Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 2/13/13

Patrick Smith

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Defensive Plays of the Year Rundown " DenverBroncos.com
Top 10 Tuesday is upon us again, and this week Broncos TV is counting down the top defensive plays of the season.

Burns Named Washington Special Teams Coordinator
Former Broncos player and assistant coach Keith Burns has been named Washington's new special teams coordinator.

Denver Broncos Videos

Bears Part Ways With Johnny Knox - ESPN Video - ESPN
Jeff Dickerson discusses Chicago's decision to terminate the contract of injured WR Johnny Knox, who missed the entire 2012 season after suffering a back injury in 2011.

Blogger Blitz: Chiefs Free Agency Message - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC West blogger Bill Williamson thinks that Chiefs management may use free agents Dwayne Bowe and Branden Albert to send a message to the rest of the team

Difference between Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco - NFL Videos
03:24 – Atlanta Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud discusses the difference between his teammate Matt Ryan and Super Bowl XLVII MVP Joe Flacco.

Blogger Blitz: Harrison To The Hall - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky thinks Marvin Harrison has a good chance of being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014

Wise Move For Barkley To Do All Drills At Combine - ESPN Video - ESPN
Bill Polian thinks it is a good move for Matt Barkley to go through all the drills at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Blogger Blitz: Harvin To Patriots? - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC East blogger James Walker talks about the possibility of the Patriots replacing Wes Welker with Percy Harvin

Denver Broncos Blogs

NFL Playoffs revisited: Jones' TD grab vs. Broncos | National Football Post
All-22, chalkboard breakdown of 4 Verts vs. 2-Deep.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Four Downs: AFC West
Denver Broncos Biggest Hole: Interior run defenders

NFL Draft strengths in 2013 match what Denver Broncos need most - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: Who do you predict will be new Broncos players in this spring's NFL draft?

NFL combine a prospect's chance to show he's ready for the job - The Denver Post
A week from Wednesday, the NFL's scouting combine will open for business in Indianapolis when the special-teams players, offensive linemen and tight ends arrive.

Division News

Offseason Forecast: Oakland Raiders - NFL.com
The Raiders stumbled to 4-12 this season, extending their playoff drought to 10 years.

PFT Live: Will Palmer be the Raiders’ QB? | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio gives the Oakland Raiders an offseason to-do list. The Raiders need to decide whether they will keep Carson Palmer at quarterback.

Does Percy Harvin fit in AFC West? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
There have been reports that Minnesota may look to trade receiver Percy Harvin.

Will Jackson join Pioli out of K.C.? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
There is no recent Kansas City Chiefs’ draft choice more often connected to the previous regime than Tyson Jackson.

Free Agency

2013 NFL free agency: Unofficial list of 2013 NFL free agents - NFL.com
Below is an unofficial list of each teams' potential unrestricted (UFA) and restricted (RFA) free agents. The free-agency period will begin on March 12.

Rams to hire Tim Walton as defensive coordinator | ProFootballTalk
After a lengthy search for a new defensive coordinator, the St. Louis Rams finally have their guy.

Report: Jets not interested in Ahmad Bradshaw | ProFootballTalk
During an interview Tuesday morning, running back Ahmad Bradshaw said that he’d be interested in jumping to the other team that calls MetLife Stadium home after his release from the Giants.

Cards realize Kevin Kolb’s contract needs adjusting | ProFootballTalk
The Cardinals, and new coach Bruce Arians, can’t be sure whether quarterback Kevin Kolb can play or not.

Mark Dominik expects the Bucs to be big players in free agency | ProFootballTalk
Last year the Buccaneers made a big splash in free agency by signing the top wide receiver available, Vincent Jackson, and the top guard available, Carl Nicks.

Ahmad Bradshaw’s thinking about the Jets | ProFootballTalk
When Ahamd Bradshaw was released by the Giants last week, the running back said that he’d be open to returning to the team if they decided to reverse course later in the offseason.

