Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 2/14/12

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Royal Excited for Broncos to Take the Next Step " DenverBroncos.com
The flight home from New England for Eddie Royal and the Broncos was a quiet one.

Watching the Mocks: Feb. 13 " DenverBroncos.com
ust as we did last offseason, we’ll be taking a look at various mock drafts leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft.

Broncos likely to place franchise tag on kicker Matt Prater - The Denver Post
Not since the 2002 season have the Broncos used the franchise tag. Place-kicker Jason Elam received a $1.24 million salary that year.

Broncos need to hit home runs below the NFL draft's first round - The Denver Post
Lewis Grizzard once wrote, "If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes."

Videos

Video: Tim Tebow asked to Military Ball by Louisiana Airwoman - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Two years ago, Tim Tebow was in full training for the NFL Draft, eventually being taken in the first round by the Denver Broncos. Now after leading the Broncos to the AFC West title and the playoffs, Tebow is ready to be drafted again.

Draft Lab - Quarterbacks - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay discuss the quarterbacks in the 2012 NFL draft.

Colts In Limbo - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mark Schlereth discusses the state of limbo the Colts are in waiting for a decision on Peyton Manning.

Is DeSean Jackson Worth The Risk? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Michael Holley, Beto Duran and Michael Smith discuss how DeSean Jackson will react if he gets franchised.

Division News

Center Hardwick will return to Chargers | National Football Post
Guard Dielman also leaning toward coming back

Chiefs jump on Stanford Routt visit - AFC West Blog - ESPN
NFL.com reports cornerback Stanford Routt will visit the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday. The Oakland Raiders cut Routt on Thursday. ESPNDallas first re

Playing 32 Offseason Questions: Prisco has one for each NFL team - NFL - CBSSports.com News
The NFL offseason is a time for the negative. What is wrong with the team? How do they fix it?

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Four Downs: AFC West
Tim Tebow has occupied most of the conversation concerning the Broncos since he became the starter six games into the 2011 season.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos probably won't pursue Clausen as a backup for Tebow - The Denver Post
When the Panthers drafted Jimmy Clausen in the second round out of Notre Dame, they thought he was their quarterback of the future.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Broncos once had their eye on RG3 "
How close did Baylor QB Robert Griffin III come to being a legitimate target of the Broncos in the 2012 NFL Draft? Pretty darn close, apparently.

NFL.com news: Tebow tells L.A. kids some stories about Perry, Lin
And for two reasons: Currently, Tebow is the apple of pop music sensation Katy Perry's eye. He's also an inspiration to one of sports' best underdog stories, New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin, who has won his first four NBA starts

Broncos QB Tim Tebow ain't got that "thing" - The Denver Post
The commotion of his whirlwind season has subsided, leaving Tim Tebow extra time to pursue one of his favorite things: trying to make a difference in others' lives.

Denver Bronco Ties to Hollywood - Predominantly Orange
I reviewed my DVD movie collection and have identified a handful of movies that have a tie to the Denver Broncos in a small way.

PO "Golden Bucky" Fan Vote Awards - Underrated Player Of The Year - Predominantly Orange
The results are in and it’s time to hand out the third Predominantly Orange "Golden Bucky" award

Denver Broncos Free Agent Tight End Options - Predominantly Orange
The tight end position was one of the most publicized positions in football in 2011.

NFL News

Kickology: Kicking Stats & Technology
We live in a world of technology. We live in a world of statistics. We live in a world of techno-stats. With that in mind, we take a look at two recent developments along those lines, with a kicking-punting focus, from two periodic contributors.

Helmet fit critical for concussion prevention
Concussions and the issues that can occur following one, continue to be a serious problem for football players.

NFL.com news: Cards' Kolb recovers from concussion, unfazed by Manning talk
Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb told the Arizona Republic on Monday that he's fully recovered from his concussion and isn't concerned about speculation that the team might be interested in Peyton Manning if he is released by the Indianapolis Colts.

NFL.com news: Steelers GM Colbert sees 'serious' salary-cap problems
The Pittsburgh Steelers have many big roster decisions to make, but they won't happen soon.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Seriously, can Moss really run a 40 in under 4.4 seconds? "
Here’s some breaking news that ought to blow your mind: Randy Moss is still capable of running a 40-yard dash in under 4.4 seconds.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Mendenhall may begin 2012 on PUP list
Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall is expected to begin the 2012 season on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

ProFootballWeekly.com - FCC urged to end sports blackout rule
Most people weighing in on a sports blackout rule are urging the Federal Communications Commission to scrap it.

NFL examines how the stadium can compete with the couch | ProFootballTalk
If you’re a football fan who likes to monitor multiple games at once, look up stats while the game is going on, talk to other fans online or otherwise take advantage of modern technology on autumn Sundays, the couch is a better option than the stadium. And the NFL is concerned about that.

