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Body of former NFL player James Hardy found in Indiana river
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Authorities say former NFL wide receiver James Hardy has been found dead in a river in northeast Indiana. The Allen County Coroner’s Office says the 31-year-old’s body was identified Thursday, but that the cause and manner of death are still being investigated. The coroner says the former Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens player was reported missing a few weeks ago by relatives. His body was discovered Wednesday in the Maumee River in Fort Wayne. The former Indiana University star was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft by the Bills. A series of injuries limited him to 16 games over two seasons in Buffalo. He also played for Baltimore before being released in 2011. Police say an employee of Fort Wayne’s water filtration plant discovered his body. Related ArticlesJune 8, 2017 Raiders, UNLV still working on deal to use planned stadium June 8, 2017 NFL backup QB power rankings: Where Broncos’ Paxton Lynch ranks June 7, 2017 Police investigating assault complaint from Colorado man against Rex Ryan June 7, 2017 Peyton Manning for president? “He’d be incredible at it.” June 7, 2017 Don’t expect to see Colin Kaepernick on an NFL field any time soon [...]
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Denver inventor’s Cold Roller soothes injuries for NFL’s Broncos, others
For one Denver-based inventor, an idea for his first successful product didn’t start in an office or a garage, but rather on a basketball court after he suffered a minor injury on his leg. Matt Hyder, 25, is the founder of Recoup Fitness and inventor of the company’s increasingly-popular product, the Cold Roller. Designed as a replacement for ice cups and foam rollers, the Cold Roller is a handheld, ice-cold rolling ball intended to relieve soreness and treat injuries. “I came up with the idea after I got a stinger playing basketball,” Hyder said. “I just wanted to develop something for my own need. I’d failed at four businesses before I started this one. I went to the best trainers in Colorado and had them test out the prototype. They loved it, and they tested it on some elite athletes. They loved it too. It was from there that I thought I could make a business out of this.” Andy Cross, The Denver PostRecoup Fitness CEO and founder Matt Hyder with The Stinger Cold Massage Roller on June 8, 2017 in Denver. Hyder thought right. After meeting with San Francisco 49ers chief executive Jed York in Recoup Fitness’s early stages, the team’s trainers started using the Cold Roller to treat players’ injuries. Since then, other NFL teams including the Denver Broncos, New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars started using the product. Recoup Fitness has sold around 10,000 Cold Rollers, including 7,000 in 2017. Each unit sells for $40, and Hyder said the company is hoping to launch a hot roller as well as a hot and cold stick by the holiday season. Once chilled in the freezer, the Cold Roller will stay cold for about six hours, Hyder said. Hyder’s product has been featured in magazines including Men’s Fitness and Men’s Journal and will be featured on the Today Show on Monday morning. Hyder also is hoping to get an investment by appearing on NBC’s Shark Tank — he has applied and is waiting to hear from them — and by signing endorsements with athletes. While the Cold Roller is getting hotter, Hyder said many people around him didn’t think he would succeed. As a teenager, Hyder barely graduated high school and said he had a 1.9 GPA. His high school counselor discouraged him from applying to colleges. Now, Hyder keeps near him a written reminder of around 30 comments he’s heard on why he won’t succeed, starting with the one from the counselor. These comments, Hyder said, are his main drive when running his business. “I think about that every day,” Hyder said. “If I ever lose motivation, I can just read them and that little chip on my shoulder helps me push through the longer days.” As his business continues to grow, Hyder said that while it’s exciting to see his invention get more popular, it’s his previous mistakes that brought him to this point. “It’s the failures that actually helped me get to this point,” Hyder said. “I learned so many lessons along the way, that I didn’t make those (mistakes) again with this business. It feels like a dream, honestly. I still can’t believe it’s real.” [...]
