Tom Brady is moving forward this season, his 14th with the New England Patriots, treating it not much different from others. He is putting in the hardwork, with the same drive and determination that has made him one of the all-time greats at his position. But this year will have a slightly different look than the previous five, as his favorite target, Wes Welker, is now catching passes out in Denver. But don’t expect to get Brady to look back and shed any tears on the change. Brady spoke with WEEI about all the new pieces and the loss of a player like Welker, and Brady said he wasn’t really caught off-guard by what happened: “I don’t think anything surprises me any more in the NFL,” he said. “I’ve been around long enough to see things happen at different times with the greatest players of all, whether that’s Wes, or Randy Moss being traded from the Raiders, or Brett Favre playing for the Jets and the Vikings. That’s what happens. Like I said, it’s a very tough, competitive business….
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will spend this season answering Wes Welker questions.
Welker has been Brady’s most reliable target over his Hall of Fame career and the two are incredibly close personally.
When Welker walked out of New England under terse circumstances, Brady was the man in the middle. He spoke with WEEI, Brady was very frank.
Brady also spent time discussing Welker’s replacement Danny Amendola.
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Former Denver Broncos center Tom Nalen made up for all those ”no comments” during his 15-year career during an extraordinary half hour Thursday that at times showed precisely why he was wise to stay silent rather than speak his mind.
While meeting with the media to talk about his election into the team’s Ring of Fame, Nalen insisted he wasn’t a dirty player but admitted he tried to injure San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Igor Olshansky in a game in 2006.
Nalen dived at Olshansky’s knees while his quarterback was spiking the ball. Olshansky threw punches at Nalen and was ejected.
Nalen insisted it wasn’t a cheap shot but payback for what had happened on the previous play. At the time, his teammates said Olshansky had grabbed Nalen’s facemask.
All four Denver Broncos who are in the Hall of Fame gathered Wednesday night at a gala in honor of team owner Pat Bowlen’s contributions to the community.
With John Elway, Shannon Sharpe, Floyd Little and Gary Zimmerman on hand, the 69-year-old Bowlen received the Mizel Institute’s 2013 Community Enrichment Award for his philanthropic leadership in Colorado and his nearly three-decade long stewardship of the Broncos.
Bowlen is chairman of the board of Denver Broncos Charities, which has donated more than $25 million to charitable organizations over the last 20 years.
The Broncos have averaged 10 wins a season in Bowlen’s 29 years at the helm. The team’s 177 home wins are the most in the NFL during that time and the Broncos’ five losing seasons are the fewest in the league over that span.
Prima donna wide receivers are all the rage in today’s air-it-out NFL, demanding passes and attention, preening for crowds and cameras.
Not in Denver.
Led by the shy Demaryius Thomas, the soft-spoken Wes Welker and the selfless Eric Decker, the Broncos represent the antithesis of those high-maintenance superstars who are always going back to the huddle telling the quarterback they were open on that previous play.
The addition of Welker this offseason gives the Broncos a trio that combined for 297 receptions and 29 TD catches last season.
The Three Amigos back in John Elway’s playing days were Vance Johnson, Mark Jackson, and Ricky Nattiel.
This current trio has only one thing it wants to get its hands on: a third Lombardi Trophy for Elway, now the team’s executive vice president.
Rather than demanding to be featured, they all say they won’t mind catching fewer footballs in 2013.
Peyton Manning might just have the best threesome of ball catchers in the NFL. One thing’s for sure: He d
Peyton Manning was flattered by a recent comment Jerry Jones made about him
It probably isn’t a huge surprise to hear Peyton Manning credit his cerebral side for the edge he gets. After all, it’s no secret that Manning spends hours of time studying film and his opponents. Manning was speaking with USA Today about a recent comment Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones made about the Denver Broncos quarterback that had him feeling flattered.
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Peyton Manning read last month that, in NFL circles, his name has become synonymous with work, as Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones challenged quarterback Tony Romo to put in “Peyton Manning-type time on the job.”
Manning told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday he was flattered by the idea that he is the NFL standard bearer for how to do the job of an NFL quarterback.
