Patriots, 49ers have brain lock in Week 14
The San Francisco 49ers aren't accustomed to lining up in victory formation. So, it should come as little surprise that third string quarterback Nick Mullens took a knee too quickly on fourth down, giving the ball back to the Broncos with 5 seconds left.
FANTASY PLAYS: Waiver pickups for Week 9 in football
Now your fantasy skills and strategic planning are about to be truly tested. There are six teams on byes this week: the Bengals, Cardinals, Colts, Eagles, Lions and Jaguars.
You won't be setting what you feel is a fully solid lineup. That's why you have to deftly work the waiver wire at all positions.
Broncos make rookie Royce Freeman starting running back
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Royce Freeman is set to become the first rookie running back to start a season opener for the Denver Broncos since Hall of Famer Terrell Davis in 1995.
"It's an honor to be mentioned with a man of that caliber, a player with that type of legacy around here," Freeman said.
Coach Vance Joseph chose the third-round pick from Oregon as his starter Monday ahead of veteran Devontae Booker and fellow rookie Phillip Lindsay, who coincidentally was handed Davis' old No. 30 jersey.
Broncos still believe in Jeff Heuerman, Devontae Booker
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — When he demoted Paxton Lynch to third string QB this week, Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph said potential simply has to equal performance at some point and that the depth chart reflects results.
That doesn't explain why tight end Jeff Heuerman and running back Devontae Booker are listed as starters despite middling resumes, promising pursuers and so-so summers.
FANTASY PLAYS: RB battles that could lead to split carries
There are a host of running back battles that will continue through the second week of preseason games that will eventually be resolved by either a clear winner or some sort of committee that fantasy owners dread.
Taylor, Turner, Doss inactive for Broncos against Chargers
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos deactivated wide receiver Jordan Taylor, guard Billy Turner and cornerback Lorenzo Doss in addition to their four injured players for their game against the San Diego Chargers.
Also out for Denver are: quarterback Paxton Lynch (shoulder), running back Devontae Booker (wrist) and defensive ends Zach Kerr (knee) and Jared Crick (back).
Before Monday night's game, the Broncos added defensive tackle Tyrique Jarrett and waived Kyle Peko.
Broncos sign linebacker with Shane Ray out 2 months
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have re-signed linebacker Danny Mason and released tight end Henry Krieger-Coble.
The moves come with outside linebacker Shane Ray scheduled for surgery Saturday to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist that will sideline him up to two months.
Ray was injured Thursday but returned to action Friday wearing a brace. Medical tests after practice revealed the torn ligament.
Broncos lose linebacker Shane Ray for 6 to 8 weeks
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Just two days into the Denver Broncos' training camp, rookie head coach Vance Joseph has lost two key players to wrist injuries.
Linebacker Shane Ray will undergo surgery Saturday to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist a day after running back Devontae Booker underwent surgery to repair a hairline fracture in his left wrist that was misdiagnosed for a month as a sprain.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Broncos coach Vance Joseph's first training camp got off to a rough start with word that Devontae Booker, who was pushing to unseat C.J. Anderson as Denver's starting running back, will undergo wrist surgery Friday and is expected to miss six weeks.
Booker suffered a hairline fracture late in OTAs but he and the team thought it was just a minor sprain until the Broncos did X-rays Wednesday when he reported for his training camp physical.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Jamaal Charles isn't the only running back embarking on a comeback in Denver.
DENVER (AP) — Broncos coach Vance Joseph said Friday for the first time that his running backs are in an open competition for the starting job just like his quarterbacks are. The difference is that his primary ball carrier won't get the vast majority of snaps.
Justin Forsett reunites with Gary Kubiak in Denver
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Justin Forsett and Gary Kubiak are back together and both are counting on their reunion in Denver leading to a revival.
The Broncos claimed the 31-year-old running back off waivers from Detroit to replace Kapri Bibbs, who went on IR with a high left ankle sprain he suffered in the Broncos' 20-10 win at Jacksonville.
Broncos running game grounded in 30-20 loss to Raiders
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — With leading rusher C.J. Anderson sidelined by a knee injury, the Denver Broncos struggled to get off the ground in their AFC West showdown against the Oakland Raiders.
Rookie Devontae Booker was bottled up from the start and Denver ended up abandoning the run in a 30-20 loss to the Raiders on Sunday night that dropped the defending Super Bowl champions out of first place.
Broncos promote Juwan Thompson with CJ Anderson on IR
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos promoted running back Juwan Thompson from their practice squad on Saturday to take the roster spot of C.J. Anderson, who was placed on injured reserve.
Anderson underwent surgery Thursday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and is hoping to return for the playoffs.
Broncos RB C.J. Anderson has right knee injury
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — C.J. Anderson might be going from breakout to heartbreak.
The Denver Broncos were bracing for bad news on their starting running back, who they sent for a second opinion on his ailing right knee Wednesday.
Broncos whole again after ending 2-game slide vs. Texans
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos are whole again.
Trevor Siemian's healthy. Gary Kubiak's back on the sideline. C.J. Anderson is running wild once more, thanks to a nudge from rookie Devontae Booker, and the defense is forcing fumbles like it used to.
Anderson, Booker ignite Broncos in 27-9 win over Texans
DENVER (AP) — Lately, the Denver Broncos ground game lacked some punch.
Rookie Devontae Booker earning more snaps in Denver
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Forget any budding quarterback controversy in Denver. What the Broncos have on their hands is a bona fide running back predicament.
C.J. Anderson still has never rushed for 100 yards before Halloween and rookie Devontae Booker is earning more playing time now that he has a firmer grasp of the playbook, is better at blitz pickup and sparked the sputtering offense with 46 yards on five carries last week.
RB Williams retires, Fitts out with injury, Butler-Byrd back
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah starting running back Joe Williams has retired from football after a slow start to the 2016 season.
Coach Kyle Whittingham said the senior has some physical issues that forced him to leave the game. Williams was expected to replace current Denver Broncos running back Devontae Booker, but struggled and was benched during the last game.
Denver Broncos Preview Capsule
DENVER BRONCOS (15-4)
New faces: LT Russell Okung, P Riley Dixon, RT Donald Stephenson, QB Paxton Lynch, DE Jared Crick, DE Adam Gotsis, S Justin Simmons, RB Devontae Booker, FB Andy Janovich.
Key losses: QB Peyton Manning, QB Brock Osweiler, DE Malik Jackson, ILB Danny Trevathan, P Britton Colquitt, S David Bruton Jr., TE Owen Daniels, S/KR Omar Bolden.
Broncos going against the grain again
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl in an unorthodox manner and they're out to defend that title in an unconventional way as well.
In this age of the high-powered passing games, they won it all with a devastating defense. They'll try to do it again with a throwback offense that features an old-fashioned fullback and a QB that shield the ball as well as he slings it.
"Our room is a big, big, big part of what we want to do," running back...
Denver Broncos Capsule
DENVER BRONCOS (15-4)
OPEN CAMP: July 28, Englewood, Colorado
LAST YEAR: Broncos won their third title in Peyton Manning's farewell season thanks to dominant defense that was one of best in NFL history. Ball bounced Denver's way all season and Von Miller stepped up in playoffs and carried Broncos to win in Super Bowl 50.
IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: QB Mark Sanchez,rookie QB Paxton Lynch, LT Russell Okung, RT Donald Stephenson, FB Andy Janovich, RB Devontae Booker,...