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Broncos’ inside linebackers ready to tackle new season head-on
Brandon Marshall and Todd Davis are expecting to make huge improvements in their play, execution this season. Brandon Marshall has a secret technique for tackling. Well, maybe more of a calculated approach than a secret - he never puts his head down. This came after advice from a college coach who noticed Marshall always had his head low and often missed his tackles. “I was getting there, but I was missing tackles and getting hurt, too,” Marshall recalled. “One day, (former Nevada Defensive Coordinator Nigel Burton) told me to put my helmet on. “So I put my helmet on. He said buckle it up. I did, and he just hit me in the face. He asked if it hurt. I said no. He did it again and asked if it hurt, I said no. He said, ‘Tackle like that.’ I said, ‘OK, cool’ (laughing).” If there were a metaphor for Marshall’s approach to this season, it would be just like he tackles - with his head up, staring down his victim and hitting him with his face. Going into a second year working opposite Todd Davis, and attending his first OTAs in two years without nursing an injury, Marshall is ready to hit the challenges of the upcoming season head-on. “I had a bad taste in my mouth all of last year. I plan to have a complete opposite season. I plan to make all the plays.” - Brandon Marshall All of them. “I had a bad taste in my mouth all of last year. Even during the season, I was like, ‘I’m not making any plays. I’m not making plays.’ It just felt weird,” Marshall said, adding that there was a “Super Bowl lull” but this year will be different. “I plan to have a complete opposite season. I plan to make all the plays.” And he’s not kidding - tackles, interceptions, pass break-ups, forced fumbles...if defense is meant to do it, Marshall plans to accomplish it. “I’m definitely looking at career bests for everything,” he said, adding that some of the additions to the defense from new coordinator Joe Woods are going to help him get those bests. “I’m excited. I’ve been putting a lot of work in. I think when you put a lot of work in, you gain confidence in yourself because you know that you put the work in.” “Linebackers are supposed to lead the team in tackles. We’re supposed to be the playmakers on defense, and I think that’s what we need to get back to.” - Brandon Marshall Marshall is also expecting that from his linebacking corps, telling his group that “making all the plays” is the linebacker’s job. “Linebackers are supposed to lead the team in tackles,” he said. “We’re supposed to be the playmakers on defense, and I think that’s what we need to get back to.” Marshall will get no argument from his counterpart Davis as the ILB is excited to build on a rather interesting stat from last season - not missing a single tackle in the run game and only missing two in the passing game. “I didn’t even know that was true until it came out,” Davis said, laughing about not being sure how to improve on it. “It’s a good stat. I hope I can do it again this year.” Davis: "I want to be better. I watched film and saw so many areas I can improve in."— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) June 1, 2017 Bettering their stats and racking up a bunch of personal bests will depend on Marshall and Davis having good chemistry. Last season they nicknamed themselves “Thunder” and “Lightning,” but they both admit to still improving on their communication. “I think we have it down,” Marshall said, noting that he and Danny Trevathan, Davis’ predecessor who left to Chicago in free agency after the Super Bowl, got to the point where they knew what the other was doing - but it took time. It will take more time for Marshall and Davis too. “I think what Todd and I have going on is great. We work hard, we do extra stuff. We talk ball on the sidelines,” Marshall said. “We’re going to be just fine.” The two are also bolstered by some meat on the defensive line - literally. Between Domata Peko and Zach Kerr coming in free agency, and a 350-pound rookie UDFA Tyrique Jarrett, the Broncos have a couple of very big nose tackles ready to stuff the run. “I’m really excited. Todd and I call [Jarret] ‘Pot Roast Jr.’ Hopefully he can live up to that (laughing),” Marshall said. “When Terrance Knighton was in there, I remember one time he told me when we played the Bills, ‘Look man, when you see me in front of you, just go make the play.’ He took up a double team, and sat there for three seconds and I just made the play. I said, ‘That’s what I’m talking about.’ “Hopefully (Jarrett) can do that,” Marshall added. Pot Roast Jr. ain't so junior pic.twitter.com/5yUAQeonCL— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) June 1, 2017 Davis couldn’t agree more. “You see the smile on my face? I love it. I love the big boys that we brought in,” he said. “I definitely love the nose tackles. They’re key to us, as you know, as the o- [...]
