Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 4/14/13

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Yes, you heard that right. All you idiots who scream and yell for your team to win are stupidly taking away from the essence of the game. I love Mike Ditka, as an old school kind of guy, but come on, don't get all Major League Baseball on us here..

Mike Ditka calls encouraging crowd noise "stupid" | ProFootballTalk
The NFL has decided to ease up on rules restricting teams from encouraging crowd noise as a way to make attending games more fun for fans. Unsurprisingly, some old-school types aren't happy about that.

Broncos Draft History: Linebackers
As we begin to wrap up our week's preview of the linebackers available in the 2013 NFL Draft, let's take a look back at who the Broncos have drafted at the position.

Denver Broncos: Five Reasons Tight Ends Will Be Forgotten in 2013
The Denver Broncos head into the 2013 NFL season in a very precarious situation: how do you keep everyone in the offense happy? This will be a very tall task for new offensive coordinator Adam Gase and quarterback Peyton Manning.

Eight in the Box: Breakout player - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Hillman showed flashes as a rookie but has work to do with the finer points of the game, such as pass protection. This offseason -- along with the tutelage of Peyton Manning -- should help quite a bit.

Denver Broncos Videos

Call for Backup - ESPN
Do Jamaal Charles, Darren McFadden and other AFC West RBs need help from the 2013 draft class?

Is the NFL draft overrated? | Watch the video - Yahoo! Sports
Watch the video Is the NFL draft overrated? on Yahoo! Sports . Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck says there is too much importance placed on when players are selected during the draft.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Scouting the 2013 Draft: Offensive Tackles, Part 6 - It's All Over, Fat Man!
I’ve noticed that with the increasing tendencies of offenses and defenses to ‘flip-flop’ their lines, TEs and edge rushers are often on either side of the OL.

Saturday Morning Quarterback: Mixed Reviews For Eddie Lacy At His Pro Day? - Predominantly Orange
There are lots of experts and talking heads speculating about the order of this year’s draft. Yes, I too, am guilty as charged. Last week, I made a case for Eddie Lacy, the big bruising national champion that many reckon will fall in the later portion of the first round.

Kiper Sees Hayden as Denver’s No. 1 Pick " DenverBroncos.com
In his latest conference call covering a variety of topics on the 2013 NFL Draft, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. specifically discussed how he sees the Broncos’ draft unfolding.

Minter's Early Departure Difficult Decision
LSU linebacker Kevin Minter said it was a tough decision to forgo his senior season, but felt it was best for him and his family.

AFC West Division News

Why 2013 isn't a rebuilding year for the San Diego Chargers - Bolts From The Blue
New General Manager. New Head Coach. New Offensive Coordinator. Same old Chargers? Not so fast.

The San Diego Chargers Need a Better Backup Quarterback - Bolts From The Blue
Bringing in the right backup quarterback can improve Philip RIvers. The Chargers should look at their options.

Could Raiders trade down in draft with Miami? - Silver And Black Pride
The Dolphins have invested heavily this offseason and need to fill their gaping hole at LT if they want to make the playoffs. Sitting at #12 their chances of someone falling to them are very low. ...

2013 NFL Draft: Trading partners for the KC Chiefs - Arrowhead Pride
This is my follow up to the smash hit first round NFL mock draft. It has gone platinum in one day. Many of you brought up a great point yesterday: the Chiefs just weren't getting enough in trade value from my mock prediction.

NFL News

Rex Ryan-New York Jets union entering crucial phase - NFL.com
With new general manager John Izdik busy reshaping the New York Jets' roster, coach Rex Ryan finds himself in a challenging position. Will Idzik's blueprint include Ryan after the 2013 season?

San Francisco 49ers: What Can Be Expected From Kendall Hunter in 2013?
San Francisco 49ers running back Kendall Hunter made the most of every snap he received in 2012, rushing for 371 yards and two touchdowns on just 71 carries before suffering a season-ending Achilles tendon tear in Week 12 against the New Orleans Saints.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: State of the Team: St. Louis Rams
Inopportune turnovers, injuries along the offensive line and staleness at wide receiver hindered the Rams in 2012. Too often this offense struggled to maintain drives. The hope is that the signing of Jake Long can take care of the line issues.

NFL Free Agency News

Steelers undecided on Emmanuel Sanders; Rolando McClain signs - SBNation.com
Plenty of news from the NFL on Friday, including the Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly being undecided on Emmanuel Sanders; future, and the Baltimore Ravens making the signing of Rolando McClain official.

Woodson compares his current market to 2006 | ProFootballTalk
This isn't the first time Charles Woodson has been available for longer than he expected to be. In 2006, the Raiders opted not to use the franchise tag on Woodson for a third straight time.

2013 NFL Draft News

2013 NFL Draft top 200 final overall rankings - SBNation.com
At this point, it's well known just how poor the 2013 NFL Draft class is in regard to skill position players on offense. But just how down of a year is it? Our first offensive skill position player is Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame.

Star Lotulelei, Lane Johnson visit Eagles, and more - SBNation.com
The Philadelphia Eagles hosted one high-profile draft prospect and have another visit set for Sunday, while other teams throughout the league host mid and late-round talents.

Idzik’s scholarship year comes with a caveat | ProFootballTalk
It's widely believed that, if the Jets have a third straight subpar season, coach Rex Ryan's tenure with the team will end. Gary Myers of the New York Daily News takes a thorough look at the situation, explaining that the placement of Ryan on the hot seat buys time for new G.M. John Idzik.

Draft Grader: St. Louis Rams | ProFootballFocus.com
The debate may rage as to whether a No. 2 overall pick should be a more complete player. Truth is, Long is such a good pass rusher that you can look past his shortcomings in run defense. His +74.1 pass rushing grade over the past three years is indicative of the impact he’s had.

Draft Grader: Pittsburgh Steelers | ProFootballFocus.com
The high point of a somewhat disappointing 2009 draft. Wallace isn’t the most versatile of receivers, but what he does, he does very well.

2013 NFL Draft Big Board: Top 32 Defensive Players - NFL Mocks
28. Tyrann Mathieu CB/FS, LSU

2013 NFL Draft Big Board: Top 32 Offensive Players - NFL Mocks
28. Brian Winters OG, Kent State

Ezekiel Ansah has athletic ability, is just starting to tap his football potential - Dennis Dillon - SI.com
As longtime BYU defensive line coach Steve Kaufusi walked past the indoor track inside the university's Smith Fieldhouse one day, he couldn't help but notice a strapping athlete who was stretching his legs. That's one impressive-looking dude, Kaufusi thought, imagining what the dude would look like in a helmet and shoulder pads.

Michael Mauti has one more roadblock in his road to NFL -- proving his health - Don Banks - SI.com
Never missing a chance to make big news out of even the mundane, the NFL this week released a whopping 23-name list of prospects who will attend the draft later this month in New York City, and that means we can all start bracing ourselves for the latest wave of entourages, crisply tailored suits and awkward man hugs with commissioner Roger Goodell.

First Round Moves For Each Team That Make Most Difference | Bleacher Report
28. Denver Broncos—DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M: It's no secret the Broncos and Elvis Dumervil recently had a messy divorce. This development left a big vacancy on the team's defensive roster, and it's one Denver needs to fill via the draft. Moore is a skilled pass-rusher who would be able to fill that void.

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