Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 2/22/13

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NFL Scouting Combine Primer
DenverBroncos.com contributor Andrew Mason shares a few things to remember while digesting combine coverage.

Fox: 'We Want to Hoist That Trophy'
Head Coach John Fox discusses how the team uses the combine, recovering from the end of last season and Ryan Clady's contract situation.

Fox Updates Broncos Injury Situations
Head Coach John Fox talked about the health statuses of several Broncos at the 2013 NFL Combine.

Youth Movement
On Thursday, Head Coach John Fox discussed his expectations for some of the youngest players on the squad.

Fox: Manning Will 'Just Get Stronger and Better'
Head Coach John Fox said he believes quarterback Peyton Manning's health will be "even better" next season.

Protection Top Priority in Indy
Several of the offensive linemen in Indianapolis for the 2013 NFL Combine could be vying to be the top selection at this year’s draft.

Short Interviews Still Thorough
The interview process at the NFL Scouting Combine is comprehensive, to say the least.

Denver Broncos Videos

BTV On Site: Day 1 of the Combine
Chris Hall, Gray Caldwell and new Broncos contributor Andew Mason talk about impressions from day one of the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine

Podium Session: Luke Joeckel
Texas A&M's offensive tackle Luke Joeckel - one of this year's top prospects - talks about preparing for the draft.

Fox: 'I Know We Want Ryan'
Coach Fox from Indianapolis on Ryan Clady, draft preparation and looking ahead towards the offseason

NFL Looking To Overhaul Offseason - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter on the NFL looking to push back the combine to early March, free agency to early April and the draft to early May.

2013 NFL Draft Scouting Combine: Three Reasons Why to watch - YouTube
As the 2013 NFL Draft looms this spring, Dan Rubenstein looks at three reasons why the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine is worthy of your attention.

Video: Day 1 NFL combine takeaways - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Paul Kuharsky, Kevin Seifert and Bill Williamson deliver the top stories from Day 1 of the 2013 NFL combine.

NFL Live OT: Spotlight On Te'o - ESPN Video - ESPN
Eric Mangini and Jerry Rice discuss what Manti Te'o can expect at the NFL scouting combine.

NFL Combine Report: Luke Joeckel, OT - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Clayton thinks when workouts start on Saturday, scouts should keep an eye on Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel

Jones' Decision - ESPN Video - ESPN
How could Jarvis Jones' decision not to work out at the combine affect his NFL draft stock?

NFL Combine Thursday Takeaways - ESPN Video - ESPN
Paul Kuharsky, Kevin Seifert and Bill Williamson deliver the top stories from day 1 of the 2013 NFL Combine

NFL32OT: Who Will Shine At The Combine? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mel Kiper Jr. breaks down the storylines in this year's NFL Scouting Combine. The NFL32 crew discuss the trade rumors surrounding Darrelle Revis.

NFL Cold Hard Facts - ESPN Video - ESPN
Chris Mortensen from the NFL combine on Manti Te'o, Jarvis Jones, and EJ Manuel.

Trestman, Emery Speak At The Combine - ESPN Video - ESPN
Jeff Dickerson and Michael Wright discuss how Bears' GM Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman dealt with questions regarding Brian Urlacher, Henry Melton and Jay Cutler at the NFL Combine

Dwight Freeney's NFL Future - ESPN Video - ESPN
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Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno had knee surgery following season - Jeff Legwold
Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno has had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee since the end of the season. Broncos coach John Fox confirmed the surgery when asked Thursday morning at the NFL’s scouting combine.

Broncos safety Rahim Moore targeted by coach John Fox to show more growth - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
For the Broncos, this year's NFL scouting combine is more therapeutic than "Stupid Human Trick."

NFL draft could cure Broncos' injury concerns at running back, O-line - The Denver Post
When teams sit down to decide who will be in their draft class each April, the doctors, the trainers, and the organizations' medical staff have a powerful voice in the proceedings.

