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Broncos defensive end Jared Crick latest camp casualty
Defensive end Jared Crick is the latest victim of the Denver Broncos' injury outbreak. Crick is the 10th Denver defender - and the sixth member of the D-line - to get hurt this offseason. Crick, who played more snaps than any defensive lineman on the team last year, appeared to be favoring his right leg after getting hurt during run drills. [...]
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Quick hits: Broncos' Tuesday practice
Kalif Raymond continued his recent strong work as the Broncos got in a two-hour practice without pads before leaving for the San Francisco Bay Area. [...]
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Takeaways from the Broncos' Tuesday: When Vance Joseph names a starter, 'it's pretty permanent'
So the head coach said after Tuesday's practice, which took place before the Broncos left for the San Francisco Bay Area. [...]
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Union appeals Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott’s 6-game suspension
NEW YORK — The NFL Players Association has appealed Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension over the league’s conclusion that its 2016 rushing leader injured his former girlfriend in three separate incidents last summer. The union said Tuesday it will represent Elliott “to ensure that the NFL is held to its obligation of adhering to principles of industrial due process under the collective bargaining agreement.” The NFL suspended Elliott last week after a yearlong investigation into an Ohio domestic violence case that prosecutors declined to pursue. Elliott’s attorneys blasted Commission Roger Goodell’s ruling, saying the league “cherry-picked” evidence to reach its conclusion. Related Articles Ezekiel Elliott leads the riskiest picks in fantasy football for 2017 drafts Ezekiel Elliott’s appeal will argue ex-girlfriend threatened to ruin his career Broncos Insider: Denver wins preseason opener, but battles injuries Dallas RB Ezekiel Elliott suspended 6 games in domestic case Ezekiel Elliott suspension appears imminent A hearing with Goodell or an arbitrator will be scheduled within 10 days with a decision “as soon as practicable” after the appeal is heard, according to the labor agreement. The Cowboys open the regular season Sept. 10 at home against the New York Giants. [...]
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Nicki vs. Nick: Does Jamaal Charles make the Broncos’ final roster?
Question: The Broncos have taken it slow with Jamaal Charles and won’t have him play until Week 3 of the preseason, against Green Bay. Is that enough time to prove himself? Does he make this team? Nicki: The Broncos wanted Charles before they brought him in for a visit this year. He fits Vance Joseph‘s vision for the offense, for the team as a whole, in providing explosiveness and speed to a run game that lacked consistency and general production last year. Listen to what Joseph has said over the last three months and it’s clear he has high hopes for Charles and is willing to be patient with his return from multiple knee surgeries. When asked if Charles needs to play in the preseason to solidify his place among the final 53, Joseph just said “Probably.” Asked if Charles is running out of time, Joseph said flatly: “No, he’s not.” Nick: Charles himself is ready to roll. You can tell he is becoming antsy as he awaits his turn on the field. So far, it’s been only nibbles as he gradually increases his repetitions in practice. Charles said this week that he has put extra pressure on his right side, eager to show his surgically repaired knee is ready. He says he has nothing to prove, and as a guy who has rushed for at least 1,000 yards five times, that’s probably fair. But the Broncos will be paying close attention to how he reacts when he hits the field Aug. 26. Nicki: At the start of camp, it was fair to question — and perhaps it still is — Charles’ durability and physical readiness after his injuries. But the fact of the matter is this: If Charles is anywhere close to the player he was from 2012-14, when he rushed for more than 1,000 yards in three seasons straight, he’s a boost to the Broncos’ running backs room. The issue is less him and more the competition around him. De’Angelo Henderson shook things up immediately. Stevan Ridley did, too, when he arrived for depth and proved to be much more. Nick: The good news for the Broncos, as you suggested, is that they don’t have depend, at this point, on a big contribution from Charles. With the