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Horse Tracks: Chad Kelly to get his cast removed on Monday
Good Morning Broncos Country! On Thursday night, Mike Klis of 9NEWS Denver tweeted out that Denver Broncos rookie quarterback Chad Kelly will get the cast on his right wrist removed on this coming Monday. Broncos rookie QB Chad Kelly will have cast removed from right wrist on Monday. Progress. #9sports — Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) June 2, 2017 This is good news for the Broncos talented but injury prone/troubled rookie quarterback. He suffered the wrist injury during his Pro Day workout when he rushed back to participate in the Pro Day. He has since been sidelined while his wrist healed, but a big step in returning back to form will happen on Monday. Now there are questions about his availability for Training Camp. The Broncos may decide to bring him along slowly with Paxton Lynch, Trevor Siemian, and Kyle Sloter already at the quarterback position. This makes Kelly a potential PUP and/or IR candidate going forward, but he could also be ready for camp so we need to see how well his rehab goes. Kelly was selected in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft and was the Mr. Irrelevant pick as well. If healthy and with no off the field issues, Kelly would have likely been a late first-round pick or a day two selection. So the Broncos potentially came away with a steal here, but there is a reason why all 32 NFL teams passed on him 252 times during the draft. So the Broncos have a low-risk, high reward type prospect here. The X-Factor in the Broncos quarterback room is just about to clear one of his biggest obstacles remaining before hitting the field for the first-time for the Broncos. Hopefully, he continues to heal well without any setbacks and can participate in Training Camp here in less than two months from now. Horse Tracks: Chiefs release wide receiver Jeremy Maclin - NFL.comCount this as one less target for Alex Smith. The Chiefs have released wide receiver Jeremy Maclin after two seasons in Kansas City, the team announced. Pitta's career in jeopardy after re-injuring hip in OTAs - NFL.comDennis Pitta's latest hip injury could be his last. The tight end's career is in jeopardy after suffering a dislocated hip during Ravens OTAs, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported. Pete Carroll on ESPN report: 'The locker room is in great shape' - NFL.comIf there really is trouble in Seattle's paradise, no one inside the Seahawks' building is daring to publicly acknowledge it. Pete Carroll left concerns in the past with his response Friday. Joe Mixon signs rookie deal with Cincinnati Bengals - NFL.comJoe Mixon is under contract. The Cincinnati Bengals agreed to a four-year deal with the No. 48 overall selection, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Friday, per a source informed of the situation. Travis Benjamin: Johnny Manziel ready for comeback - NFL.comChargers receiver Travis Benjamin says he saw Johnny Manziel recently and hopes that his former Browns teammate will get another shot in the NFL. Seahawks to honor Cortez Kennedy with No. 96 decal - NFL.comCortez Kennedy will be with the Seahawks in spirit all season long. The club decided to make the No. 96 helmet decal -- Kennedy's number -- a permanent fixture for 2017. Lawrence has eyes on Pro Bowl after one-sack '16 - NFL.comDemarcus Lawrence, like most of us, would prefer to forget about 2016. His one-sack season, among other things, had the Cowboy end all hot and bothered during OTAs this week. Why did the Kansas City Chiefs release Jeremy Maclin? - NFL VideosThe Kansas City Chiefs have released wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. NFL Media's Mike Garafolo explains why the Chiefs decided to make this surprise move. Shane Ray thankful DeMarcus Ware taught him to be a pro | ProFootballTalkWhen the Broncos took edge rusher Shane Ray in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft, they did so despite already having edge rushers Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware in place. Carroll on Kaepernick: We’re not doing anything at this time | ProFootballTalkSeahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday that he believes quarterback Colin Kaepernick is "a starter in this league," but he isn't going to be a backup in Seattle at the moment. Boston Globe photographer barred from Tom Brady charity event | ProFootballTalkRevenge is a dish best served with a side of avocado ice cream. After the Boston Globe published an article reporting that Best Buddies International funneled $3 million to Tom Brady's charitable trust since 2011, Brady and Best Buddies have banned a Globe photographer from this year's flag footb... Plaintiffs in painkiller case lay foundation for appeal | ProFootballTalkA federal judge recently dismissed most of the claims arising from allegations that NFL teams improperly provided painkillers to players. The plaintiffs have commenced the process of appealing the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. [...]
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Broncos, Briefly: Thursday, June 8, 2017
A quick look at the recent buzz on the Denver Broncos. [...]
