Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 4/18/12

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Fox, Elway Talk Schedule " DenverBroncos.com
Minutes after the schedule was released, Head Coach John Fox went on NFL Network and Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway spoke with 850 KOA about the Broncos’ slate of games.

2012 NFL Draft Preview: Quarterbacks
This year's top QB prospects talk about why they think they'll be successful in the NFL.

Broncos 2012 Schedule Announced
The Broncos' 2012 schedule has been finalized, and it includes five games in primetime.

NFL.com news: Peyton Manning faces tough tests early in Denver
We already knew the Denver Broncos' 2012 schedule looked brutal on paper. We also know that "on paper" doesn't mean much in the NFL. With that in mind, here are some general thoughts on Denver's schedule in Peyton Manning's first season with the team.

Denver Broncos Videos

Monday Night Football Schedule Released - ESPN Video - ESPN
Check out all the matchups slated for Monday Night Football.

Russell Wilson Ready For The NFL - ESPN Video - ESPN
Russell Wilson drops by the SportsCenter set to talk about his hopes for the NFL Draft.

Gruden Camp - Case Keenum - ESPN Video - ESPN
Former Houston QB Case Keenum talks to Jon Gruden about his recovery from injury and his love of football.

NFL Draft 2nd Round Steals - ESPN Video - ESPN
Todd McShay looks at some potential second round steals in the NFL Draft.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Mac's Football Blog: Broncos DT Kevin Vickerson Takes Pay Cut
In addition to rescinding defensive tackle Ryan McBean's restricted free agent tender, a league source has confirmed that the Denver Broncos have restructured the contract of veteran defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson.

Inside the NFL Draft: Broncos team needs | National Football Post
Looking ahead to the draft, Denver has some needs in the secondary, along the D-Line and could target the RB position as well as a developmental QB. Here are the prospects we see as the best fit for the Broncos’ roster.

Marcus Thomas, Denver Broncos aren't in each other's plans - The Denver Post
The Broncos dont have money to play with right now because the signings of Peyton Manning and other free agents ate up their salary cap space.

A history lesson: Please be wary of workout wonders - The Denver Post
NFL personnel executives watch prospects adorned in designer compression shorts and $200 running shoes shine in predraft workouts and wonder how their skills will translate to pro ball.

Draft preview: Wide receivers - The Denver Post
Denver Post draft expert Jeff Legwold provides his list of the top wide receivers available in the NFLs April 26-28 draft.

Receivers known to be risky picks - The Denver Post
They are some of the best athletes in any NFL draft. They are among the fastest, most gifted, most celebrated players on the board.

MaxDenver " Digging Deep Into the 2012 Schedule
Andrew Mason breaks down the Broncos schedule week by week

Broncos and former University of Colorado linebacker Brian Iwuh retires | First-and-Orange — Denver Broncos news, stats, analysis — The Denver Post
The Broncos officially placed Iwuh on their reserved-retired list Tuesday, ending his six-year NFL career.

Division News

Schedule odds and ends - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The prodigious Jason Vida of ESPN Stats & Information has come up with some nuggets for each team’s 2012 schedule.

AFC West games to watch - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Here’s a list of some of the most compelling 2012 NFL games involving AFC West teams:

NFL.com news: Eric Berry coy on if he believes bounty sparked Bills' hit on him
Eric Berry has his own opinions about whether the Buffalo Bills were out to hurt him in last season's opener, when a deliberately low block resulted in a season-ending knee injury.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Chiefs sign DB Baker
The Chiefs signed free-agent DB Mikail Baker on Tuesday, the team announced

Will we see another San Diego surprise? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
One of the more difficult draft minds to predict belongs to San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith.

Where would Pryor fit in this draft? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
There are several interesting quarterback prospects available in the draft next week. Had he not been taken by the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the supplemental draft, Terrelle Pryor would have been one of them.