experience of C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker, who should return from a wrist injury in about a month, and the speed of the rookie Henderson, the Broncos have nice options as they aim to restore a solid running game. But a Charles resembling anything near the all-pro version would be a huge boon, and the Broncos owe it to themselves to find out if they have that. Related ArticlesAugust 16, 2017 Broncos Mailbag: On Paxton Lynch, QB battle, Broncos’ run game, more August 15, 2017 Aqib Talib to be inducted into Kansas athletics Hall of Fame, Football Ring of Honor August 15, 2017 Broncos DE Jared Crick day-to-day after “pretty bad” back spasm August 15, 2017 Key for Broncos’ Paxton Lynch in preseason start? “Don’t live in the past,” says Demaryius Thomas. August 14, 2017 Paxton Lynch opens practice with Broncos’ first-team offense in preparation for start at San Francisco Nicki: Charles’ one-year deal is a win-win for the Broncos. If he fails to make the Week 1 roster, they owe him a mere $100,000. If he’s on the final 53 for the Monday night opener against the Los Angeles Chargers, he’s due about $1.33 million. With incentives and game-day bonuses, he could make up to $3.75 million. If the Broncos believe he’s close — if they believe he can make the cuts he needs without worrying about his knee, if they believe he still has some of the burst (he has shown it in practice) — then I believe he makes it. Nick: I agree. I think the Broncos are going to put Charles through a test run against the Packers to be sure he’s on the path he claims to be on as it relates to being fully healthy. If Charles gets through that test without problems, I think the images of his breaking off big runs in an orange jersey come September would be too much for the Broncos to leave behind. Take Our Poll (function(d,c,j){if(!d.getElementById(j)){var pd=d.createElement(c),s;pd.id=j;pd.src='http://www.denverpost.com/wp-content/plugins/polldaddy/js/polldaddy-shortcode.js';s=d.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];s.parentNode.insertBefore(pd,s);} else if(typeof jQuery !=='undefined')jQuery(d.body).trigger('pd-script-load');}(document,'script','pd-polldaddy-loader')); [...]
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Beth Mowins will become first woman to call NFL play-by-play for CBS
Beth Mowins will become the first woman to call NFL play-by-play for CBS. Mowins will team with former NFL kicker Jay Feely for her debut on Sept. 24 when Cleveland plays at Indianapolis. The network released its announcer pairings Tuesday. Mowins will start the season calling a Monday night NFL game between the Chargers and Broncos for ESPN. She will be the second woman to call play-by-play for an NFL regular-season game and first since NBC’s Gayle Sierens in 1987. Mowins has called college football for ESPN since 2005 and done play-by-play locally on preseason Raiders games. Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will make his CBS debut on the network’s No. 1 team with Jim Nantz by calling the Oakland at Tennessee on the first Sunday of the season. Romo will be the analyst for the Broncos’ Week 4 game against the Raiders on Oct. 1 in Denver. [...]
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Broncos Mailbag: On Paxton Lynch, QB battle, Broncos’ run game, more
Denver Post Broncos writer Nicki Jhabvala posts her Broncos Mailbag weekly during the season. You can pose a Broncos- or NFL-related question for the Broncos Mailbag here. Follow Nicki for more daily updates on Twitter. Has Paxton Lynch regressed from last preseason? Or is the pressure of the QB competition getting to him? I’ve noticed he’s been dropping his eyes when scrambling, and has happy feet in the pocket. — Ron, Denver Ron: Not necessarily. He’s more comfortable with being a pro in a sense of understanding what it takes to really compete for the starting a job. I think most rookies would tell you that part of it is as hard to learn as anything. His footwork has significantly improved, as well, but he’s adapting to a new system after starting only two games in the old one. While most believe Mike McCoy‘s offense is a better fit for Lynch’s skillset, it’s still a sharp departure from the spread Lynch became accustomed to at Memphis. And it’s a system that requires him to make multiple adjustments on the fly. Reading and reacting to defenses appears to trip him up the most right now. He started the offseason strong and appeared very comfortable with a year under his belt, but as more was added to the offense, the mistakes and turnovers piled up. McCoy’s offense isn’t simpler