Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 4/23/15 10:52pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas has decided not to participate in offseason workouts because he does not want to suffer an injury, but general manager John Elway does not know why Thomas is sitting out. 'That makes no sense to me, him not getting hurt,' Elway said. 'If he gets hurt here, he's covered. If he gets hurt on his own... I don't understand it all. It makes no sense for him.'
Huddle Up: Thomas, of course, is mainly staying away from voluntary team workouts in protest of his franchise tag, but either way, it's not good to rankle the boss. The two sides allegedly are still working to get a long-term deal hammered out, but it sounds like the progress is slow going.
Cody Latimer - WRPosted 4/20/15 10:23pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer believes he has already improved this offseason after participating in QB Peyton Manning's Duke passing camp. 'I got a lot of repetitions; I am faster than I was [last season], shiftier,' Latimer said. Latimer's counterpart, WR Emmanuel Sanders, has already heaped praise on him. 'He's a special player. He has strong hands, the physical tools. I think this is going to be the year he jumps onto the map.'
Huddle Up: Latimer has said he wasn't ready for Peyton Manning's offense last year, spending too much time thinking instead of reacting. So any additional time he can spend getting on the same page with Manning will only help him once the games start to count.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 4/19/15 2:50pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning won't be forced into a playbook that doesn't suit his gifts, according to head coach Gary Kubiak, and Kubiak added that it has been easy to mix his playbook with the playbook Denver used last season.
Huddle Up: Yeah, don't expect the 39-year-old Manning to be running a lot of play-action rollouts but do look for more running from the Broncos overall with a FB a part of the regular lineup istead of a third WR.
Cody Latimer - WRPosted 4/13/15 11:07pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer, who is expected to line up across from WR Demaryius Thomas in 2015, has been praised by WR Emmanuel Sanders, who figures to move inside to the slot position in three-wide receiver sets. 'Cody is a special player. He has strong hands and is a physical tool. I think this is going to be the year that he jumps onto the scene. I think he's going to have a big year and I'm happy he's on my team and in our receiver group,' Sanders said.
Huddle Up: Ringing endorsement for Latimer, a dynasty league favorite last season. The Broncos won't throw as much under Gary Kubiak, so there won't be quite as much of a fantasy opportunity for Latimer this year, but he's still catching passes from Peyton Manning so there is upside to be had.
Emmanuel Sanders - WRPosted 4/13/15 11:07pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders said he will play in the slot when the Broncos play with a three wide receiver set and that he's comfortable in that position.
Huddle Up: Sanders played plenty of slot in Pittsburgh. Moving him around in the Denver offense will make it more difficult for opposing defenses to scheme for him, so this move certainly won't hurt Sanders' fantasy upside.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 4/8/15 9:28am ET
The Denver Broncos and WR Demaryius Thomas are unlikely to reach a long-term deal soon. It is likely that Thomas' representation waits to see what kind of deal the Dallas Cowboys and WR Dez Bryant reach before proceeding with a deal for his client. Thomas will be paid $12.822 million on the franchise tag this year, and that's close to the $13 million per year the Broncos offered last summer, so Denver can afford to wait.
Huddle Up: Thomas isn't going anywhere this season under the franchise tag; the question then becomes will the Broncos be transitioning to a run-heavy team after Peyton Manning, in which case they don't want to overpay for a top-end receiver? One way or another Thomas will get paid, and having $13 mil in the bank this year allows him to take his time.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 4/7/15 8:07pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas thinks the team will have a much more balanced offense under new head coach Gary Kubiak in 2015. 'They've got everybody saying we're going to run, run, run and I know the coaches have run the ball before and that's good, I think,' Thomas said. 'We know we can throw, we know we have guys who can make plays, I don't think coach Kubiak is going to just ignore that. But I think we all feel like if we can add in a good running game, you can win the Super Bowl.'
Huddle Up: Thomas, who is currently slated to play under a one-year franchise tender, is still no-doubt WR1 material, but certainly look for him to fall short of his career-high 111-1,619-11 stat line of a season ago given Peyton Manning's advancing age and the Broncos' more-balanced offensive approach.
