Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 4/14/12

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Von Miller Goes Superhero " DenverBroncos.com
Early this week, Von Miller lent his support to The Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect.

MaxDenver " Too Much To Tweet: Thoughts on Mario Fannin
Sometimes 140 characters aren’t enough. Today, I’ll use the extra space to talk about Mario Fannin.

Denver Broncos Team Store to Debut Nike on April 26th - BroncoTalk
For those of you who live near Denver, the Denver Broncos Team Store will debut the new 2012 Nike jersey’s during an exclusive 24-hour event on April 26th before they become available elsewhere. And yes, this includes Peyton Manning swag!

Denver Broncos Videos

Will More Teammates Speak Out About Tebow? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter discusses whether more Broncos teammates will speak out about last season with Tim Tebow.

Gilmore's Draft Preparations - ESPN Video - ESPN
Stephon Gilmore joins NFL Live to talk about his draft preparations and why he deserves to be a first round pick.

Kiper Vs. McShay - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay discuss QB Ryan Tannehill and who will have the better rookie season between Andrew Luck/Robert Griffin III and Justin Blackmon/Michael Floyd.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos running back Willis McGahee flexes his pecs on set of Shanell's "So Good" video - Denver Music - Backbeat
It's the off-season. Do you know where your Broncos are -- uh, we mean, the ones who aren't huddled around fawning over their fearless new leader?

MaxDenver " No Longer ‘Good’ Enough
A few months spent talking about the Broncos via various social media platforms reveals three truths:

Stokley moves closer to a reunion with Peyton Manning | ProFootballTalk
Well, Brandon Stokley possibly will get his reward for all the positive things he said last month about the status of Peyton Manning’s arm and the quality of his throws.

Division News

AFC West links: Thomas prefers Manning - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Denver Broncos The Tim Tebow-Demaryius Thomas connection from last season's playoff win against Pittsburgh might be one of the team's most memorable

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Raiders FB Reece missing team workouts "
Raiders fullback Marcel Reece is not participating in the start of the team’s offseason program, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Chargers keep Jacob Hester | ProFootballTalk
Fullback Jacob Hester has agreed to terms on a one-year deal, the team announced Friday night.

Chargers sign Mario Henderson | ProFootballTalk
The team announced on Friday that Henderson has signed a one-year deal.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Chargers sign three offensive linemen
OT Mario Henderson, OG-OT Brandyn Dombrowski and LS Mike Windt all agreed to terms with San Diego, the team announced.

Raiders under Reggie McKenzie not interested in Hard Knocks | ProFootballTalk
The new-look Raiders have adjusted in many ways their approach to the media. Transactions are now announced via press release, not through a subtle update to the transactions page on the team’s website, days after the transaction occurs. Also, players and coaches are available for interviews, more than ever before.

A.J. Smith ready to make deals in the draft | ProFootballTalk
Chargers General Manager A.J.Smith has always enjoyed wheeling and dealing at draft time, and he says this year will be no exception

ProFootballWeekly.com - Chiefs may go with QB early in draft
The popular belief is that the Chiefs will focus on their defense in the upcoming NFL draft after spending nearly all of free agency upgrading their offense.

NFL News

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Broken Tackles 2011
Today, more of our series presenting various 2011 stats from the multitude of Football Outsiders spreadsheets. Broken tackles are a stat from game charting, not from the standard play-by-play. We define a "broken tackle" as one of two events: either the ballcarrier escapes from the grasp of the defender, or the defender is in good position for a tackle but the ballcarrier jukes him out of his shoes.

Ed Hochuli gives advice on how to admit a mistake | ProFootballTalk
In 2008, Ed Hochuli cost the Chargers a game against the Broncos by wrongly ruling that Denver quarterback Jay Cutler had thrown an incompletion, when he had actually fumbled. Afterward Hochuli apologized and admitted he had botched the call.

NFL.com news: Ravens' Ray Rice won't be at workouts without new contract
Read Discuss Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice won't join the team when players report for voluntary offseason workouts Monday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Steven Jackson would "stand on the table" for a receiver | ProFootballTalk
In a Friday appearance on ESPN’s NFL Live, veteran Rams running back Steven Jackson made clear his preferences for the team on draft day, if he were in the team’s war room.

Nate Burleson will lay down some law to arrested Lions | ProFootballTalk
The three members of last year’s Lions draft class that have been arrested on marijuana charges since the end of the regular season should clear some space on their calendar.

The Commish apparently needs to send out a new memo | ProFootballTalk
After the Wonderlic score generated by former LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne was leaked by one or more of the 32 teams that exclusively had access to it, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell dispatched a memo reminding the various franchises that this shouldn’t occur.

