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Broncos DE Adam Gotsis misses minicamp practice to have knee scoped
Broncos defensive end Adam Gotsis was absent from the team’s final minicamp practice Thursday to have his right knee scoped to alleviate pain he’s experienced over the last week. Head coach Vance Joseph said the “small clean-up job” was successful and that Gotsis is expected to be back on the field the first week of training camp in late July. “It was bothering him for about four days,” Joseph said. “He kept going on it. It was just soreness. He went to the doctor (Wednesday) and there was a little something floating in there. We fixed it immediately. He’ll be back the first week of camp.” Gotsis practiced Tuesday and Wednesday, despite the pain, and participated in all of the team’s offseason program prior to missing Thursday’s workout for the procedure. Gotsis is one of three Broncos defenders to suffer injuries this offseason. Outside linebacker Shaq Barrett injured his hip while working out on his own. Although the injury did not require surgery, he is expected to miss two to three months. Nose tackle Kyle Peko fractured a bone in his foot in minicamp practice Tuesday and underwent surgery the following morning. He is expected to return early in training camp. The team also held out multiple veterens for minicamp practices for minor injuries, including inside linebacker Brandon Marshall (achilles soreness), tight end A.J. Derby (hamstring), and receivers Carlos Henderson and Marlon Brown. “It’s always a concern. You want your guys to leave here healthy,” Joseph said. “That was our major goal, to leave here healthy so guys can train and come back and have a chance to compete at camp. Absolutely, we’ve got probably six or seven guys coming back early for camp that are injured right now. So that’s a concern, absolutely.” Gotsis had only recently fully recovered from a torn left ACL that hindered the start to his rookie season. This injury, however, appears less severe and the timing works in his — and the team’s — favor. Following a light practice Thursday, the Broncos will have about six weeks off before the start of camp, affording Gotsis plenty of time to recover. The second-year lineman is expected to see a larger role on the defensive line this season and, after adding 20 pounds of muscle, has been praised by his teammates and coaches for his year-over-year improvement. “They say it takes you a year to get back to yourself coming off of an ACL injury,” defensive coordinator Joe Woods said Wednesday. “Last year when he came in, he was coming off that ACL and I don’t feel like he had the opportunity to train physically in the offseason and get prepared for his rookie season. When you look at him now, he looks like a new person. I watch him through drills. He has great athleticism for his size and he’s built like a superhero. He’s doing great things for us right now.” Summer message Joseph’s final words of wisdom for his players before they all went their separate ways for a pre-camp reprieve were simple. “As they head out, the football message was the things that were learned as far as the scheme on both sides of the ball, let’s not lose that,” he said. “Let’s come back and start from this point, not go backward And off the field? “Just be smart,” he said. “Let’s make good decisions socially and come back here with no issue. Use Uber or Lyft, their choice (laughing). Don’t drink and drive. That’s the message.” Nixon Claimed Cornerback Taurean Nixon, who was waived by the Broncos on Wednesday, was claimed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday. Nixon was a seventh-round pick of the Broncos in 2015 and played two games on the active roster. [...]
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1st 2 claims in NFL concussion settlement total $9 million
The first two claims in the NFL’s billion-dollar concussion settlement were announced Thursday, a total of $9 million in benefits. The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania overseeing the process was notified Thursday through a joint status report filed by the class and the NFL that the claims were approved. The payouts were for $5 million for a qualifying diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), and $4 million for a qualifying diagnosis of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). The names of the former players were not disclosed as part of the filings. Those amounts mean that both individuals played a minimum of five NFL seasons and were diagnosed before their 45th birthdays. 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 Kirk Cousins plays a round of golf with President Donald Trump June 14, 2017 Unclear how Raiders’ Vegas stadium will benefit community Because CTE can only be diagnosed once someone has died, the player’s estate would be collecting that payout, approved on June 5. THE ALS claim was approved on May 26. The claims process for monetary awards opened on March 23. There is also a baseline assessment program that launched on June 6. More than 14,500 class members out of a potential well above 20,000 have registered for benefits ahead of the Aug. 7 deadline. That can include former players or their families. “We continue to be encouraged by the response from retired players and their families to the settlement, and are pleased that its vital benefits — including monetary payments — are now available,” said Christopher Seeger, co-lead class counsel for the retired NFL players. “We implore all class members, even those who may feel healthy today, to register before the Aug. 7 deadline so they can be eligible for the benefits they deserve.” In addition to those class members who have filed or still could file, 146 had opted out of the settlement as of June 5, according to the filings. Also as of June 5, the claims administrator had contracted with 67 qualified physicians in or near 49 of the 53 target cities closest to where the majority of living retired players reside. Those physicians will be making qualifying diagnoses for class members. The baseline assessment program administrator has contracted with 141 qualified providers, including in 42 of the 53 target cities, to conduct such tests. [...]