“I guess I would take that as a flattering comment. It’s not really for me to weigh in on what’s going on there [in Dallas],” Manning said. “But I have always thought a quarterback has to
Broncos’ defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio says Nate Irving will get the first chance at middle linebacker: ‘He’s getting the first crack at it”
Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio understands where the NFL is heading and he wants a middle linebacker who can travel in the same direction. NFL offenses are exploding, the read-option, the no huddle, and the hurry up are just a few new wrinkles teams are throwing at opposing defenses. Del Rio is looking for a player who can diagnose what’s going on and then get his teammates in the correct positions. He specifically spoke of the New England Patriots and their meeting in 2012, where he felt it was closer to a track meet than football game. Finding a player who can get the call and communicate them fast is of utmost importance, but should be a little easier for Del Rio since Peyton Manning is on the other side of the ball at practice. However, second year linebacker Nate Irving will get the ‘first crack’ at winning the position. Selected in the third round (67) of the 2010 NFL Draft, the North Carolina product has limited experience, but Del Rio feels he has the tools f…
During his time with the New England Patriots, Wes Welker was arguably the most reliable receiver in the league. The 112 passes he caught per year proved he was Tom Brady’s favorite target, but that does not mean he will serve the same role for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Welker played alongside Randy Moss for three seasons, but he has never played with as talented a receiving corps as the one the Broncos will have in 2013. Eric Decker caught 85 passes for 1,064 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. Demaryius Thomas hauled in 94 passes for 1,434 yards and 10 touchdowns. To think that Welker will come in and match the production he had in New England would be unrealistic, and Welker is hoping that won’t be the case. “If I have to catch 112 balls, that probably means we’re in trouble,” Welker said Monday after his first official practice with the Broncos, via the Denver Post. “(The catches) are not the goal. The goal is to go out there and help your team win games. However m…
The Denver Broncos have gotten word that safety Blake Gideon is retiring from the National Football League. Gideon, who was an undrafted free agent just a year ago has given up on the thought of making it as a player in the game and will now focus on the next part of his life. FFLockerRoom wishes Gideon well in any venture that he takes on.
In another move, Denver has also waived running back Mario Fannin who has been injured the past two years, having torn both, his ACL and Achilles.
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The Denver Broncos keep bringing in veteran free-agent cornerbacks and Chris Harris keeps fending them off.
He aims to do the same with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who signed a one-year, $5 million deal with Denver this spring.
Last season, the Broncos brought in Drayton Florence and Tracy Porter. Florence was cut in training camp and Porter started the season as the right cornerback but got sick and never won his job back with Harris playing so well.
Rodgers-Cromartie is slated to start opposite Champ Bailey this season with Harris moving to nickel back.
That’s not really a demotion because in today’s pass-heavy NFL, teams consider the third cornerback another starter.
Harris also wants to start in the Broncos’ base defense, though, and history shows he has a good shot.
Wes Welker, Demaryus Thomas and Eric Decker all caught over 80 passes last season. All three players should expect to a dramatic reduction now that Welker came over from New England.
Welker sounds like he’s fine with not catching a lot of balls this season.
“If I have to catch 112 balls, that probably means we’re in trouble,” Welker said, per the Denver Post.
Welker says it’s all about winning, not stats.
“(The catches) are not the goal,” Welker said. “The goal is to go out there and help your team win games. However many catches that is, however many blocks that takes, however many routes I’ve got to run, whatever. I think we all feel the same way about that.“
Welker has quickly realized how talented the guys around him are.
“I mean, we have two really good guys. We can’t ignore them,” Welker said. “If one guy is catching 112 balls, the defense is focusing in on that guy. We want defenses focusing on everybody and having to worry about everybody. That was one of the main reasons
Rahim Moore would welcome Charles Woodson to Broncos: ‘I hope that we get him because I’m all about competition’
The story of Rahim Moore and the blown coverage in the 12012 AFC Divisional game is well known. Moore has been battling through an offseason of ‘bad comments’ and regaining his confidence to go back out there and finish the job. The courting of veteran safety Charles Woodson puts Moore in a tough place. He wants to redeem himself, but if a player of Woodson’s ilk comes aboard, he might not get much of an opportunity. However, Moore isn’t backing down to the Woodson challenge, instead he’s facing in head on. As Woodson tours the NFL, the Broncos seem like a great fit for him, a Super Bowl contender who needs veteran leadership on defense, but that could spell trouble for Moore. He doesn’t see it that way, if he can compete with Woodson he would be learning from a proven winner, something he didn’t have at the safety position last season “I’m not one of those guys that gets beat down,” Moore said, via Lindsay H. Jones of USA Today. ”It’s alway…
Denver Broncos safety Rahim Moore will be forever haunted by one play.
In the divisional round of the 2012-13 AFC playoffs, Moore gave up a 71-yard floating touchdown pass to the Baltimore Ravens Jacoby Jones.
The fact that the play happened is bad within itself. Its the timing of the play that has subjected Moore to scorn.
The play happened late in the game at a point in which the Broncos appeared to be advancing to the AFC Championship game.
The Ravens went on to win the game in overtime. The reaction to the loss was not pretty.
Moore talked about how it all went down.
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Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker participated in his first organized training activities as a member of the team on Monday. “It was good to get out there and get some work in,” said Welker. The former New England Patriot agreed with the
According to Lindsey Jones of USA Today Sports, linebacker Joe Mays and running back Knowshon Moreno haven’t been cleared for OTA’s.
Joe Mays (ankle) and Knowshon Moreno (knee) not cleared for team drills yet. But in uniform for individual drills. #Broncos
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