Use of Painkiller Toradol Before Games Raises Concerns - NYTimes.com
When Mets pitcher R. A. Dickey partly tore the plantar fascia in his right foot last May, he turned to a treatment that in recent years has become a go-to elixir for professional baseball and football players: Toradol, an injectable anti-inflammatory drug.

Nearly 1,200 former players have filed suit for concussions | ProFootballTalk
Several of you have asked, given the ongoing rash of concussion-related lawsuits, for a full tally of the total number of former players who have instituted legal action.

Free Agency

2012 NFL free agency -- London Fletcher agrees to two-year deal with Washington Redskins - ESPN
The veteran free agent linebacker announced on Twitter on Friday: "Redskins fans your captain is back!"

NFL.com news: Pass-happy era hitting running backs, linebackers where it hurts
America's Game is changing. The pass-happy era is here to stay. It was reflected in the initial waves of free agency over the past month, and it will be reflected again when the 2012 NFL Draft begins

NFL.com news: Steelers Reporter: Wallace trade isn't happening
Yesterday, we painstakingly made the case why the Mike Wallace trade rumors made no sense. The entire story seemed like an agent-driven Hail Mary.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Free agent Jason Brown gets offer from Ravens "
Free-agent C Jason Brown is drawing interest from several teams, including the Ravens, league sources said Friday.

Franchise players can participate in offseason programs | ProFootballTalk
As offseason programs open and franchise players remain unsigned and fans looking for something to worry about are now worried about franchise players not participating in offseason programs

ProFootballWeekly.com - Colts cut WR White
The Colts announced on Friday they have released WR Blair White.

Bengals Sign TE Lee, LB Skuta, Announce CB Newman - NYTimes.com
The Bengals on Friday re-signed tight end Donald Lee and linebacker Dan Skuta.

The Draft

What philosophy should NFL GM's use for the 2012 Draft? | TheFootballEducator.com
I ran a quick poll on Twitter and asked what the following question; What philosophy should NFL GM’s use for the 2012 Draft?

Janoris Jenkins has first-round talent, but will character issues cause him to fall? - Jeff Diamond - SI.com
'Tis the season for NFL scouts. With two weeks until draft day, teams are making their lists and checking them twice -- and more. As the old carol goes, they've "got to find out who's naughty and nice."

NFL DRAFT: Ranking the Top 10 Defensive Backs | National Football Post
How many safeties make the cut?

NFL.com news: Eagles, Rams reportedly eye Browns' top pick in NFL draft
The Cleveland Browns are well-versed in trading down in the first round of the NFL draft, and a recent report indicates the team could have several options if it wants to do it again this year.

NFL.com news: Two-round mock draft: No quarterbacks taken in second round
Today, I decided to dig deeper in my mock drafting and fill out the second round, as well. There is still plenty of talent available in Round 2. In fact, teams picking near the top of the second round will often select a player they had a first-round grade on.

NFL.com news: Morris Claiborne likely to be drafted No. 5 by Bucs, Barber says
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber said Friday that his team "probably will" draft LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne with the No. 5 pick in this month's NFL draft.

NFL.com news: Trent Richardson grants wish of girl battling leukemia
Trent Richardson is about to make one NFL team very happy in this month's draft. Before he does, he'll help one young woman's dream come true

Russ Lande: Tannehill has strongest arm in 2012 draft | ProFootballTalk
Former Ravens head coach Brian Billick isn’t high on former Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill as a 2012 draft prospect, but league evaluators certainly seem to be. Tannehill is widely regarded as a surefire top-12 pick.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Report: Several teams contact Browns about No. 4 pick
At least three or four teams in the top 20 have shown an interest in trading up, The Plain Dealer indicated, saying there’s a decent chance the Browns will bite on an offer and trade down from their No. 4 spot.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Intriguing RB prospects
The devaluation of the running back position continues to push capable ballcarriers down the draft pecking order. Consequently, late-round or undrafted free-agent gems emerge seemingly on a yearly basis. Arian Foster, Pierre Thomas and Danny Woodhead all were bypassed in the draft before rising to prominence on winning teams. The following players, listed in alphabetical order, could follow in those footsteps.

Marvin Jones, Fourth-Ranked Receiver in 2012 Draft - NYTimes.com
Jones is the most technically sound receiver in this class, and he has enough athleticism to play the X (split end) or the Z (flanker). His draft spot might not be commensurate with where I rank him, but his stock is definitely on the rise because teams are beginning to recognize just how good he is.

Go Broncos!

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