Cody Latimer - WRPosted 4/2/15 8:06pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer is participating in QB Peyton Manning's workouts at Duke University this week. Latimer was dropped to the scout team last season but could have a bigger role in the offense in 2015 since the team lost TE Julius Thomas to the Jacksonville Jaguars and are not expected to re-sign free-agent WR Wes Welker. Latimer has a good chemistry with Manning even though it did not translate to games.
Huddle Up: Latimer, already a popular dynasty-league stash, is in line to be the Broncos' No. 3 WR -- at the least the franchise is hoping so -- after catching only two passes for 23 yards last season as a buried-on-the-depth-chart second-round pick. He'll certainly have late-round re-draft value but don't reach too early as the Broncos aren't expected to be passing as much with Gary Kubiak now running the show.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 4/2/15 8:06pm ET
Correcting a previous report, Denver Broncos franchise free-agent WR Demaryius Thomas (ankle) is not working out with QB Peyton Manning and the other receivers at Duke University because he is allowing his ankle to heal.
Huddle Up: Whether it's his "mending" ankle or displeasure over getting franchise tagged, Thomas isn't going to be doing much of anything when it comes to voluntary workouts this spring and summer. The All-Pro wideout, though, still a new offense to acclimated to, but his fantasy owners shouldn't get too nervous unless his absence starts cutting into training camp and the like.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 3/31/15 11:08am ET
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas will not be present at the Broncos' offseason program or attend workouts with QB Peyton Manning at Duke University. Thomas is currently in Los Angeles for a charity event.
Huddle Up: Would be nice for Thomas to be working with Manning and getting reps in Gary Kubiak's offense, but ultimately unless Thomas isn't getting those reps in August there's little to worry about here.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 3/31/15 11:01pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (ankle, Achilles') took 'about a month' to recover from an ankle/Achilles' injury that he suffered last December. Thomas said his ankle will be fine this offseason. 'Ankle will be fine, I could go out and run routes right now if I had to,' Thomas said. 'But I don't want to have any pain, I'm pretty sure I'll be good in another month or so, with the Achilles', I'll be fine, I'll be great.'
Huddle Up: Thomas will be good to go come next August, especially if he skips the Broncos' non-mandatory workouts as planned in dispute of his franchise tag.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 3/27/15 10:23pm ET
Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson, who finished 2014 with 648 rushing yards in the last six games, will enter the 2015 season at the top of the running back depth chart, according to new head coach Gary Kubiak. However, competition will be "fierce" for touches in training camp, with RBs Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman still around. Ball vowed 'to get back my job' at the end of last season after landing on the Injured Reserve. Hillman is a wild card, and he has yet to top 106 carries in any one season. RB Juwan Thompson is a possibility as a fullback/running back hybrid.
Huddle Up: Make no mistake: It's Anderson's job to lose, with Ball and Hillman figuring to be fighting for No. 2, but Gary Kubiak and the new coaching staff want to keep all from getting too comfortable throughout the offseason and camp.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 3/26/15 4:55pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning may not play as much as usual next season in order to give him more rest. Head coach Gary Kubiak has indicated that he will tailor the offense to benefit Manning, including running the ball more.
Huddle Up: Manning's passing attempts dipped from 659 in 2013 to 597 last year and an even bigger drop of 100 or so attempts might be in the offing with Manning turning 39 this offseason and the run-oriented Kubiak taking charge in Denver. Move him down a notch or two on your QB1 board accordingly.
Cody Latimer - WRPosted 3/25/15 12:22am ET
The Denver Broncos plan to use WR Cody Latimer as the third receiver behind WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders in 2015. 'I think it's time for him to make a big jump,' head coach Gary Kubiak said. 'Not just a little jump. Obviously his play time is fixing to pick up, and it needs to pick up, so we need him to make a big jump in year two.'
Huddle Up: With four targets, two catches and 23 yards last season, the 2014 second-round pick was the rare rookie who missed out on the wave of first-year wideouts which took the league by storm. Now, though, Wes Welker and TE Julius Thomas no longer part of the pass-catching picture in the Mile High City, Latimer certainly figures to have a much larger role, but just don't expect too big of a fantasy impact with a) the Broncos expected to run more with a new coach in Kubiak and a now-39-year-old Peyton Manning and b) the WR still playing behind stud starters in Thomas and Sanders.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 3/23/15 8:28pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning is more of an immobile, shotgun-positioned quarterback at his age, but general manager John Elway is unconcerned with how he'll fit into new head coach Gary Kubiak's and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison's plans. 'Gary Kubiak's one of the easiest guys to get along with,' Elway said. 'He's very smart. Plus, Rico is a very smart coach. (Gregg) Knapp is the same (quarterbacks) coach. They're going to get along fine. They'll get a feel for it. We're going to put in what Peyton likes to do offensively with what Gary has always done.'