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Christian McCaffrey hits ground running in 1st day back with Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers wasted no time throwing rookie running back Christian McCaffrey into the mix on his first day back at minicamp. The team’s versatile first-round draft pick lined up at multiple positions on offense as the Panthers worked feverishly to get him up to speed. McCaffrey missed all of OTAs and the first two days of minicamp because of a rule that prevents incoming rookies from joining an NFL team until their college’s semester is complete. So even though McCaffrey was no longer enrolled as a student at Stanford, he had to wait until the school’s final exams were completed on Wednesday before participating in minicamp. “We are real excited about his abilities and what he can do and the things that he can help open up for his teammates,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. ” … He’s going to take a lot of pressure off people and probably the biggest thing is we’ve given our quarterback (Cam Newton) another weapon, another tool.” Media aren’t allowed to discuss where McCaffrey lined up on offense or what specific plays are run during “closed” minicamp practices, but suffice to say he’ll be a big part of the team’s offense. “As brief as it was, his teammates got a feel for the flare that he can help bring to our offense,” Rivera said. Rivera said the Panthers put in a number of plays Thursday that will feature McCaffrey’s abilities. “It’s great because I feel like the more ways you can be dynamic the better,” McCaffrey said. “Whatever they ask me to do I will.” Under NFL rules, McCaffrey wasn’t allowed to be around the Panthers facility or attend team meetings while Stanford was still in session. But McCaffrey, who stayed busy working out in Denver, remained in regular contact with Panthers running backs coach Jim Skipper to discuss plays, formations and protections. Apparently McCaffrey was taking excellent notes. During a red zone drill in practice Wednesday, McCaffrey’s assignment was to read the protection and pick up a blitzing defender as needed. He successfully did so. “He did it well and I knew it was something that he would have studied because otherwise he would not have known who to pick up or who to read,” Rivera said. McCaffrey, the AP College Player of the Year in 2015, said he’d like to see the rule changed so that other incoming rookies don’t have to go through what he had to and wind up playing catch up. “It wasn’t ideal for me but I’m back here ready to play ball,” McCaffrey said. The Panthers won’t practice again until July 26 when they open training camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The Panthers believe that ultimately McCaffrey will catch up on lost time and still be effective when the regular season begins. 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 1st 2 claims in NFL concussion settlement total $9 million June 15, 2017 Kirk Cousins plays a round of golf with President Donald Trump June 14, 2017 Unclear how Raiders’ Vegas stadium will benefit community In 2011, Newton faced a similar issue as a rookie while dealing with the NFL lockout. Newton and other players weren’t allowed to practice at team facilities and ultimately missed all of OTAs and minicamp. He still went on to have a record-setting rookie season. McCaffrey said he’s spoken to Newton about lost time. “They all say the same thing — get in your playbooks but once you get out here, you come out here have fun. You miss some time, but that part is over now. I’m just focused on what I can do now. He just told me to show up and ball out.” NOTES: Panthers offensive tackle Michael Oher remains a no-show at practice and Rivera said there is no update on his future with the Panthers. … Rivera said Newton will begin throwing “soon,” but wouldn’t give a set date. [...]
