Vance Joseph – Thoughts on Team

Official Denver Broncos Reporter

By Julie Dixon @ABroncoNole

At the NFL coaches’ breakfast held this week in Arizona, head coach Vance Joseph gave us several insights into how he will run the Denver Broncos, his relationship with general manager, John Elway and where the team stands.

He was, of course, asked several questions from various news organizations about the quarterback position. One quote stood out because of its lack of enthusiasm you want to see from a head coach about the previous starter: “He had seven wins maybe as a starter but you have to go back and really watch the tape and watch how he plays the position. If you ask football coaches about Trevor Siemian they recognize that it takes work to go recognize that.”

Wait. You have to work to see how he plays? What does that mean? What he did was so hidden, it takes extra work to find it? When you add that to another quote about scoring points, it starts to paint a picture. Especially when you know the Broncos had one of the lowest scoring offenses in its history.

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My Message to Young Players Aspiring to be in the NFL

Official Denver Broncos Reporter

By Julie Dixon @ABroncoNole

Social media gives us a glimpse into the human condition and the heartbeat of morality. This can be both a useful tool and a frightening one when used to further an agenda.

As America is bombarded with a message of tolerance, social media gives us the reverse. We see how perceptions of people can be shaped through a few sentences. Their character and lives summed up and judged. A life story in 140.

Look at the cases of Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice, Jameis Winston and Joe Mixon.

Each of these men were seen one way until social media stepped in and turned it. Manning was Mr. All-American, squeaky clean and everyone’s favorite player. An incident from another century and a gross invasion of his privacy became front page news.

Depending on your world view, he’s either a saint or a sinner with little in between. The media often omitted many details to his story to further their agenda. Facts ignored. History ignored. Laws and privacy be damned.

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Mock Draft 2017

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

It’s Mock Draft Time Again – 1st Round

Last year’s winner was Lisa Johnson. Who will it be this year?

Open to anyone who wants to submit (maximum one per person).

If you’re a veteran at this, you know how it’s done.

CALLING ALL ROOKIES: THIS IS FUN! Come give it a try. To be honest, luck is a huge part of winning this.

YOU COULD WIN ONE OF THESE COINS! (every team available)

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Devin and Jason McCourty Tackle Sickle Cell

By Kristen Parker @nepatsgirl87

Twin brothers, Devin and Jason McCourty began a campaign to tackle sickle cell in 2013.  They started this foundation to aspire to teach the public about this disease, increase blood donations and raise money and awareness to fight the disease. 

Sickle cell disease is a group of red blood cell disorders passed down from parent to child.  This group of diseases affects nearly 100,000 people in the United States.  Red blood cells contain a protein that carries oxygen in the blood to all parts of the body.  Normal red blood cells are round and flexible, which allow them to travel around and get oxygen to your body.  Sickle cell disease causes the red blood cells to form a sickle shape, which break apart simply, clump together more easily and only live 10 to 20 days instead of the normal 120 days. 

According to Devin, “sickle cell disease affected us at a young age because my father carried the trait.  I remember we took blood tests at 5 years old to see if we carried the trait as well and it was a relief when we learned we didn’t.  That didn’t end the journey with Sickle Cell because both our aunt and uncle had the disease.” 

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Show Me What Ya Got

By Sonja Greenfield @Mom23RN

February 28 – March 6

The COMBINE!! (Or Underwear Olympics)

One of my favorite offseason events.   It’s always fun to armchair GM to see who potentially is going to change the face of your franchise.  Personally, I enjoy it because I love watching the players do their drills.  I don’t know why…I guess I’m just weird that way!  Plus, I enjoy listening to the analysts break down what they’re looking for and who has a good motor and good hands or who’s got a good backpedal.   You know…The details!

It certainly has evolved over the years, and now that it’s televised, it’s pretty cool.    So much like my other articles throughout the season, I will post my big winner and my not big winner of the combine.   Of course, you can feel free to disagree.  I mean, there were 330 players there, and I’m only picking 2.  OK fine, I’ll pick 3.  It is the Underwear Olympics.  You have to have a gold, silver and bronze.

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If John Elway signs Tony Romo, he should trade Paxton Lynch

Official Denver Broncos Reporter

By Julie Dixon @ABroncoNole

Yes, you read that right. Why? Because by bringing Tony Romo in, it says John Elway, and his new coaches, without witnessing a single live snap, have shown they don’t trust Paxton Lynch…or, for that matter, Trevor Siemian. Why have quarterbacks hanging around, that you don’t have faith in?

Twist it any way you want, but that’s the bottom line. The last franchise rookie who was drafted by his team and sat, was Aaron Rodgers. However, unlike Denver Broncos, Rodgers was drafted to replace Brett Favre. Favre wasn’t brought in after Rodgers was drafted. Big difference. Rodgers was meant to take over from a Hall of Fame quarterback. The point is, NFL quarterbacks don’t sit the bench for two years anymore.