Broncos' Quinton Carter expected to rebound from knee, hamstring pain - The Denver Post
Q: I am hearing and reading a lot of buzz about (the Broncos') secondary. ... I think it will be smart to starting looking through the draft for Champ Bailey's replacement.

Denver Broncos are hurting in the offensive line before NFL draft - The Denver Post
When it comes to the Broncos' offensive line, one out of five isn't bad. Or as Broncos coach John Fox put it Thursday at the NFL scouting combine: "Zane is fine."

Division News

2013 NFL combine: AFC West primer - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The NFL scouting combine starts Thursday. Let’s look at some key storylines that affect the AFC West:

ProFootballWeekly.com - Chargers still confident in RB Mathews
Chargers RB Ryan Mathews failed to stay injury-free in 2012 after lofty expectations were set by then-head coach Norv Turner.

Culture change under way in San Diego - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The San Diego Chargers hired a pair of 40-year-olds in Tom Telesco and Mike McCoy to bring a fresh approach to an organization that got stale.

San Diego notes - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Here are random notes from the media sessions with new San Diego general manager Tom Telesco and coach Mike McCoy:

ProFootballWeekly.com - Reid: Chiefs open to trading top pick
New Chiefs head coach Andy Reid needs a quarterback. The draft might not have one worth taking with the team’s first overall pick.

The kinder, gentler (and funnier) Andy Reid on display in Indy | ProFootballTalk
Perhaps the most shocking sight at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine happened Thursday, and it had nothing to do with anyone’s 40-yard dash time.

2013 NFL combine -- Kansas City Chiefs evaluating 'everything' with top pick - ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs are still deciding what do with receiver Dwayne Bowe and left tackle Branden Albert, and it could have an impact on how they use the No. 1 pick in April's draft.

Reid looking forward to coaching Charles - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Andy Reid has a reputation for being a passing coach who isn’t big on using his running backs.

Chiefs got horrible financial return on 'D' - AFC West Blog - ESPN
If the Kansas City Chiefs are going to improve from a 2-14 record last year, they must get better production out of their defense.

NFL News

NFL Communications - 2013 NFL Draft Tentative Round-by-Round Order "
The tentative round-by-round order for the 2013 NFL Draft. The order does not include compensatory selections, which will be awarded at the bottom of Rounds 3-7 and announced next month.

NFL Communications - Transcript: SVP of Labor Policy & Government Affairs Adolpho Birch "
Following is a transcript of NFL Senior Vice President of Labor Policy & Government Affairs Adolpho Birch’s 2013 NFL Scouting Combine media availability today at Lucas Oil Stadium.

NFL considers overhauling the offseason calendar | ProFootballTalk
For NFL fans, the Scouting Combine is typically viewed as the kickoff of the offseason in February, the draft is the offseason’s halftime in April, and the start of training camp is when football is back upon us at the end of July. But that could change in future years.

NFL executive says resolution to HGH testing needed immediately - ESPN
The NFL executive heading up the league's effort to implement HGH testing said Thursday that the policy should have been in place for a year already and that the failure of the NFL Players Association to do its part to make testing happen has created a "disservice to all."

Free Agency

Johnny Patrick was a popular waiver-wire name | ProFootballTalk
For a recent third-round pick who couldn’t get on the field for the league’s all-time worst defense (as measured by yards allowed), cornerback Johnny Patrick was popular yesterday.

49ers GM says all options are on the table for Alex Smith | ProFootballTalk
With an incoming rookie class of quarterbacks that no one seems sold on, the 49ers are sitting on an asset in Alex Smith.

Marvin Lewis: Bengals will use cap space to keep our own players | ProFootballTalk
The Bengals lead the league in salary cap space, but that doesn’t mean they’re going on a spending spree on March 12.

Seahawks GM says he’d "listen" to Matt Flynn offers | ProFootballTalk
If you have a spare, too-expensive backup quarterback, today’s the day to tell the world you may or may not be interested in moving him.

