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Mile High Morning: Christian McCaffrey dedicates day of NFL Network programming to his father, former Bronco Ed McCaffrey


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Ed McCaffrey is getting one heck of a Father's Day present.

The former Broncos wide receiver will find himself at the center of NFL Network's Tuesday programming, as his son Christian chose to highlight some of his father's best moments as part of "Player's Choice," a series in which NFL players are asked to pick games or other programs for that day's broadcast.

"I'm taking over NFL Network and dedicating the day to my dad, Ed McCaffrey, a three-time Super Bowl champion and Pro Bowl wide receiver," Christian said in a promotional video. "Happy Father's Day, dad."

The programming slate will begin at 2 p.m. MT with a Super Bowl XXXII highlight film from the Broncos' win over the Packers. With a 36-yard reception in the third quarter, Ed was the Broncos' leading receiver in the game, and he provided a huge block during Denver's game-winning fourth-quarter drive.

Then, at 2:30 p.m., you can catch "Super Bowl Classics: Super Bowl XXXIII" to re-watch the Broncos' second Lombardi Trophy victory.

Christian then picked the Broncos' Week 9 game against Cincinnati in 1998 to air at 6 p.m. following NFL Total Access. Ed led the team in receiving with seven catches for 133 yards and a touchdown. His 44 yards receiving on the Broncos' final drive keyed Denver to a last-minute game-winning score.

At 8 p.m., NFL Network will show Christian's final Broncos game selection: his father's two-touchdown game against the Chargers in Week 12 of the 2000 season. With less than two minutes left in the game, McCaffrey helped Denver complete a comeback from a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit.

And, finally, as a nightcap, you can catch "NFL Films Presents: Meet the McCaffreys," a short feature about the prolific McCaffrey family.

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ESPN's Jeff Legwold broke down the Broncos’ defense position by position with one simple question in mind: Is this position group expected to be better, worse or the same after offseason roster moves? Like with the offense, Legwold picked no group to be worse than the year before, which means the Broncos should be in position to make big improvements.

And the positive vibes keep on coming. In an in-depth season outlook,'s Adam Rank is making a big prediction that Broncos fans will enjoy. "If I might make a bold call for this season (and I will, because this is my series) the Broncos are going to make the playoffs in 2020," Rank wrote. "They've been building toward this, and it's time to get back to their winning ways."

As the penultimate pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, outside linebacker Derrek Tuszka does not have an easy road to the roster ahead of him. In an interview with Denver7, he said he knows his mindset will be key to his success: "I would say I am relentless," Tuszka told Troy Renck. "I have a high motor and I am just very passionate about the game. I am not taking any plays off. If a play is going away from someone, they might take it off. I am always trying to protect what I put on film."

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