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Von Miller - LB Posted 7/23/14 9:51pm et
Denver Broncos LB Von Miller (knee) will not be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, and he has been cleared for limited work.
Huddle Up: Expect the Broncos to bring Miller along slowly, but the good news here is that he's off the PUP and at least participating in practice.

Joel Dreessen - TE Posted 7/22/14 6:56pm et
The Denver Broncos released TE Joel Dreessen with a failed physical designation Tuesday, July 22.
Huddle Up: No surprise here as the writing had been on the wall for the injury-hampered TE, leaving Jacob Tamme and Virgil Green behind stud starter Julius Thomas. Dreessen had a career year (41-356-5) two seasons ago in his Denver debut, but the emergence of Thomas and nagging knee issues limited him to a 7-47-1 2013 season.

Cody Latimer - WR Posted 7/17/14 4:37pm et
Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer (foot) is on schedule to be ready for the regular season opener after fracturing a bone in his foot during a pre-draft workout in January. He is squarely in the team's plans.
Huddle Up: The second-round pick has the size and skills to be a factor in the Broncos' high-powered offense, but expect it being later rather than sooner as the rookie is sure to need some time to get acclimated to the intricacies of Peyton Manning and the passing game.

Julius Thomas - TE Posted 7/17/14 7:43pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas is a priority for the team to sign to a long-term deal, but general manager John Elway isn't willing to pay him close to what New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham received. Elway said the team hasn't received a response from Thomas' representation after the team's initial offer. 'Even though Julius had a tremendous year for us, he's only (played) 23 games. We want Julius to be a Bronco for a long time and we think he has tremendous upside, but he's not at that level,' Elway said.
Huddle Up: Fantasy GMs would do well to listen to Elway's words. Thomas has had one elite season (to Graham's 3) after catching only a single pass total over his first 2 years in the Mile High City. In other words, Graham belongs in a clear tier above until we see more.

Wes Welker - WR Posted 7/17/14 7:53pm et
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker probably will not be used as a punt returner this upcoming season because of his concussion history.
Huddle Up: That's the last thing Welker owners want to see: The 33-year-old wideout fielding punts in the face of the onrushing special-team kamikazes looking to lay the wood to the 5-foot-9, 190-pounder.

Emmanuel Sanders - WR Posted 7/9/14 9:35pm et
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders said it feels like he landed in 'wide receiver heaven' when he signed with the team. 'The thing that I like about the Broncos is there is really no No. 1 guy,' Sanders said. 'Peyton always goes with the favorable matchup and that's what I'm really liking about this offense. Any guy could go off for 180 yards or 100 yards with 10 catches any week, week in and week out, just based off of matchups.'
Huddle Up: Sanders seems to be undervalued heading into this season; after all, he's walking into the same role that Eric Decker turned into back-to-back top-10 fantasy WR campaigns. The Broncos offense looks to be loaded again this season, but there always seemed to be enough to go around and Sanders--as well as any fantasy owner able to snag him on the cheap--has reason to be excited.

Peyton Manning - QB Posted 7/6/14 3:27pm et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning ranked first in the NFL last year in 'catchable' passes, according to Stats Inc. He also ranked above the league average in terms of completion percentage on both short and deep throw to all areas of the field.
Huddle Up: There may be questions about the aging QB's arm strength, but his accuracy, number of WR-friendly passes and game smarts are as sharp as ever. And that's only some of the reasons why Manning tops The Huddle's preseason QB rankings.

Joel Dreessen - TE Posted 7/6/14 8:52pm et
Denver Broncos TE Joel Dreessen hasn't participated in the team's offseason program due to knee surgery.
Huddle Up: Dreessen, the Broncos' fourth TE on many depth chart, caught only 7 passes for 47 yards and 1 TD last season and is in real danger of not making the final roster.

Aqib Talib - CB Posted 6/29/14 2:21pm et
Updating a previous report, Todd France, the agent for Denver Broncos CB Aqib Talib, said his client was not arrested in Dallas Sunday, June 29. France said it was his brother that was arrested after a disturbance at a nightclub.
Huddle Up: The Broncos are breathing a big sigh of relief after shelling out big $$$ for the FA CB whose history of off-field incidents looked as if it had added another chapter a few hours earlier.

Julius Thomas - TE Posted 6/22/14 11:39pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas is monitoring the arbitration case between New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham and his team to determine his position. 'I've kind of been keeping ... an eye on that situation, obviously, because it could probably come back to affect a lot of us tight ends,' said Thomas, who is scheduled to make $645,000 this year. 'But the way I feel about it is, 'Does two letters next to your name on the depth chart really determine your value to a team?''
Huddle Up: Thomas, a former college hoops star like Graham, has one stellar season under his belt and will need a few more to match the Saints standout and be considered a part of this intriguing 'tweener category.

