Broncos

“My memory ain’t what it used to be”: Warren Sapp says he’ll donate his brain for CTE research
The changes are imperceptible, especially for men accustomed to ignoring the signals their bodies are sending as they struggle to play the game of football. One day, though, something clicks. Maybe it’s forgetfulness or emotions that cannot be controlled. Warren Sapp, a 44-year-old Hall of Famer who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders, has had that aha moment and it led him to decide to donate his brain for research into chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease that can stem from serious or repeated hits to the head. “I’ve also started to feel the effects of the hits that I took in my career. My memory ain’t what it used to be,” he said on the Players’ Tribune website. “And yeah, it’s scary to think that my brain could be deteriorating, and that maybe things like forgetting a grocery list, or how to get to a friend’s house I’ve been to a thousand times are just the tip of the iceberg. So when it comes to concussions, CTE and how we can make our game safer for future generations, I wanted to put my two cents in – to help leave the game better off than it was when I started playing.” Sapp’s plan involves donating his brain to Boston’s Concussion Legacy Foundation when he dies. Even as he admitted to playing “in a macho league,” he was critical of owners and others who have refused to acknowledge the link between degenerative brain disease and playing football. Even as he sees the game moving in a safer direction and hopes that it continues to evolve, Sapp knows what his 12-year career has done to him. “I decided I wanted to pledge my brain when I got an email from (former running back) Fred Willis that had quotes from NFL owners and down the line you could see: ‘There’s no correlation between football, CTE, suicides’ and all of this foolish stuff,” he said in a Players’ Tribune video. “I mean, where are you getting this information from? And then spewing it out as if it’s fact. I remember those month-long training camps where we just banged and banged and hit and it was ‘who’s tough?’ and ‘misery loves company’ and all the foolish sayings we used to say to each other. I mean, it was just bad. It was Neanderthals. We were dinosaurs. We were doing Oklahoma drill (where players run at one another until one is on the ground), bull in the ring (players circle a player and throw themselves at him), all this crazy stuff that was just about a tough guy. It wasn’t about how much skills you had. It was just the bare bones of bone-on-bone and that’s not what this game should be. It’s about skills.” Related ArticlesJune 19, 2017 It would be something if Brock Osweiler ends up the Browns’ starting quarterback June 19, 2017 Broncos 53-man roster projection following spring workouts June 19, 2017 Supreme Court says government can’t refuse disparaging trademarks. And the Washington Redskins are “thrilled.” June 18, 2017 Eric Decker, Tennessee Titans agrees to terms on a one-year deal June 16, 2017 Kasim Edebali, a former gymnast and wrestler, is the Broncos’ unorthodox answer to their OLB question Nick Buoniconti, the Miami Dolphins‘ 76-year-old Hall of Famer, describes a decline that leaves him feeling childlike. Telling Sports Illustrated that he has fallen, experienced memory loss and struggles to do things such as pull on a shirt and tie a necktie, he explains, “I feel lost.” Sapp says he can relate to those feelings even though he’s decades younger. “We play in a macho league. We’re talking about Hall of Famers who are immortalized forever, made busts, legends of the game. There’s no way any of us wanna really admit that we can’t remember how to get home or a grocery list that the wife has given us or how to go pick up our kids (at) the school or whatever it may be,” he said. “You try to ‘All right, I’m gonna get a little more sleep.’ ‘Maybe it’s something I did last night.’ ‘Maybe (it’s) something I drank’ or whatever it is. You try to find a reason that it’s not – that it’s my brain, that I’m not deteriorating right before my own eyes. It’s the most frightening feeling, but it’s also a very weakening feeling because you feel like a child. I need help. I need somebody to help me find something that I could’ve found with my eyes closed, in the dead of night, half asleep.” Sapp is able to rely on technology as a mental crutch. “I find myself at times, you know, now having to use my reminders in my phone because I had one of those silly memories. I used to call myself [...]
3
Like
Save
Mason's Mailbag: Areas of progress for Paxton Lynch, Trevor Siemian
The growth of the two young quarterbacks was on display as they split first-team repetitions the last four weeks. [...]
