Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 2/18/13

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Horse Tracks: Your Daily Cup of Orange and Blue!

Broncos position of need: Cornerbacks | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post
Either through free agency or the draft, the Broncos will try to add a starting right cornerback this offseason. And maybe one more cornerback for either depth or a developmental purposes

Cornerbacks who could help the Broncos | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post
Draft: Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State; Desmond Trufant, Washington; Jamar Taylor, Boise State; Logan Ryan, Rutgers; Will Davis, Utah State.

Denver Broncos Videos

Kawann Short Ready For The Next Level - ESPN Video - ESPN
Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short talks with Jim Basquil about working out with Tom Shaw and working on his timing and explosiveness.

Fisher Prepared For Combine - ESPN Video - ESPN
Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher talks with Jim Basquil about preparing for the NFL scouting combine with Tom Shaw and working with Joe Staley.

Denver Broncos Blogs

A year later, John Elway stands by decision to draft Brock Osweiler | ProFootballTalk
It’s a question Broncos boss John Elway is still getting a year later: Why, when you already had Peyton Manning, did you spend a 2012 second-round draft pick on quarterback Brock Osweiler?

‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: Denver Broncos | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Over the next few weeks, "Shutdown Corner" will pay homage to "Office Space" (TPS reports) as we take a quick look back at each team's 2012 season and a look at what lies ahead for the 2013 offseason.

Report: Broncos aren’t in market for middle linebacker | ProFootballTalk
With Keith Brooking hitting free agency and Joe Mays coming off a season-ending ankle fracture suffered after he lost the starting middle linebacker job to Brooking, it was reasonable to wonder if the Broncos were going to be shopping for a middle linebacker this offseason.

Former Broncos QB Jake Plummer mentoring prospect Collin Klein - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
The teacher needs every bit of a 50-yard classroom. He needs half a football field to work, to move on a still-healing, surgically repaired hip. He needs the room to shuffle, to slide, to try to make things right.

NFL Running backs always come with some risks in free agency - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: I know there have been a lot of people sending in questions about what the Broncos are going to do in free agency. Running backs Reggie Bush, Ahmad Bradshaw and Steven Jackson are on the market.

A look at three players who have a chance to be NFL draft risers - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
When a record 73 underclassmen jumped into this year's NFL draft, they saw the same thing most of the league's teams observed on this year's board — a land of opportunity on selection weekend.

Division News

Forget Leon Sandcastle | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Forget Leon Sandcastle. He’s a joke – albeit a hilarious one.

Chiefs GM not sure there’s a first-round QB this year | ProFootballTalk
The Chiefs have the first pick in the draft, and they have to pick somebody.

NFL News

Team-by-team look at who would/could/should be tagged | ProFootballTalk
On Monday, the two-week window for using the franchise tag opens. Every team can use the franchise tag (or the rarely-used transition tag) on one player.

Franchise tag in play for NFL clubs beginning today | National Football Post
Record 21 players received tag last year

Free Agency

With free agency looming, here’s a list of all of them | ProFootballTalk
Over the past two weeks, Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network has taken a close look at each of the various NFL divisions as free agency approaches.

Austin Collie wants to keep playing, draws inspiration from Pagano | ProFootballTalk
Wide receiver Austin Collie said that he appreciated the way the Colts informed him that they weren’t going to be re-signing him as a free agent next month.

Bucs want to invest in their own guys this year | ProFootballTalk
The Bucs were among the biggest spenders in free agency a year ago, and they might be again this year.

Lions’ free agency philosophy doesn’t mesh with Avril’s desire to get paid | ProFootballTalk
The Lions plan to be players in free agency — but that doesn’t mean they’ll be payers. (See what I did there? Yeah, I know it was lame. Does admitting it make it any better? Probably not.)

Young’s release raises stakes in Amendola negotiations | ProFootballTalk
Though they have different specialties, with Titus Young being a field-stretcher and Amendola a slot guy, the presence of Young on the roster gave the Rams a little extra leverage in their negotiations with Amendola, who’ll be a free agent on March 12.

Danny Amendola, Rams reportedly 'far apart' on deal - NFL.com
Erik Burkhardt, the agent for unrestricted free-agent wide receiver Danny Amendola, said earlier this month that Titus Young's fling with the St. Louis Rams would have no impact on his client's future.

Wes Welker reportedly won't be franchised by Patriots - NFL.com
Have we seen the last of Wes Welker with the New England Patriots?

2013 Draft

First-round draft trades could be less plentiful this year | ProFootballTalk
Last year, the Rams reeled in two first-round picks and a second-rounder in exchange for a flip-flop of the second and sixth overall picks.

Mike Mayock focused on pass rushers in NFL draft - NFL.com
We've entered Mike Mayock season. With the NFL Scouting Combine coming up this week, we'll be taking notes on the NFL Network analyst's opinion on all things draft in the coming weeks.

Barkley will pass on throwing passes at the "biggest test of my life" | ProFootballTalk
Some will say that former USC quarterback Matt Barkley already has failed the biggest test of his life, before it even began.

Ravens could benefit the most from Ogletree DUI charge | ProFootballTalk
Georgia inside linebacker Alec Ogletree was projected by some as a top-ten pick before his recent DUI arrest.

Tom Lewand wants more production from Lions draft picks | ProFootballTalk
The Lions and defensive end Cliff Avril could be headed for a parting of the ways next month, an indication of how hard it can be to keep all your veteran starters on a team in our current football age.

Wonderlic to be supplemented by new aptitude test at combine - NFL.com
Another change to the NFL Scouting Combine's testing is on the way.

New Combine test will measure "wide range of competencies" | ProFootballTalk
More details are emerging from NFL Network regarding the new testing procedure that will be used at the Scouting Combine this week, along with the time-honored (and outdated) Wonderlic.

NFL combine: Five Senior Bowl prospects to watch | National Football Post
Looking back at my notes from Mobile, here are some names to keep an eye on in Indianapolis

2013 NFL draft - NFL combine invitees - ESPN
From Virginia's Oday Aboushi to UConn's Blidi Wreh-Wilson and the 331 prospects in between, the NFL draft combine in Indianapolis is the league's annual evaluation of college football's top players.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Marc Trestman: Chris Harris wants to do the tough work in coaching | ProFootballTalk
New Bears head coach Marc Trestman wasn’t in Chicago during the four seasons when Chris Harris played safety for the Bears, and Trestman and Harris haven’t previously worked together in any capacity.

Mike Adams sees himself becoming an All-Pro tackle | ProFootballTalk
Steelers offensive tackle Mike Adams had an up-and-down rookie season in 2012, but he thinks he’s going to have more ups than downs going forward.

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