Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 2/25/12

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Broncos' Elway keeping a close eye on QBs at NFL draft - The Denver Post
When player workouts begin here at the NFL combine this weekend, John Elway will have particular interest in the crop of quarterbacks.

Notebook: Fox at the Combine
Head Coach John Fox met the media on the first day of the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, broaching a variety of topics.

Broncos will get aggressive in improving defense in draft, free agency - The Denver Post
Broncos coach John Fox roamed the concourses of the same stadium where the New York Giants raised the Lombardi Trophy after a Super Bowl victory earlier this month.

Elway: Hoping Tebow’s the QB ‘for a Long, Long Time’
There can no longer be any question of what the Broncos’ brass wants regarding Tim Tebow.

InsideToronto Article: NFL rookie Orlando Franklin attributes success to hard work - and mom
Despite being a rookie, Orlando Franklin started every regular season and playoff game this past season on the offensive line for the National Football League's Denver Broncos.

Denver Broncos Videos

NFL32OT - Episode 91 - ESPN Video - ESPN
Suzy and Marcellus discuss if Justin Blackmon's stock is slipping, Tim talks about RG3's chances at moving past Andrew Luck, and Did You Hear That? Is Tebow "The Guy" for Denver?

Elway Pins Hopes On Tebow - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Elway says he hopes Tim Tebow is the long-term solution at quarterback for the Broncos.

Raiders’ 2012 "to-do" list | ProFootballTalk
We wrapped up Friday’s PFT Live with yet another bonus segment looking at the things that two teams need to do in advance of 2012.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Dawkins’ time in Denver looks to be over | ProFootballTalk
Three years ago, the Eagles allowed safety Brian Dawkins to leave via free agency, a decision created a controversy between the team and a former stadium game-day employee who complained profanely about the move on Facebook.

There's good chance Broncos could select defensive tackle with 25th pick in NFL draft - The Denver Post
There is a good chance the Broncos could use their first-round draft pick this year to shore up the position.

Talking with John Elway - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Denver Broncos football leader John Elway addressed the media on Friday. Let’s look at some of the highlights:

Allen believes Miller's talent off the charts - The Denver Post
Having seen Von Miller

Elway: Broncos open to 'either' kind of backup QB - CBSSports.com
John Elway has a tough task in front of him when it comes to filling out his quarterback depth chart. Logic dictates that the Broncos would like to get backup quarterbacks for Tebow that can run the read-option offense, or at least a version of it.

Broncos still forming plans for QB — Tebow included - The Denver Post
When John Elway steps in front of those armed with notepads, digital recorders and cameras, the topic of conversation will eventually turn to quarterbacks.

Broncos' 'hope' hinges on Tebow making strides with passing - NFL - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy Advice
Not to get too technical, but out of everything John Elway says about Tim Tebow on Friday, Clark Judge gets hung up on one word -- hope. Is it really just wishful thinking that Tebow will improve enough to meet Denver's needs?

Elway: Tebow has to get better - NFL - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy Advice
Broncos vice president John Elway is limited in how hands-on he can be in furthering the development of starting quarterback Tim Tebow, but he's adamant that needed improvements will be made to make Tebow and the Denver offense more effective

Broncos will get aggressive in improving defense in draft, free agency - The Denver Post
Broncos coach John Fox roamed the concourses of the same stadium where the New York Giants raised the Lombardi Trophy after a Super Bowl victory earlier this month.

NFL combine notes: Even with Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos need QBs - latimes.com
Broncos aren't ruling out the unconventional Tebow as long-term answer. But with only two quarterbacks on roster, they want to bring two more to training camp, and the combine is ground zero in search.

Notebook: Elway and the Top Prospects
Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway was a popular figure Friday; a closer look at top prospects Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Trent Richardson from the combine.

Elway, Fox, Xanders Proud of First Draft Class
Eight of nine drafted players from 2011 saw playing time in Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway, General Manager Brian Xanders and Head Coach John Fox's first draft class together.

Notebook: Elway and the Top Prospects
Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway was a popular figure Friday; a closer look at top prospects Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Trent Richardson from the combine.

Broncos offense will still be catered toward Tebow - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The Denver Broncos have already changed their offense to cater to Tim Tebow's strengths.

Tebow picks WME over CAA for non-football deals | ProFootballTalk
When CAA absorbed agent Jimmy Sexton last year, the superagency brought under its tent one of the biggest potential marketing powerhouses in all of sports: Tim Tebow.

Division News

QB David Garrard to work out for NFL teams around April 1 | First-and-Orange
There are three ways the Broncos can go as they seek to sign a free agent quarterback to back up Tim Tebow.

Eleven is heaven for the Chiefs - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Chiefs won a coin flip with the Seattle Seahawks on Friday morning and they will have the No. 11 overall pick in the first round of the April draft. Seattle will pick 12th. The coin flip was necessary because both teams tied in the draft order after all other tiebreakers were exhausted.

Dennis Allen: Carson Palmer athletic enough to fit system | ProFootballTalk
Carson Palmer and "athleticism" are not usually mentioned in the same sentence. Unless that sentence is: Carson Palmer does not have as much athleticism as most NFL quarterbacks. The Raiders hired Greg Knapp to coordinate the team's offense.