NFL.com news: Darren McFadden is full-go in Oakland Raiders' workout
Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden was in the midst of a breakout season before a Lisfranc injury cut his 2011 short. Even if it's just for voluntary workouts, McFadden's 2012 is off to a good start.

Jordan Norwood of Cleveland Browns signs exclusive-rights tender - ESPN
Browns wide receiver Jordan Norwood has signed his tender as an exclusive-rights player.

NFL.com news: Ronde Barber getting reps at safety for Buccaneers
After spending 15 seasons at cornerback with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Ronde Barber might be called upon to learn a new role.

NFL.com news: Bengals WR Jordan Shipley on the mend from knee surgery
Jordan Shipley got together with quarterback Andy Dalton last week in Texas and ran a few pass routes, an encouraging developing for the Cincinnati Bengals offense.

Andy Dalton wants to improve his footwork | ProFootballTalk
In 2011, Andy Dalton became the first quarterback drafted outside of the first round to start all 16 games and take his team to the playoffs.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Ravens re-sign LB Ellerbe
The Ravens re-signed LB Dannell Ellerbe on Tuesday, the team announced. A restricted free agent, Ellerbe signed his second-round tender.

NFL News

NFL gets it right on Thanksgiving | National Football Post
Three big matchups highlight the Week 12 holiday schedule.

NFL.com news: Lions' Raiola has no plans to join concussion lawsuits
More than 1,000 former players are suing the NFL, claiming the league didn't properly protect them from concussions. One player at the tail end of his career, 33-year-old Lions center Dominic Raiola, doesn't plan to join the party.

NFL.com news: Barry Sanders says featured-back role isn't dead
On the football field, few commanded the attention of a defense like Barry Sanders. His 15,269 rushing yards ranks third all-time in NFL history behind Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton.

NFL ref Tony Corrente gets good news after chemotherapy | ProFootballTalk
NFL referee Tony Corrente continued working through the Lions-Saints playoff game despite being treated for cancer of his tongue and throat.

Free Agency

NFL - Restricted free agency on verge of extinction - ESPN
We are nearing the extinction of a particular category of free agent in the NFL. Restricted free agency is alive -- in theory -- and part of the new 10-year collective bargaining agreement.

NFL.com news: Agent: Ryan Grant in talks with team other than Packers
Free-agent running back Ryan Grant could have a new home as early as next week, his agent told the Green Bay Post-Gazette on Tuesday.

Teams should be careful about recruiting undrafted free agents | ProFootballTalk
After each seven-round draft ends, the rest of the incoming players may be pursued as free agents.

The Draft

ProFootballWeekly.com - Nawrocki's contract-based mock draft
The rookie wage scale the owners and players agreed to last summer relieved great pressure from teams drafting in the top 10, yet shrewd GMs remain very cognizant of the positional value associated with each pick.

Top 2nd Round Values | National Football Post
A look at which talented prospects could fall into round two…

Mock Draft 7.0 | National Football Post
25. Denver Broncos: Penn State DT Devon Still

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Luck, RG3 likely to face tough schedules "
Everyone agrees that top QB prospects Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III have bright futures, but NFL Network analysts Steve Mariucci and Kurt Warner don’t see either having much success immediately, at least in terms of wins and losses.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Roundup of four small-school prospects "
Four lesser-known prospects who could be late-round draft choices took part in workouts, hoping to impress NFL teams.

Report: Eagles would target Fletcher Cox over Tannehill | ProFootballTalk
According to Tony Pauline of SI.com and TFY Draft Insider, however, the object of Philadelphia’s affection in any trade wouldn’t be a new quarterback. It’d be Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox.

Russell Wilson wants NFL teams to view him like Drew Brees | ProFootballTalk
Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson has a standard comeback for those who think he’s too short for the NFL: Is Drew Brees too short?

ProFootballWeekly.com - Insider: Washington nose tackle underrated
"You don’t expect nose tackles to be good pass rushers, but (Washington’s) Alameda Ta’amu can really push the pocket.

Go Broncos!

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