtesy (AP) +NFL +CBS Sports +Chargers 
"They're better than us right now," San Diego safety Eric Weddle said. "That's the reality of it. It's a long season. When we meet them again, however many more times, we'll be better."

Even Manning found something he didn't like on his and Sanders' big night.

He didn't like it when the scoreboard operator fired up the crowd when the Broncos were trying to chew up the clock.

"I'm not sure what he's doing, he's playing music and showing players dancing and getting the crowd fired up when we have the ball," Manning complained. "I don't think we should be doing that. I don't think we should be showing their quarterback on the sideline. I thought that was disrespectful.

"Our fans are great. Our fans are loud. Our scoreboard operator, it wasn't his best night."

Notes: Gates became the Chargers' career leader in yards receiving with 9,610, breaking the mark set by Hall of Fame WR Lance Alworth (9,584). ... Broncos LB Lamin Barrow sustained a concussion.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Revisiting the great ROF Class from Sunday, week 2 vs. Kansas City Chiefs of 2014 Season

Courtesy of +Jim Saccomanno twitter: @Broncos_Sacco

Three former Broncos icons will finally get a well-deserving place in the Ring of Fame during the induction ceremony this weekend at halftime of the Broncos-Chiefs game at Mile High.

When the current +Denver Broncos are taking a 15-minute break at halftime during the +Kansas City Chiefs game Sunday, two former Broncos players and a former head coach will get some longtime-coming and well-deserved recognition at Mile High.

The three former Broncos icons - halfback/kicker Gene Mingo (1960-64), wide receiver/returner Rick Upchurch (1975-83) and Head Coach Dan Reeves (1981-92) - will be inducted into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame, an honor Pat Bowlen inaugurated in 1984 when he took over ownership of the team.

The three honorees represent the most Ring of Fame inductions in a single year since 1988 when quarterback Craig Morton, wide receiver Haven Moses and kicker Jim Turner were elected. Mile High Report will have individual posts honoring each of the inductees.

The @Broncos #RingofFame is shining even brighter tonight with new inductees Gene Mingo, Rick Upchurch & Dan Reeves.
— Laurie Volkmann (@docllv) September 13, 2014
"It means the world. It really does," said Upchurch on Friday. "Not so much for myself. It shows the type of team that we had. When you have guys that are working awfully hard for you, and then this happens for you...all I have to say is every guy that ever blocked for me, all the guys that ever helped me out, all the coaches that put together game plans, all of them are Ring of Famers, and I represent them."

It means the world. It really does. It shows the type of team we had. When you have guys that are working awfully hard for you, adn then this happens for you...all of them are Ring of Famers. -RIck Upchurch, wide receiver/kick returner 1975-1983

Reeves was also complimentary of those who provided the opportunity for his success.

"It's unbelievable. First of all, for a coach, unlike a player, you get this award because of an awful lot of people," Reeves said, naming Bowlen and owner Edward Kaiser who hired Reeves. "Usually in your first coaching job, you don't have a real good football team. I had a great football team. We won - I think - 10 games that year because we had a lot of great players.

In fact, Reeves pointed out that seven of the players he inherited were in the Ring of Fame, including now Upchurch.

"I've been fortunate to have a lot of great players, a lot of great coaches, a good front office, owners and all those people," he said.

After Sunday's induction ceremony, there will be 27 players and coaches in the Ring of Fame. These latest three are among several players fans have been asking to be included for years.

Gene Mingo, one of four players in the Ring of Fame to have come from the original Denver Broncos team, said he'd get calls from fans every time an inductee would be named and it wouldn't be him. When President Joe Ellis called him last spring to say he had been voted in, Mingo said he "lost it."

"I lost it for I don't know how many seconds, but I couldn't say anything. All I could do was shed tears," Mingo said on Friday, adding that even after he played on other teams, the Broncos were always his team. "When I was playing with other teams, I would always look in Monday morning's paper to see what the Broncos did - if they'd won or lost. I was very happy for them."