1
Like
Save
Broncos 53-man roster projection following spring workouts
We’re entering football’s dead zone as all teams have a month-plus break before returning for training camp in late July. The Broncos got better in the trenches, but the quarterback question still lingers. Here’s an educated projection of what the Broncos 53-man roster could look like once all the summer competition is over: John Leyba, The Denver PostQuarterbacks Paxton Lynch, left, and Trevor Siemian during the first day of Broncos minicamp Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Quarterbacks (2) Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch. Why: Going light at quarterback allows the Broncos to go a little heavy on next three skill position groups and let Chad Kelly heal completely. Mike McCoy has gone with just two quarterbacks in the past. John Leyba, The Denver PostDenver Broncos running back Jamaal Charles (28) runs through drills during practice at mandatory mini camp on June 15, 2017 at Dove Valley. Running backs/fullback (5) C.J. Anderson, Devontae Booker, Jamaal Charles, De’Angelo Henderson, Andy Janovich. Why: This entire group is led with, ‘if healthy…’ Anderson, Booker and Charles (ABC!) have the talent and versatility to be a top-end backfield. Henderson has proven himself too valuable to try to sneak onto the practice squad. McCoy will use a fullback so Janovich is safe, too. John Leyba, The Denver PostDenver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) catches a pass during practice at mandatory mini camp on June 15, 2017 at Dove Valley. Wide receivers (6) Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Carlos Henderson, Isaiah McKenzie, Cody Latimer, Jordan Taylor. Why: The first four are virtual locks, leaving Latimer, the first of three Broncos high-draft picks on the roster bubble, Taylor, Bennie Fowler and Marlon Brown competing for one or two spots. Latimer’s special teams play and Taylor’s size, red zone prowess earn them spots. Joe Amon, The Denver PostTight end Virgil Green #85 goes against A.J. Derby #83 of the Denver Broncos during blocking drills on the first week of OTAs at the UCHealth Training Center on May 23, 2017 in Englewood. Tight ends (3) A.J. Derby, Virgil Green, Jeff Heuerman. Why: Heuerman, the second of the draft bubble trio, will need to stay healthy and hold off Henry Krieger-Coble for the final spot. It might be smart for Denver to play it safe with Jake Butt, who may not be 100-percent by September. A veteran signing could make sense here, too. John Leyba, The Denver PostDenver Broncos linebacker Vontarrius Dora (68) and offensive tackle Garett Bolles (72) watch drills during practice at mandatory mini camp on June 14, 2017 in Denver, Colorado at Dove Valley. Offensive line (8) Garett Bolles, Max Garcia, Matt Paradis, Ron Leary, Menelik Watson, Michael Schofield, Ty Sambrailo, Connor McGovern. Why: The Broncos go a little light here because of versatility among the backups. The Stephenson experiment ends abruptly while Sambrailo, the final of the draft bubble trio, gets one last shot to prove he isn’t a draft bust. Denver is giving McGovern every chance to win the backup center job. John Leyba, The Denver PostDenver Broncos defensive end Jared Crick and defensive end Derek Wolfe (95) head to drills during practice at mandatory mini camp on June 14, 2017 in Denver, Colorado at Dove Valley. Defensive line (7) Derek Wolfe, Domata Peko, Adam Gotsis, Zach Kerr, DeMarcus Walker, Jared Crick, Tyrique Jarrett. Why: This unit is a lot deeper than last year with five defensive ends capable of seeing significant playing time. The veteran Peko will have to prove he has something left in the tank while Pot Roast Jr. wins the backup nose tackle job. John Leyba, The Denver PostDenver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) runs through drills during practice at mandatory mini camp on June 14, 2017 in Denver, Colorado at Dove Valley. Outside linebackers (5) Von Miller, Shane Ray, Shaquil Barrett, Kasim Edebali, Vontarrius Dora. Why: Barrett’s injury will have a big impact on how the back-end of this position looks. He may not be 100-percent ready to attack by the season opener, but if he’s close, the Broncos could have Edebali and Dora to man the extra reps until Barrett is ready. John Leyba, The Denver PostBroncos inside linebackers Brandon Marshall, left, and Todd Davis during a practice last season. Inside linebackers (4) Brandon Marshall, Todd Davis, Corey Nelson, Zaire Anderson. Why: Same four as last season, but they might need to seek outside help if an injury occurs. Marshall has looked fast this spring. Davis should start opposite him, but Nelson could see close to an even split as a coverage specialist. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver PostDenver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib meets with members of the press after an early season Broncos practice at Dove Valley on April 25, 2017 in Englewood. Cornerbacks (6) Aqib Talib, Chris Harris, Bradley Roby, Lorenzo Doss, Brendan Langley, Chris Lewis-Harris. Why: They go a little heavy [...]
