Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 5/15/12

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Rodgers Takes Over as Defensive Line Coach " DenverBroncos.com
With Wayne Nunnely retiring, Jay Rodgers — who spent the past three seasons as a defensive assistant with the club, including working primarily with Nunnely and the defensive line in 2011 — now takes over as the club’s defensive line coach.

Today’s Unknowns Can Be Tomorrow’s Stars " DenverBroncos.com
One of the things that fascinates me in sport, as well as in life, is the vast number of fans and followers who know everything.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos rookie Omar Bolden prepared to gain from pain - The Denver Post
Out of one of the worst experiences a college football player can experience, Omar Bolden emerged with a new, and entirely positive, perspective.

Broncos Mailbag: After Denver drafted for need, John Fox has all his pieces - The Denver Post
In this giant-sized offseason installment, Mike tackles 10 Qs, including one wondering what will come of Denvers top pick, Derek Wolfe.

Broncos sign Steven Johnson, undrafted LB from Kansas, with $12,000 bonus - The Denver Post
If money is any indication, the most coveted of the Broncos' undrafted rookies is linebacker Steven Johnson.

Division News

Raiders to try out Owen Schmitt - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The agent for free-agent fullback Owen Schmitt confirmed that his client will work out for the Oakland Raiders this week in their organized team activities.

Raiders cut college hoopster - AFC West Blog - ESPN
So much for the Andre Hardy experiment in Oakland, as the Raiders waived the rookie on Monday.

Oakland Raiders' Matt Leinart 'here to help' Carson Palmer - NFL.com
Although the Oakland Raiders' Matt Leinart still wants to be a starting quarterback, he figured backing up his friend Carson Palmer was the next best option.

Carson Palmer: 'I'm definitely in a better place' - NFL.com
Carson Palmer left a team in Cincinnati that looked to be just starting the rebuilding process. They made the playoffs.

Ranking AFC West receivers - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Continuing our 2012 AFC position-by-position rankings, here are the receivers. It’s a young, fairly unproven group that lost top players Vincent Jackson and Brandon Lloyd in the past year:

The Chargers have signed all their draft picks | ProFootballTalk
Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Chargers have reached agreement on a four-year contract with strong safety Brandon Taylor. That makes them the fifth team in the league to sign all of their draft picks.

Buccaneers sign two former Mountaineers | ProFootballTalk
The Buccaneers took two West Virginia University products in last month’s draft and they announced Monday that both of them are no under contract

Andre Smith says he’ll be "in tip-top shape" | ProFootballTalk
When most people picture Bengals offensive lineman Andre Smith working out, the picture they see is one they wish they could erase from their memory

Tyler Hansen in contention for NFL QB job with Cincinnati Bengals - The Denver Post
For Tyler Hansen, it was a transforming experience, but one he hopes won't be a one-time-only experience.

James Casey to pull double duty for Houston Texans - NFL.com
With the Houston Texans losing fullback Lawrence Vickers and tight end Joel Dreessen to free agency, head coach Gary Kubiak will be turning to versatile tight end/fullback James Casey to fill multiple roles on offense, reports John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Texans sign five draft picks | ProFootballTalk
The Texans rookies started practicing with the team’s veterans on Monday and five of them celebrated by signing contracts with the team.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Browns sign LB Acho, two others
The Browns have signed LB Emmanuel Acho, a sixth-round pick from Texas, the club announced Monday.

Jags' Maurice Jones-Drew, Scobee not expected at OTAs - NFL.com
Jacksonville Jaguars Pro Bowl running back Maurice Jones-Drew and franchised kicker Josh Scobee are not expected to be present for the start of the team's organized team activities on Tuesday, Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union reports

Unsigned franchise player Barth to report to Bucs | ProFootballTalk
The Buccaneers slapped the franchise tag on kicker Connor Barth in March, guaranteeing him $2.645 million for the 2012 season.

NFL News

NFL Players' union 'bounty' grievance to be heard Wednesday - NFL.com
The NFL players' union will have its grievance against the league in the Saints bounties case heard Wednesday by arbitrator Shyam Das.

My story: How Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome and his scouts find passionate players and fill the team with them - NFL.com
I arrived in Owings Mills, Md., with a simple goal for my impending story.

The Draft

Finding QB's through the NFL Draft - Justification for Kirk Cousins | TheFootballEducator.com
The Redskins have been given a lot of grief for their selection of quarterback Kirk Cousins in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft

Go Broncos!

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