Huddle Up: There's no reason to think Kubiak will force Manning out of his comfort zone; the Broncos will run what Peyton wants to run as long as he's in Denver.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 3/8/15 8:26pm ET
Free-agent TE Julius Thomas (Broncos) is set to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to sources. No contract terms were disclosed. The deal cannot be finalized until free agency opens on Tuesday, March 10.
Huddle Up: With plenty of cap room, the Jags have stated their desire to upgrade the weapons for second-year QB Blake Bortles and Thomas certainly would fill the bill after hauling in 24 TD receptions over the last two seasons -- second only to Jimmy Graham (26) among TEs. Still, Thomas would be due for a definite fantasy downgrade going from Peyton Manning to Bortles, who threw all of 11 TD passes in 14 games as a rookie.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 3/5/15 1:42am ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning's new contract in which he takes a $4 million pay cut will not become finalized until he passes his physical, which he is expected to take within 24 hours, according to sources. Other details of the contract are still being finalized.
Huddle Up: The physical is no longer just a formality for Manning, given his age and health issues the past few seasons. Once he passes the Broncos can set to re-signing his receiving corps, or at least parts of it. And don't feel bad for Peyton; he can earn back that $4 million in bonuses next year.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 3/5/15 2:31pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning officially passed his physical Thursday, March 5 and will return for the 2015 season.
Huddle Up: The soon-to-be 39-year-old Manning checks out physically, his 2015 salary has been amended and now begins the adjustment to a new coach and a new offense -- one that doesn't figure to have TE Julius Thomas and WR Wes Welker -- for his fourth season in Denver. Start adjusting your fantasy expectations accordingly.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 3/2/15 6:31pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas officially received the franchise tag Monday, March 2.
Huddle Up: This comes as no surprise. The tag allows Thomas to get paid and the Broncos to try to wring one more Super Bowl run out of Peyton Manning and their current roster. If Manning opts not to come back or shows his age next season, Denver isn't overly committed to a receiver who might not be nearly as valuable catching passes from Brock Osweiler.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 3/1/15 11:50pm ET
The Denver Broncos are expected to use the franchise tag on WR Demaryius Thomas Monday, March 2, all but ensuring the team keeps the wideout for the 2015 season. They are expected to use the 'nonexclusive' tag, which makes it possible for other teams to negotiate with Thomas. However, the team has the right to match any offer, and if he is signed away the team is compensated by the signing team with two first-round draft picks.
Huddle Up: Nothing really new here as Thomas has been atop the Broncos' free-agent priority list for awhile now and the two sides will continue to work on hammering out a long-term deal. Among all pass catchers over the last three seasons, Thomas ranks third in receptions (297) and second in receiving yards (4,483) and receiving TDs (35).
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 2/27/15 10:33pm ET
Denver Broncos impending free-agent TE Julius Thomas is drawing interest from the Oakland Raiders, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: Was Tim Brown the Raiders' last big-time play-making pass-catcher? It sure seems like it as second-year QB Derek Carr can use some weapons. Look for the Silver & Black, the Jaguars and possibly the Falcons to be among the front-runners if Thomas hits the open market.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 2/26/15 1:54am ET
The Denver Broncos and representatives for QB Peyton Manning are working on revising the veteran's contract, according to multiple league sources. He is scheduled to draw a $19 million salary in 2015 and 2016. Manning has informed the team he intends to keep playing, and the Broncos did not formally interview any quarterbacks at the NFL Combine last week.
Huddle Up: Once Manning's health was determined, contract and compensation is the only remaining hurdle to his return. The Broncos would obviously love to shift some of that $19 million to Manning's receivers--specifically Demaryius Thomas--and it makes sense for Manning to give a little back in order to keep Thomas around. Expect the details to be worked out sooner rather than later.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 2/24/15 2:40pm ET
Denver Broncos impending free-agent TE Julius Thomas is drawing interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars if he reaches free agency.