2
Like
Save
It would be something if Brock Osweiler ends up the Browns’ starting quarterback
Each week, The Washington Post’s Mark Maske provides in-depth NFL analysis with “First and 10,” a dissection of the league’s most important developments. FIRST … How totally crazy would it be if Brock Osweiler ends up as the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns? Actually, how completely Browns-like would it be? Very Browns-like. When the Browns traded for Osweiler in March, the move was viewed as the Houston Texans dumping Osweiler’s salary and the Browns cleverly facilitating that. There was little to no thought at the time that Osweiler actually might figure into Cleveland’s quarterback mix. The Browns possessed the No. 1 and No. 12 overall picks in the NFL draft and the conventional wisdom at the time was that they’d turn No. 12 into their next quarterback, either selecting Mitchell Trubisky or Deshaun Watson, or trading for Jimmy Garoppolo. But the draft ended with Garoppolo still in New England, Trubisky in Chicago and Watson in Houston. The Browns traded down from No. 12, passing up the chance to select Watson. They did choose a quarterback, Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer, in the second round. So Hue Jackson, the team’s second-year head coach coming off a 1-15 debut season, is left to pick from among Kizer, second-year pro Cody Kessler and Osweiler as his starter. Osweiler no longer is an afterthought, in part because the Browns, puzzlingly, again failed to do whatever it took to land a prospective franchise quarterback, making these curious moves one year after they traded the No. 2 overall selection to Philadelphia rather than using it themselves on Carson Wentz. In addition, Osweiler has looked good enough in offseason drills to play his way into the starting mix, which doesn’t take all that much in Cleveland, after all. Regarding Osweiler as a potential NFL starter didn’t used to be a preposterous notion. He played reasonably well for the Denver Broncos in 2015, throwing for 1,967 yards and 10 touchdowns with six interceptions in eight games, including seven starts. He had a passer rating of 86.4. But after the Broncos went back to Peyton Manning for their run to a Super Bowl title, Osweiler opted to exit via free agency for the $18 million-per-year contract offer from the Texans. He wasn’t the answer in Houston. Far from it. He regressed to 15 touchdown passes, 16 interceptions and a 72.2 passer rating last season, becoming an NFL reclamation project. Kessler remains the favorite to open the season as the starter for the Browns. He was competent at times last season as a rookie, making eight starts and posting a passer rating of 92.3 in his nine games. Kizer could take over at some point. Related ArticlesJune 19, 2017 Broncos 53-man roster projection following spring workouts June 19, 2017 Supreme Court says government can’t refuse disparaging trademarks. And the Washington Redskins are “thrilled.” June 18, 2017 Eric Decker, Tennessee Titans agrees to terms on a one-year deal June 16, 2017 Kasim Edebali, a former gymnast and wrestler, is the Broncos’ unorthodox answer to their OLB question June 16, 2017 Kaepernick free agency exposes NFL’s racial divide, says Seahawks’ Michael Bennett But Osweiler at least is in the conversation, and that is a development that few could have foreseen when the trade was made. The Browns have spent years being the NFL destination where quarterback reputations went to perish. Wouldn’t it be odd if, in Osweiler’s case, Cleveland becomes the place where a quarterbacking career went to be revived? … AND TEN 1. Decker to Titans … You have to like the way the Tennessee Titans are going about building their team around quarterback Marcus Mariota. They devoted resources to giving Mariota a reliable offensive line and a running game. And now, they are giving him receivers. Tennessee used the fifth overall selection in April’s draft on wide receiver Corey Davis. On Sunday, the Titans agreed to a one-year contract with veteran wideout Eric Decker, who was released by the New York Jets as part of that team’s roster purge. The Titans have made themselves respectable again and are inching ever closer to contender status. 2. Shanahans everywhere … Mike Shanahan spent time at the offseason practices of the San Francisco 49ers, now coached by his son Kyle. But there remains no official role in the organization for the elder Shanahan. The Shanahans seem to be sticking to what Kyle, then the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons, said at the Super Bowl: Mike will be only an unofficial adviser. “I always anticipate asking my dad for advice and stuff like that, just like I think anybody would in their profession if their dad had done the same thing and been successful at it,” Kyle Shana [...]