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Kasim Edebali, a former gymnast and wrestler, is the Broncos’ unorthodox answer to their OLB question
Everything about Kasim Edebali — from his personality to his back story to his pass rushing stance — is unorthodox. The Broncos outside linebacker can’t stop smiling on a hot June afternoon when just about everyone else would rather be home. Football wasn’t a lifelong dream for Edebali. It just sort of happened. Edebali grew up in Germany as a gymnast and martial arts enthusiast. In the offseason, his workouts consist of both. He believes it’s what got him here. “It was a lot of things where you needed a lot of body control before I got into football,” said Edebali, 27. “That translated a little bit into the way I play football — quick twitch, a little unorthodox.” Now the Broncos will ask Edebali to be their top pass rusher off the bench until Shaquil Barrett returns from his injury and is in playing shape. Edebali knows it’s a huge role for a relatively unknown player, but he just smiles. “That’s how my life’s been. I’ve always been the next guy to step up,” said Edebali, who signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract in March. Earlier this offseason, Edebali got a potential taste of life after football. He went to a WWE tryout as a spectator but soon he made his way into the ring, supported by The Rock’s entrance music. “That was super random,” Edebali said, a little surprised anybody even knew about it. “They asked me if I wanted to work out and I was like, ‘Yeah, I always wanted to do a little of this.’ ” For Edebali, hands and timing are the most important traits of an NFL pass rusher. And that’s where his wrestling background pays off. Barrett was expected to be the third in a trio of active, attacking, rotating pass rushers with Von Miller and Shane Ray. After suffering an off-campus hip injury working out, Barrett will be out at least “a few months.” There is no guarantee he will be ready for Denver’s season opener Sept. 11 against the Chargers. Denver has no plans to sign an immediate replacement — a sign of faith in Edebali and a host of undrafted outside linebackers behind him. “He’s a relentless rusher on the pass down,” Broncos coach Joseph said. “Then he’s a big body when he’s on the edge and in the run game.” Before joining Denver, Edebali notched eight sacks in three seasons (two starts) for New Orleans. He could have his biggest role yet this season. Related Articles PHOTOS: Denver Broncos minicamp, June 15, 2017 Broncos DE Adam Gotsis misses minicamp practice to have knee scoped Broncos defense in “reset” mode, Brandon Marshall’s sore Achilles, more PHOTOS: Denver Broncos minicamp, June 14, 2017 Terrell Davis: I am confident Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is going in Hall of Fame The Broncos’ top three returning outside linebackers — Miller (81.2), Ray (58) and Barrett (36.6) — all played a higher percentage of snaps in 2016 than Edebali has played in any season (33.9 was his top, in 2015). Vontarrius Dora, a 2016 college free agent who spent most of last year on the Broncos’ practice squad, and undrafted rookies Ken Ekanem and Deon Hollins are the other outside linebackers on the roster. So the pressure falls on Edebali, the only healthy reserve outside linebacker who has played in an NFL regular-season game. The hope is that the Broncos’ attacking scheme will help Edebali have his best season. He was miscast as an undersized 4-3 defensive end his last two years in New Orleans, but he can use that experience to be a pass rushing and run stopping 3-4 outside linebacker. “I remember watching film and saying I would love to be in that defense to get after it,” Edebali said. “They let you loose and be yourself.” Edebali will get every opportunity to be his best this summer. The Broncos need it. [...]
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Census of an NFL Roster
These are the results of a survey of one NFL team’s locker room over the course of the 2016 season. Of the 51 Denver Broncos players who responded, only one player asked to know the intent of the survey before answering the questionnaire. There’s a familiar refrain in NFL reporting that seems to crescendo whenever controversy of a non-football variety is introduced into the dialogue. [...]
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Terrell Davis admits he thought Hall of Fame was just 'not meant to be'
CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- No reason to bite his tongue anymore. Terrell Davis admitted Wednesday he wondered if the Hall would ever call. All those winters of pushing his nose up to the windows in Canton exacted a toll. "Yeah, there was a point. About the sixth or seventh year when I was just constantly making the semifinalist list, but there was no one talking about me, I thought maybe it just wasn’t meant to be. I’d come out and say that if I didn’t make the Hall, I was fine with it and that it wouldn’t change my career," Davis said. "I meant some of that. I didn’t mean all of it." Davis walked into football immortality in February. His case presented challenges because of his short term -- seven [...]
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Mike McCoy and Terrell Davis relive time as teammates at Long Beach State
The two spent a couple years as teammates in California. [...]
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PHOTOS: Denver Broncos minicamp, June 15, 2017
The Denver Broncos held a mandatory minicamp on June 15, 2017 at Dove Valley. [...]
