Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 5/4/13

Doug Pensinger

ProFootballFocus.com has determined that Von Miller is the 4th best player in the entire National Football League. !!! Not only that, Peyton Manning clocked in as the leagues best Quarterback, ranked 7th overall. Go Broncos!

PFF’s Top 101 of 2012: the Top 10 | ProFootballFocus.com
Miller isn’t your conventional 4-3 outside linebacker, moving into a pass rushing role in sub package defense that saw him spend only 24% of his passing snaps in coverage. However, as the 86 combined sacks, hits and hurries show, he delivers in that role, while adding a further 15 tackles for losses. You simply need to watch out for Miller on every play — if you don’t, he’s likely to hurt you.

AFC West draft grades: Gap closing on division champ Broncos - NFL.com
Is closing the AFC West gap on the Denver Broncos as easy as 1-2-3? Bucky Brooks believes the San Diego Chargers nailed their first three picks. Check out draft grades for the entire division.

Gray Matter: May 3 | DenverBroncos.com
Thanks for the response to Gray Matter so far. I've been getting a lot of good questions via Twitter, Facebook and even some through email. Most of this week's queries are related to the team's 2013 NFL Draft class, so let's get started.

A post-draft look at the Broncos’ cap situation - It's All Over, Fat Man!
IAOFM was heavy on the gay rights movement today, which almost caused me to miss this solid nugget. Good information on the Broncos salary cap information, which we've probably all seen recently, but it could be a good to take another look anyway.

Denver Broncos News

2013 Denver Bronco CFA’s: John Youboty | Bronco Planet
The second Defensive End College Free Agent picked up by the Denver Broncos this past week is John Youboty, a 23-year old, 6’-4", 252 lb. DE from Temple University and the younger brother of Houston Texan’s cornerback Ashton Youboty.

2013 Denver Bronco CFA’s: Gary Mason Jr | Bronco Planet
The Denver Broncos did not select a Defensive End in the 2013 NFL Draft, unless Quanterus Smith doesn’t project to the Linebacker spot. However, they did pick up two College Free Agents, one of which we will take a look at today.

Broncos rookie DE Quanterus Smith part of a trend for John Fox | First-and-Orange
Coming Sunday we’ll have a story on Broncos’ rookie defensive end Quanterus Smith.

Von Miller Weighs in on Guiding Younger Teammates, Broncos' Offense - Predominantly Orange
Entering his third year in the NFL, Von Miller is becoming a true leader for the Denver Broncos. He got off to a great start thanks in large part to former teammate Elvis Dumervil.

Von Miller is in the poultry empire business | ProFootballTalk
NFL players who make plenty of money need to find good ways to put that money to work. How about becoming the poultry king of Dallas? "Got my first chickens," Miller told reporters on Thursday. "Thirty-eight chickens. I’m pretty excited about it. You’ve got to start somewhere.

NFL News

League decries "rampant abuse" of California workers’ compensation system | ProFootballTalk
Earlier today, we shared some tidbits from an internal NFLPA memo regarding player opposition to a bill that would make it much harder for pro athletes to obtain workers' compensation benefits via the state of California.

California overreacts to NFL workers’ compensation loophole | ProFootballTalk
For years, the NFL has complained about the ability of injured players to pursue workers' compensation benefits in California based on limited connections to the state. Now, California is in the process of closing the loophole.

Dolphins stadium bill fails, which would kill Super Bowl bid | ProFootballTalk
The Dolphins went for the Hail Mary, dragging Dan Marino to the state Capitol yesterday to support a longshot bill that would allow a referendum for public funding for stadium upgrades. And like Marino so often, it fell short of a Super Bowl.

NFC West draft grades: Another San Francisco 49ers gold rush - NFL.com
The San Francisco 49ers boast an embarrassment of riches after adding another class of studs, including safety Eric Reid. Bucky Brooks salutes GM Trent Baalke in his NFC West Draft Grades.

Geno Smith remains subject of anonymous sources - NFL.com
Yet another anonymous source has come forth to dump on Geno Smith, suggesting that at least one NFL team passed on the New York Jets rookie QB because of his "diva attitude."

The hits keep coming for Geno Smith | ProFootballTalk
Another day, another round of anonymous sources ripping new Jets quarterback Geno Smith. This time the anonymous sources talked to ESPN.com, which quotes two people who work for NFL teams and who think Smith has character issues that will make life rough for him in his new NFL home.

The system quarterback problem hasn't been solved after all - SBNation.com
Advances in college offenses have begun trickling to the pros, but they still make life very difficult for NFL general managers when evaluating quarterbacks.

Greg Schiano, Bucs staff to visit Bill Belichick, Patriots next week - SBNation.com
Greg Schiano and six of his staff members will visit Bill Belichick's staff in Foxboro to discuss the logistical strategies -- despite the fact that their teams face off this season.

Despite rumors and speculation, Dolphins not interested in Tebow | ProFootballTalk
Earlier this week, the Dolphins declined to comment on whether the franchise has interest in quarterback Tim Tebow. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald made the team's position clear during a Friday appearance on PFT Live. They don't want him.

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