Debate: Who will be the non-quarterback top offensive player in 2016 (Mark Kiszla and Troy Renck, Denver Post)
For Denver to contend this season, the offense has to be much be better. The unit ranked 28th in the 32-team NFL in first-down efficiency, measured by gains of 4-plus yards, and was among the worst in the league in the category of series that ended in three-and-out. Denver's best offensive player needs to be running back C.J. Anderson, turning into a bell cow.
The Greatest of all time once fought a Bronco in an exhibition (Terry Frei, Denver Post)
In 1979, when Ali signed to fight an eight-round exhibition in mid-July against Broncos defensive end Lyle Alzado at Mile High Stadium, I still was capable of awe.
Ward back out there in the community with his second annual camp (Aaron Matas, 9News)
The Broncos safety hosted a football clinic for young athletes and didn't charge a dime
Almost every Bronco from the 2015 team will attend the White House (Jeff Legwold, ESPN.com)
"I'm looking forward to it," Marshall said. "How many people can say they went to the White House and stood with the president? That's kind of a dream come true."
Strength of schedule for all 32 teams charted and analyzed (Jared Dubin, CBSSports.com)
The NFL schedule for the 2016 season was announced about a month and a half ago. The schedule won't start being played for another four months. But that doesn't mean there aren't things we can learn right now.*
J.J. Watt provides heartfelt speech to his first D.C. Wade Phillips (Andre Vergara, FoxSports.com)
J.J. Watt said there was one guy who believed in him when the Houston Texans drafted "that big white kid from Wisconsin" — Wade Phillips.*
The NFL is still king despite the NHL and NBA finals (Melissa Jacobs, Sports Illustrated)
But here's where the NFL envelops you in ways the NBA never can. First off, the emphasis on hype has worked.
Broncos defense not the first great defense that felt it had a shot to repeat as champs (Ken Pompino, BSN Denver)
Broncos Country (hopefully) has learned as much over the last three seasons when it has had front-row seats to two of the most illustrative examples in league history: The defensive-dominated Seahawks obliteration of the Broncos' record-smashing offense in Super Bowl XLVIII and Von Miller and Co's dismantling of Cam Newton and the high-powered Panthers only four months ago in SB 50.*
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Playing on Christmas and Thanksgiving weekends is just part of the business (Andrew Mason)
Playing on days and at times when most of the workforce is off or at home is part of the job. You want to schedule games when more people can watch, so you play on Sundays, you play on weekday evenings and you play on holidays.
Harris Jr. and Parks help out at Ward's free youth clinic (Aric DiLalla)
Broncos safety T.J. Ward spent his Saturday with teammates Chris Harris Jr. and Will Parks running a skills program for kids in underprivileged communities in Colorado.