Sources -- San Francisco 49ers 'highly unlikely' to release Alex Smith - ESPN
The San Francisco 49ers are "highly, highly, highly unlikely" to release quarterback Alex Smith, sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Alex Smith reportedly on Arizona Cardinals' radar - NFL.com
San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke acknowledged Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine that Alex Smith likely will be shopped this offseason.

Nate Burleson agrees to restructured contract with Lions | ProFootballTalk
The Detroit Lions have spent most of the off-season so far trying to create space under the salary cap

Falcons expected to cut Michael Turner | ProFootballTalk
Michael Turner’s days with the Falcons appear to be numbered.

Nnamdi Asomugha will get cut if he won’t take a pay cut | ProFootballTalk
For Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, the options are simple: Take a pay cut or get cut.

2013 Draft

ProFootballWeekly.com - Undersized Cooper hopes to make big impression
If Hall of Fame OG Randal McDaniel could get by in his career by fooling strength and conditioning coaches by slipping rolls of quarters into his pockets before weigh-ins, then North Carolina OG Jonathan Cooper should be fine playing at less-than-prototypical size.

Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker rapidly losing weight, down to 339 | ProFootballTalk
Not many people can say they’ve lost a lot of weight to get down to 339 pounds, but not many people have the build of former Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker.

Jarvis Jones chooses not to run at the Scouting Combine | ProFootballTalk
Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, widely viewed as one of the top players in this year’s NFL draft, has decided not to work out at the NFL Scouting Combine.

PFT Live: Health the main concern for prospects | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio runs down the biggest storylines in the NFL from the scouting combine in Indianapolis, Ind. Who holds the leverage in the Romo-Cowboys negotiations? Will the NFL ever get its player DUI problem under control?

Bill Polian is a big believer in the 40-yard dash | ProFootballTalk
The 40-yard dash is the marquee event of the NFL Scouting Combine, but it’s also often disparaged by those who say that a player’s speed in running 40 yards in a straight line while wearing shorts and a T-shirt does not say much about what kind of football player he is.

Ron Rivera on Combine interviews, Cam Newton | ProFootballTalk
The Scouting Combine gives teams an opportunity to meet face to face with plenty of incoming rookies.

ProFootballTalk: How can Combine change draft boards? | ProFootballTalk
Scott Pioli gives the GM side of things from the NFL Combine and says the event is a good opportunity to get all draft prospects under one roof at the same time. Pioli also discusses some changes to the Combine in recent years, and tries to break down how these few days can drastically affect a team’s draft boards.

Marcus Lattimore plans to prove he can play in NFL ... this year - NFL.com
Midway through the conversation, as South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore started to get deep about his destiny last week, the receptionist seated behind a desk just a few feet away started to cry.

Manti Te'o case spurs NFL teams to watch social media - NFL.com
Be careful what you post on the Internet. You never know who's watching. That shouldn't be a new message in 2013.

Five D-Linemen that NFL teams are watching closely at the Combine | National Football Post
These players will be on the spot in Indy

NFP previews five linebackers/defensive-backs that NFL teams are watching closely at the Combine. | National Football Post
Russ Lande offers his thoughts on five defenders NFL teams are watching closely at the Combine.

Combine Medical Spotlight: Jarvis Jones « Second Opinion
During his freshman season at USC, Jarvis Jones felt his shoulders go numb after a tackle.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Bruce Arians not interested in read option QBs | ProFootballTalk
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians might not have his quarterback at the moment, but he doesn’t sound like he’s close to joining the mobile quarterback movement.

Brian Cushing: Defensive players have to be protected, too | ProFootballTalk
The torn ACL suffered by Texans linebacker Brian Cushing when he was hit in the knee from behind by Jets guard Matt Slauson may have been the tipping point for a change in NFL rules to emphasize protecting the legs of defensive players.

Mike Groh leaves Alabama to become Bears’ receivers coach | ProFootballTalk
New Bears head coach Marc Trestman is filling out his coaching staff by hiring away a receivers coach from Alabama.

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