than Gary Kubiak‘s. And for a young quarterback with little experience, it can take a while to learn and feel fully comfortable in executing. Granted, the system is also new to Trevor Siemian, but those 14 starts last year and the season of learning behind Peyton Manning are invaluable. If Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch don’t knock anyone’s socks off, would they consider starting Kyle Sloter or Chad Kelly, or is too much time invested in the first two for this year? — Rob, Nipomo, Calif. Rob: No. Head coach Vance Joseph made it extremely clear Thursday after the preseason win at Chicago that the first- and second-string jobs will go to Siemian and Lynch. Kyle Sloter will not get a chance to compete for the starting gig or receive more second-team reps. This was the plan all along, and despite Sloter’s impressive showing in the fourth quarter against the Bears, the plan is not changing. Chad Kelly will likely have a redshirt season. He’s on the non-football injury list as he recovers from knee and wrist surgeries suffered before he was drafted, and he will likely stay on injured reserve when the season opens. Although few care to listen or really believe what John Elway and Joseph have said since January — and they’ve said it many, many times — the Broncos like what they have in Siemian and Lynch. The two just need more playing time. If Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch continue to look unimpressive in preseason, could Colin Kaepernick become a viable option at QB? If so, how soon? (Remember, we almost traded for him last year.) — James U., Los Angeles James: Don’t think so. Remember they passed on the chance to get him, too, when they couldn’t make the money work and when they subsequently drafted Lynch. Related ArticlesAugust 15, 2017 Nicki vs. Nick: Does Jamaal Charles make the Broncos’ final roster? August 15, 2017 Aqib Talib to be inducted into Kansas athletics Hall of Fame, Football Ring of Honor August 15, 2017 Broncos DE Jared Crick day-to-day after “pretty bad” back spasm August 15, 2017 Key for Broncos’ Paxton Lynch in preseason start? “Don’t live in the past,” says Demaryius Thomas. August 14, 2017 Paxton Lynch opens practice with Broncos’ first-team offense in preparation for start at San Francisco Since Shane Ray is hurt, what will the Broncos do to fill that hole? Do you think they would try to bring back DeMarcus Ware? — Mike, Cheyenne, Wyo. Mike: The Broncos brought back Danny Mason for depth when Ray went down with an injury. They also moved rookie DeMarcus Walker to outside linebacker. Denver drafted Walker with the intent of using him as a hybrid of sorts, at defensive end and outside linebacker, and so far they like what they’ve seen out of him at OLB. Ray, as well as Shaquil Barrett (hip), are both expected to return early in the regular season. Depth is a concern for the Broncos’ defense. Billy Winn was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a knee injury, Derek Wolfe was lost for the remainder of preseason with an ankle sprain and, on Monday, Jared Crick was carted off with an apparent back injury. The team could look to bring in help for depth in camp. But DeMarcus Ware? Eh, he seems to be enjoying life as an NFL retiree and new TV analyst. Hi Nicki! I am honestly really excited about our run game for the first time in years. On paper, we look like we are pretty stacked on pa [...]
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Roger Goodell on player protests: 'We have to understand the other side'
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell met with Arizona Cardinals season-ticket holders on Monday, and of course was asked about players protesting during the playing of the national anthem. Over the weekend, Seattle Seahawks veteran Michael Bennett and Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat on the sideline during the anthem, while Los Angeles Rams pass rusher Robert Quinn and Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins each raised a fist. [...]
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Injury update: Vance Joseph updates status of Jared Crick, Wolfe, Henderson, Nelson
Head Coach Vance Joseph said Jared Crick's status has yet to be determined, and he gave updates on injuries to Derek Wolfe, Carlos Henderson and Dontrell Nelson. [...]
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Quick hits from the Broncos' Monday practice
Head Coach Vance Joseph talks about what he expects from Paxton Lynch this week -- and what he saw from Lynch during some extensive team-period and "move-the-ball" work Monday. [...]