Fifty years later, @Broncos' Gene Mingo is getting some well-deserved recognition - "I'm in a cloud." #RingOfFame
— Laurie Volkmann (@docllv) September 13, 2014

Now that he's finally going in, Mingo could care less how long it took.

"But all I have to say is I'm very, very proud and happy to be going in now," Mingo said. "I am in a cloud."

Just coaching is such a joy. To have had the opportunity to do that here for 12 years is great. -Dan Reeves, head coach 1981-1992

Upchurch and Reeves would also hear rumblings from fans when they would get passed over for the ROF.

But the former coach wisely noted that he learned long ago not to worry about what he could not control. And the standout wide receiver/kick returner added that he never really thought about it.

"If it happened, then that was fine. If not, that's OK, too," Upchurch said. "I do know what we did here as a football team. We did some positive things, and I was a part of that."

Although Mingo played in a different stadium that no longer exists, he has fond memories of scoring the first points in the original stadium, running 82 yards, and even enduring extra conditioning with coach Chuck Gavin.

"He would work me out worse than any coach I've ever had," Mingo recalled. "I wanted to fight him some days. That was Chuck Gavin. Chuck wanted me to get into the Ring of Fame."

Reeves, too, reflected on some of his favorite memories while coaching the Orange and Blue.

Not wanting to pick his "favorite team he ever coached," Reeves did mention going to the Super Bowl via John Elway's "The Drive" as a top contender.

"To do it in the circumstances of playing on the road, in a tough environment, doing it the way we did it - driving 98 yards - you don't ever forget those things," Reeves said Friday. "That's a special memory. Just coaching is such a joy. To have had the opportunity to do that here for 12 years is great."

Congratulations to the newest members of the Ring of Fame.

Go Broncos!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Broncos fans fill up space as camp opens, sign 3 players to minicamp tenders

Roster total is now 90. Jason Butt

The Denver Broncos made several roster moves on Monday, which included signing wide receiver Greg Hardin, safety Charles Mitchell and linebacker Chase Vaughn.

Hardin is a rookie free agent out of North Dakota, who totaled 3,583 yards and 32 touchdowns in college. Mitchell was a sixth-round draft pick by the Falcons in 2012 that was recently released by Denver before being brought back after a tryout.

Vaughn has played professional football in the Arena Football League, United Football League, Canadian Football League, and the Indoor Football League. He attended college at Colorado State-Pueblo.

The Broncos now have a roster of 90 players.

Denver also announced that it waived punter Steven Clark and defensive tackle Mister Cobble, along with putting defensive end John Youboty (Achilles) on the +NFL waived/injured designation.

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Broncos give $12,500 signing bonus to Isaiah Burse, highest of all Denver CFAs

Broncos give $12,500 signing bonus to Isaiah Burse

+The Denver Post

Want to know which undrafted free agent has the best chance to make the +Denver Broncos’ roster this year? The money says receiver/returner Isaiah Burse and former Colorado State linebacker Shaquil Barrett have the best odds. They got the largest signing bonuses among the Broncos’ 14 undrafted players. And don’t fall asleep on former +Michigan State receiver Bennie Fowler.

Former Colorado State running back Kapri Bibbs, meanwhile, is a considerable underdog. He tied for the second-smallest signing bonus at $2,000. Then again, in 2011 the Broncos a +Kansas Jayhawks defensive back named Chris Harris to a $2,000 signing bonus.