Montee Ball - RB Posted 6/22/14 11:55pm et
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball appeared to show the most improvement in his game as a receiver during OTAs. He also displayed improved footwork during workouts and better positioning during pass protection.
Huddle Up: Ball is a better pure runner than predecessor Knowshon Moreno and if he can approach Moreno's pass-catching and pass-blocking prowess after hauling in 20 receptions as a rookie last season, he'll be a fantasy beast.

Julius Thomas - TE Posted 6/17/14 7:37pm et
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas admits he was very unsure of himself in the offense last season, and he's just now starting to pick things up. "Last year, I was able to do a lot of good things. I kind of survived on self confidence and athleticism. In one game, the defense did something, and Peyton was like, 'Julius, did you see that?' And I said, 'Peyton, they got me; I had no clue what they were doing.' There are still situations I haven't been in before, and I'm still learning what to do," Thomas said. Tight ends coach Clancy Barone said Thomas is a gym rat in terms of his study habits and has high intelligence and maturity.
Huddle Up: Thomas nothing short of revelation last season when he finished third among all NFL TEs with 151 fantasy points, and it's not surprising he's still learning on the fly, having totaled one career reception in his 2 prior pro seasons. Expect more big numbers -- and a second-straight top-5 fantasy TE finish -- this season.

Demaryius Thomas - WR Posted 6/15/14 4:00pm et
According to various media reports, the Denver Broncos have made a 5-year contract extension offer to WR Demaryius Thomas. However, it's just in the preliminary stages, and the two sides are not close to an agreement.
Huddle Up: Thomas is second to Megatron himself in terms of total WR fantasy points (447-430) over the last 2 seasons, and getting him signed with a year left on his current deal is obviously a priority for the Broncos.

Von Miller - LB Posted 6/12/14 8:47pm et
Denver Broncos LB Von Miller (knee) has looked surprisingly strong during the team's offseason practices. Miller has done a lot of research and reading on ACL surgeries and is modeling his return after Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's. He is participating at full speed in drills, although he still isn't playing 11-on-11 plays. Miller will be examined in a few weeks by Dr. James Andrews and hopes to be cleared for limited contact by the first or second week of training camp. He expects to be ready for Week 1.
Huddle Up: Even with the numerous, headline-making offseason acquisitions, the Broncos' hopes for a stronger defense center around a return to form from Miller, who had only 34 total tackles and 5 sacks in 9 games last season.

Emmanuel Sanders - WR Posted 6/11/14 11:51pm et
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders continues to show his quick burst and ability to stretch the defense, catching a long touchdown from QB Peyton Manning Wednesday, June 11.
Huddle Up: Sanders walks into a juicy role in the Denver offense, a role that made Eric Decker a top-10 fantasy receiver each of the past two seasons. If he's able to successfully fill that role, he'll be a steal given his current fantasy ADP.

Montee Ball - RB Posted 6/10/14 7:19pm et
The Denver Broncos will stick with RBs Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman for now, according to general manager John Elway.
Huddle Up: 382 of Ball's 559 rushing yards came during the second half of last season, and he's primed to take a huge fantasy leap with the Broncos electing to let Knowshon Moreno -- fantasy's fifth-ranked RB in 2013 -- walk away rather cheaply during free agency.

Ronnie Hillman - RB Posted 6/4/14 12:28am et
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman is focused on making the team after slipping down the depth chart quickly last season. 'I have a chip on my shoulder now,' Hillman said. 'I am not paying too much attention to the depth chart. But I am not out here practicing to be No. 2.' Hillman's work in regaining a job behind RB Montee Ball will start with him hanging onto the football. He fumbled twice last year inside the opponent's 10-yard line, and the team ran out of patience with him.
Huddle Up: The 2012 3rd-round pick had only 55 rushes and 12 receptions in 9 games a season ago, and is the odds-on favorite for the team's No. 2 RB role provided he can get -- a keep -- his grip on the pigskin during training camp and the preseason.

Demarcus Ware - DE Posted 6/1/14 2:08pm et
The Denver Broncos are looking for leaders on defense, with DE DeMarcus Ware a possibility to take on that role. 'I think the main thing is you sit back in the catbird seat and you just lead by example. Eventually, the guys, they know exactly that you mean business,' Ware said. 'Then eventually you're able to be a little bit more vocal and gradually you move up.'
Huddle Up: With Champ Bailey and Wesley Woodyward now playing elsewhere, there is definitely a need for veteran leadership on the Mile High D, and the soon-to-be 32-year-old Ware will be counted on to step forward. Rebounding from his first single-digit season sack total (6) in 8 seasons would also pay dividends in Denver.

Ronnie Hillman - RB Posted 5/30/14 6:25pm et
Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase said RB Montee Ball has the starting job, and the competition for the backfield is with the No. 2 spot.
Huddle Up: There wasn't much suspense to this situation, as Ball played better down the stretch of his rookie campaign and no longer has Knowshon Moreno ahead of him on the depth chart.

