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Timeline for veteran RB Jamaal Charles’ Broncos debut still unclear
Jamaal Charles did not play in the Broncos’ preseason opener at Chicago on Thursday. And it is unclear if the veteran running back will suit up Saturday at San Francisco. “I’m not sure yet,” coach Vance Joseph said when asked if Charles would play against the 49ers. Charles, signed to a one-year contract by the Broncos in the offseason after spending his first nine seasons with AFC West rival Kansas City, remains one of Denver’s biggest question marks as the team enters its final month of preparations before the Sept. 11 regular-season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers. Though his full-team repetitions have been elevated during the past week, Charles has still seen limited action as he continues to recover from multiple knee surgeries the last two years. The man who has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in a season five times insists he is not feeling pressure as roster decisions creep closer. “I don’t think I have to prove anything,” he said. “… People know what I can do. I feel confident. Whatever Coach Vance (Joseph) and the trainers say, that’s their direction. I’m just out here every day just getting healthy and getting my craft ready and preparing to play whenever.” Joseph said the Broncos will “probably” need to see Charles, whose one-year deal could reach $3.75 million with incentives, play in the preseason before making a roster decision with the running back. Related ArticlesAugust 12, 2017 The Broncos have a problem, and they couldn’t be happier about it. August 12, 2017 Broncos rookie WR Carlos Henderson to have thumb surgery August 12, 2017 Broncos fans set training camp attendance record in 2017 August 12, 2017 Broncos DE Derek Wolfe carted off practice field, suffers ankle sprain August 12, 2017 Aqib Talib talks HOF, Broncos add new face to DL, jobs still open on O-line “He’ll eventually play,” Joseph said. “It depends on the (doctors) and how he’s feeling.” Charles said he has experienced no setbacks as he’s gradually participated more in practice this month. He has made a concerted effort, he said, to run on his right side and cut off the knee that has been wrapped in a brace and was operated on as recently as November. “I’m out here,” he said. “Whenever they throw me in the fire, I’m going to be ready.” [...]
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The Broncos have a problem, and they couldn’t be happier about it.
The Broncos have a problem that started with the NFL draft in April and was complicated by a pair of phone calls in the ensuing months, first to Kansas City and then to Natchez, Miss. It’s a welcome problem — one that teams strive to have and one the Broncos are cherishing for the remaining days of training camp and the preseason. But it’s one they soon will have to solve. With the selection of sixth-round draft pick De’Angelo Henderson, the signings of veterans Jamaal Charles and Stevan Ridley and the returns of C.J. Anderson, Devontae Booker (when healthy) and Juwan Thompson, the Broncos’ once-dormant running game has seemingly been revived with a unique blend of talent. The preseason opener at Chicago on Thursday was a test of patience as the Broncos continue to work through the kinks of a new scheme and search for the starter at multiple positions, none more significant than quarterback. But among the more promising aspects was their ground game, which gained 106 yards (4.1 per-carry average) against the Bears and included the winning 41-yard touchdown run by Henderson late in the fourth quarter. “What we saw tonight is what he’s been since we drafted the guy in the spring,” first-year Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said of Henderson after the 24-17 victory over the Bears. “So I’m not surprised to see that tonight.” For the past two years, the Denver running game has failed to launch in the way general manager John Elway envisioned. But this season — thanks in large part to a remade offensive line whose pride is tied to run blocking — sure has the potential to be the charm and the key to supporting Denver’s quarterbacks and still-developing offense. “From what I watched on film to what I see now, it’s a different attitude,” Joseph said. “In my opinion, it’s the offensive line that has made the most improvement. Now, running back-wise, adding Jamaal Charles and adding a guy like Ridley, that obviously makes you better. It makes the competition tough in that room.” Subway and second chances Training camp opened with a setback. Booker, Denver’s No. 2 running back who had been pushing to be No. 1, suffered a fractured wrist. A pair of screws would fix him, but the Broncos couldn’t fill his void on the field for the remainder of camp and the preseason. Enter Ridley, a free agent who spent four years with the New England Patriots and topped 1,200 yards rushing in 2012 but started only six games over the last three years because of injuries. His shot at a career revival was offered July 27. “I told my mom about it at Subway,” he said with a laugh. “A small country town in Natchez, Miss., there’s not too many options. You’ve got Wendy’s, McDonald’s and pretty much Burger King, so Subway takes it.” Related ArticlesAugust 12, 2017 Timeline for veteran RB Jamaal Charles’ Broncos debut still unclear August 12, 2017 Broncos rookie WR Carlos Henderson to have thumb surgery August 12, 2017 Broncos fans set training camp attendance record in 2017 August 12, 2017 Broncos DE Derek Wolfe carted off practice field, suffers