A 15th undrafted free agent, receiver Greg Hardin, is finishing up at North Dakota and won’t report until Monday. The signing bonuses for 14 Broncos undrafted free agents who have signed:

Player, pos., signing bonus
1. Burse, Isaiah WR …… $12,500
2. Barrett, Shaquil LB … $10,000
3. Fowler, Bennie WR …… $7,000
4. Clay, Brennan RB ……. $5,000
4. Young, Lou DB ………. $5,000
6. Renner, Bryn QB …….. $4,000
6. Sullen, Jordan DB …… $4,000
8. Thompson, Juwan RB ….. $3,500
9. Cobble, Mister DT …… $3,000
10. Anunike, Kenny DE ….. $2,500
10. Sterling, Aslam T ….. $2,500
12. Bibbs, Kapri RB ……. $2,000
12. Latta, Greg DE …….. $2,000
14. Clark, Steven P ……. $1,000

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Demaryius Thomas Pays a Visit to the Sunny D Contest - has a few "88 Club" members reveal their inner-Baybay with hair clippers


Fox, Coordinators Enjoy a Night to touch on all things Broncos

Fox, Coordinators Talk All Things Broncos

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The "A Night with the Coaches" event took place Tuesday night at +Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

DENVER -- On Tuesday evening, Sports Authority Field at Mile High got a little taste of football.

Thanks to +U.S. Bank and +Del Frisco's, Broncos suite holders and sponsors got a chance to spend "A Night with the Coaches."

Head Coach John Fox, Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio, Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase and Special Teams Coordinator Jeff Rodgers each chatted with emcee Dave Logan and took questions from the crowd at the exclusive event. +NFL, AFC West Division, Denver Broncos Coaches and two Broncos HOF Members were all there.

Topics broached included Denver's additions through free agency and the draft, a Week 3 matchup with Seattle, construction at the team's Dove Valley headquarters and even pushing back the extra point. Broncos signed Fox to 3 year extension this offseason.

Original Photo Courtesy & Rights: Denver Broncos (AP)
Below are the highlights from the night's Q&A.

Related: John Fox Photo Gallery +Denver

On bouncing back from last season: 
"When you don't win your last game -- there's only one team that gets to experience that, and we want to be that team. That's our goal. That's really our No. 1 goal. It starts the minute that game's over. Whether it was the first year -- losing in the playoffs at New England -- whether it was two years ago losing at home against Baltimore or whether it was losing the Super Bowl -- I know that was a big disappointment for everybody in this room -- but you learn from it and you try to improve from it. We've worked very hard. I think it's probably been the most productive offseason. I think our team is even more hungry than it was the previous two years. Luke Richesson, our strength coach, has told me, 'Coach, I've never in my years as as strength and conditioning coach seen a team work this hard.' So our guys are at it already and have been for the last three weeks. We're in what we call Phase Two. Our coaches have them now, and it's an incredibly good group. I think we've improved the talent level. We've gotten a lot of the injured folks we lost along the way a year ago back, and I think people will like what they see."
On whether the matchup with Seattle is Denver's biggest regular-season game in 2014: 
"It'll be a very important game. I really can't think of a much bigger stage than to lose to Baltimore in the playoff game here at home a year ago and then to open the NFL season on Thursday night in front of the world -- that was pretty big. But they all count the same. I know it sounds like coachspeak, but it's really true. They don't count as two losses; you don't get two wins. It's one game. I don't think that early in the season it's going to define our season. They're all big -- you only get 16 of them. Down the road, they have implications. Just like every year, this year our goal will be to win the AFC West, to win our division, because when that happens you're guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. Again, this year -- just like every year -- we'll try to create home-field advantage, which I think was a huge thing this past season. Then, ultimately, winning and hoisting that Super Bowl Lombardi Trophy, and this year it will be in Arizona, is our goal."
RELATED: A Night with the Broncos Coaches (Video)