T.J. Ward - S Posted 5/23/14 12:35am et
The Denver police department has confirmed that an arrest warrant has been issued for Denver Broncos FS T.J. Ward for misdemeanor assault.
Huddle Up: The Broncos wanted to add more toughness on defense but a fight at a strip club probably isn't what John Elway, John Fox and Co. had in mind. With a misdemeanor, long-term ramifications are unlikely, and Ward should be able to chalk it up as a lesson learned.

Isaiah Burse - WR Posted 5/21/14 12:01am et
Denver Broncos WR Isaiah Burse received a $12,500 signing bonus, which was the highest among the Broncos' undrafted signings, because of his ability on special teams. Burse has received praise from Broncos head coach John Fox for his dual return ability, especially on punts.
Huddle Up: Even though the speedy Burse might have a decent shot at making the final roster out of camp, you wouldn't be able to count on him seeing many looks -- if any -- in the Broncos' high-powered passing attack as he's expected to fill the Trindon Holliday role as a return specialist.

Ronnie Hillman - RB Posted 5/19/14 3:19pm et
Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase said the team is looking for RB Ronnie Hillman to improve his play if he wants to make the team this upcoming season. Hillman has fumbled four times over the past two seasons.
Huddle Up: Sounds like Hillman is battling for a roster spot rather than pushing for any sort of meaningful role in the Broncos' backfield rotation. He could still see touches, but unless he improves dramatically it will take an injury or two for Hillman to warrant fantasy consideration.

Ronnie Hillman - RB Posted 5/18/14 6:05pm et
Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase said the competition for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart at running back behind Montee Ball is wide open. He also said that there is no clear-cut favorite to start at right tackle.
Huddle Up: For the first time in 3 seasons, the Broncos didn't draft a RB, but that doesn't mean anything is going to be handed to former third-round pick Ronnie Hillman, who must show more consistent production and show he's past his fumbling issues.

Emmanuel Sanders - WR Posted 5/15/14 11:17pm et
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders has been running extra routes after practice to improve his timing with QB Peyton Manning. Sanders wanted to go to a spread offense where he wouldn't have to block '75 percent of the time' and is elated to be with last season's top offense.
Huddle Up: Sanders hit career highs with 67 catches, 740 yards and 6 TDs a season ago in Pittsburgh, but should easily top those numbers with the Broncos, stepping in for Eric Decker, who finished with a receiving stat line of 87-1,288-11 in 2013.

Montee Ball - RB Posted 5/2/14 12:46am et
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball said he knows the team will not hand the starting job to him and that he will have to earn it during practice. 'I know for a fact they're not going to hand it to me, they're going to make sure we all get our opportunities throughout camp and throughout OTAs -- but it's going to be who's the most productive,' Ball said. 'But for me, my mentality is that it is my job.'
Huddle Up: With fumble-prone Ronnie Hillman and 2013 rookie free-agent C.J. Anderson currently the only challengers on the Broncos' roster, it's clearly Ball's job to lose and expect the 2013 2nd-round pick to come off the board early in fantasy drafts this summer in anticipation of some monster numbers in the team's potent attack.

Von Miller - LB Posted 5/1/14 11:39pm et
The Denver Broncos picked up the fifth-year option on LB Von Miller's contract. The option is expected to pay Miller $9.754 million in 2015.
Huddle Up: Between a league suspension and a knee injury, Miller and the Broncos are chalking up his 2013 campaign as a lost season. They're now looking for the next 2 years to be along the lines of his 2 seasons (30 sacks, 9 forced fumbles).

Montee Ball - RB Posted 4/16/14 11:02am et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning said he believes RB Montee Ball is ready to be a starting running back.
Huddle Up: The Denver offense runs through Peyton, and if he's ready to hand off to Ball that's good news for Montee's fantasy prospects.

Von Miller - LB Posted 4/15/14 4:06pm et
Denver Broncos LB Von Miller said his surgically repaired knee is feeling good and hopes to play better than he did before he suffered his injury. 'I'm a 100 percent positive I'll be able to come back not only be the same Von, (but) I got to be better. You come back and be the same guy it's like you go 'it's the same Von again' and I got to be better,' Miller said.
Huddle Up: Miller, who recorded 30 sacks and forced 9 fumbles in his first 2 seasons, has shed the extra 20 pounds that many feel hampered his play last season, and a healthy return could give the Broncos perhaps the league's best pass-rushing 1-2 punch with the signing of DeMarcus Ware.

Knowshon Moreno - RB Posted 3/28/14 11:24am et
Miami Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno will compete with RBs Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas for the starting running back job during training camp.
Huddle Up: Remember last season when Miller was the hot fantasy back with upside? He ended up sharing with Thomas and underachieving dramatically. Now the Dolphins throw another back into the mix, making Miami's backfield a fantasy nightmare.

Knowshon Moreno - RB Posted 3/25/14 2:04pm et
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox said the team is open to the idea of re-signing free-agent RB Knowshon Moreno this offseason.
Huddle Up: Moreno visited Miami last week but left without a contract, but even if he does wind up back in Denver, the Broncos sound like they want to elevate 2013 No. 2 pick Montee Ball to a starting role.

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