Dennis Allen’s whirlwind winter | First-and-Orange — Denver Broncos news, stats, analysis — The Denver Post
When NFL teams began their draft preparations in earnest back at the Senior Bowl last month, Dennis Allen was still working for the Denver Broncos.

Pioli: 'Sounds like Kyle wants to be with us' - CBSSports.com
Kyle Orton began the 2011 season as the Broncos starting quarterback

Pioli won’t discuss reported interest in Peyton Manning | ProFootballTalk
On Thursday, a report emerged that the Chiefs have discussed the possibility of acquiring quarterback Peyton Manning

Chiefs dust off Jacques Reeves | ProFootballTalk
Earlier this week, the Chiefs signed cornerback Stanford Routt, who had been cut less than two weeks earlier by the Raiders. Today, the Chiefs added cornerback Jacques Reeves, who last played in the NFL in 2009.

Chargers not ruling out Vincent Jackson, yet | ProFootballTalk
It has widely been reported that the Chargers won’t use the franchise tag on receiver Vincent Jackson for a second straight year. And for good reason.

ProFootballWeekly.com - First-round draft order set as Dolphins, Chiefs win coin flips
Two coin flips this morning at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis determined the official order of the first round of the 2012 NFL draft.

Darren McFadden is in Oakland's plans - AFC West Blog - ESPN
We can forget about the idea of the Oakland Raiders trading running back Darren McFadden.

RG3 and other QB talk in Kansas City - AFC West Blog - ESPN
RG3 let the cat out of the bag. He is meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs.

NFL News

NFLPA discusses tweaking agent rules, sources say - ESPN
DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFLPA, discussed during an annual meeting at the NFL scouting combine possible changes that could affect how agents recruit college athletes, according to agents who were in the room Friday.

NFLPA could adjust “junior rule” | ProFootballTalk
After the Reggie Bush fiasco at USC, the NFLPA dramatically changed the rules regarding agent contact with college underclassmen

NFL.com news: 2012 NFL Draft order
The 2012 NFL Draft will kick off in prime time for the third consecutive year. The first round will start Thursday, April 26 at 8 p.m. ET. The second and third rounds are set for Friday, April 27, starting at 7 p.m. ET. Rounds 4 through 7 will be held Saturday, April 28, starting at noon ET


Combine and Free Agency

2012 NFL Free Agency: Wide receiver rankings - CBSSports.com
Everyone knows the NFL is a passing league these days and that you need an elite quarterback to succeed. But take a look at the teams who made the playoffs in 2011 and you might just realize that having talented wide receivers is a must too. (Just ask Eli Manning.)

On-field Scouting Combine drills start Saturday morning | ProFootballTalk
The first two days of the Scouting Combine entail plenty of talk, and little action

Eagles reportedly open to trade offers for DeSean Jackson | ProFootballTalk
The Eagles have been pretty consistent with their public statements about wanting DeSean Jackson back with the team in 2012.

Report: Pierre Garcon turns down contract offer from Colts | ProFootballTalk
It looks like Pierre Garcon is going to test the free agent waters.

Packers likely to cut Chad Clifton, restructure Donald Driver | ProFootballTalk
The Packers have different plans for a pair of players who have been offensive starters for more than a decade: Chad Clifton appears to be on the way out, while Donald Driver appears to be staying put.

Falcons not “wasting any time” in contract talks with Brent Grimes | ProFootballTalk
The Falcons want to keep free agent cornerback Brent Grimes. To do so, they will have to invest a lot of money at the cornerback position with Dunta Robinson already getting paid a big salary. Speaking at the Scouting Combine Friday, Dimitroff sounded optimistic that the team could retain Grimes.

John Harbaugh: We’re offering Ben Grubbs a lot of money | ProFootballTalk
Ravens coach John Harbaugh went on the radio Thursday to discuss the futures of a couple of the team's big free agents. Harbaugh told Jerry Coleman of 105.

Buddy Nix denies Bills have decided against tagging Stevie Johnson | ProFootballTalk
On Thursday, we brought you a report that the Bills had decided against using the franchise tag on impending free agent wide receiver Stevie Johnson.

Manningham prepares to enter free agency | ProFootballTalk
In a development that hardly qualifies as a surprise, Giants receiver Mario Manningham most likely will hit the open market on March 13

Matt Kalil: I’m the best tackle in the draft | ProFootballTalk
USC’s Matt Kalil is regarded by most analysts as the best tackle in this year’s NFL draft, and Kalil doesn’t hesitate to say he agrees with that assessment.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Bengals have need, resources to bolster RB, WR ranks
The Bengals are in an interesting position entering free agency.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Ravens' Reed will play next season
Ed Reed is returning to the Ravens for his 11th season, GM Ozzie Newsome told reporters Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Oregon RB James convinced he'll translate just fine in NFL
LaMichael James is fine with being different

ProFootballWeekly.com - Blackmon tackles speed questions at Combine
Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon could be the top wide receiver drafted this year

Scouting the Draft: Virginia's Chase Minnifield - NYTimes.com
Although I haven’t published a scouting report on Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, I have him graded about the same as L.S.U.’s Morris Claiborne.

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