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NFL’s 1st female scout details groundbreaking path in book
Dennis Waszak Jr., The Associated PressFormer New York Jets scout Connie Carberg poses with a recently released book, “X’s And O’s Don’t Mean I Love You,” outside the Jets practice facility in Florham Park, N.J., Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. How she helped deliver the sack-dancing Mark Gastineau to the Jets is just one of the many fascinating behind-the-scenes tales told by Carberg and author Elisabeth Meinecke. Gastineau went on to become one of the Jets’ best and most popular players _ and helped cement Carberg’s place in NFL history as the league’s first female scout. FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Connie Carberg was incredibly antsy, barely able to contain her excitement a few moments before picking up the phone and making one of the most important calls in New York Jets history. The team was on the clock in the second round of the 1979 NFL draft, and she had just received confirmation of the choice from the front office. An ecstatic Carberg shouted “All right!” and then said the words she had been dreaming about for weeks. “The New York Jets,” Carberg proudly recalled announcing, “select Mark Gastineau, East Central Oklahoma.” Gastineau became one of the Jets’ best and most popular players — and helped cement Carberg’s place in NFL history as the league’s first female scout. “I just wanted to jump out of the chair,” said Carberg, who had discovered the little-known Gastineau while scouting players for the Senior Bowl a few months earlier. “It was so exciting and it was thrilling. Probably the biggest thrill of my life.” Her journey from Jets team secretary to watching game films, traveling and scouting college players is the subject of a recently published book: “X’s and O’s Don’t Mean I Love You.” How she helped deliver the sack-dancing Gastineau to the Jets is just one of the fascinating behind-the-scenes tales told by Carberg and author Elisabeth Meinecke. “You know, it’s a positive book,” Carberg said with a big smile. “I hope it’s an inspiring book for young girls, and for Jets fans in general.” Carberg served in a scouting role for the Jets from 1976-80, breaking a gender barrier in the NFL by opening a door that gradually is becoming less of a novelty. “I want women to see that it’s really possible and they can really do things without saying: ‘Hey, I’m a woman. I want it because I’m a woman,'” Carberg said before a recent Jets practice. “Just do it because you love it and you never know where it’s going to take you.” The sweet and spunky 66-year-old Carberg lives in Coconut Creek, Florida, with her husband, John, but makes a weeklong visit to Jets training camp every summer — decked out in green and white shirts, earrings and necklaces. This year, she is particularly proud of her team, which added Collette Smith to Todd Bowles’ staff as a coaching intern with the defensive backs through camp. New York also has three female scouting interns: Callie Brownson, Rachel Huhn and Marirose Roach. Many other teams around the league are helping narrow the NFL’s gender gap by hiring female coaching interns. “It was a whole different world in the ’70s,” said Carberg, who counts Woody Hayes, Weeb Ewbank, Walt Michaels, Lou Holtz and Al Ward as mentors. “Title IX was just started, or hadn’t even started when I started working for the Jets. So, most people didn’t even think about women in that way.” Carberg helped change that perception with her breakthrough more than 40 years ago when she joined her father, Dr. Calvin Nicholas, who had been the team’s chief internist since 1962, and uncle Dr. James Nicholas, the Jets’ orthopedist. Her passion for football — honed after befriending Hayes while attending Ohio State — got her through the door in 1974, first doing clerical work. The Jets were impressed by Carberg’s passion for the game and keen eye for talent, and gave her the opportunity to select the team’s final draft pick in 1975: Ohio State tight end Mark Bartoszek in the 17th round. She recalled Ward, New York’s general manager, and Mike Holovak, the director of player personnel, asking her one day early in 1976 if she wanted to do some scouting on a regular basis in addition to some of her usual duties. Carberg, of course, jumped at the chance. “It was just something that was part of me and something I felt I could do,” she said. “It wasn’t made into this big kind of story at that time.” There was, indeed, no fanfare — other than sports columnist Dick Young dubbing her “The Girl Scout,” a nickname that makes her laugh to this day. Related ArticlesAugust 14, 2017 Roger Goodell: Have to understand other s [...]
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Broncos' Derek Wolfe: I 'dodged a bullet' on ankle injury
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe took to social media on Saturday to say he "dodged a bullet'' with a right ankle injury after he was carted off the field during practice. Wolfe found himself in a pile during a running play during a team drill early in practice and stayed down. Trainers helped Wolfe onto a cart, and he was taken to the locker room. Tackle Menelik Watson limped, flexing his own right leg following the play.? Wolfe later expressed on Twitter his relief that the injury wasn't as serious as it initially appeared when trainers helped him into the Broncos' complex, as he couldn't put weight on his right leg. Wolfe also posted a picture of his swollen ankle [...]
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Charles soon gets to prove he's still a playmaker in the NFL
The Denver Broncos will soon discover if Jamaal Charles is still Jamaal Charles. Coach Vance Joseph says he'll take the bubble wrap off the veteran running back sometime this preseason, but he isn't sure if that will be against the 49ers, Packers or Cardinals. Joseph has said all along he'll take it slow with Charles but he did acknowledge that yes, he probably has to see Charles play in the preseason to keep him on the 53-man roster. [...]
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