Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 4/7/12

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NFL.com news: Broncos might add to backfield regardless of Moreno's status
Even with the addition of quarterback Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos' backfield could still be a work in progress.

Broncos Draft History: Running Backs
A look back at the running backs the Broncos have selected in the NFL Draft.

A Physical Mindset
Alabama running back Trent Richardson said he'll never stop working on his game, but one thing he already has is a love for contact.

Brown's Speed Sets Him Apart
North Carolina linebacker Zach Brown believes his speed will make him an asset to any NFL team that drafts him.

Videos

Sport Science: Luke Kuechly - ESPN Video - ESPN
Boston College linebacker, and likely first-round pick, Luke Kuechly goes under the microscope in the Sport Science lab.

Timetable For Saints Ruling - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter talks about when Roger Goodell will rule on the Saints appeals.

Division News

Raiders' defense has the look of a 4-3 - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Raiders’ scheme had had a mystery about it because new coach Dennis Allen said the team hadn't decided on what defensive front to use. He said a decision would be made after the draft. But Allen has said the team would use multiple fronts and that is possible because Oakland has a lot of versatile defensive players.

Who are the Two Front Runners in the AFC West? - Arrowhead Pride
For now on, when people will think about the AFC West, they will automatically think about Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Well, that is what should be expected, when one of the greatest players to ever play in the NFL joins a different division, and becomes the face of the franchise.

AFC West By the Numbers: 2012 Coaching Outlook | National Football Authority
With free agency well under way and NFL teams getting down to business, this is an early look at the teams in terms of who is calling the shots on the field.

NFL.com news: Palmer: Raiders' new playbook 'going to fit' personnel
When we last visited Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer, he was itching to acquire a copy of the team's new playbook.

NFL.com news: Raiders' Dennis Allen says Darren McFadden is 'ready to go'
It looks like the Oakland Raiders are on the verge of having the centerpiece of their offense back.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Report: Raiders reach agreement with DE Tollefson
The Raiders have reached an agreement in principle with former Giants free-agent DE Dave Tollefson,

NFL News

NFL - New offseason rules forcing coaches to adjust - ESPN
With a lockout in full force last year, NFL coaches had an impossible job in 2011. Their successes or failures were tied to so much that was out of their control. They had no offseason programs to keep veterans in shape. They had no chance to groom rookies in May and June. Basically, the owners and the union gave coaches the whistle and let them do what they could.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Missing coordinator far from only problem for Rams' defense
The newly released audio of Gregg Williams’ profanity-laced speech the night before the Saints’ divisional playoff loss to the Niners has sent shudders through cyberspace and triggered widespread demands that the Rams’ new defensive coordinator be banned for life from the NFL

NFL.com news: Attorney: NFL wants to move Duerson lawsuit to federal court
An attorney for relatives of the late Chicago Bears player Dave Duerson says the NFL wants to have a wrongful-death lawsuit filed against the league moved from Cook County court to federal court.

Decision on Appeals in N.F.L. Bounty Case Could Come Monday - NYTimes.com
On Monday, N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell will probably announce his decision on the discipline appeals by the New Orleans Saints. That leaves an entire weekend for the Gregg Williams audiotape to ring in the ears of football fans, an obscenity-laced, injury-detailing diatribe that has pulled back the curtain on a part of the football culture Goodell wants to eliminate.

Free Agency

NFL.com news: Free-agent signings of Williams, Anderson paying off for Bills
The Buffalo Bills' offseason spending spree -- highlighted by defensive end Mario Williams $100 million contract -- is paying off at the ticket office.

NFL.com news: Report: Bucs looking at DTs Amobi Okoye, Derek Landri
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to bolster their depth at defensive tackle, and free-agent Amobi Okoye has emerged as one of the team's top options at the position.

NFL.com news: Bengals cut Chris Crocker, could bring back safety this year
The Cincinnati Bengals cut safety Chris Crocker, the team announced Friday.

