Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 5/17/12

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Miller, Thomas, Franklin Pick Up National Recognition " DenverBroncos.com
Von Miller received another honor on Wednesday, adding to the recognition he’s received following his 11.5 sack-season in 2011.

Broncos kicker Matt Prater so far absent from offseason workouts | First-and-Orange
Broncos kicker Matt Prater, a free agent until he was slapped with a $2.6 million franchise tender for the 2012 season, has not been participating in the team’s offseason workout program.

Why is the TE 'seam route' so tough to defend? | National Football Post
Using video of a Gronkowski TD to break down technique.

Denver Broncos Videos

Brock Osweiler Broncos QB Of The Future - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mark Schlereth thinks Brock Osweiler will be a good long-term fit at QB for the Broncos.

Ricky Williams' Concussion Questions - ESPN Video - ESPN
Former NFL running back Ricky Williams shares his views on concussions with Dan Le Batard.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos negotiating with seven draft picks; near deals with Wolfe, Osweiler - First-and-Orange
The Broncos will soon join the parade of NFL teams who have been signing their draft picks.

Division News

Don't worry about Marcel Reece holdout - AFC West Blog - ESPN
I know some Oakland Raiders fans are concerned about whether versatile fullback Marcel Reece will be part of the team this season

Carson Palmer: T.O. is a good influence for Raiders’ receivers | ProFootballTalk
At least one of Terrell Owens‘ former quarterbacks likes him.

Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden is 'full speed ahead' - ESPN
Darren McFadden is back on the practice field after overcoming a foot injury that derailed his 2011 season and on Tuesday declared himself "full speed ahead."

ProFootballWeekly.com - Bowe and Chiefs both have valid arguments
WR Dwayne Bowe is the Chiefs' most important player. He might not be the highest paid or even the best player in Kansas City, nor does he play a position that’s the most vital to the team’s success.

Chiefs sign another draft pick, four free agents | ProFootballTalk
The Chiefs officially announced the signing of second-round pick Jeff Allen on Wednesday, but that’s not the only draft pick they got under contract.

Future Foes

Report: Browns think Phil Taylor will return in 2012 - NFL.com
A Cleveland Browns defense that ranked 30th against the run in 2011 took a significant hit last week when defensive tackle Phil Taylor suffered a torn pectoral muscle during a weight-lifting session at the team's facility.

Brandon Weeden knows Browns fans 'starving to win' - NFL.com
Brandon Weeden is admittedly a little tired of hearing about his illustrious "maturity." Yes, he's 28 years old, surrounded by NFL rookies six or seven years his junior, but he's not Father Time roaming midfield.

Colt McCoy 'working harder than ever' to keep job - NFL.com
Colt McCoy knows that the conversation has changed in Cleveland. He was a fan favorite only a year ago. Now he's quarterback non grata.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Benjamin among Browns rookies vying for playing time
Just like a season ago, the Browns could lean heavily on their rookie class.

Jacoby Jones: 'Change is good' after Texans stint - NFL.com
Jacoby Jones' five-year run with the Houston Texans ended somewhat notoriously on a January winter day in Baltimore.

Steelers' Colon will move from tackle to guard - NFL.com
The Pittsburgh Steelers have used this offseason to aggressively patch up an offensive line that stood out as perhaps the team's greatest weakness in 2011.

Jaguars: No contract talks with Maurice Jones-Drew - NFL.com
Brian McIntyre gave us the lowdown Tuesday on the absence of Maurice Jones-Drew at the Jacksonville Jaguars' voluntary offseason workout program. MJD's seeking a contract extension, but the team isn't jumping at the chance to lock down last year's league-leading rusher.

Marvin Lewis: No down side to signing Vontaze Burfict | ProFootballTalk
Coming out of Arizona State, Vontaze Burfict was viewed as a risky proposition, and he ultimately went undrafted.

Bucs holding out hope Da’Quan Bowers can play this year | ProFootballTalk
When defensive end Da’Quan Bowers joined the parade of offseason Achilles injury sufferers this offseason, the immediate speculation was that the Buccaneers would lose Bowers for the entire season.

NFL News

N.F.L. Living History: Ace Parker at 100 - NYTimes.com
When Ace Parker spoke at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 1972, he thanked the people of Canton, Ohio, for their hospitality and expressed his gratitude that his election "happened while I’m still here." Today, as he celebrates his 100th birthday, a few thoughts.

Terrell Suggs, Jason Peters could lose salary for injuries - NFL.com
We have more bad news for Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Jason Peters and Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs. Not only did both players tear their Achilles' tendons, they could lose money for it.

Arbitrator Hears Arguments on NFL Player Penalties - NYTimes.com
Arbitrator Shyam Das heard arguments Wednesday from NFL and players union lawyers on whether Commissioner Roger Goodell can discipline players for actions that occurred before the league's current labor agreement was signed last August.

ProFootballWeekly.com - NFLPA names DePaso general counsel
The NFLPA announced Wednesday that Tom DePaso has been named the organization's general counsel.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Engineer in Cowboys disaster paying $12,000 fine
The engineer who signed off on plans for the tent-like Dallas Cowboys practice facility that collapsed and seriously injured two team employees three years ago is paying a $12,000 fine to settle faulty design charges from the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.

Jeff Garcia joins USFL board of advisors | ProFootballTalk
Former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia, who landed a spot on the Texans’ depth chart in 2011 after both Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart suffered season-ending injuries, will now be involved with yet another football league.

The NFLPA Provides "The Economic Truth About The New NFL CBA" - Sports Agent Blog
There are plenty of great gatherings of Sports Law

Ricky Williams says he doesn't feel the ill effects of football - NFL.com
Former NFL running back Ricky Williams said Tuesday he doesn't believe there is a link between playing football and concussions.

Matt Bahr's Story of Kicking and Concussions - NYTimes.com
Another data point on how concussion awareness has evolved, and the tangled web between head injuries and everything that has ever happened on a football field:

The Draft

NFL Regional Combines are working | National Football Post
Under the ownership of the NFL, the Regional Combines are now a more viable option for some players

Trent Richardson says he won’t change his running style in the NFL | ProFootballTalk
Running backs can wear down quickly in the NFL, but the most talented running back to enter the league in years says he can’t let that fact change his physical running style

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