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

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Notebook: Rookie Minicamp Provides Head Start
Draft picks Derek Wolfe, Brock Osweiler and Ronnie Hillman said they were excited -- and grateful -- for this weekend's rookie minicamp.

Playing Tall " DenverBroncos.com
Quarterback Brock Osweiler stands 6-feet-7-inches tall. The Broncos just want to make sure he plays that tall.

Hillman Familiar with Fox " DenverBroncos.com
Running back Ronnie Hillman has known Head Coach John Fox for years. Sort of.

Denver Broncos Videos

Gruden, Lynch Talk Manning, Broncos
ESPN NFL analyst Jon Gruden and former Bronco John Lynch talk about Peyton Manning synching up with John Fox and the Broncos.

Rookie Minicamp: Fox
Head Coach John Fox talk about taking the field with the team's rookies for the first time and starting this weekend's minicamp.

Rookie Minicamp: Osweiler
Quarterback Brock Osweiler talks about his modified throwing motion and participating in his first practice as a pro.

Rookie Minicamp: Hillman
Rookie running back Ronnie Hillman talks about practicing for the first time as a Bronco.

Clocking In
Denver's rookies take the field for this first time this offseason for rookie minicamp.

Video: Junior Seau remembered - AFC West Blog - ESPN
An estimated 20,000 attended Friday's "Celebration of Life" for Junior Seau, held at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

Signing Picks A Formality - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter talks about why NFL draft picks are signing early.

Vikings’ punter wary of NFL rule changes | ProFootballTalk
Vikings punter Chris Kluwe talks about the new NFL special teams’ rules and excitement in Minnesota surrounding the new stadium bill.

Denver Broncos Blogs

John Fox pays respects to Junior Seau - AFC West Blog - ESPN
How much respect does John Fox have for Junior Seau?

Broncos coach John Fox pleased with Brock Osweiler's progress - The Denver Post
Since his last college game for Arizona State and his first practice with the Broncos on Friday, quarterback Brock Osweiler worked on refining his throwing motion.

Breakout stars: Broncos' Thomas at top of list of guys ready to shine - NFL - CBSSports.com
It was one of the marquee plays of the 2011 NFL season, and the guy who truly made it was essentially reduced to a footnote, a victim of Tebow-mania

Air Force officer Ben Garland taking aim at joining Broncos - The Denver Post
The 30 greenest members of the Broncos gathered in a meeting room at Dove Valley on Thursday evening, and they went around giving introductions.

Broncos coach Fox guides rookies with "reins" on first day of minicamp - The Denver Post
John Fox said he needed players to have name tags on their helmets last year at this time.

Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler wants to swap No. 6 for No. 17 | First-and-Orange
There is a downside to being a rookie, as Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler has already discovered.

Broncos rookie RB Ronnie Hillman knew John Fox long before he met him | First-and-Orange
Each time Ronnie Hillman got off the elevator on the floor for study sessions in the San Diego State football complex, he was greeted by a photograph of a former Aztec safety.

Brock Osweiler shows Denver Broncos his new throwing motion - NFL.com
He's a big, raw Denver Broncos quarterback with throwing issues who worked with UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone on his own time to fix flaws.

MaxDenver " A Tweak Here, a Tweak There
Brock Osweiler’s arm strength was arguably the strongest in the draft — even with a delivery that needed refinement.

MaxDenver " What’s in a Number?
Brock Osweiler took his number because it was what was available. Ronnie Hillman got the number of two of his childhood heroes.

MaxDenver " Scenes from a Practice: May 11
Images from the Broncos’ first rookie-camp practice of 2011 — and first session of any kind open to the media since January.

Division News

Chargers officially retire Seau's No. 55 | National Football Post
Celebration of Life held for NFL great who died last week at age 43.

How bad was Chargers' D on third down? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
In a lengthy interview earlier this offseason, San Diego general manager A.J. Smith repeatedly pointed to his team’s horrendous third-down defense as the root problem in a playoff-less season.