2
Like
Save
Sacco Sez: Father's Day was made for the Broncos' Grahams
Tom and Daniel are the only father-son Broncos player combo. [...]
3
Like
Save
Broncos, Briefly: Sunday, June 18, 2017
A quick look at the recent buzz on the Denver Broncos. [...]
2
Like
Save
Paul George reportedly tells Pacers he wants to leave next summer, hopes to join Lakers
Paul George reportedly has told the Indiana Pacers that he plans to become a free agent during the summer of 2018 and hopes to head west, to the Los Angeles Lakers. George, who is from Southern California, hasn’t requested a trade, but wanted to be upfront with Indiana, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who reported the news. George’s decision not to re-sign with the Pacers after the upcoming season will have implications for this summer’s moves as well as those of next summer and will give the Pacers the chance to try to work out a trade involving George to get players or draft picks, rather than losing him as a free agent. However, he’s likely to be seen as just a one-year rental, diminishing whatever the Pacers might be able to get in return for him. His motivation could be to land with the Lakers sooner rather than later. For the Lakers, who are presumed to be taking Lonzo Ball in the draft Thursday, landing George would be a significant step toward luring other stars as Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka rebuild the team. George, who suffered a gruesome broken leg while playing for Team USA in August 2014, has had the best seasons of his career the last two years. Last week, he struck a different tone with Indianapolis media. “I’m here. I’m a Pacer,” George said (via IndyStar.com). “Again, what I’ve been dealing with is stories. You guys talking or teams talking. I’m a Pacer. There’s no way around that. This is my team, my group and this is where I’m at.” Maybe he meant, just for the 2017-18 season. [...]
1
Like
Save
Eric Decker, Tennessee Titans agrees to terms on a one-year deal
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans and wide receiver Eric Decker have agreed to terms on a one-year deal. The Titans announced the deal Sunday night. The 6-foot-3, 214-pound Decker visited the Titans on Wednesday, met with coach Mike Mularkey and took a physical. He was released this month by the New York Jets after three seasons with the team. Decker, who spent his first four seasons with Denver, has three 1,000-yard seasons with 12 100-yard games in his seven-year NFL career. He has 33 touchdowns in the red zone since 2012, second in the NFL only to Brandon Marshall (35) in that span. He also ranks 18th in the NFL with 43 touchdown receptions and 4,535 yards receiving since 2012. Hip and shoulder injuries limited Decker to three games last year. [...]
3
Like
Save
Broncos, Briefly: Saturday, June 17, 2017
A quick look at the recent buzz on the Denver Broncos. [...]
4
Like
Save
Sports Authority Field at Mile High guest relations assistant manager takes home international award
Sports Authority Field at Mile High guest relations assistant manager Ethan Honaman won a 30 under 30 award from the International Association of Venue Managers. He spoke to us about how the guest relations department has become one of the best. [...]
3
Like
Save
PHOTOS: Denver Broncos minicamp, June 14, 2017
The Denver Broncos held a mandatory minicamp on June 14, 2017 at Dove Valley in Englewood. Related ArticlesJune 17, 2017 Ed McCaffrey brings out SB champs for Dare to Play camp; Shaq Barrett injury update June 16, 2017 Kasim Edebali, a former gymnast and wrestler, is the Broncos’ unorthodox answer to their OLB question June 15, 2017 PHOTOS: Denver Broncos minicamp, June 15, 2017 June 15, 2017 Broncos DE Adam Gotsis misses minicamp practice to have knee scoped June 14, 2017 Broncos defense in “reset” mode, Brandon Marshall’s sore Achilles, more [...]