Wideouts headline off-season talk | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio addresses rumors surrounding receivers Randy Moss, DeSean Jackson, and Reggie Wayne.

Weekend rewind: Teams can carry over cap space | ProFootballTalk
Since plenty of you still don’t check out PFT on non-work time, every once in a while there’s a weekend story that bears repeating on Monday.

Jerry Jones "absolutely" plans to make a play for Super Bowl L | ProFootballTalk
With Super Bowl XLVI now VIII days into the rear-view mirror, a fairly significant Super Bowl is merely IV years away.

Adrian Wilson is tougher than you | ProFootballTalk
Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson tore his biceps muscle in training camp. At the time, there was some fear he would miss the season.

Goodell will get nearly $20 million per year by end of decade | ProFootballTalk
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell currently makes roughly $10 million per year.

Roddy White asks: How the hell can Goodell get paid so much? | ProFootballTalk
Falcons receiver Roddy White saw Florio’s item about the salary of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and suffice to say White doesn’t think the commissioner should be making more money than most players make.

Trouble in Steeler Nation | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio talks with Joe Starkey from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review about the dysfunction surrounding Steeler Nation, including Ben Roethlisberger’s displeasure at the forced departure of Bruce Arians.

Free Agency and the Draft

2012 NFL Draft Top 5 at Every Position - Sports Agent Blog
NFL analyst Brandon Thorn is back for his third year, providing an in-depth breakdown of the NFL off-season.

The (in)significance of the 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine | TheFootballEducator.com
It’s not the heptathlon or pentathlon. It’s not a triathlon or even an Ironman. The events are specialized and are meant to measure the degree athleticism in the participant; short area quickness, speed and explosion, fast twitch and endurance. You won’t see this combination of events at the Summer Games in London. No, this series of skill drills can only be found at the annual NFL Combine.

NFL Free Agency 2012: From Mario Williams To Wes Welker, The AFC's Top Free Agents - SBNation.com
Since free agency is the next big thing in the NFL, here's a list of each AFC team's top free agent and where they could end up playing in 2012.

NFL Free Agency 2012: From Mario Manningham To DeSean Jackson, The Top Free Agents In The NFC - SBNation.com
Since free agency is the next big thing in the NFL, here's a list of each NFC team's top free agent and where they could end up playing in 2012.

NFL Combine Snubs: Offense | National Football Post
Who are the top prospects not invited to the NFL combine?

Re-Routted | National Football Post
Raiders cut Routt; Randy Moss wants back in

NFL.com news: Ex-Raider Routt visits Bills, with at least four others interested
As expected, free-agent cornerback Stanford Routt paid a visit to the Buffalo Bills on Monday, following his release last week by the Oakland Raiders.

Routt says he likes the atmosphere in Buffalo | ProFootballTalk
Free-agent cornerback Stanford Routt, who made $15 million for one season in Oakland, has commenced his quest for a new team.

Lofa Tatupu visits the Saints | ProFootballTalk
Lofa Tatupu wants to get back into the NFL, and at least one team is interested in his services.

Report: Peyton may be interested in playing for the Texans | ProFootballTalk
As the calendar continues to move toward March 8, the date by which the Colts must either pay Peyton Manning $28 million or cut him loose, reports and theories continue to emerge.

NFL.com news: Wayne prefers return to Colts, but still waiting for call
Set to become an unrestricted free agent next month, Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne would prefer to stay in Indianapolis.

NFL.com news: Report: If Finnegan becomes free agent, Lions might make a play
The Lions might pursue Tennessee Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan if he becomes a free agent this offseason, according to the Detroit Free Press.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Bucky Brooks’ top five QB prospects at the combine "
Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are unquestionably the top two quarterback prospects in the 2012 NFL Draft

Wideouts headline off-season talk | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio addresses rumors surrounding receivers Randy Moss, DeSean Jackson, and Reggie Wayne.

Cowboys may franchise Anthony Spencer | ProFootballTalk
With linebacker Anthony Spencer set to become an unrestricted free agent, the Dallas Cowboys are considering using the franchise tag to keep him.

Lewand says Lions have been "in discussions" with Megatron | ProFootballTalk
The Lions have a number of key free agents, including defensive end Cliff Avril.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Blackmon ready to bring big-play ability to NFL
Before Justin Blackmon ever dreamed of being a professional football player, he thought that his best hope of being a pro athlete was in the NBA.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Barron to miss Scouting Combine
Alabama S Mark Barron, one of the top prospects in the 2012 NFL draft, will miss the Scouting Combine next week in Indianapolis

ProFootballWeekly.com - Report: Eagles will franchise WR Jackson
To the surprise of some, the Eagles will keep WR DeSean Jackson off the free-agent market, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The team instead will sign him with its franchise tag.

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