Huddle Up: With only 43 catches over the last two seasons, the Marcedes Lewis Era is rapidly winding down in J'ville, and the Jags are hurting across the board for offensive play-makers. Thomas would certainly fill that bill, but on the flip side, it would be quite the transition going from Peyton Manning to second-year QB Blake Bortles.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 2/23/15 11:15pm ET
Denver Broncos impending free-agent TE Julius Thomas is unlikely to be re-signed by the team, as his market value will likely exceed what the Broncos are willing to pay. The Broncos tried to sign Thomas to a five-year, $40 million extension last summer, but he wasn't comfortable with the guaranteed money and structuring.
Huddle Up: Kudos to Thomas for believing in himself enough to leave $40 mil on the table, as he likely earned a heftier contract this offseason. And given the Broncos' coaching change and need to re-sign Demaryius Thomas, that contract will in all probability come from a team other than the Broncos. The Raiders are believed to be a leading contender for Julius Thomas' services.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 2/20/15 4:55pm ET
Free-agent TE Julius Thomas (Broncos) has some likely interest from the Atlanta Falcons, who are looking for an upgrade at the spot this offseason.
Huddle Up: Thomas would most definitely qualify as an upgrade for the Falcons, who received a combined 33 receptions for 241 yards and three scores last seasons from TEs Levine Toilolo and Bear Pascoe. To land Thomas, though, the Falcons will likely have to outbid several other teams and dole out a contract in the neighborhood of top-three TE money.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 2/19/15 9:18am ET
Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson is not guaranteed to be the team's starting tailback in 2015. 'He's got to go earn that,' Kubiak said Wednesday, Feb. 18. 'When he walked off the field last year he was playing that way. He's a young player. I told him that when I talked to him. I said, 'C.J. when you come back for the offseason you need to handle yourself like you're the starter. I think he's ready to do that.'
Huddle Up: The new coaching staff isn't beholden to any of the running backs on the current roster, so it's incumbent upon Anderson--or Montee Ball or Ronnie Hillman, for that matter--to show up for offseason workouts in shape and demonstrate the ability to grasp Kubiak's beloved one-cut-and-go system. Whichever back does that the best will get the carries in Denver.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 2/19/15 9:18am ET
Denver Broncos impending free-agent TE Julius Thomas and his agent, Frank Bauer, don't have any meetings scheduled with the team heading into the NFL Scouting Combine. Apparently Thomas wants to test the free-agent markets when he's eligible March 10.
Huddle Up: The Broncos won't have any issue letting Thomas test the market, as he's not the type of tight end (read: he can't block) new coach Gary Kubiak prefers. Expect his price tag to move quickly beyond what Denver can afford (given the need to also re-sign Demaryius Thomas) and is willing to pay (given Julius Thomas' ill fit with Kubiak's system).
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 2/19/15 9:18am ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning remains undecided on whether he'll return for the 2015 season, according to general manager John Elway. Elway met with Manning a week ago, and Manning expressed that he feels fine physically. Everyone is expecting Manning to return, but there hasn't been a definitive announcement from Manning himself.
Huddle Up: Didn't Manning recently say he's ready physically and mentally for another season of football? The issue more likely is, is Peyton willing to take a pay cut to play in Denver. Or maybe something like, can Gary Kubiak's system and Peyton Manning's system co-exist? Time is running short for a final decision, as Peyton's contract guarantees on March 9.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 2/19/15 11:50pm ET
Denver Broncos impending free-agent WR Demaryius Thomas will have the franchise tag placed on him if the team can't work out a long-term deal in the next few days, according to general manager John Elway. Both sides have had the framework of a five-year deal on the table over the last year. The franchise tag for receivers this year is expected to be in the $12.7 to $12.9 million range.
Huddle Up: Thomas, who has averaged 99 catches, 1,494 yards and 11.7 TDs in his three seasons with Peyton Manning, will remain in Orange & Blue one way or the other.
Wes Welker - WRPosted 2/17/15 4:04pm ET
Denver Broncos impending free-agent WR Wes Welker is not planning on retiring. Welker said he's preparing for next season and added that he never said he was considering retirement, contrary to a previous report.
Huddle Up: Welker, who will turn 34 in May, may end up playing next season but it doesn't figure to be for the Broncos, who have other free-agent pass-catcher priorities -- namely Demaryius and Julius Thomas.
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