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Justin Simmons, member of Broncos’ “Baby No Fly Zone,” eager to put teachings to work in Year 2
Before Justin Simmons got his first NFL start, before he learned what it was like to be a rookie and to be a safety on the Broncos’ self-titled “No Fly Zone” secondary, he was told something he’s yet to forget. Something that rang true for him and countless other first-year players just trying to stay afloat in a cutthroat and all-consuming business. “As a rookie, you have a lot going on from preseason all the way to the postseason,” Simmons said. “One of the vets told me, ‘In college, you really just play football. But in the league, you learn football.’” In Denver, Simmons is finally learning a game he’s played for most of his life. He’s learning tendencies, learning offensive coordinators’ likes and dislikes at certain yard markers, learning what to do in second-and-10 vs. second-and-7, learning how and where to be and why instead of relying on luck and timing and an athleticism few can match. “I think in college, for the most part I watched film just to kind of check it off my list,” he said. “I watched it just so in the back of mind I could say, ‘Well, I watched film, so I should be good.’ Now I’m actually learning football.” Related ArticlesJune 7, 2017 Broncos players meet U.S. men’s soccer team ahead of World Cup qualifier June 7, 2017 Broncos notebook: D-line packing on pounds, Zach Kerr’s “no-brainer” decision, more June 7, 2017 Peyton Manning for president? “He’d be incredible at it.” June 7, 2017 Peyton Manning named Riddell’s first “strategic advisor and brand ambassador” June 6, 2017 Kiszla: Which old running back would you rather have: Jamaal Charles or Marshawn Lynch? Drafted in the third round in 2016 out of Boston College, Simmons was thrown into a defensive backs room that includes a pair of first-team all-pros in cornerbacks Chris Harris and Aqib Talib and a pair of Pro Bowl safeties in T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart, all of whom were fresh off a Super Bowl victory. He found a teacher in Joe Woods last year and another this year in Marcus Robertson, a former NFL safety named the Broncos’ new defensive backs coach when Woods was elevated to defensive coordinator. What could have been an intimidating situation for a rookie was instead a coveted position — for the right kid. Simmons has begun his NFL career playing with and learning from some of the best defensive backs in the game. And he’s taken advantage of the opportunity. “Myself, Will (Parks) and a few others consider ourselves ‘Baby No Fly.’ We’re still in the works, we’re still learning a bunch of the tools of the trade to carry that No Fly Zone,” Simmons said. “Those (veterans) truly are the most selfless guys I’ve ever met, with the standard they hold being the best. They just want to win. They don’t care who is on the team to help them win. They just want to win.” Their success, as the Broncos’ defensive backs have long touted, is incumbent on their studies, their hours spent in front of a screen examining and memorizing the plays of opponents, sometimes from more than five years in the past. As he enters his second year as a pro, Simmons now knows the requirements needed for success and he’s quickly putting it all together. The groundwork, however, arguably began Dec. 18, 2016. It was then, when the Broncos’ playoff hopes were still alive, that Simmons got his first of three starts to close out the season. In each of his final two, at Kansas City and then against Oakland, Simmons recorded a pick while adding a run-stuff, two pass breakups and a tackle for loss against the Chiefs. The late-season work boosted a resume that still stars his extra-point block in New Orleans that prompted an NFL rule change in March. But more importantly, it gave him reps. Real reps. And it gave him more film to pick apart. Simmons, like the rest of secondary, says the group has room for improvement, despite leading the league in pass defense for two consecutive seasons. “That’s scary for other teams, because we know we can be a lot better,” he said. “We executed at a high level last year, but there are still a lot of mistakes that we left out on the field and we’re going back and looking through the film now.” And as he knows now, it helps to know what you’re looking at. “As a rookie last year, going back and looking at what I know now compared to the middle of the season last year, so many things I just missed because I was trying to, for lack of a better term, survive throughout that time. I was just in the right place at the right time instead of stepping up and making plays and really executing what was be [...]