RELATED: Broncos DC, Jack Del Rio on FA additions, Rookie Class

On free agency:
"I had a wish list. I said, you know, if I could make it happen it would be a dominant rush end, a strong safety that will come up and really strike fear in an offense and really be a tone-setter, and a premium corner. I said, that would be my wish list. There's no way we'll get that done, but I'd love to see that happen. Any way you can make that happen, Mr. Elway? But John pulled it off! You've got to be kidding me! That was outstanding! But no, it was a great collection. Our offseason has been one where, as Coach Fox said, as a football team we want to improve. Every year you look to improve. We made a choice to go after a couple star players and made it happen. I'm not sure how we pulled it off, but that was a good get. And that was the beginning, because we obviously had the draft as well. But those free agents coming in here, they're all mature guys, they've all kind of cut their teeth already, they're all proven players in this league and they're going to plug in real well for our defense."
On adding that much talent:
"When you have guys like DeMarcus (Ware) and Von (Miller), if you have just one, they can slide protection to that guy. When you have two, it makes it very difficult to slide protection. And if you're too busy fanning out to protect them both, then you're vulnerable to things up the middle and other places. It gives you an opportunity to put more pressure on the offense. And then from a coverage standpoint, having a guy like Aqib (Talib), he's a premium corner. He's a guy that can go out and match up on the top wideout of any other team. So having that kind of guy on the roster allows you to then put a player of his caliber across from a talented wide receiver and not feel the need to provide a safety over the top all day."
On the defensive scheme:
"The idea is to not let the quarterback get comfortable. What helps a quarterback not be comfortable is to have corners that can cover and defensive ends that can rush. Then they make every design that you have look a lot better -- that's just the way it is. So good coaching goes hand-in-hand with good players, and then you can have great production. We expect to be a great defense."


On adding Emmanuel Sanders and the growth of Montee Ball:
"We were extremely happy Emmanuel (Sanders) lasted as long as he did in free agency. We were a little bit surprised -- he was our top guy. It was one of those dialogues back-and-forth with Coach Fox, John Elway -- I'd get a text every once in a while, 'Hey, I think Emmanuel's back in this.' When we signed him, that was a big signing for us and filled a big void for us. We see him being a big contributor. We have four veteran guys at the wide receiver position that we're very excited about, then obviously the young guy (second-round pick Cody Latimer) is coming in. Then with Montee (Ball), he developed probably better than any other player that we had last year as far as making huge strides. Montee came in, it took him a minute to realize what was going on -- that's why Knowshon (Moreno) played so much earlier. We balanced it out, then Montee really came on and was big for us late in the season, and in the playoffs he was really good. He really carried a big load for us."
"We expect big things from him this year."


On pushing back the extra point:
"They're going to tinker with it a little bit in the preseason. We'll see how it goes. I'm not sure it's going to change the game as much as it may change some head coaches' decision-making in the preseason to maybe try out a few two-point conversions. We'll see if we can an extra period during practice to work on those things. We'll see. I really don't think it will change all that much, but certainly with rule changes, fourth down seems to be a focus."
On the team's returner in 2014:
"There are some guys we have on our team who have done it. Emmanuel Sanders has done it. +Wes Welker has done it. Omar Bolden was our returner at one point. Andre Caldwell went to the house against Tennessee and it got called back. There are some options with guys who have played in this league. (Bradley) Roby, our first-round pick, has done kickoff return. We picked up a free agent that we liked, Isaiah Burse from Fresno State, who had some production. So there are some options. We'll see how it plays out."
"It'll be an exciting battle for us in training camp."
A couple Denver Broncos Icons, Hall of Famers, came by as well. (Floyd Little & "Zim")
Original Photos Courtesy and Rights: +Denver Broncos

Friday, May 16, 2014

Rookie Number Assignments for the Draft Picks - Sized for Gear

The +Denver Broncos rookie numbers have been assigned: #DenverBroncos

Denver Broncos video link: Rookies Getting Geared Up (Broncos TV Video)

Roby - #29

Latimer - #14

Latimer, after the Draft and CFA Finalized, getting
fitted at the +Denver Broncos facilities for equipment
(AP Photo: Denver Broncos)
Schofield - #79

Barrow - #57
Paradis - #61

Nelson - #47

+The University of Oklahoma LB in 2013, Corey Nelson ( +The Associated Press )

Churchill Downs requesting for some of Welker's winning's (money) back..?

