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Unsigned franchise player Demaryius Thomas reportedly wants Calvin Johnson money in his next contract.

Back in 2012, Johnson signed a massive eight-year, $150.5 million contract that included a $16 million signing bonus as part of $60 million guaranteed. It still stands as the benchmark for wideouts by a wide margin, status Thomas deserves after going over 1,400 yards and 10 touchdowns in three straight seasons while never missing a game. If a long-term deal doesn't get done by July 15, Thomas will play out the 2015 season on a $12.823 million franchise tender.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 7 - 8:10 AM

The Denver Post's Troy Renck anticipates Montee Ball mixing in for "seven to eight" carries per game behind C.J. Anderson.

Renck has Anderson ticketed for 18 carries a game. Before flopping last year following a preseason appendectomy, Ball averaged 4.66 yards per carry as a change-of-pace back behind Knowshon Moreno as a rookie in 2013. Ball's career YPC average currently stands at 4.18. Ball has been a fantasy disappointment through two NFL seasons, but he can be effective in a complementary role. He'll also offer handcuff appeal behind Anderson.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 5 - 3:52 PM

The Denver Post's Troy Renck believes C.J. Anderson "can roll for 1,400 yards" in the Broncos' zone-blocking scheme.

1,400 rushing yards would've ranked second in the league last season behind only DeMarco Murray (1,845). Renck describes Anderson as "a bowling ball with legs," and believes C.J. is "physically prepared for the grind" after improving his conditioning level this offseason. Renck projects Anderson to handle "18 carries per game" as the Broncos' "bellcow." 24-year-old Anderson is a fantasy first-rounder who often lasts until the second round of drafts.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 5 - 3:44 PM

Broncos DC Wade Phillips said Sylvester Williams has "taken over" the nose tackle position.

"Sly has been exceptional," Phillips said. "I'm really pleased with where he is." A first-round pick in 2013, Williams struggled to find a role in the Broncos' old 4-3 and was eventually benched in favor Malik Jackson. Though Williams is not the prototypical 3-4 nose tackle at 6'2/313, he is a nice fit in Phillips' less traditional one-gap scheme. Williams could be ready for a breakout season.
Jul 4 - 10:33 AM

Cody Latimer believes he lost snaps to Andre Caldwell last season because he didn't know what he was doing on the field.

Latimer has vowed to not let that happen this year, immersing himself in Gary Kubiak's playbook and attending Peyton Manning's workouts at Duke. During OTAs and minicamp, Latimer ran with the first-stringers in place of unsigned franchise player Demaryius Thomas. As long as Latimer stays on course at training camp, he'll enter the season as the No. 3 wideout.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 25 - 8:08 AM

The Broncos initially asked Peyton Manning to take a $10 million pay cut this season.

That would have been a more-than-50 percent slash, suggesting the Broncos at some point were at least considering a life without Manning. The two sides eventually settled on a $4 million pay cut, and the Broncos smartened up and realized this is Peyton Freaking Manning and Brock Osweiler isn't him.
Jun 24 - 2:47 PM

A source told Sports Radio 610 in Houston that the Texans and Broncos had "very preliminary" discussions regarding a trade that would have sent Peyton Manning to the Texans early this offseason.

The source said the "very preliminary" talks took place before Manning took a $4 million pay cut to stay in Denver, which occurred in early March. Manning has a no-trade clause and would have had to sign off on the trade, so the idea of the Texans and Broncos engaging in legitimate trade talks still seems highly unlikely. Manning obviously isn't going anywhere in 2015.
Jun 24 - 1:25 PM

The Broncos, their head of P.R., the Houston Chronicle, and the Denver Post have all been forced to refute a "report" Tuesday that the Broncos tried to trade Peyton Manning to the Texans earlier this offseason.

The "report" came from a Twitter account managed by an apparent radio personality whose station is no longer on air. It stated that the Broncos tried trading Manning to the Texans and were ready to begin the Brock Osweiler era under new coach Gary Kubiak. The Broncos refuted the story vehemently, which would happen even if it were true. The Houston Chronicle's John McClain contacted three sources he "trusts" in the Texans' organization to gauge the report's accuracy. All three said it was "not true." (We're not buying it, either.)
Jun 23 - 10:03 PM

The Denver Post's Troy Renck believes the "window closed" on Montee Ball as the Broncos' starting running back last year.

As should be the case, Renck is of the opinion that C.J. Anderson will be the Broncos' feature back barring injury. Renck also described new coach Gary Kubiak's system as a "bellcow offense" where "the back doesn't rotate in and out." Anderson is going to open the season as Denver's three-down back. Ball is a quality handcuff, assuming he holds off Ronnie Hillman and Juwan Thompson.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 21 - 9:12 AM

Broncos ILB Brandon Marshall (Lisfranc) expects to resume running next week.

Marshall has been shut down since March Lisfranc surgery. He expects to be ready for training camp, but is a candidate to start out on active/PUP. Only three months removed from Lisfranc, Marshall could struggle to regain pre-injury form after breaking out for 113 tackles and 12 TFLs last year.
Jun 17 - 4:36 PM

Coach Gary Kubiak confirmed C.J. Anderson remains on top of the depth chart as the Broncos wrap up the offseason program.

Reporter Jeff Legwold says Anderson has taken "the most" snaps with the starters through OTAs and minicamps, though Montee Ball is "pushing him hard." We'd be very surprised if Ball is able to siphon off a big chunk of Anderson's workload once the pads go on at training camp. Anderson plays better in the pass game (as a receiver and protector) and his aggressive one-cut style fits the Kubiak scheme perfectly. CJA also has the endorsement of Peyton Manning.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 16 - 10:25 AM

First-round OLB Shane Ray (toe) participated in team drills during Monday's practice.

A toe injury limited Ray to individual drills during OTAs. He returned to 7-on-7 work Monday, practicing his footwork with Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware. The 22-year-old will function as a sub-package pass rusher as a rookie.
Jun 15 - 2:29 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Peyton Manning is upset the Broncos have yet to finalize a contract with franchise player Demaryius Thomas.

Manning isn't getting reps with his No. 1 receiver while coach Gary Kubiak installs a new offense. And Manning relies on offseason work to build chemistry with pass catchers. Since Thomas isn't signed, he's choosing not to work out with his teammates and risk injury. Manning also took a $4 million pay cut, which he probably assumed would help get Thomas a new deal. League executives reportedly believe Thomas deserves a Calvin Johnson contract in the eight years and $130 million range.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 11 - 10:08 PM

Peyton Manning went out of his way to talk up C.J. Anderson Wednesday.

Anderson is splitting first-team reps with Montee Ball. We know that Peyton will have a big say on who is with him in the backfield. "C.J. of course, if you talk to him you think he's about a 12-year veteran starter and he's only started six games," Manning said. "I'm getting a ton of reps with him, and the sky is the limit for him, I will say that."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 11 - 10:15 AM

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak has limited Peyton Manning's OTA reps in an effort to be "fresh and healthy" when training camp starts.

It also gives Kubiak a longer look at 24-year-old Brock Osweiler. Under Kubiak, the Broncos seem intent on placing less reliance on Manning to engineer their team, and more reliance on the pieces around him to provide a semblance of balance. The Broncos should have a strong run game and elite defense in 2015.
Source: USA Today
Jun 10 - 9:44 PM


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