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Will Parks has had a rough week
The Denver Broncos second-year safety has not have a very good week, but he should be okay. Just a few days after Will Parks dropped a SnapChat clip of two very unsavory passes from Paxton Lynch, the Denver Broncos let it be known that they were disappointed that the video was shared, but they would not be taking action again him for the transgression. Brandon Perna from That’s Good Broncos discussed that situation, but then Parks went and got himself into some trouble back in March for misdemeanor domestic violence. The threats he made against the woman were completely unacceptable. Mike Klis of 9News covered the entire timeline of events when he broke the news of Parks’ March arrest on Friday. I won’t comment on why this news suddenly broke two days after Parks embarrassed the Broncos organization, but that is something that can be tin foil hatted in the comments section. As it stands, Parks has had a very rough week. He should be okay, though. Well, outside of being accused of breaking the law anyway... [...]
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Broncos 2017 roster: Inside linebacker Todd Davis
The Denver Broncos may already have their long-term replacement for Danny Trevathan in Todd Davis. Name: Todd DavisPosition: ILBHeight: 6'1" Weight: 230Age: 25 Experience: 4College: Sacramento State When the Denver Broncos lost Danny Trevathan to free agency after the 2015 Super Bowl run, they turned to third-year inside linebacker Todd Davis to fill the void. He performed admirably, but the Broncos will need him to play more consistently if the defense is to remain a dominant force throughout games. Davis’ partner in crime, Brandon Marshall, noted that they worked through communication issues last season, but feel they’ve got that figured out now. Chemistry is half the battle, so now it’s all about making plays. The Good As an undrafted free agent, Davis has carved out a role in the NFL starting on the best defensive unit in football. He was an effective run defender and did not make as many glaring mistakes as one would expect from a first-year starter. He was one of the few players who did not miss a single tackle last season. Pro Football Focus graded him out at an impressive +76.0. He notched 97 combined tackles, a half sack, a forced fumble, and three pass defenses in 2016. The Broncos will be counting on Davis to continue his growth and be even better in 2017. The Bad Coverage. The biggest hole on the Broncos defense continues to be covering running backs and tight ends in the pass game and Todd Davis played a big role in that problem. Davis even acknowledged this issue during OTA’s last week saying, “I would love to stay on the field during those key third downs and in the down packages. I’m definitely working on my coverage and just trying to have a reason for me to not be off the field.” If he can tighten up on coverage assignments, his growth could end up being the answer the Broncos were looking for when Trevathen left in free agency. There is a caveat. When Todd Davis was on the field for 65% or more of the snaps in the game, the Broncos record was 1-4. That will definitely have to change. Quotable Also from this week of OTA’s, Davis was very animated when talking about new Broncos head coach Vance Joseph and what he means to the team just a few months into their working relationships. “I love him. I love everything about him. I love his personality, his intensity and what he brings to the locker room and in the meeting room. I just like the person that he is. I love that he is a defensive minded head coach. I’ve never had one, so this is my first year. I love seeing him getting fired up when we make a play in practice. He knows the defense, and if something isn’t right, he’s stopping the play making sure we’re right. He’s definitely hands on, and definitely the right man for the job. Like I said earlier, we’re 1-0 in the Super Bowl with a new head coach, so I’m excited for this year.” Status Todd Davis is your 2017 starting inside linebacker for the Denver Broncos. That much is clear in hearing both Brandon Marshall and Davis talk about their chemistry and goals on the football field. There is too much investment there to consider another player coming in to break that up this offseason. Last year, I didn’t think Davis was going to be a long-term answer for the Broncos. However, after his solid first season and if he continues to get better, that will be one snap judgement I’ll be taking back. [...]
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A couple of Broncos sound off on Kaepernick’s lingering unemployment
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick remains apparently overqualified to be a backup, underqualified to be a starter, and ultimately unemployed. Two players from the team he nearly joined a year ago sounded off Tuesday regarding his man-without-a-team status. “I think it’s crazy,” Broncos tight end Virgil Green told reporters. [...]
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Former Oklahoma players reflect on Bob Stoops' career amid retirement announcement
Corey Nelson and Donald Stephenson weighed in on the surprise retirement of Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops. [...]
