Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 2/14/13

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Pair of Broncos Linebackers Nab Postseason Honors " DenverBroncos.com
Two Broncos outside linebackers represent the team on a pair of lists released this week. Weakside linebacker Wesley Woodyard was named to USA Today’s All-Joe Team and strongside linebacker Von Miller earned a spot on NFL.com’s All-Under-25 Team.

Offseason Forecast: Denver Broncos - NFL.com
With the offseason officially underway, Around the League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Denver Broncos.

Denver Broncos Videos

NFL32OT: Love Is In The Air - ESPN Video - ESPN
Episode 268: Mike Hill and Chris Mortensen discuss NFL 'couples' that should stay together or break up. Adam Schefter breaks down Joe Flacco's contract situation. The NFL32 crew discuss how the Cardinals should handle Kevin Kolb's contract.

Blogger Blitz: Not So Fast - ESPN Video - ESPN
NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas like the hire of Rob Ryan as the Saints defensive coordinator, but thinks it won't be a quick fix for a subpar squad

Calvin Johnson Hit In Face With An Egg - ESPN Video - ESPN
Calvin Johnson goes from Megatron to EGGatron with a little help from SportsCenter's Lindsay Czarniak.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Big backs easy to see in NFL draft but still tough to find - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
When an NFL team wants to play offense in a one-back formation, most of the time that running back has to be big enough to work in the middle the field and be able to run with power when power is needed

How Broncos could protect investment in Peyton Manning with NFL Draft - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: I've read the Broncos were considering moving Orlando Franklin inside to guard. Who would he replace, Chris Kuper or Zane Beadles?

Division News

Chiefs eyeing other QBs over Alex Smith? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said that the trade market for San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith may not be robust for several reasons.

New OC, new success in Oakland? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
New Oakland offensive coordinator Greg Olson is going to be a popular man in Raider Nation for several reasons, including the following:

Terrelle Pryor still a mystery figure to Oakland Raiders - NFL.com
On the surface, the Oakland Raiders are well-positioned to take a leap of faith in Terrelle Pryor.

Greg Olsen: We have to see what Terrelle Pryor can do | ProFootballTalk
Earlier this offseason, Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie said that the team was willing to let Terrelle Pryor compete with Carson Palmer for the starting quarterback job this year.

Darren McFadden's strengths to be emphasized - NFL.com
There were a lot of things of things not to like about the Oakland Raiders during a 4-12 season. That they managed to turn Darren McFadden into a mediocre running back is near the top of the list.

Could Tracy Porter and Raiders connect? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
I wonder if this is the year Tracy Porter will be an Oakland Raider.

Sparano has big plans in Oakland, but doesn’t want to say "Wildcat" | ProFootballTalk
Tony Sparano was the head coach who showed the NFL how successful the Wildcat offense can be with the Dolphins, then was the offensive coordinator who showed the NFL how dismal a failure the Wildcat offense can be with the Jets.

NFL News

NFL has weather contingency plan ready to get Super Bowl played at MetLife - ESPN
Surely that sounds better than Super Bowl PPD.

NFL Communications - NFL Health and Safety Update—February 13, 2013 "
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NFL Communications - CONFERENCE CALL ADVISORY — NFL Network’s Mike Mayock Previews 2013 NFL Scouting Combine "
NFL Network’s Draft analyst Mike Mayock and senior coordinating producer Mike Muriano will be available for a media conference call on Monday, February 18 at 1:00 PM ET to preview the upcoming 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.

ProFootballWeekly.com - NFL, NCAA to hold third-annual coaching academy
Retired NFL players Andre Rison, Mark Brunell and Terrell Buckley are among 60 aspiring coaches who will attend training sessions next week on how to break into and move up in the field.

NFL dignitaries pay tribute to Steve Sabol | ProFootballTalk
At NFL Films, Steve Sabol preferred to put the focus on the field, and not on himself. But Sabol, the NFL Films president who died in September, was the focus of an event on Tuesday night in Philadelphia.

NFLPA certified agent who had been indicted for fraud | ProFootballTalk
The NFLPA’s recent effort to shine a light on the deficiencies with doctors who are bought and paid for by teams to treat players, while appropriate, also opens the door for similar scrutiny of the union.

Free Agency

Seahawks adjust coaching staff, sign Will Blackmon | ProFootballTalk
The Seattle Seahawks officially announced the additions of defensive line coach Travis Jones and Nick Sorensen as a coaching assistant and special teams coach on Wednesday.

ProFootballTalk: Avril takes free agency serious | ProFootballTalk
Lions DE Cliff Avril joins PFT to talk about his impending free agency, the uncertainty of his future in Detroit, and he previews the upcoming season for the NFC North.

Browns sign Spencer Lanning, some punter cover | ProFootballTalk
‘Tis the season to sign spare punters and kickers for offseason cover, and the Browns are in on it too.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Buccaneers sign P Henry
The Buccaneers signed P Chas Henry, the team announced Wednesday

Fred Davis could still land multi-year deal with Redskins | ProFootballTalk
When Redskins tight end Fred Davis tore his left Achilles tendon in October, it seemed like his bid for a long-term contract starting in the 2013 season was torn to shreds with it.

Minnesota Vikings source wants to keep Percy Harvin - NFL.com
Percy Harvin considers himself one of the NFL's top wide receivers and should be compensated accordingly, a Minnesota Vikings team source told ESPN's Josina Anderson Wednesday.