Not if they’re the, meant to be, team starter. Brock Osweiler was drafted after we signed Peyton Manning. Siemian, too.

I am over quarterback drama. Oooo ver. Lets just be the franchise with rental QBs and focus on the rest of the team. Defenses win Championships, right? Build up a stout defense, get a rock star running back and be done with it.

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Free Agency for the Tennessee Titans

Karen Christensen, Official Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen @ksc47

Free to be in Tennessee… or maybe to just leave.

Tennessee Titans who are leaving the organization are DL Al Woods who was released, TE Anthony Fasano (going to Miami Dolphins) and G Chance Warmack (going to Philadelphia Eagles). WR Kendall Wright is headed to the Chicago Bears with a one year contract.

Re-signing Titans are DT Karl Klug, he is recovering well after Achilles tendon surgery. He had suffered an injury at last year’s Kansas City Chiefs game. LB Nate Palmer, who had joined the Titans last season, will be returning. He was noted as an asset to special teams.  And TE Phillip Supernaw, who was voted one of the best looking men in the NFL has reached a multiyear deal with the Titans.  

Quarterback Matt Cassel signed a two year contract with Tennessee, and will probably be the starting QB for all pre-season games. Our number one QB Marcus Mariota has been rehabbing out in Oregon and is healing well after surgery on his right fibula.  Per head coach Mike Mularkey: “Our No. 1 goal is to make sure he is under center opening day.”

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Brandin Cooks Leaves New Orleans

Official New Orleans Saints Reporter

By Christy Chauvin @WhoDatWarriors

In an expected move, WR Brandin Cooks traded to New England Patriots for its 32nd (first round) and 103rd (third round) draft picks.  New Orleans Saints traded Cooks as well as their 118th (fourth round pick).  Cooks’ value in the trade is the equivalent of a 30th overall pick.

These draft moves are expected to help the Saints build its defense through the draft.  A trade for CB Malcolm Butler is not completely out of the picture.

Sterling Moore still remains a free agent.

The free agency moves made by the Saints and the additional, high draft selections could carve out a scenario whereby the Saints move up for a player they really like.  The holes filled in free agency gives them freedom to reach for a player they covet.

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NFL Free Agency Update: Where Will Romo Roam?

By Our Turf Football Staff // @ourturffb

Sometimes the grass isn’t greener on the other side. That is the sad truth the Chicago Bears may soon realize, after the team chose to release Jay Cutler. The highly criticized quarterback spent eight seasons in Chicago, and though he only led them to a 51-51 regular season record in that time, Cutler leaves as the franchise’s all-time leading passer. He may not be Aaron Rodgers, but it does get a lot worse. (Ask Cleveland.)

My Top Sportsbooks saw the move coming, and also predicted another franchise’s all-time passing leader would be released: Tony Romo. Two days into the NFL free-agency period, the Dallas Cowboys have not yet parted ways with Romo, but it does seem inevitable. Dallas was forced to turn to rookie fourth-round pick Dak Prescott last year after Romo suffered a back injury just three plays into his preseason debut.

Prescott impressed from day one and led the Cowboys to a 13-3 record, while setting a new rookie record for passer rating (104.9). The Cowboys stuck with the rookie in spite of Romo being healthy and ready to play for the final few weeks of the regular season. The Mississippi State product fell victim to some late game heroics from Aaron Rodgers in his first playoff game, but he’s certainly not the first to suffer that fate. Prescott, who was named Offensive Rookie of the Year, played his way into the starting role, and deserves to keep it.

So where does this leave Romo?

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Happy New NFL League Year!

By Marcela Vargas @ethne88

The 2017 League Year is about to start with a blast after the Combine. Check out the most important dates of the year.

The 2016-2017 season was amazing and gave us much to discuss and ponder. With Tom Brady becoming G.O.A.T. after a thrilling Super Bowl against the Atlanta Falcons we said goodbye to an exciting year, and our wait began for the next to arrive. Now that it’s upon us, let’s check out the most important dates of the brand new league year, so far.

March 9th – The 2017 league year and free agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time. Trading period begins after expiration of all 2016 contracts.

March 26th to 29th – Annual League Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.

Early April – Likely release of Preseason Schedule.

Mid-to-Late April – Likely release of Season Schedule.

April 27th to 29th – 2017 NFL Draft, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

May 22nd to 24th – Spring League Meeting, Chicago, Illinois.

Late June – Rookie Transition Program to be held at individual clubs. Mandatory attendance for all rookies.

Mid-July – Clubs are permitted to open preseason training camp for rookies and first-year players beginning seven days prior to the club’s earliest permissible mandatory reporting date for veteran players.

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