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Peyton Manning named Riddell’s first “strategic advisor and brand ambassador”
Peyton Manning was named Riddell’s first ever “strategic advisor and brand ambassador,” the company announced Wednesday. According to a release by the football equipment company, Manning will be involved in product development, community and charitable initiatives, as well as internal programming and special projects with Riddell’s executive team. “Peyton Manning is synonymous with football. His contributions on and off the field help advance the sport, and benefit athletes at all levels,” said Dan Arment, President and CEO of Riddell and BRG Sports. “We are honored that Manning joined Riddell as a business advisor and brand ambassador as we work together to lead the sport of football to a stronger future.” Manning wore Riddell helmets and shoulder pads throughout his career, including the company’s SpeedFlex helmet during the Broncos’ Super Bowl-winning 2015 campaign, which he first donned during 2015 organized team activities. Related ArticlesJune 7, 2017 Peyton Manning for president? “He’d be incredible at it.” June 4, 2017 Peyton Manning played golf with Donald Trump as he tweeted about the London attacks May 22, 2017 That time Peyton Manning sent an apology letter to a referee and wouldn’t let it go May 16, 2017 Peyton Manning to host the ESPY Awards in July May 9, 2017 Colts to unveil Peyton Manning statue, retire jersey, induct him in Ring of Honor this year “Riddell is one of the most recognizable brands in football and has long maintained its leadership position through meaningful improvements in player protection and game-tested innovation,” Manning said via the release “Riddell is also doing great work to educate the football community about new protective technology, the importance of proper equipment management, and coordinating initiatives that make new gear available to football programs in need. I’m appreciative of the opportunity to invest in the company and join #TeamRiddell to help reinforce the brand’s effortsin advancing the sport I love and believe in.” [...]
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Peyton Manning for president? “He’d be incredible at it.”
J.C. Watts quarterbacked the University of Oklahoma to two consecutive Orange Bowl victories before spending nearly a decade as a U.S. congressman from 1995-2003. After establishing himself as one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history, Steve Largent became a congressman from Oklahoma and nearly won the state’s gubernatorial race. Peyton Manning? He played golf with President Donald Trump. That’s it. But that outing last week that made the rounds across the Internet has found the former Broncos and Colts quarterback amid speculation that he could soon enter the political realm. Enough former star athletes have. Why not one more? According to Bleacher Report’s lead NFL writer Mike Freeman, the idea isn’t as far fetched as it sounds. In his weekly 10-point stance column Wednesday, Freeman said he reached out to a number of NFL executives and former players who all suggested Manning would one day become president. Related ArticlesJune 7, 2017 Peyton Manning named Riddell’s first “strategic advisor and brand ambassador” June 4, 2017 Peyton Manning played golf with Donald Trump as he tweeted about the London attacks May 22, 2017 That time Peyton Manning sent an apology letter to a referee and wouldn’t let it go May 16, 2017 Peyton Manning to host the ESPY Awards in July May 9, 2017 Colts to unveil Peyton Manning statue, retire jersey, induct him in Ring of Honor this year Former Colts punter Pat McAfee, who was teammates with Manning in Indianapolis, told Freeman: “If (Manning) was to become a politician, I assume he’d be incredible at it. He’s a leader, a tireless worker and a fabulous communicator. I don’t know much about politics, but I think if you have those three traits, you have a chance of being a real world-changer. I hope he gets into it someday; would be great for our country.” In addition to his golf outing, Manning was spotted on the White House lawn with Trump and Tennessee Senator Bob Corker (R) last weekend. Peyton Manning & Sen. Bob Corker of Tenn. depart the W.H. after President Trump returns from a 4.5 hour outing at Trump National Golf Club. pic.twitter.com/TeWn6KjsqO — Al Drago (@Al_Drago) June 4, 2017 Freeman’s column, which you can read in its entirety here, had some NFL sources suggesting Manning and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady could vie for the same ticket in a future Republican primary or running together for President. It sounds crazy. And it is. Manning said at the Adobe Summit in Las Vegas in March that he has “no interest in the political world,” but if there was even a chance — the slightest chance — that a Manning-Brady ticket could exist against Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Tom Hanks on the opposite side of the aisle, well, that sounds like a world I wouldn’t mind living in. [...]
