Horse Tracks 5/1/09

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DB - Here's a short clip (2m40s) of Josh McDaniels from the Broncos' first mini-camp, featuring some work with Kyle Orton and the WRs. Of course, The Slot Machine is the only guy he doesn't need to correct.

DP - The Broncos waived RB Selvin Young yesterday due to a neck injury which is not expected to heal before September. Well, the departure of Young and Andrew Pinnock trims the RB corps...now how crazy was it to draft Knowshon Moreno?

DB - As expected, Denver hired Matt Russell to be their director of college scouting. Russell, a former CU Buffs linebacker, has been a scout for the Patriots and Eagles.

BND - Russell is credited with convincing the staff in New England to draft Matt Cassell.

DP - Denver's second mini-camp begins today, which will be Josh McDaniels' first on-field look at his newest players.

DP - Klis has some quotes from Russell and Darcel McBath, notes on Matt Prater and Chris Baker.

CSUF - QB Tom Brandstater is excited to be a Denver Bronco.

ND - So is UFA-signing LB Lee Robinson from Alcorn State.

ECU - Here's a profile of another Broncos UFA signing, OT Stanley Bryant.

ESPN - John Clayton thinks teams will be watching Alphonso Smith to see whether it's worthwhile to trade future first-rounders. Right, because it's never been done before...sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't - just like any draft decision!!!

NFP - Mike Lombardi thinks the Broncos should be calling other teams regarding their extra defensive-tackles. Now before everyone flips out, keep in mind that they may already be doing so...

NFL - The Chefs signed C Eric Ghiaciuc, who started all 16 games last year for the Bungles.

KCS - So far, Chefs owner Clark Hunt is pleased with the job Scott Pioli is doing.

Y! - Sean Jensen profiles Nnamdi Asomugha and his excellent work with Oakland youths, as Clark Judge had done last week.

SFG - David White examines the contract ramifications for Oakland with their first-rounder Darrius Heyward-Bey.

SDUT - Roidhead Headhunter Shawne Merriman is ready to go.

SDUT - Vincent Jackson sought to have some blood-test evidence thrown out in his drunk-driving case.

Y! - Former Dolts LB Marques Harris signed a one-year deal with the 49ers.

NFL - Here are the offseason schedules for all 32 NFL teams.

Y! - Former longtime NFL writer Bob Oates passed away at the age of 93.

NFL - After removing the franchise tag from Leroy Hill, the Seahawks agreed to a new deal with their linebacker, which guarantees him $15.5 million.

NFL - The Patriots have acquired TE Alex Smith from the Buccaneers for an undisclosed 2010 draft choice.

NFL - Cincy PK Shayne Graham signed his one-year franchise tender.

SI - A few of the SI writers discuss where Edgerrin James might end up next.

NFP - Matt Bowen details mini-camps from the player's perspective.

NFP - Andrew Brandt chimes in on the annual "Will Brett play this year" talk.

NFL - Thomas George thinks Donovan McNabb finally has some real weapons around him. Well, the days of Stinkston and Trash are certainly distant memories.

CBS - Clark Judge thinks the Rams' draft was a vote of confidence for QB Marc Bulger.

FOX - Alex Marvez shares what it takes to become an NFL draft bust.

NFP - Matt Bowen thinks rookies are overpaid.

NFP - Wes Bunting examines the third-round choices that stood out to him.

NFP - Robert Boland shares some thoughts about the draft.

NFL - Bucky Brooks grades out the NFC West teams' drafts.

CBS - Pete Prisco goes back and grades the 2006 Draft, with high marks to the Broncos (of course).

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