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For the first time since 2015, the Denver Broncos will wear all blue for their Sunday Night Football matchup against the New York Giants.

The Denver Broncos have been known for their orange jerseys and white pants since they were revived in the 2012 season. There are a few times where the team will wear the blue ones.

For the Sunday Night Football matchup against the New York Giants, the Denver Broncos will trade in orange for blue. The team announced on Monday that they will wear blue jerseys and blue pants for the game.

Denver has not worn all blue since the 2015 season. They did wear blue jerseys twice last season when they welcomed the Houston Texans and New England Patriots.

The blue jerseys remind me of the late 1990 glory years. Seeing players like John Elway, Terrell Davis, Shannon Sharpe, and Steve Atwater wearing those glorious jerseys was a sight to behold. However, the blue was more utilized with the white pants.

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The Denver Broncos plan to continue limiting running baxk Jamaal Charles’ workload.

Running back Jamaal Charles has been a pleasant surprise for the Denver Broncos in 2017.

When Charles signed with the Broncos in May, it was unclear what type of role the three-time All-Pro would have in Denver’s offense. After all, he was coming off another significant knee injury he suffered in 2016, and it was widely believed that his body would never again hold up to the grind of playing in the NFL.

After locking up a roster spot with his play in his only preseason appearance against the Green Bay Packers, Charles has proven in four regular season games that he still has a lot of the explosiveness that made him a star for the Kansas City Chiefs.

He has accumulated 175 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries, and he has 3 receptions for 21 yards. More importantly, Charles has been a near-perfect compliment to the bruising running style of C.J. Anderson.

When asked if the Broncos plan on continuing to limit Charles’ workload, first-year coach Vance Joseph didn’t beat around the bush.

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The Arizona Cardinals offensive line is currently a mess, but there’s an array of available players who could provide help

Things have gone from bad to worse for the offensive line of the Arizona Cardinals. For the fans who feel that the group’s performance against the Dallas Cowboys was putrid, you should probably brace yourselves. If ever the club needed head coach Bruce Arians’ “next man up” mantra to ring true, it’s now.

Starting left guard Mike Iupati’s proclamation that he’s “100% sure” that he’ll play this weekend has turned out to be hogwash. A bone spur in the veteran’s elbow is cutting a tendon, and will most likely require surgery. An operation that could effectively end Iupati’s season, and possibly his career with the Cardinals as well.

The latest news on left tackle D.J. Humphries ailing knee has caused uncertainty. Just a couple of days ago, it looked as if the franchise’s 2015 first-round draft pick would return this Sunday. But when asked about it at the end of the week, Arians could only answer “we’ll see”.

Add in the injury to the recently-signed Alex Boone, and the Cards’ blocking unit has the makings of a disaster. There’s a strong possibility that the left side of the line will feature journeyman John Wetzel and rookie Will Holden versus the San Francisco 49ers. Certainly not an ideal scenario for quarterback Carson Palmer’s health or the squad’s running game.

While it’s too late to do anything about it for the Niners matchup, there’s help available for the final three quarters of the 2017 campaign. Time for general manager Steve Keim and his cronies to get to work.

Former Cardinal Earl Watford is available after being released by the Jacksonville Jaguars. His knowledge of Arizona’s offense and versatility make him attractive. The exact same thing can be said of Cole Toner, a former Card who was just cut from the Cincinnati Bengals’ practice squad.

Former New York Jet Nick Mangold is an intriguing name who’s still looking for work. He’s made the Pro Bowl seven times as a center, but there was offseason talk that he can also play guard. The same goes for 2016 Pro Bowler Jeremy Zuttah, an available free agent who can also play both center and guard.

John Greco, a veteran of 70 starts who played for the St. Louis Rams and Cleveland Browns, also remains jobless. There are also two possible call-ups currently on Arizona’s practice squad. Dorian Johnson, this year’s fourth-round pick, and Vinston Painter, a former Denver Broncos’ draft selection, are the candidates.

All of the players mentioned in this article could provide help. Keim needs to attack this brutal situation aggressively. Before the losses pile up and there’s no point in righting the ship.

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John Elway added a lot of impact coaches and players this year, but who has made the biggest difference on the team in 2017? I vote Domata Peko.

I had an interesting question posed to me on Wednesday from our SB Nation overlords and it really got me thinking. And then it got me paralyzed by indecision.

Who actually has been the best new addition to the Denver Broncos so far this season?