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Broncos notebook: D-line packing on pounds, Zach Kerr’s “no-brainer” decision, more
Zach Kerr had options in free agency. He was intrigued by the prospect of joining Detroit’s defensive line after spending the first three years of his career in Indianapolis. He also generated interest from 49ers and Giants. But it all changed when the Broncos called. “Actually, I was in Detroit when I got the call, and I really liked Detroit,” he said. “But as soon as I got the offer from Denver, I was, ‘Let’s go.’ It’s a great defense, it’s been a great defense and you’d be a fool to not want to play here.” Kerr is used to moving around on the line to fill gaps where needed. His versatility, a key reason he was sought by the Broncos, has been exploited. “Wherever they want me to be: nose, three-, four-technique, five-technique, I’m here to help,” Kerr said. “I did that at my previous team, so whatever they want me to do here, I’m open to. I’m not the kind of guy (who says) ‘I want to play nose,’ or ‘I don’t want to play five.’ Wherever they want me to play, whatever they want me to do on the field, I’ll be there.” But so far in organized team activities (OTAs), Kerr has received the majority of his snaps at nose tackle. And he’s often relied on the advice and pointers from a fellow free-agent acquisition, Domata Peko. “He’s done it a long time, and playing the nose position in the NFL is a pretty tough task,” Kerr said. “I asked Peko a lot of things. He helps me out with offensive sets and, ‘If they come out in this,’ and, ‘If you hear this.’ Nose is a thinking man’s game. Football is, in general, but really at the nose, you have to be really, really be a quick thinkers because you come out and everything is right there in your face. “A lot of guys think (nose) is just being a big guy in the middle, just taking up space,” Kerr continued. “But you can ask any of the guys that are truly ends — (Adam) Gotsis, (Kyle) Peko — everything at nose happens so much quicker, but you have to be patient. Your blocks happen quicker, but you have to be patient but if you jump gaps too quick, that could be a 60-yard touchdown because the defense is built around that position.” Packing on pounds An emphasis for the Broncos’ front lines this offseason was to get bigger. The defense added Kerr and Peko in free agency, Gotsis packed on 20 pounds and veteran Derek Wolfe said he added 20 himself to get to around 310. Jared Crick joined them. Related ArticlesJune 7, 2017 Peyton Manning for president? “He’d be incredible at it.” June 7, 2017 Peyton Manning named Riddell’s first “strategic advisor and brand ambassador” June 6, 2017 Kiszla: Which old running back would you rather have: Jamaal Charles or Marshawn Lynch? June 6, 2017 Broncos TEs talk new offense; QB plan for minicamp; Derek Wolfe’s to-do list; more notes June 6, 2017 Broncos TE Virgil Green reacts to Colin Kaepernick still being a free agent Crick, who said he played under 275 pounds at times last season, has gained 15 pounds this offseason and hopes to add another five. “We were undersized last year and we knew it,” said Crick, who played more than expected last season to account for injuries on the line. Instead of eating four meals a day, Crick said he has around six now and is the heaviest he’s been in his career. Intensity and comradery The Broncos D-line isn’t short on boisterous personalities, and Kerr expected as much when he signed. The veteran lineman has a memorable, if limited, history with defensive line coach Bill Kollar when Kollar was with Houston and Kerr was hoping to make it big out of Delaware. “Bill was one of the first guys I talked to at the combine coming out when he was at Houston. So we had a conversation for about 10, 15 minutes at the combine,” Kerr said. “It was interesting to say the least, but it’s cool to get back with him now. He gets a lot out of players, so I’m excited about that.” The short conversation was Kerr’s introduction to Kollar’s intensity. But he didn’t know about the other side to the Broncos’ defense. Not that he needed another selling point — “What’s not to like about the defense?” he said — but Kerr found one after he signed. “Everybody will probably look at the numbers and the ‘No Fly Zone’ and stuff like that. And all that stuff is great. My first day here with all the guys, everybody was like, ‘Hey, what’s up, I’m Aqib (Talib) and I’m T.J. (Ward) and I’m Chris (Harris).’ Everybody just coming together and wel [...]
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