McKinnie open to Ravens return, but wants to see what market says | ProFootballTalk
Last week, there was a report that the Ravens were interested in bringing tackle Bryant McKinnie back for another season.

Greg Jennings "wouldn’t mind" playing in Miami | ProFootballTalk
Wide receiver Greg Jennings has put his Green Bay house on the market and all signs continue to point toward his departure from the Packers in free agency.

2013 Draft

Ryan Otten feared death after staph infection at the Senior Bowl | ProFootballTalk
Ryan Otten is a tight end and NFL draft prospect from San Jose State who became so sick from a staph infection at the Senior Bowl that he thought he was going to die.

Margus Hunt, Ezekiel Ansah emerge in search for next J.J. Watt - NFL.com
The biggest challenge when it comes to evaluating college players is accurately projecting their potential at the next level. It is easy to assess their physical dimensions, athletic traits and production; the difficult part is determining how those traits will ultimately play out on an NFL field.

Mike Glennon will throw too, falling in line with other QBs | ProFootballTalk
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith’s decision to throw at the Combine has had the intended consequence, one that scouts will be happy to see.

Glennon, Barkley could benefit from a Combine bump | ProFootballTalk
The Scouting Combine a/k/a the Underwear Olympics are little more than a week away, and as usual the big names belong to quarterbacks.

Quarterbacks by the numbers: Geno Smith, EJ Manuel score well - NFL.com
We've begun the long pre-draft season, which means it's time for mock drafts, pro-day workouts, the NFL Scouting Combine -- and plenty of hype.

PFT Live: College stars face huge injury risks | ProFootballTalk
South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney is already arguably the nation’s most feared defensive player, but he can’t enter the draft until after one more season

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Futures: Baylor WR Terrance Williams
I like progress. Especially when that development is happening within a human being.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Terrance Williams continues Baylor pipeline of WRs
Since the institution of the NFL draft, Baylor has mainly been known for supplying offensive and defensive linemen to the professional ranks (60 out of 155 draft picks).

Barkevious Mingo says he’s getting bigger and faster | ProFootballTalk
Barkevious Mingo is undeniably talented — maybe the most talented player in this year’s NFL draft — but at LSU he was a 230-pound defensive end. And there aren’t many 230-pound defensive ends in the NFL.

Barkevious Mingo is open to switch from DE to OLB - NFL.com
LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo didn't play a snap of football until his junior year in high school, but a late start hasn't hurt his stock ahead of this month's NFL Scouting Combine.

Clowney will try to buy insurance against a serious injury | ProFootballTalk
When we first touched on a story that has helped fill the short lull between the Super Bowl and the Underwear Olympics, I pointed out that South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will undoubtedly purchase an insurance policy to protect him against a catastrophic injury during a college football season that will do nothing to improve his draft stock for 2014.

Clowney lawsuit likely would fail | ProFootballTalk
At the root of the question of whether the interests of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney would best be served by sitting out the 2013 college football season is a rule that prevents him from entering the draft before 2014.

Walter Stewart takes inspirational path to NFL Scouting Combine - NFL.com
On that twisted day in June, two days before Walter Stewart's 13th birthday, something told him to run. He needed to put this strange situation behind him. It was a time to press forward, no longer a time to look back.

NFL Player Personnel - 8 keys in assessing team needs | TheFootballEducator.com
It’s that time of year in the National Football League – the season has ended, the college all-star games are over, and the rest of the professional football following fan base and media impatiently await for something to sink their teeth into.

Draft Rumblings - What NFP is hearing from around the NFL. | National Football Post
Russ Lande shares what he is hearing from NFL sources about prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft.

Scout Talk | National Football Post
Blaine Gabbert might have been the first QB taken in the 2013 draft--because no one appears to be sold on the other QBs

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

Quarterback mobility takes on greater focus at Scouting Combine | ProFootballTalk
Whether it’s a fad or a trend or a new reality of the NFL, mobile quarterbacks have generated unprecedented interest for scouts and General Managers and coaches.

No-Huddle Series: TE Justice Cunningham | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
All qualifiers about injury, fit, and professionalism aside, the 2013 class of tight end prospects could be the deepest I have ever seen.

Coaching Carousel

Steelers hire Richard Mann as their new receivers coach | ProFootballTalk
Reports out of Pittsburgh on Wednesday afternoon had coach Mike Tomlin interviewing longtime NFL assistant Richard Mann for the team’s vacancy at wide receivers coach.

Garrett: Kiffin is as good a defensive coordinator as the NFL has seen | ProFootballTalk
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett lavished praise on his new defensive coordinator today, saying that Monte Kiffin may be the best defensive coach he’s ever been around.

Report: Harvin could be seeking Megatron/Fitzgerald money | ProFootballTalk
We reported on Monday that Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin is planning to hold out if he doesn’t get a long-term deal from the team this offseason, something that could be complicated by his reported contract demands.

Titans offer Canty a contract, he’s still looking around | ProFootballTalk
The Giants cut Chris Canty because they didn’t want to pay him $6.25 million next season.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Johnny Knox changes his mind, retires from NFL | ProFootballTalk
A day after saying he still wanted to play in the NFL despite the Bears terminating his contract, Johnny Knox has decided to retire.

Javarris James suspended four games | ProFootballTalk
If running back Javarris James ever returns to an NFL field, it will be only after serving a four-game suspension.

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