ankle sprain August 12, 2017 Aqib Talib talks HOF, Broncos add new face to DL, jobs still open on O-line Then he drove three hours to New Orleans, boarded a plane to Denver and worked out for Joseph, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and running backs coach Eric Studesville inside the Broncos’ field house. Then he signed on a dotted line, suited up in a No. 47 practice jersey and took the field for his first walkthrough. All in a day’s work. The next morning, Ridley announced his arrival after throwing on shells and a helmet. He “flashed” — a term Denver coaches have used often to describe their rushers — showing his ability to find his holes at the line and power through them. Ridley said he wanted to provide “stability” to the running backs room, but he has been a welcome disruption — and a contender for a coveted roster spot. “He’s a pro,” Studesville said. “He approaches this the professional way. And he knows the great opportunity that’s sitting here. We’re very excited about him.” The Broncos also are excited about Charles, once an AFC West nemesis as a Kansas City Chiefs star who signed a one-year contract in May to fit with Joseph’s theme of infusing the offense with speed. Charles didn’t play Thursday against the Bears, but he is expected to take the field at some point in preseason as he eases his way back from knee surgeries that hindered his last two years in the league. He says his troublesome knees no longer are a concern. The Broncos hope he’s right. “I don&r [...]
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It's still a 2-man race for the Denver Broncos' QB job
Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch don't need to worry about anyone but each other. Heading into the zenith of their QB competition next week, they can rest assured the Broncos brass has their backs even as fans fret over the duo's oft-times ho-hum jockeying for the job. Neither quarterback was particularly inspiring in the Broncos' 24-17 win at Chicago in their preseason opener Thursday night - particularly in comparison to Bears rookie Mitch Trubisky, who threw for 166 yards and led three scoring drives. [...]
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Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch Preseason Week 1 highlights
Denver Broncos quaterback Trevor Siemian and quarterback Paxton Lynch compete for the starting quarterback job in week one of the preseason. [...]
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[SB Nation: Burgundy Wave] – What we can expect from Luis Gil
... stent enough minutes to cohesively play with any group in the squad. BW: The Rapids are in dire need of a number 10/someone who can bring some creativity to the ... [...]
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The Golden Age: LaPhonso Ellis
We all know who the most celebrated image – and personality -- of the Nuggets’ upset of top-seeded Seattle in the first round of the 1994 [...]
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Next-Day Notebook: Menelik Watson learns tough lesson
Menelik Watson gave up a sack on the first offensive play of Thursday's game, but it was his response that mattered more. [...]
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Shane Ray making progress in recovery, impressed by OLB depth in opener
Shane Ray gives an update on how his wrist is recovering after surgery to repair a torn ligament. And he gives his thoughts on how the reserve outside linebackers did against the Bears. [...]
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Rockies lose to Marlins as Jake McGee falters in the eighth inning
MIAMI — Some Rockies players went deep-sea fishing here Thursday on their day off. Friday night, they let a big one get away. Miami rallied to beat the Rockies 6-3 at Marlins Park, spoiling a milestone night for Nolan Arenado and derailing Colorado’s chance to gain some ground in the National League wild-card race. Reliever Jake McGee, making his second appearance since coming off the disabled list, got roasted in the Marlins’ game-turning eighth inning, giving up three runs in one-third of an inning. Miami’s rally included a bloop RBI single by Derek Dietrich and a two-run triple by Tomas Telis. McGee, not as sharp has he has been most of the season, also walked Marcell Ozuna, much to the consternation of manager Bud Black. “I was just a little off tonight, and when I needed to make a few pitches, I left some over the middle of the plate,” said McGee, now 0-2 with a 3.77 ERA. “I had a few chances to get out of it. I thought I had Deitrich there, but he got a little bloop hit. And then Ozuna had a really good at-bat, and dragged it on a little bit. But at the end of the day I just have to (have) a little bit better location with my pitches.” Although the loss landed on McGee’s shoulders, starter Jon Gray shared the burden. The game presented the right-hander with an opportunity to take command and shut down the Marlins in ace-like fashion. He was unable to. Gray was spotted leads of 2-0 and 3-1, but he couldn’t hold them. Gray did pull off a nice high-wire act in the fifth, coming away with just a single run against him as Colorado held onto a 2-1 lead. Back-to-back singles by Dietrich and Telis set up a possible big inning. But Gray coaxed a groundball double play out of Miguel Rojas as Deitrich scored from third. The act was complete when Miami starter Jose Urena grounded out to Arenado. But Gray couldn’t repeat the feat in the sixth and Miami tied the game 3-3. Giancarlo Stanton unloaded with his 40th homer of the season, a 433-foot rocket to left. Since July 5, Stanton has hit 19 homers. San Francisco, as a team, has 20 home runs over that same span. Gray seemed to lose focus after Stanton’s bomb, walking two and giving up a double to Christian Yelich, who advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on J.T. Realmuto’s sacrifice fly to deep center. Gray gave up three runs on eight hits with four strikeouts over 5 ⅔ innings. Both Gray and Black disagreed with the idea that Gray’s concentration wavered. “That’s a question for Jon, but I think I know the answer,” Black said. Said Gray: “No I didn’t (lose focus), I think I just expanded too much. I should have gone right after guys. Note to self: ‘It can’t happen again.’ ” Black, however, did have another explanation for Gray’s inability to shut down the Marlins. “I think that what got to Jon was too many balls up as the game went on,” Black said. “Stanton’s homer — up. And the other runs they got off him in the sixth, the ball was up.” Related ArticlesAugust 11, 2017 Ryan McMahon, one of Rockies’ top prospects, called up to major-league club August 10, 2017 Ken Kaiser, umpire who quit during labor talks, dies at 72 August 10, 2017 From gut-punch to walk-off, Rockies are honing for the postseason with higher stakes August 9, 2017 Rockies Mailbag: Does Nolan Arenado have a realistic shot at NL MVP this year? August 9, 2017 Greg Holland shaved his head and face after consecutive blown saves, but the Rockies are not worried Arenado became the first player in the majors to rack up 100 RBIs this season when he blasted a two-run homer to right-center in the third, scoring Charlie Blackmon, who led off with a double to right. The statistics don’t stop there, nor does the history. The Gold Glove third baseman is batting an MLB-best .446 (50-for-112) with runners in scoring position, 13 doubles, three triples and 10 homers. Plus, he became the first National League player to reach 100 RBIs for three consecutive seasons since Pittsburgh’s Willie Stargell did it from 1971-73. “He’s having a great year, and for sure he’s one of the best players in the game,” Black said. “And he’s doing it every day. This guy has come into his own as a player, and has improved offensively to the point that he’s at the point now that he’s one of the most dangerous hitters in the game.” Gerardo Parra, who’s hitting .400 since coming off the disabled list July 7, cranked his ninth homer of the season to lead off the sixth, pushing the Rockies ahead 3-1. In the third inning, Parra saved a possible run with a perfect throw from left field. Miami’s Dee Gordon attempted to go from first to thir [...]
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Bodie Hume’s explosive summer on the club circuit brings the Sterling senior a Division I opportunity
Bodie Hume is blowing up. The Sterling standout, who led the Tigers to the Class 3A state championship as a junior last winter, played club basketball for the first time this summer with the talent-rich Colorado Hawks 17U team. Before July, the 6-foot-7, 185-pound wing had one college offer, from Division II Nebraska Kearney. But over the course of the past month, Hume got offers from 10 Division I schools — Northern Colorado, Air Force, Denver, Mercer, UNC Greensboro, Nebraska-Omaha, Pepperdine, Utah State, Dartmouth and San Francisco — before deciding to stay in state with a recent verbal commitment to UNC. “We went 6-0 in Wichita at the Jerry Mullen High Profile Tournament, and we won that, and then we went 4-1 at the Adidas Finale,” Hawks coach Simeon Boddie said. “We played in front of about 300 college coaches at some of those games, and that’s when Bodie really got put on the map. When you have a run like we did, going 14-2 in the month against top-flight competition while he averaged about 13 points a game, it just blew him up.” Hume will join Hawks teammate Sam Masten in Greeley in 2018, as the Rock Canyon guard also committed to UNC this summer. Those two are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the overall talent in the Hawks program, which helped Hume quickly acclimate to the nationally elite competition the team faced on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit. “It’s helped my growth as a player and a leader, as well as being able to fill a role on the team where you’re not necessarily ‘the guy’ on the court,” Hume said. “That’s helped me mentally and physically with my game, and it’s grown my confidence as well.” And while Hume is focused on getting ready to play quarterback for the Tigers’ football team this fall, his dedication to basketball is not lost on anyone who has seen him improve his skills the past few months. “Offensively, he can do it all now,” Sterling basketball coach Mike Holloway said. “He’s versatile in the sense that he’s improved his three-point shooting tremendously, and he can put the ball on the floor, he’s got a bit of a mid-range game and he’s athletic enough to take the ball inside and dunk.” Several other highly-touted Hawks players are still yet to commit, including 17U/Denver East senior Daylen Kountz, who’s fielding Division I offers from the University of Colorado, Colorado State, DU, Wichita State and East Carolina, as well as 16U/Smoky Hill standout Kenny Foster, who has gotten interest from UNC, San Francisco, Yale, CU and Air Force. As for Hume, he remains intent on proving his performance this summer is only a baseline for where he hopes to take his game. “I know I had a good summer, and I’m happy with the progress I’ve made on the court,” Hume said. “I also know I’ve got a long way to go to reach my ceiling.” [...]
