Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 4/5/12

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Peyton Manning's fingerprints will be all over Broncos' playbook - The Denver Post
Peyton Manning says, "Im not going to be the offensive coordinator," but his fingerprints on the Broncos playbook will be unmistakable.

Watch the NFL draft at Lonie Paxton's charity bowling tournament | First-and-Orange
Broncos long snapper Lonie Paxton’s draft-night party is back, giving Broncos fans the chance to compete alongside Broncos players, watch the first round of the NFL draft and raise money for the Active Force Foundation, which supports wounded veterans and athletes.

2012 NFL Draft - McNabb & Plummer show concern for RG3 | TheFootballEducator.com
Pro Football continues its count down towards the 2012 NFL Draft and already sparks are flying.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Nationally-televised preseason schedule announced
The NFL announced its 2012 preseason schedule on Wednesday and Peyton Manning’s first game as a Bronco will be in Chicago.

Videos

QB Camp: Gruden and RG3 - ESPN Video - ESPN
Jon Gruden and Robert Griffin III talk read option and whether it will work in the NFL.

Saints Hearing On Thursday - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter on when the Sean Payton, Mickey Loomis and the Saints can expect a ruling following their appeals hearing.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Penn State defensive tackle worth a predraft look from Broncos - The Denver Post
A lot of Broncos fans are wondering whether Penn States Devon Still would be a good fit in Denver at defensive tackle.

Poe, Streeter poster boys for the potential/production dilemma faced by NFL teams in the draft - The Denver Post
It may be the most difficult part of the attempt to find future NFL stars: to have the ability to look at now and see the future.

Division News

Raiders to meet with hearing-impaired RB - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Raiders are planning a pre-draft visit with one of the more interesting players eligible for the draft.

NFL.com news: Darren McFadden says he's healthy, will be full-go for Raiders
Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden said Monday that he's "feeling pretty good" after recovering from a Lisfranc injury and won't let concerns about staying healthy get in the way of his game.

Tyvon Branch extension reportedly in the works | ProFootballTalk
When the Raiders gave safety Tyvon Branch the franchise tag there was a belief that the two sides would work toward a long-term deal.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Same uniforms, but different look for Raiders
Despite the massive hype and media attention it received, the uniform unveiling that the NFL and Nike hosted on Tuesday didn’t really provide much actual news.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Chiefs re-sign DB Daniels
The Chiefs re-signed unrestricted free-agent DB Travis Daniels, the team announced Wednesday.

NFL.com news: Luis Castillo returning to Chargers on one-year contract
The San Diego Chargers have re-signed defensive tackle Luis Castillo to a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday, and also signed kick returner Micheal Spurlock.

After fan violence last year, 49ers won’t play Raiders this preseason | ProFootballTalk
The annual Bay Area rivalry has been scrapped this year

NFL News

Kirby Wilson visits Steelers | ProFootballTalk
Nearly three months ago, Steelers running back Kirby Wilson was severely burned in a house fire.

Louisiana Senate panel: Saints punishment 'too harsh'
A resolution recommending that the NFL reconsider punishment against the New Orleans Saints easily passed a Louisiana state senate panel, according to the New Orleans Times Picayune.

NFL.com news: Wonderlic scores don't indicate football IQ, Ronde Barber says
"I don't think it's a factor," Barber said Wednesday when asked about prospects who do poorly on the exam administered to players at the NFL Scouting Combine. "I don't think it really translates into the football IQ.

Morris Claiborne: 4 - Memorable Wonderlic Scores - Photos - SI.com
For years teams have struggled with what to make of the Wonderlic, the test given to almost every draft-eligible player. There have been great players who have scored shockingly low (a score of 10 indicates that a person is literate), and there have been colossal busts who have scored amazingly high.

Mike Shanahan responds to Donovan McNabb - DC Sports Bog - The Washington Post
Shanahan said: "I’d like to let the statistics speak for themselves. I think I can take the high road."

NFL.com news: Alternate NFL uniform release up to teams' discretion
For those disappointed that the new Nike uniforms weren't radical enough -- with the exception of the Seattle Seahawks, of course -- have no fear. Alternate uniforms for the other 31 NFL teams eventually could be on the horizon.

Tom Zbikowski says Colts are aiming to "beat the crap out of people" | ProFootballTalk
A year ago, Tom Zbikowski was biding his time during the lockout by beating the crap out of people in the boxing ring.

Free Agency

NFL.com news: Colts interested in Leftwich as backup to No. 1 pick
Poor Drew Stanton. All the guy wants to do is be a second-string quarterback. This isn't really asking much, you know? It's kind of like getting a wish from a genie and requesting a ham sandwich. But the football gods -- or more accurately, unkind general managers -- continue to toy with him.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Ex-Patriots C Koppen visiting Titans on Thursday "
Former Patriots center Dan Koppen is visiting the Titans on Thursday, and the team is monitoring other centers as well, according to league sources.

The Draft

Scouting the Draft: Oklahoma State's Markelle Martin - NYTimes.com
I watched four full games of Markelle Martin’s, and I was surprised. The Oklahoma State prospect is supposed to be the top true free safety in the draft, but he looks to have a poor understanding of zone concepts.

Lions looked past character concerns in last year’s draft | ProFootballTalk
Three of the Lions’ five draft picks last year have been arrested for possessing marijuana since the season ended, and that’s bringing into renewed focus what many observers said about the Lions’ 2011 draft class at the time

NFL - Nothing simple about RB negotiations - ESPN
There's no position in the NFL with a shorter shelf life than running back. That reality creates natural tension at the bargaining table, with agents and teams knowing decline can come quickly.

NFL Draft: Breaking down the 'Cover 2' safety | National Football Post
Two routes safety prospects must defend in the deep half.

AFC West draft: Beyond the first round - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Let take a look at some players who could be available in the second round and beyond and might interest teams in the AFC West:

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive SMU’s Thompson impresses at tight end "
SMU’s pro day was held Wednesday on a beautiful day — about 85 degrees, with little to no wind. Twenty-five NFL teams were present, including the tight ends coaches from Dallas, Jacksonville and Baltimore

Are college players' bodies being abused? | National Football Post
College football needs to step up their medical practices and incorporate a second opinion system

Cowboys trying to hide interest in Dontari Poe | ProFootballTalk
SI.com draft analyst Tony Pauline wrote on his blog Monday that the Cowboys are targeting Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe at the No. 14 pick in the draft, and Poe is the "apple of their eyes."

Combine president says an accommodation is available for the Wonderlic | ProFootballTalk
Tuesday’s disclosure that LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne scored a four on the Wonderlic raises important questions about the general intelligence test administered every year at the Scouting Combine and elsewhere, including by individual teams during player visits.

Browns hosting Matt Kalil for pre-draft visit | ProFootballTalk
Cleveland may not be a realistic landing spot for Kalil, who isn’t expected to make it past the Minnesota Vikings’ No. 3 overall pick in the draft.

Mocks

Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III top NFL mock draft; Ryan Tannehill goes to Dolphins - Don Banks - SI.com
The first round of the NFL Draft is always a jigsaw puzzle that takes four months to assemble.

Mock Draft 6.0 | National Football Post
25. Denver Broncos: Baylor WR Kendall Wright

Breaking down Kiper's mock draft - AFC West Blog - ESPN
This time, Kiper is going two rounds deep. Let’s take a look at his choices for the AFC West teams:

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