Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 3/28/13

Al Bello

Plenty of non-Broncos news today, including a couple of very well done statistical pieces, as well as, two new mock drafts. One media outlet is still reporting Dramavil 24/7, but what can you do about that?

2013 NFL Draft: Patton Visits The Broncos | Bronco Planet
Louisiana Tech had it’s Pro Day on Tuesday and 22 year old Wideout Quinton Patton caught the Broncos attention. So much so, that they had breakfast with him this morning. Let’s find out more about Patton.

Broncos seem likely to stick with Ayers at DE and draft a pass rusher - Denver Post
Elvis Dumervil is gone, and other than making sure such a transaction debacle never happens again, there is nothing the Broncos can do about it.

Scouting the 2013 Draft: Offensive Tackles, Part 1 - It's All Over, Fat Man!
Continuing with our discussion of offensive tackles, today we have one player who didn’t even make it onto the field for the 2012 season, and two of the top tackles in this year’s draft.

A Statistical Breakdown of the Top Pass Rushers (Pt. 1, Sacks) | Second Round Stats
Pass rushers are one of the most coveted positions, and thus one of the most scrutinized. We hear about this guy’s stiff hips or that guy’s long arms, I’m not going to talk about that. However, because pass rushers are so important, I’m going to break them into two parts.

A Metrics Breakdown of Top Pass Rushers: Tier 1 | The Sideline View
The post I wrote on Second Round Stats (read the original post for refrence) analyzing each top pass rushers’ sacks was met with a chorus of people telling me that sacks are limited in nature and thus not telling of much.

Denver Broncos Videos

So Much Left To Answer - ESPN
It's Big Ben and a host of big questions. That pretty much sums up the state of the Steelers' offense.

Shouldering The Load - ESPN
At USC's pro day, Matt Barkley showed his shoulder has healed. Now where does he go in the draft?

The Bigger Man - ESPN
Garrett Gilkey was picked on as an undersized teen. How did he retaliate? By growing into a legit NFL prospect and becoming an outspoken advocate against bullying.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Elvis Dumervil's exit could cause some backlash in Broncos locker room - The Denver Post
Most in the league and many players I've spoken with say it looks to them like a case where whatever decisions were going to be made by Dumervil and his former agent should have been made before the clock was in its final hour.

Jon Heath Sports Media: Denver's Von Miller, Terrell Davis Bounced In 'Madden 25' Cover Vote
EA Sports will be rolling out their latest edition of the popular Madden NFL video game this summer, Madden 25. Voting for the cover athlete is being held at ESPN.com/SportsNation.

AFC West Division News

Chiefs salary cap space shows these aren't the same old Chiefs - Arrowhead Pride
Welcome to the bizarro Kansas City Chiefs. Or maybe this is just the new Kansas City Chiefs. Either way, the Chiefs are spending cap money. Lots of it, which is a departure from the way things have been in the past.

Raiders hosting WR Domenik Hixon - Silver And Black Pride
In a free agency period dominated by defensive players for the Raiders, the team is reportedly hosting their first offensive skill position player today.

Wrong year for big Chargers spending | UTSanDiego.com
Chris Gittings is the agent for new Chargers running back Danny Woodhead. He is the president and founder of his own agency, One West Sports. In January, he was featured in the Sports Agency Blog's monthly spotlight.

Carson Palmer would rather play for less elsewhere than take paycut with Raiders | ProFootballTalk
The ongoing saga between the Oakland Raiders and quarterback Carson Palmer doesn’t seem to be heading for a resolution any time in the near future.

Chargers’ medical staff doubted Gaither’s claims about back pain | ProFootballTalk
The Chargers dumped offensive tackle Jared Gaither this week after a 2012 season in which he made $9 million while playing only four games and was plagued by injuries.

Chargers will release Jared Gaither, according to report - SBNation.com
Gaither played just nine career games with the Chargers and only four after signing a four-year, $24.6 million contract.

NFL News

NFL's five strongest rosters: Seattle Seahawks on top - NFL.com
Peyton Manning's juggernaut Indianapolis Colts offenses ran on all cylinders when he had the luxury of an elite slot receiver, such as a young Brandon Stokley or Austin Collie. Manning now has the best slot receiver of his generation in Wes Welker to complement Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, the only duo to post 1,000-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns apiece in 2012.