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Early season Colorado prep golf forecast: Teams, players to watch in all three classes
The 2017 boys golf season got underway across the state Thursday, with three classes of golfers breaking in the 2017-18 CHSAA sports year. Denver Post preps editor Kyle Newman breaks down teams and players to watch on the links this fall: Class 5A Eaglecrest senior Davis Bryant is the obvious frontrunner for an individual title, having taken runner-up last season in addition to winning the Colorado Junior PGA Championship this summer. And in the team race, defending champion Regis Jesuit again has the inside edge. The Raiders return seniors Cal McCoy and Drew Anderson, both of whom tied for 6th at state, and Regis Jesuit shot a program-record 12 under to win the season-opening Continental League meet by a whopping 18 strokes at Deer Creek Country Club on Aug. 10. “Those two guys are going to lead us,” Regis Jesuit coach Craig Rogers said. “But throughout the season and during our Continental League schedule — the league has won all but two state titles since the year 2000, so a lot of it is getting by our own league — the importance and skill of our other guys will emerge, too.” Rogers also mentioned Lakewood, Fossil Ridge and Cherry Creek will again be solid this year, as will a pair of Front Range League teams in Boulder and Fairview. State Tournament: Oct. 2-3, Common Ground Golf Course, Aurora Class 4A Defending individual champion Luke Trujillo is back for Discovery Canyon, and he joins fellow senior Caleb Blackburn (10th at state) as well as talented emerging players in making the Thunder a favorite to repeat as a team. “I’ve got pretty strong classes in my juniors, sophomores and freshmen that just came in, too, so the future here is really bright,” Discovery Canyon coach Mark Liggett said. “So in terms of filling the third and fourth spots, we’re going to be okay, especially with Luke and Caleb pacing us.” There are other individual talents that will challenge Trujillo — who beat Silver Creek graduate Jackson Solem in a playoff for the title last year — for another championship. Thompson Valley senior Darren Edwards (tied for fourth), Roosevelt senior Tyler Severin (sixth), Eagle Valley senior Barrett Jones (tied for seventh) and Montrose sophomore Micah Stangebye (tied for seventh) are all capable. And team-wise, Liggett said Cheyenne Mountain, Valor Christian, Silver Creek and Evergreen will be in the mix again come October, while other teams can come out of the woodwork as the season progresses. “That’s the thing about this sport — just like our program has a number of talented underclassmen that people don’t necessarily know about yet, other teams could have one or two of those guys, too,” Liggett said. State Tournament: Oct. 2-3, Raccoon Creek Golf Course, Littleton Class 3A At the state’s smallest golf classification, the usual suspect reigns supreme in the early season once again, as defending champion Kent Denver — whose nine titles are more than any other program in the state — returns its top three golfers. Senior Oliver Jack was the individual champion last season, while junior Jackson Klutznick (fourth) and sophomore Ben Zimmerman (10th) headline a Sun Devils squad that’s deeper than just its veterans. “It was really close last year for who made our varsity, so I’m returning five of my best six golfers and I’ve got a really good freshman coming in as well,” Kent Denver coach Bob Austin said. “It’s going to be a season-long competition for our fourth spot.” The Sun Devils will be tested against nationally elite competition at the Antigua National High School Golf Invitational on Sept. 1 and 2 in Chandler, Ariz. — Regis Jesuit will also be there — as Kent Denver aims to distance itself from other top 3A teams. “We’ll need to be better throughout the fall,” Austin said, “because there’s a couple other teams in the state that are right where we are, no question about it.” Namely, Peak to Peak — runner-up by three strokes last year — brings back senior Ethan Tartaglia (third) and seniors Nishant Datta and Ian Thorpe, both of whom tied for sixth. Dawson, Colorado Academy and Jefferson Academy will also make noise. State Tournament: Oct. 2-3, Indian Peaks Golf Course, Lafayette [...]