Chargers aren’t considering a tarp to cover seats | ProFootballTalk
The decision by the Raiders to take 11,000 seats out of commission led one San Diego writer to wonder if the Chargers would consider the same thing to reduce their seating capacity and cut down on blackouts.

Haslam says he’ll take a hands-on role in Browns’ draft, free agency | ProFootballTalk
When new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam announced on Monday that he’s returning to his previous job as CEO of Pilot Flying J, it raised questions about whether he’s going to be too much of a hands-off owner. But Haslam insists that’s not going to be the case.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Bears release WR Knox
The Bears terminated the contract of WR Johnny Knox, the team announced Tuesday.

Cowboys hope to keep Spencer, don’t know if they can | ProFootballTalk
A large part of the reason that the Cowboys want to get an extension done with Tony Romo this offseason is to help get themselves under the cap by the start of free agency.

George Wilson lining up visits after Bills release | ProFootballTalk
The good news for guys who are cut in February is they have a head start on the free agent marketplace.

2013 Draft

Workouts & Drills
Each February, hundreds of the very best college football players are invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., where executives, coaches, scouts and doctors from all 32 NFL teams conduct an intense, four-day job interview in advance of the NFL Draft. Here is a brief breakdown of the measurable drills:

Arthur Brown, Tyrann Mathieu highlight buzzworthy prospects - NFL.com
Over the past month, my time has been spent on two things: watching college tape and talking to NFL sources.

The Combine Chronicles: Defensive Tackles | National Football Post
Tony Villiotti of Draftmetrics.com dissects performance by position at the NFL combine

NFP takes a closer look at the character concerns surrounding Georgia LB Alec Ogletree. | National Football Post
Russ Lande offers insight into the character questions that could affect Georgia LB Alex Ogletree's Draft Stock.

Scouting the Regional Combines | National Football Post
An agent takes a serious look at the usefulness and credibility of the NFL Regional Combines

Geno Smith to do everything at Combine | ProFootballTalk
With no Andrew Luck-level certainties at the top of this draft class, there’s an opening for someone to make a name for themselves at next week’s NFL Combine.

Scouting Combine won’t include John Lott | ProFootballTalk
When this year’s crop of incoming rookies heads to Indianapolis next week and shows up for their effort to bench-press 225 pounds as many times as they can (or, in the case of Fred Smoot, to do it once), a familiar face won’t be there, straining and yelling and screaming at them to get one more.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Montee Ball's decision to return to college about to pay off
Montee Ball remembers vividly the first time he dreamed of playing in the NFL.

Nassib will do everything at the Scouting Combine, too | ProFootballTalk
More and more of this year’s top quarterbacks will be rolling up their sleeves and doing all of the various drills at the Scouting Combine.

Cap crunch will highlight cash gap between classes of NFL players | ProFootballTalk
Regardless of the total percentage of revenue that has ended up in the pockets of the players since the new labor deal was reached in 2011, the salary cap hasn’t gone up much over the last three league years.

Coaching Carousel

Rams to hire Tim Walton as defensive coordinator | ProFootballTalk
After a lengthy search for a new defensive coordinator, the St. Louis Rams finally have their guy.

Modkins hopes to pump up Lions running game | ProFootballTalk
It has been eight years since the Lions have had a running back who gained more than 1,000 yards in a season.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Sean Payton says Vilma still has role in defense | ProFootballTalk
Linebacker Jonathan Vilma had a quick and positive reaction to the news that the Saints hired Rob Ryan as their new defensive coordinator and he’ll likely be pleased to hear what coach Sean Payton had to say about a role for Vilma in Ryan’s 3-4 scheme.

Jon Beason willing to move to outside linebacker | ProFootballTalk
Linebacker Jon Beason has made his biggest impact anchoring the middle of the Carolina Panthers defense during his first six seasons in the NFL. Note: Beason is signed through 2016--KK

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