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Terrell Davis' visit with Broncos brings back memories
Terrell Davis' first visit to Denver Broncos headquarters since being elected to the Hall of Fame brought back memories of his first training camp when he couldn't see much of a future in football and came close to quitting. The Broncos were in Tokyo practicing for a preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers in the summer of 1995. [...]
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Terrell Davis argues for Owner Pat Bowlen's inclusion in Pro Football Hall of Fame
Terrell Davis said it's time for Mr. Bowlen to be inducted. [...]
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Broncos Minicamp Day 2 takeaways: Red means go
Successes outnumbered failures for the Broncos' offense in extensive red-zone work, and Trevor Siemian's performance helped lead the way. [...]
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Broncos defense in “reset” mode, Brandon Marshall’s sore Achilles, more
The Broncos’ changes this offseason leaned heavily on the offensive side. The defense remained one of the NFL’s top units in 2016, but inside those meeting rooms they aren’t content with remaining status quo. Denver’s defense again will be the face of the team. The defensive leaders already have bought into the urge by Vance Joseph and Joe Woods to not except pretty good as good enough. “My message to the whole group this year was that we have to reset. I feel like after the first year we won the Super Bowl we were flying high,” said Woods, the Broncos’ defensive backs coach the past two years who now is the defensive coordinator. “Guys came back and they worked hard, but it wasn’t the same thing.” Woods knows better than to fix what wasn’t broken, but a little more variety and complexity could help keep offenses off-guard. That means disguising more coverages, sending exotic blitzes and not being as predictable early in games. “There’s no secret to what we do. We line up and say, we know what you’re going to do, you know what we’re going to do, let’s see who wins,” Woods said. “There wasn’t really a lot of variance or change in terms of the calls we ran. We had a lot of success doing it that way. If our 11 can beat your 11, we’re going to win. We just struggled early on. Moving forward, I’m going to make sure I have a little bit of variety and a little bit of change in terms of what we do — especially early in the game.” Safe better than sorry. The sideline was more crowded than usual Wednesday with injured players sitting out practice. Linebacker Brandon Marshall, battling a sore Achilles, was the biggest new name. He said the team was just playing it safe after he became sore Tuesday. Receivers Carlos Henderson (soreness), Isaiah McKenzie (sickness), Kalif Raymond (hand) and Marlon Brown, tight end A.J. Derby (hamstring) and Jake Butt (knee), center Matt Paradis (hips) and quarterback Chad Kelly (wrist, knee) also didn’t practice. Jamaal Charles participated in individual drills, but sat out team drills. Related ArticlesJune 14, 2017 PHOTOS: Denver Broncos minicamp, June 14, 2017 June 14, 2017 Terrell Davis: I am confident Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is going in Hall of Fame June 14, 2017 Broncos minicamp Day 2 observations: Von Miller is still Von Miller, Justin Simmons’ leaping INT, more June 14, 2017 Broncos K Brandon McManus signs RFA tender worth $2.75 million June 14, 2017 Terrell Davis returns to Denver with new title: Hall of Famer “We’re just being smart, Joseph said. “We want guys to leave here healthy so they can go home and train for the next five weeks.” Another Chris Harris. The Broncos made a slightly surprising transaction waiving cornerback Taurean Nixon to make room for cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris, who played for Joseph in Cincinnati. “He’s played nickel and he’s played as an outside corner also. We wanted to add a guy with experience to the secondary room as far as the fourth or fifth corner,” Joseph said of Lewis-Harris. “Losing (Kayvon) Webster in free agency is a big deal. That fourth or fifth corner is one play from playing so we wanted to add a guy to the roster that’s played an NFL game. If something would happen, we’d feel OK about it.” Nixon, a 2015 seventh-round pick who spent most of his two years in Denver on the practice squad, had a pick-six of quarterback Paxton Lynch on Tuesday. Lewis-Harris has played five seasons with the Bengals and Ravens. [...]
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Broncos coach says QB competition hasn't really begun
The biggest offseason position battle in the NFL - the Denver Broncos quarterback sweepstakes featuring Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian - has been nothing but a tease. Coach Vance Joseph said Tuesday that the evaluation won't truly start until training camp next month. The quarterback competition has been one of the most hotly debated topics in Denver this offseason. [...]
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