Melvin Ingram thinks the questions about his arm length are silly | ProFootballTalk
Prior to the NFL draft, the biggest knock on South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram was that his arms were too short:

Dontari Poe is focus of Kansas City Chiefs' rookie minicamp - NFL.com
It finally hit Dontari Poe that he's playing in the NFL when walked into the locker room at the Kansas City Chiefs' practice facility.

Chiefs sign half their draft class | ProFootballTalk
The Chiefs took the field for the first practice of their rookie minicamp with four of their draft picks under contract.

A commitment to the future in Oakland - AFC West Blog - ESPN
If anyone still hasn’t grasped that the Oakland Raiders are a changed organization, all they have to do is watch Juron Criner run routes during this weekend’s rookie minicamp.

Houston Texans sign former Washington Redskins quarterback John Beck - ESPN
The Houston Texans have signed veteran free-agent quarterback John Beck.

Matt Schaub to be limited before Houston Texans' training camp - NFL.com
While Matt Schaub said he would be "100 percent ready to go" in time for training camp, his coach said the Houston Texans' star quarterback won't be going full speed before then.

Whitney Mercilus wants to help Texans replace Williams - NFL.com
Just a few months after losing linebacker/defensive end Mario Williams to the Buffalo Bills via free agency, the Houston Texans made Illinois defensive lineman Whitney Mercilus the 26th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Luke Kuechly will be Carolina Panthers' weakside LB -- for now - NFL.com
Luke Kuechly has a new number and, at least for now, a new position with the Carolina Panthers.

Panthers get all their draft picks signed | ProFootballTalk
Linebacker Luke Kuechly won’t be the only Panthers draft pick under contract at this weekend’s rookie minicamp.

Vontaze Burfict embracing opportunity with Cincinnati Bengals - NFL.com
Vontaze Burfict swooped in from his middle linebacker spot and closed on the ball carrier, then quickly pulled up to avoid any contact. He was practicing the thing he needs to improve upon most.

Cincinnati Bengals sign second-round pick DT Devon Still - NFL.com
The Cincinnati Bengals signed second-round draft pick Devon Still, the team said Friday.

All is well for Bengals, Orson Charles | ProFootballTalk
The Bengals continue to get their new players to apply their John Hancocks to the bottom of their rookie contracts.

Browns confirm Phil Taylor will have pectoral surgery - NFL.com
The post-draft optimism in Cleveland didn't last long.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Falcons QB Ryan has O-line's back; Will it have his?
After QB Matt Ryan was sacked a career-high 26 times last season, the Falcons made the offensive line their focus in the draft.

NFL News

Former Dallas Cowboy Daryl 'Moose' Johnston says medical care for retired players is most important issue - ESPN Dallas
Former Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston expressed concern that the concussion-related lawsuits involving hundreds of former NFL players could cloud what he considers the more important issue -- being proactive in medical care for retired players.

NFL Referees Association head optimistic about labor talks - NFL.com
The labor contract between the NFL and its game officials is scheduled to expire at the end of May, but NFL Referees Association executive director Tim Millis is optimistic the sides will reach a new deal before then.

Rams now move to top of L.A. list | ProFootballTalk
With the Vikings’ stadium effort officially at the one-yard line with first down and goal and a five-man defense facing a 20-man offense, a new team must slide to the top of the "most likely to land in L.A." list.

The Draft

At N.F.L. Rookie Camps, Hype Rules the Day - NYTimes.com
There is no such thing as bad news at an N.F.L. rookie camp.

Some advice for rookies: get in your playbook | National Football Post
It all starts with knowing where to line up.

Finding Quarterbacks through the NFL Draft - The Method | TheFootballEducator.com
Every year, a few teams head to the NFL Draft looking for a new quarterback to be the cornerstone of the future.

Not every first-round contract will be easy to negotiate | ProFootballTalk
With an unprecedented number of draft picks signing contracts early

Go Broncos!

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