Best of Luck, +BRONCOS CR3W believes onus is on Churchill Downs, do not worry Mr. Welker is at least our impression here...

Original Photos:

California Chrome's victory in the Kentucky Derby provided some big bucks on a bet for +Wes Welker, according to

The +Denver Broncos wide receiver was at Churchill Downs for the first leg of the Triple Crown. The report says Welker sent a member of his entourage to the window to collect. He received $57,193.90.

The track, however, now says that the tote machine malfunctioned, causing an overpayment of $14,858.55.

And to prove you can't win for winning, Churchill reportedly wants its money back.

TMZ reports that the track has reached out to the person who received the winnings and asked for the extra dough back.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Denver Broncos predicted to finish with best record

Andrew L. John, The Desert Sun
Photo: +The Associated Press 
With the 2014 +NFL draft complete and mini-camps set to begin, the countdown to the upcoming season is under way. And now we have our very first look at projected win totals for all 32 teams, according to Football Outsiders.

The statistic-based analytical website has been projecting win totals for several years now, and has a track record of mixed success. Last season, the website correctly predicted five of the eight division winners and eight of the 12 playoff teams.

RELATED: DVOA predictions | Strength of Schedule | 2015 NFL mock draft

Using advanced statistics, Football Outsiders also predicted the +Washington Redskins and the +Houston Texans, the two worst teams in the league record-wise, would both win their respective divisions. Injuries ravaged what could have been a good season for both teams but, in hindsight, it’s hard to imagine either of those teams making the playoffs with a healthy roster, let alone winning their division.

So who is Football Outsiders projecting success for this year? Let’s take a look.

It’s no surprise that the website is projecting the +Denver Broncos to have the best record (12-4) in the league this year. The team fell just short of a Super Bowl victory and returns Peyton Manning, Von Miller and a host of other elite players.

The top team in the NFC? The +New Orleans Saints, with an 11-5 record. Drew Brees, Sean Payton and Co. won 11 games a year ago and lost at Seattle in the divisional round of the playoffs.

The other two division winners are projected to be the Super Bowl winning +Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers, who should have a healthy Aaron Rodgers ready to go. Both teams are each projected to win 10 games, as are the +New England Patriots, the +Philadelphia Eagles and the +Indianapolis Colts.

Here is where I start to get a little skeptical. Football Outsiders has the +San Francisco 49ers only winning nine games, the same amount as the +New York Giants. I understand the uncertainty of +Colin Kaepernick, and that he perhaps could miss games following a sexual assault investigation, and that the Niners have a top 5 strength of schedule. Still, nine games is a hit for a team that talented. After all, the Broncos and Seahawks also have one of the tougher schedules in 2014.

On a personal note, I’m surprised the Bears — after the offseason they’ve had — are only projected to win eight games. Full disclosure: I’m a Bears fan. call me partial and even biased, but Chicago’s roster is too talented to not improve upon last year’s record. The +Chicago Bears’ SOS is average. NFL draft insider Todd McShay has released his early 2015 mock draft based on Football Outsiders’ projections. Check out the first round of his mock draft to see where every team is expected to finish this year. 

Eli Manning says brother, Peyton, stole "Omaha" from him - (Huff Post)

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During the +NFL playoffs, +Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning put Omaha on the map in a different way, shouting out the city's name at the line of scrimmage. But his younger brother, +New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, claims Peyton wasn't the first in the family to call attention to Nebraska's largest city. "I think he stole it. It's a word we've used a lot. I think it means a similar thing there in Denver. It's okay we're always trying to help each other out. I've taken some plays and some tips from Peyton over the years," Eli told HuffPost Live's Marc Lamont Hill on Wednesday. When asked why he shouts "Omaha" instead of the name of a city like Los Angeles, Eli said "it's just one of those words that rolls off the tongue." +The Huffington Post 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Congrats to "Bubba" and his wife on their 2nd Anniversary!

Will this be a 10th year straight an undrafted (college) free agent makes the Denver Broncos Roster?