NFL's five weakest rosters: Jacksonville Jaguars at top - NFL.com
For the teams that finished at or near the bottom of their division in the AFC, things are going to get worse before they get better. It's no coincidence that four of the five organizations listed below are welcoming new coaches, new general managers or both. All of them have suffered talent losses this offseason while shedding bloated salaries for a rebuilding phase.

Robert Griffin III: Washington Redskins QB Shouldn't Be Criticized | RANT Sports
There’s been plenty of talk surrounding the comments made by Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III after he released a statement this week about how his goal is to return Week 1–but only if he’s healthy. Of course, these statements have stirred up a bit of controversy, but why should anyone be making a big deal about these types of statements?

Eric Winston thinks it’s "a weird year" to be a free agent | ProFootballTalk
Eric Winston is one of the best offensive tackles available in free agency, but that doesn’t mean he has teams beating down his door with big-money offers.

NFL Free Agency News

Jon Heath Sports Media: Veteran WR Brandon Stokley Visits Titans
When New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker signed with the Denver Broncos in free agency, veteran Brandon Stokley was unofficially ushered out of Denver.

Chase Blackburn signs with Panthers - SBNation.com
The Panthers added some depth at linebacker by signing former Giant Chase Blackburn to a two-year contract.

Dolphins sign offensive lineman Lance Louis - SBNation.com
The former Chicago Bear agreed to join Miami's rebuilding offensive line on Wednesday.

Darrius Heyward-Bey leaves Colts without contract - SBNation.com
The Colts have been signing everyone this offseason, but decided against Heyward-Bey.

Fred Davis rumors: Tight end to visit Jets - SBNation.com
It appears Davis might not go back to Washington after his tour of the NFL this offseason.

Cowboys will sign Will Allen, according to report - SBNation.com
Allen started seven games for the Steelers in 2012 and finished the year with 31 tackles and three passes defended.

Justin Durant signs contract, Kyle Orton restructures - SBNation.com
The Cowboys were busy on Wednesday, signing one free agent while restructure the contract of their backup quarterback.

Greg Jones signs with Houston Texans - SBNation.com
Arian Foster has a new lead blocker as the Texans signed fullback Greg Jones on Wednesday. Somewhere, Maurice Jones-Drew is not very happy.

Arthur Jones, Albert McClellan re-sign with Ravens - SBNation.com
The Ravens re-signed both Arthur Jones and Albert McClellan on Wednesday.

Carolina Panthers re-sign Dwan Edwards to 1-year contract - SBNation.com
The Carolina Panthers re-sign defensive tackle Dwan Edwards to a one-year deal on Wednesday.

NFL news roundup: Michael Huff, Matt Barkley top Wednesday headlines - SBNation.com
The NFL 2013 league year is in full swing as we're well on our way through the third week of free agency. Here's what you may have missed from Wednesday.

NFL free agent tracker: Titans host WR Chaz Schilens - SBNation.com
The Titans hosted free agent wide receiver Chaz Schilens on Wednesday. Would the former Jet be an upgrade for the Titans?

NFL Draft News

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Historical Draft Efficiency: An Introduction
I'm going to come right out and say up front that, as an avid member of the NFL stats community, you're likely to find the content in this column very familiar.

LATE ROUND DRAFT PICKS: THE KEY TO SUCCESS? | Draft Metrics
DRAFTMETRICS’ fantasy (I know, I know, but wait until you are 66) is to find a "magic formula" for building a successful NFL team. No such formula exists, of course, but that doesn’t mean that DRAFTMETRICS will stop looking.

2013 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 - NFL - Don Banks - SI.com
In light of the Elvis Dumervil plot twist, the Broncos checking out the defensive end market stands to reason. Carradine is an intriguing possibility. After his November ACL injury, the jury is still out on him, at least until he shows how much mobility he has recovered in the weeks just before the draft. If the Broncos can live without much early impact from him this season, he could wind up being a steal at the bottom of the round.

NFP Mock Draft - Version 9.0 | National Football Post
After losing Elvis Dumervil due to fax mistake, the Broncos need to get another pass rusher to keep offenses from focusing solely on Von Miller. Montgomery is an excellent run defender who gets more pressure than expected through strength, effort and hand use.

Cleveland Browns Updated 2013 NFL Draft Team Needs | GridironGrit.com
The Cleveland Browns made a massive splash right away in 2013 NFL Free Agency with the addition of former Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Paul Kruger, which allowed Michael Lombardi to set the tone with his first move as the new general manager and send a message to his team that the type of high-motor players like Kruger will be rewarded.

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