Here is the list of candidates we came up with:

All seven of these coaches and players have contributed in extremely positives ways to the Broncos 3-1 start, but who has made the biggest overall impact?

My vote went to Domata Peko. Nose Tackle is responsible for so much of the positive impact either side of the defensive line has. If that position is playing at a high level, the defensive line has less to worry about on both sides of that nose position.

Peko came in here looking like a washed up old guy and has instead fortified the middle of that defense and turn it into a force to be reckoned with.

According to PFF, the Broncos have four defensive linemen in the Top 31 grades in run stopping efficiency.

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The Denver Broncos have been simply phenomenal at defending opposing rushing attacks in 2017. One of the main reason has been the play of nose tackle Domata Peko Sr.

Peko, a 12-year NFL veteran, signed with Broncos this offseason after spending 11 seasons playing for the Cincinnati Bengals. At the time, not much was made of the signing. But in retrospect, adding Peko may have been the Broncos’ best move of the offseason.

The former Michigan State Spartan has added a dimension to Denver’s defense that wasn’t there in 2016. Peko, 6-foot-3, 325 pounds, is a true space-eater, and his ability to occupy blockers has freed up linebackers Todd Davis and Brandon Marshall to make plays.

In addition to his run-stuffing ability, Denver coach Vance Joseph is a big fan of the Peko’s intangibles.

“When you have a big guy who is engaged all the time — he’s that way every day. That doesn’t change because it’s game day,” Joseph said on Monday. “He is on fire every day. That is fun to see from a guy in his 12th year. He hasn’t missed a start in seven years. He never complains. He’s here every day in a good mood. That’s key from a leadership position.”

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ORCHARD PARK, NY – SEPTEMBER 24: Kneeling during the national anthem before the Denver Broncos play the Buffalo Bills in week 3 at New Era Stadium, Orchard Park, NY. (Photo by Joe Amon/The Denver Post)

Kneeling during the national anthem before the Denver Broncos play the Buffalo Bills in week 3 at New Era Stadium, Orchard Park, N.Y.

The Denver Broncos rightly stood strong against President Donald Trump’s cynical attack on the NFL last Sunday, when 32 players took a knee during the national anthem with the support of the team and its management. We’re pleased to see the team has decided to return this Sunday to its normal pregame practice of standing reverently for the national anthem.

No one wants to see something as uplifting as sport tarnished by the seemingly endless antagonisms of our national politics.

The Broncos had to act last Sunday. The president forced the team, and others throughout the league, into a tough decision with his profane argument that club owners should fire any player who exercised his First Amendment right to protest. As someone infamous for admiring strength and deploring weakness, Trump should be able to understand that his tirade compelled teams to either wilt or push back. Like teams across the country, the Broncos rightly and wonderfully stood with their own.

But as head coach Vance Joseph noted Thursday, the message wasn’t connecting broadly with fans. “It was making this whole issue confusing to the fans, to the military, to the players, to the coaches,” Vance said. “No one had clarity.”

And so the players sought to set things straight. “Make no mistake,” they said in a statement, “our actions were in no way a protest of the military, the flag or those who keep us safe. We have nothing but the deepest love and respect for those who protect our way of life and the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.”

In laying out our reasons for supporting the Broncos and other teamsearlier this week, we argued that players like Brandon Marshall who decided in earlier games to kneel during the anthem did so out of respect and compassion. Kneeling suggests prayerful reflection. Players like Marshall, who demonstrated last season and in this one, were simply trying to draw attention to serious injustices confronting black men, including disturbing recent events where black men were been killed by police and video or other evidence revealed the shooting to be unjust.

Should some individuals continue to kneel, we hope fans are able to view the demonstration in that context.

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Three days after being carted off the field, Denver Broncos rookie left tackle is back on the practice field.

Whether the Denver Broncos first round rookie left tackle Garett Bolles is listed as ‘Limited’ ‘Full’ or ‘DNP’ (Did Not Participate) is yet to be seen, but Bolles is at the moment participating in Denver’s Thursday practice:

He’s even participating with a helmet on and everything in the first 15 minutes of practice, that’s when reporters are allowed to take photos and tweet.

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DENVER — On game day, Denver Broncos fans come in trucks, vans, limos and even school buses. And they bring everything from “shotskis” to ice sculptures.

Hard-core tailgaters came from far and wide to support the Broncos at the first game of the regular season at Mile High.

This group had an impressive set up on the south side of the stadium.