Will the variable (or variables) be right for one or more?

Denver Broncos Add CFAs After 2014 NFL Draft

Contributions from:
Gray Caldwell & Stuart Zaas, +CSN Chicago+The Denver Post+BRONCOS CR3W

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A look at the college free agents that the Broncos agreed to terms with after the 2014 NFL Draft.

Kapri Bibbs of Colorado State University races down the field against the University of Nevada at Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins on Nov. 9, 2013. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)
After the draft, the +Denver Broncos agreed to terms with 15 undrafted free agents including a defensive tackle named Mister Cobble. The 15 won’t sign until Monday, at which point the Broncos will have to make two roster cuts in order to reach their offseason 90-man roster limit.

The prize of their undrafted class is Fresno State slot receiver/returner Isaiah Burse and Colorado State linebacker Shaquil Barrett. The Broncos also signed Colorado State running back Kapri Bibbs and North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner.
+BRONCOS CR3W loves the situation and opportunity that is there if "Bibbs" is up for the taking. Truly believe, it is his if he has what it takes to succeed at a level few can perform at, mentally or physically, let alone both...

Bruce from Fresno State could potentially make an impact as a returner/special teams figure. Like we said, this years rookie class, even into the CFA's is deep and one of the deeper classes in draft history.

Colquitt has a very talented punter coming in to challenge who has been very good at spotting his kicks and placing opponents at the 10 or less with only a few touchbacks.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- After the Broncos selected six players in the 2014 +NFL Draft, the personnel department's work was far from done.

In the few hours following the announcement of Mr. Irrelevant, signifying the end of the draft, the Broncos agreed to terms with 15 college free agents to the roster.

While these players went undrafted, it should be noted that in each of the past nine years, a college free agent has made the Broncos' opening-week roster. Last year that player was running back C.J. Anderson.

There are currently several players on the Broncos' roster that originally entered the league as undrafted free agents. That list includes starters such as tackle Chris Clark, punter Britton Colquitt, cornerback Chris Harris Jr., kicker Matt Prater, safety Duke Ihenacho and wide receiver Wes Welker.

See below for the players the Broncos agreed to terms with as college free agents:

Player: Kenny Anunike
Position: DE
School: +Duke
Notable: Totaled 148 tackles, including 26 for a loss and 15 sacks, in 54 career games for the Blue Devils.

Player: Shaquil Barrett
Position: LB
School: Colorado State
Notable: Totaled 246 tackles, 18 sacks and 32.5 tackles for a loss in 38 career games for the Rams.

Player: Kapri Bibbs
Position: RB
School: Colorado State
Notable: Tied for No. 1 in the country in rushing and total touchdowns with 31 and ranked sixth with 1,741 rushing yards in his lone season with the Rams in 2013, where he transferred from Front Range Community College via Snow College. Snow College has produced some gems for collegiate football and also produced some NFL talent over the years. Star Lotuleilei from +University of Utah is a recent example.

Player: Isaiah Burse (This guy produced in college fairly well. Good hands, quick, gotta like that it almost subconsciously tells the reader, "Isaac Bruce." Talk about a guy, like Rod Smith, that never really has gotten his due for being such a productive, HOF caliber player, wide receiver. Something to be said of "One Franchise players," too. That why players that are drafted or signed by their original club, the club should be rewarded for having minimal impact on salary cap. Veteran FA's should hit their cap, but if scouting and the organization can make it a success with "homegrown" talent, they should have every opportunity to pay their market value and not suffer for succeeding as a team, player & organization that developed and won alongside one another. #FoodForThought. The mega-rich can't outspend others on caps for FA's is the main purpose for the league. For the players, they get paid market value with original club, Reward them for creating the team, players, success, and chemistry from the "get-go."
Position: WR
School: Fresno State
Notable: Fresno State’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards, Burse caught 209 passes for 2,503 yards with 15 touchdowns and averaged 22.5 yards on kick returns and 11.9 yards on punt returns with a pair of punt-return touchdowns for the Bulldogs.

