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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 scheme and was eventually benched in favor Malik Jackson last season. Though Williams is not the prototypical 3-4 nose tackle at just 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

The Broncos have settled on second-round rookie Ty Sambrailo as their starting left tackle heading into training camp.

Denver's first-team offensive line that will take the starter's reps on day one of camp: LT Sambrailo, LG Ben Garland, C Gino Gradkowski, RG Louis Vasquez, and RT Chris Clark. It's an ugly on-paper group. Peyton Manning and coach Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme will have to mask the weaknesses.
Jun 10 - 2:37 PM

Montee Ball says the appendectomy he underwent last preseason sapped his strength early in the year.

Ball may have returned too quickly from the early-August procedure. He was ineffective early in the season, before suffering repeated groin injuries. "I feel great right now," said Ball, who is competing for the Broncos' starting job with C.J. Anderson. "I implemented a lot of pilates in my regimen to strengthen my core because they dug inside of me to get my appendix. And then that kind of weakened my core, which, I think, resulted in my groin going out. I focused on pilates and yoga, and I think it helped." Ball says his 2015 goals are to get "my starting spot back" and "rush for 1,000 yards."
Source: Denver Post
Jun 9 - 11:46 PM

According to Yahoo's Charles Robinson, Broncos WR Cody Latimer "checked out mentally" during his rookie season.

Latimer has an abundance of physical tools, but wasn't mentally bought in as a rookie. Robinson reports Latimer was "unmotivated" by his low depth-chart standing, and took "a laid back approach to pretty much everything that comes along with NFL preparation." While the 2015 offseason reports have been glowing, this is an obvious red flag for Latimer's short- and long-term outlooks.
Jun 9 - 4:27 PM


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