42 restricted free agents, no offers sheets | ProFootballTalk
Free agency launched 24 days ago. The class included 42 restricted free agents. And not a single one has been signed to an offer sheet.

Bengals bag Jacob Bell | ProFootballTalk
The Cincinnati Bengals continue to bring in new pieces to a team that was an unlikely playoff participant in 2011.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Seahawks sign Lutui, Ruud, Lewis
The Seahawks have agreed to terms with former Cardinals free-agent OG Deuce Lutui and ex-Titans free-agent LB Barrett Ruud, the team announced Friday.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Rams add DE Hayes
The Rams have agreed to a one-year deal with DE William Hayes, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter

ProFootballWeekly.com - Steelers have options at nose tackle
At last week’s NFL meetings, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin addressed a question about the club’s long-term plans at nose tackle by strictly looking at the present

The Draft

ProFootballWeekly.com - PFW's exclusive draft value chart
The value board below is based on considerable feedback from NFL teams and projects the league value of players, pinpointing a specific area where players likely will be drafted.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Spielman: Vikings will consider trading No. 3 on clock
Vikings GM Rick Spielman told Pro Football Weekly that he’d be open to the idea of trading the third pick in the draft while the Vikings are on the clock on April 26.

Chris Polk, Fifth-Ranked Running Back in 2012 Draft - NYTimes.com
Physically and conceptually, Polk is almost everything you want from a lead back or a feature runner in the N.F.L.

Ryan Tannehill, Coby Fleener on the rise; Chase Minnifield falling in NFL Draft - Tony Pauline - SI.com
After an exhaustive four-week schedule, the pro day workouts are over. NFL scouts, coaches and general managers crisscrossed the country throughout March as prospects tried to improve their draft grade. As always, the workouts have caused some players to rise in the eyes of NFL decision-makers, while others have fallen. One thing's for sure -- a lot has changed since the pro day slate began. Here are 15 players who saw their fortunes change.

Draft prospects worth fighting for | National Football Post
Prospects who I have convictions on and would go to bat for come draft day. Wes Bunting

Some potentially risky first-round picks | National Football Post
Every year there are players drafted high that carry a certain degree of risk. The risk could be they are drafted higher than anticipated; there might be character or medical concerns or his production might not match his physical ability.

NFL.com news: Draft positional rankings: Pro days influence player stocks
With pro days in the rearview mirror, Mike Mayock updates his position-by-position rankings for the 2012 NFL Draft.

NFL.com news: Draft sleepers: Non-combine invitees on the rise
Earlier this week, I mentioned several high-profile players who boosted their draft stock with strong pro-day workouts. Those prospects had either opted against performing at February's NFL Scouting Combine or needed to make up for a disappointing performance in Indianapolis.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Reyes the main attraction at UConn pro day "
Though Connecticut held its pro day toward the end of the normal circuit, 18 teams were still on hand to take in the Huskies’ workout on March 28. Kendall Reyes (6-foot-4 1/4, 299 pounds) is the school’s biggest name in this month’s draft.

Robert Griffin III already learning Redskins’ offense | ProFootballTalk
The Redskins can’t draft Robert Griffin III for another three weeks, but they’re already confident enough that he’s their quarterback of the future that they’re teaching him their playbook.

Multiple Redskins visits to Griffin are permitted by the rules | ProFootballTalk
The fact that the Redskins reportedly will visit twice per week with Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III has raised questions regarding the limits of the interaction with potential draft picks.

Mocks

NFL Draft: St. Louis Rams Mock Draft Contest - Turf Show Times
NFL Draft: St. Louis Rams Mock Draft Contest. The prize? How about a replica jersey for the player the Rams (or your favorite team if available) actually choose in the first round on April 26th, 2012?

Denver Broncos, Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill Could be a Draft Day Match - NFL Mocks - Covering the 2012 NFL draft, Mock Draft Database, Scouting Reports, and Fantasy Football
When the Denver Broncos signed Peyton Manning to a near $100 million contract, the way that they approached the offseason and team needs changed drastically.

Go Broncos!

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