Player: Steven Clark
Position: P
School: +Auburn
Notable: Named a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award after averaging 42.6 yards per punt and only allowing five returns during his senior season in 2013.

Player: Brennan Clay
Position: RB
School: +The University of Oklahoma
Notable: Rushed for 1,913 yards on 379 carries during 46 career games with 13 rushing scores for the Sooners.

Player: Mister Cobble
Position: DT
School: +Kentucky Wildcats
Notable: Made 84 career tackles 35 career games for the Wildcats.

Player: Bennie Fowler
Position: WR
School: +Michigan State
Notable: Caught 93 passes for 1,341 yards and 11 touchdowns in 44 career games for the Spartans.

Player: Greg Hardin
Position: WR
School: +University of North Dakota
Notable: Caught 221 passes for 3,583 yards with 32 touchdowns in 42 career games with North Dakota.

Player: Greg Latta
Position: DE
School: +Purdue
Notable: Made 12 tackles with one sack and one pass breakup in his lone season with the Boilermakers in 2013 after transferring from College of the Desert.

Player: Bryn Renner
Position: QB
School: +North Carolina
Notable: Ranks third in school history with 8,221 passing yards, 668 completions and 1,005 pass attempts during his career with the Tar Heels.

Player: Aslam Sterling
Position: OL
School: +Kansas Jayhawks
Notable: Started 24 games at Kansas after transferring from Nassau Community College, where he started every game during his two years there.

Player: Jordan Sullen
Position: CB
School: +Tulane Green Wave
Notable: Made 96 tackles, including 2.5 for a loss, in 45 career games for the Green Wave.

Player: Juwan Thompson
Position: RB
School: +Duke
Notable: Carried 274 times for 1,251 yards with nine touchdowns in 49 career games with the Blue Devils.

Player: Louis Young
Position: CB
School: +Georgia Tech
Notable: Made 134 tackles with four interceptions and 12 pass breakups in 49 career games with the Yellow Jackets.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

What's your thoughts on the Draft and the First few Rounds by our Beloved Denver Broncos, Broncos Country & CR3W?

P.S. +BRONCOS CR3W is elated with the talent that still sat at the top in Rounds 1 and 2. LOVE the 4th rounder from +LSU Football. Roby will grow to be a man and show his incredible talent and explosive athleticism. Hard to say the second rounder from +Indiana University Football, Latimer can be a poor man's "Baybay" Thomas and that is a great thing! Practically impossible to mimic Demaryius. Things have gone better in Mile High the 2014 Offseason than anywhere in the +NFL. Very lil room to improve on a Lamar Hunt trophy and they've found a way to do that, and more. "Elway Effect" Let's get to work!

Denver Broncos Draft CB Roby in First Round

Contributions from +Marleigh Crews 

Gray Caldwell

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- For the fourth consecutive draft, the Broncos have gone defense with their first pick.

With the 31st overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Broncos took former +Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback, +Bradley Roby.

The 5-foot-11, 194-pound defensive back was a starter in all 37 games he played throughout his tenure with the Buckeyes.

For his career, he intercepted eight passes and broke up 36 more, ranking third in school history with 226 interception return yards. He returned two of those for touchdowns and scored a total of five touchdowns on defense and special teams.

At the NFL Scouting Combine, he registered a 4.39-second 40-yard dash, and told reporters that he "definitely" believes he can be a shutdown corner at the next level.

"I think that’s something I bring to the table to any team and I plan to show that to whatever team drafts me," Roby said.

He was named All-Big Ten by coaches and media and a third-team All-American by Athlons in his final collegiate season after notching 69 tackles, 16 passes defensed -- including three interceptions -- and two blocked punts.

He joins Aqib Talib, former +Kansas Jayhawks CB, as the second cornerback the Broncos have added this offseason.

After the pick, Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway gave his thoughts on the newest Bronco.