Ron and Terri Clark don’t even live in Colorado anymore, but they still come to every Broncos game in Denver in their converted school bus.

They weren’t the only fans with busloads of team spirit. Check out this “convertible” with its own covered patio!

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DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 30: Quarterback Trevor Siemian #13 of the Denver Broncos shouts out a play at the line of scrimmage in the first quarter of the game against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 30, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

If you smell the hot dogs at Sports Authority Field and hear the crowd cheering after a Denver Broncos touchdown, then it means the boys of fall are back…

Last season, the Denver Broncos found themselves in unfamiliar territory missing the playoffs. Despite missing T.J. Ward in the secondary, the “No Fly Zone” and rest of the defense is still ready to remain elite.

Solidifying the defensive line was a top priority heading into free agency, and John Elway made sure to address it. Zach Kerr and Domata Peko enter the fold in 2017, hoping to provide depth upfront against the run.

The other major order of business in free agency was the offensive line. This was the biggest issue in 2016 and why the Broncos missed the postseason. Elway and the front office spent big at the guard position signing Ron Leary, and added physicality at right tackle in Menelik Watson.

Both players boost the team’s physicality, so hopefully they won’t be pushed around anymore up front. There was still one glaring need heading into the 2017 NFL Draft. Elway’s used the team’s top draft pick on Garett Bolles. Bolles was the best tackle in the draft and is adapting well in the NFL.

Staying on the offensive side of the ball, the Broncos made it a point of emphasis to add playmakers. Carlos Henderson, Jake Butt and Isaiah McKenzie were drafted to bring ‘juice’.

Henderson and Butt are on the shelf for awhile, but McKenzie appears ready to assume a role on punts and occasional plays on offense. Both Henderson and McKenzie seal depth for the future at the wide receiver position and more competition this season with Cody Latimer, Bennie Fowler and Jordan Taylor.

Demaryius Thomas will see a rebirth back in Mike McCoy’s offense, utilizing his strengths on the bubble screen and creating yards after catch. Emmanuel Sanders is a nightmare number two. He can play in the slot or outside. If Sanders is in the slot, he potentially becomes one of the more dynamic playmakers in the league at that position.

Jamaal Charles signed late to the Denver Broncos, but all signs point to him being healthy in 2017. A healthy Charles spells doom for defenses, especially with him in a Mike McCoy offense. Charles gives McCoy the back he needs as a home run threat in the passing game and running attack on the outside.

In general, the running back position is deeper and stronger than in year’s past. Despite the loss of Devontae Booker for a short period, DeAngelo Henderson is making the waves in just his first season. C.J. Anderson, on the other hand, is poised to make a huge impact in 2017.

Anderson will find himself comfortable in the offense of McCoy. Anderson seems much more effective in a spread style of offense. If the Broncos play predominantly from the shotgun, then Anderson can use his vision to hopefully duplicate his success from the second half of 2014.

Trevor Siemian finds himself starting for a second year in a row, defying the odds once again. Siemian showed he’s a tough quarterback playing through a severe injury last year. However, he was never the same after getting hurt.

This year, Siemian has more weapons at his disposal. Paxton Lynch, interestingly is not coming back tentatively until week five. Even with the reunion of Brock Osweiler in Denver, if Lynch is healthy and Siemian does not play well Lynch might hit the field after the bye.

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What did Twitter think of the Arizona Cardinals final preseason performance?

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The Arizona Cardinals took a little bit of a pounding in their 30-2 loss to the Denver Broncosin the final game of the 2017 preseason.

Of course, the fans had some fun still, which in the preseason, which was five games this year, is all you can ask for when it is all said and done. Here are some of the best reactions from the night coming from The Twitter.

Whoops, wrong thread.

Cap Capi had a tackle for loss earlier, was in on that last sack, then may have gotten a piece of that punt. Pushing for fourth OLB spot.

After this performance, I don’t see how the Cardinals win a single game this season

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Arizona Cardinals wide receivers tonight pic.twitter.com/ic2qwTsktM

What a shitshow. I know it’s 5th preseason game but you would think at least one guy would want to make the team.

Not exactly the way things were supposed to end, no matter how few good players were getting into this game.

Arians would never embellish things, would he?

Trevor Knight just isn’t good enough to be NFL QB but it’s okay. Take this experience you have gained and cherish it. 

This is probably the best thing for Knight moving forward.

Nothing like a pick six as one of only a couple of passes that didn’t hit the ground from Knight last night.

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