2
Like
Save
Kirk Cousins plays a round of golf with President Donald Trump
As quarterback of the Washington Redskins, Kirk Cousins has the highest-profile job in the city except for the president of the United States. Or so it’s sometimes said. Now, Cousins is rubbing shoulders with President Donald Trump. The Redskins quarterback joined Trump and two others for a round of golf Saturday at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminister, New Jersey. Cousins said that Eric Shuster, the director of strategic partnerships at CSN Midatlantic, had something to do with the pairing. Approached on the subject, Cousins said playing golf with the president was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. “Great experience,” Cousins said after the Redskins’ practice in Ashburn, Virginia, on Wednesday. “I didn’t ever think that would happen. Had a good enough time that if there’s any former presidents in the D.C. area that want to give me a call, I’d love to meet them at one of the courses around here. I know lots of them are members at these courses and I’m not, so I’d love to get on and get to meet them. Republican, Democrat, left, right, I’d love an invite.” Earlier this month, former Broncos and Colts quarterback Peyton Manning played a round of golf with President Trump. Related ArticlesJune 16, 2017 Kasim Edebali, a former gymnast and wrestler, is the Broncos’ unorthodox answer to their OLB question June 16, 2017 Kaepernick free agency exposes NFL’s racial divide, says Seahawks’ Michael Bennett June 15, 2017 Christian McCaffrey hits ground running in 1st day back with Panthers June 15, 2017 1st 2 claims in NFL concussion settlement total $9 million June 14, 2017 Unclear how Raiders’ Vegas stadium will benefit community [...]
3
Like
Save
Ed McCaffrey brings out SB champs for Dare to Play camp; Shaq Barrett injury update
Ed McCaffrey brought out the bling. For his eighth annual Dare to Play camp with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation on Saturday, the former receiver and owner three Super Bowl rings, recruited some former and current Broncos to serve as coaches. As he always does. There was Brandon Stokley, a champ with both the Ravens (XXXV) and Colts (XLI). And there were Tyler Polumbus, the offensive tackle turned color commentator; Todd Davis, the Broncos’ current starting inside linebacker; and Shaquil Barrett, their recovering outside linebacker — all owners of outsized Super Bowl 50 rings. Nicki Jhabvala, The Denver PostFrom left: former Broncos receiver Brandon Stokley, Davis, former receiver Ed McCaffrey, outside linebacker Shaq Barrett and former tackle Tyler Polumbus. Five coaches, six Super Bowls, eight total rings, one of which adorned the index finger of Davis. But on this day, none of them were the stars. Forty players and 35 cheerleaders — some children, some adults — with Down syndrome claimed the spotlight as their fans and family members filled the bleachers at Valor Christian High for a scrimmage to raise awareness and funds for Down syndrome research and care. Joining the participants were 40 “pals” from Valor Christian — one per player — as well as some Denver Broncos cheerleaders and Miles the Mascot, who weaved his way on and off the field and occasionally hoisted a player on his shoulders following a score. “It means a lot, because it really gets a broader community involved with us. Even if most of the people in the stands are family members, there are people who are interested in seeing football players,” said Michelle Sie Whitten, the co-founder, president and CEO of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. “And in today’s world, the world of social media and electronic communication, it may be that millions of people learn about it. If it takes that celebrity name for them to read a paragraph on how medically underfunded our kids and adults are, that’s great.” .@bstokley14 gives a pre-game pep talk to players in @87ed‘s Dare to Play camp with the @GDSFoundation pic.twitter.com/oKmIOV1Axd — Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) June 17, 2017 Each year, the Dare to Play Football Camp and Dare to Cheer Game Day brings out around 500 fans. This year was no different. “It’s a great cause and to be here to make an impact in these people’s’ lives — kids and adults — and to come out here and talk to them and try to coach them through the game, give them a little pep talk, it’s amazing to see the difference we can make in people’s lives and to help them,” Barrett said while hobbling around the field with a pair of crutches. Barrett injured his right hip while training on his own during the offseason, but said he doesn’t have pain and doesn’t anticipate needing the aid of crutches for much longer. “I’m doing good,” he said. “I have a couple more weeks left on crutches and once that’s over, I should be able to start doing some more stuff to get myself ready (to return), probably about halfway through camp. I can’t wait to be back on the field.” Broncos OLB Shaq Barrett eager to get off crutches and back on the field. pic.twitter.com/9GAyTFxrh3 — Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) June 17, 2017 [...]
3
Like
Save


Broncos | Nuggets | Rockies | Avalanche | Rapids | Outlaws | Mammoth
Mile High | Coors Field | Pepsi Center | DSG Park

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | DMCA Policy