Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 5/16/12

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Elway: Brock Osweiler is Broncos' QB of the future - NFL.com
Shortly after the Denver Broncos signed free-agent quarterback Peyton Manning to a five-year, $96 million contract, the club raised eyebrows by using the 57th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft on Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler.

Demaryius Thomas: Peyton Manning 'another coach' - NFL.com
We're starting to see signs of the Peyton Manning Effect in Denver, where the Broncos quarterback (by the way, that still sounds strange to us) is working closely with skill players to install an offense certain to look different in 2012.

Elway: Hillman brings Sproles-like threat to Broncos - NFL.com
The Denver Broncos believe they've acquired a secret weapon in the form of rookie running back Ronnie Hillman.

Armstrong Gets Call to College Hall of Fame " DenverBroncos.com
When Otis Armstrong came to Denver as a first-round pick in 1973, he said he was just looking to follow in fellow running back Floyd Little’s footsteps. On Tuesday, it was announced that Armstrong has done just that, joining his former Broncos teammate in the College Football Hall of Fame in the Class of 2012.

Denver Broncos Videos

Wolfe 1-on-1 from Xfinity Draft Special
After airing locally in Denver on Xfinity channel 105, here's BTV's sit down with draft pick Derek Wolfe a day after the draft.

Blogger Blitz: Effect of CBA on Rookie Signings - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC West blogger Bill Williamson talks about the impact that the new CBA is having on rookie signings.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Fox, Elway Chat with Ticket Holders
Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway and Head Coach John Fox talked with more than 6,000 season ticket holders on a conference call Tuesday

MaxDenver " Five Intriguing Items from the Season-Ticket Holders’ Call
Among many discussion topics were Brock Osweiler, Rahim Moore, Nate Irving and Derek Wolfe.

A Night With the Coaches " DenverBroncos.com
A few hours after speaking with season ticket holders on a conference call, Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway and Head Coach John Fox headed to Sports Authority Field at Mile High. There, they hosted A Night With the Coaches alongside Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy, Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio and Special Teams Coordinator Jeff Rodgers.

Division News

Pressure point: Broncos - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Examining who faces the most challenging season for the Broncos and why.

Pressure point: Chargers - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Examining who faces the most challenging season for the Chargers and why.

Pressure point: Chiefs - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Examining who faces the most challenging season for the Chiefs and why.

Pressure point: Raiders - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Examining who faces the most challenging season for the Raiders and why.

Chiefs celebrating 50 years in Kansas City | ProFootballTalk
At a time when St. Louis could be inching toward losing its second NFL franchise in less than 30 years, the other Missouri city that hosts a pro football franchise is popping the cork on a relationship that has lasted a half-century.

Chiefs' Flowers 'not too worried about' Manning - NFL.com
Ever since Peyton Manning joined the Denver Broncos, the rest of the AFC West has been mentioned as an afterthought by many onlookers.

Chiefs next on Yeremiah Bell’s free-agent tour | ProFootballTalk
Free agent safety Yeremiah Bell was in Tennessee on Tuesday visiting the Titans, and he’s got a fallback plan in place if Mike Munchak’s team doesn’t make an offer Bell deems suitable.

Rookie Criner creates a buzz at Raiders OTAs | ProFootballTalk
The Oakland Raiders had a depleted draft, and their salary cap situation prevented many big free-agent splashes.

Darrius Heyward-Bey apologizes to Raiders fans - NFL.com
After two disappointing years on the field, Darrius Heyward-Bey turned things around last season. He suffered a setback off the field this offseason when he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Raiders restructure scouting staff
The Raiders officially announced the restructuring of their player personnel department, naming several people to new positions and finalizing other hirings.

Fullback Owen Schmitt signs with Oakland Raiders - NFL.com
The Oakland Raiders were set to sign free-agent fullback Owen Schmitt to a one-year contract, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday.

Raiders OTA observations - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Observation from the Raiders’ OTA day on Tuesday:

Darren McFadden full-go at Oakland Raiders' OTAs - NFL.com
On the first day of the Oakland Raiders' OTAs, running back Darren McFadden practiced in full view of the media for the first time since suffering a foot injury last October

Matt Leinart thinks he’s ahead of the curve in Oakland | ProFootballTalk
New Raiders quarterback Matt Leinart believes he knows the team’s offense better than his teammates, thanks to his relationship with offensive coordinator Greg Knapp.

Future Foes

Mike Wallace still has no plans to sign tender | ProFootballTalk
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported before the draft that Steelers receiver Mike Wallace wouldn’t sign his one-year restricted free agent tender "until he has to."

Wes Welker signs franchise tender with New England Patriots - NFL.com
Wes Welker signed his franchise tender with the New England Patriots

Maurice Jones-Drew absent at Jacksonville Jaguars OTAs - NFL.com
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey confirmed that the absence of Pro Bowl running back Maurice Jones-Drew from the team's OTAs is contract-related.

Falcons' Mike Smith changing playoff approach - NFL.com
Under head coach Mike Smith, the Atlanta Falcons have finished above .500 for four consecutive seasons, an unprecedented run of regular season success for an organization that had never posted back-to-back winning records in its history.

Falcons sign third-round pick Lamar Holmes | ProFootballTalk
The Falcons are down to one unsigned draft pick.

Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount is delusional - NFL.com
LeGarrette Blount went into the draft hoping that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn't select Trent Richardson.

Connor Barth sits out Bucs' OTAs; no contract yet - NFL.com
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers began their OTAs under first-year head coach Greg Schiano this morning and have been joined by franchised kicker Connor Barth, who had skipped the team's first voluntary minicamp in early April.

Carolina Panthers made special teams offseason priority - NFL.com
Following a 2011 season during which the Carolina Panthers allowed three punt returns for touchdowns and averaged just 5.5 yards per punt return, resulting in a 32nd rating for the special teams unit according to Football Outsiders' metrics,

NFL News

NFL, NFLPA, NCAA donating to youth helmet initiative - ESPN
The NFL, its players' union and the NCAA are donating money to provide new helmets to youth football players in low-income communities.

ProFootballWeekly.com - NFL announces helmet replacement partnership
The NFL, NFLPA and other organizations announced a partnership to replace youth football helmets in underserved communities.

Youth football safety and helmet replacement partnership - NFL.com
As part of a joint commitment to player safety, a group of sports entities and equipment manufacturers has entered into an unprecedented partnership to create a youth football safety and helmet replacement program for youth in underserved communities.

Looking at NFL Player Development from a different angle | TheFootballEducator.com
The tragic death of Junior Seau has ignited conversations, calls, and debates across the country about the need for a more comprehensive program to help develop young players during their all too brief professional football careers and provide for post career counseling when the lights finally do go out.

NFL post-career obligations | National Football Post
The transition into retirement is an extremely difficult one for most players.

Is the new CBA good for young players? | National Football Post
New deal will display some flaws.

My offseason film study guide for rookie DBs | National Football Post
Some keys to look for when you turn on the tape.

The Draft

Tavon Wilson signs with New England Patriots - NFL.com
As second-round draft picks go, the New England Patriots' selection of safety Tavon Wilson was pretty controversial.

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