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Shane Ray provides school supplies to children at Denver Rescue Mission; updates on his wrist
.@StingRay56 brought children at the Denver Rescue Mission book bags filled with school supplies. pic.twitter.com/YHheDCuJp3 — Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) August 12, 2017 The screams echoed down the winding hallway before Shane Ray stepped inside. “He’s coming! I see him! He’s coming!” shrieked the dozen or so grade-school children. “He’s COMING!” Flashes from disposable cameras filled the room as the children rushed to the door, ready to bomard Ray with hugs and requests for autographs. It was 6 p.m. on Friday and Ray, after a day’s work at the Broncos’ training facility in Englewood, had headed north to meet the group of young strangers at the Denver Rescue Mission. Traffic delayed his arrival but there was no way he was missing this trip to give the children backpacks filled with school supplies: notebooks, crayons, colored pencils, regular pencils, pencil sharpeners, pencil holders, erasers and — for the older kids — calculators. Fifty backpacks in total were scattered across the converted motel that some 300 people call home. This trip was a part of the Rays Awareness Foundation, which launched last year by Ray and his mother Sebrina Johnson to serve low-income families in their hometown of Kansas City as well as Denver. “I think education is so crucial in our youth and having our kids grow up and understand that school is important. You can’t play football if you don’t go to school,” he said. “To be able to give kids like this the opportunity to have backpacks, it’s awesome.” The donation of backpacks and supplies was a first for the charity. Last December it donated 100 lightly used shoes to families at the Rescue Mission and, over the summer, Ray hosted his inaugural youth football camp in Kansas City. “It was awesome. I had maybe 300 kids come out. It was a free camp, and that was big for me because I remember when I couldn’t go to football camp as a kid because it cost too much,” he said. “… There’s nothing better than kids enjoying themselves and actually having fun. That’s what it’s all about.” For the last two weeks Ray has been recovering from surgery on his left wrist that ended his training camp after only three days. He recently got the stitches removed and is sporting a sleeve and brace on his hand. “That’s the first step for me to be able to actually work out and sweat and do something else like getting my cardio,” he said. “I’m trying to find ways to get in the weight room so I can lift. It’s all coming together. It’s unfortunate, but when I do come back, I’ll be more than prepared.” Ray was initially projected to return early in the regular season, perhaps by Week 3 when the Broncos head to Buffalo for their first regular-season road trip. The plan, he says, is still a go. “I think so. Everything is healing fine,” he said. “The doctor says my hand is healing well. My stitches, when they came out the scars looked good, so I’m just excited. I look at it as they gave me four extra weeks to train.” Nicki Jhabvala, The Denver PostRay’s mother, Sebrina Johnson, gives the children Rays Awareness Foundation T-shirts. [...]
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Ryan Tannehill to have knee surgery and miss season
MIAMI — Ryan Tannehill has decided surgery can no longer be avoided. The Miami Dolphins quarterback will undergo an operation to repair the torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the entire season, a person familiar with the decision said Friday. The person confirmed the decision to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins hadn’t disclosed it publicly. Tannehill will be placed on injured reserve, the person said. Related ArticlesAugust 11, 2017 Dallas RB Ezekiel Elliott suspended 6 games in domestic case August 11, 2017 Ezekiel Elliott suspension appears imminent August 11, 2017 Myles Garrett struts stuff in Browns debut, DeShone Kizer closes gap on Brock Osweiler August 9, 2017 Devonta Freeman, Falcons agree to five-year extension August 8, 2017 Patrick Mahomes to start second half of Kansas City Chiefs’ preseason opener Tannehill, who missed the final four games of last season with two sprained ligaments in his knee, reinjured it a week into training camp on Aug. 3. The Dolphins consulted with specialists before the team and Tannehill decided surgery was the best option. Tannehill opted not to have surgery after last season’s injury, and instead rehabilitated the partially torn ligaments and underwent stem cell treatments. Jay Cutler, who parted with the Chicago Bears after eight seasons, agreed to delay his fledgling network TV career and signed a $10 million, one-year contract Monday to replace Tannehill. Cutler, 34, might make his Dolphins debut in their second exhibition game next Thursday. Tannehill won the No. 1 job for Miami’s opener in his rookie season of 2012 and made 77 consecutive starts before his injury last season. He’s expected to be ready for the start of training camp next season. [...]
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