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Horse Tracks 5/1/09


DB - Here's a short clip (2m40s) of Josh McDaniels from the Broncos' first mini-camp, featuring some work with Kyle Orton and the WRs. Of course, The Slot Machine is the only guy he doesn't need to correct.

DP - The Broncos waived RB Selvin Young yesterday due to a neck injury which is not expected to heal before September. Well, the departure of Young and Andrew Pinnock trims the RB how crazy was it to draft Knowshon Moreno?

DB - As expected, Denver hired Matt Russell to be their director of college scouting. Russell, a former CU Buffs linebacker, has been a scout for the Patriots and Eagles.

BND - Russell is credited with convincing the staff in New England to draft Matt Cassell.

DP - Denver's second mini-camp begins today, which will be Josh McDaniels' first on-field look at his newest players.

DP - Klis has some quotes from Russell and Darcel McBath, notes on Matt Prater and Chris Baker.

CSUF - QB Tom Brandstater is excited to be a Denver Bronco.

ND - So is UFA-signing LB Lee Robinson from Alcorn State.

ECU - Here's a profile of another Broncos UFA signing, OT Stanley Bryant.

ESPN - John Clayton thinks teams will be watching Alphonso Smith to see whether it's worthwhile to trade future first-rounders. Right, because it's never been done before...sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't - just like any draft decision!!!

NFP - Mike Lombardi thinks the Broncos should be calling other teams regarding their extra defensive-tackles. Now before everyone flips out, keep in mind that they may already be doing so...

NFL - The Chefs signed C Eric Ghiaciuc, who started all 16 games last year for the Bungles.

KCS - So far, Chefs owner Clark Hunt is pleased with the job Scott Pioli is doing.

Y! - Sean Jensen profiles Nnamdi Asomugha and his excellent work with Oakland youths, as Clark Judge had done last week.

SFG - David White examines the contract ramifications for Oakland with their first-rounder Darrius Heyward-Bey.

SDUT - Roidhead Headhunter Shawne Merriman is ready to go.

SDUT - Vincent Jackson sought to have some blood-test evidence thrown out in his drunk-driving case.

Y! - Former Dolts LB Marques Harris signed a one-year deal with the 49ers.

NFL - Here are the offseason schedules for all 32 NFL teams.

Y! - Former longtime NFL writer Bob Oates passed away at the age of 93.

NFL - After removing the franchise tag from Leroy Hill, the Seahawks agreed to a new deal with their linebacker, which guarantees him $15.5 million.

NFL - The Patriots have acquired TE Alex Smith from the Buccaneers for an undisclosed 2010 draft choice.

NFL - Cincy PK Shayne Graham signed his one-year franchise tender.

SI - A few of the SI writers discuss where Edgerrin James might end up next.

NFP - Matt Bowen details mini-camps from the player's perspective.

NFP - Andrew Brandt chimes in on the annual "Will Brett play this year" talk.

NFL - Thomas George thinks Donovan McNabb finally has some real weapons around him. Well, the days of Stinkston and Trash are certainly distant memories.

CBS - Clark Judge thinks the Rams' draft was a vote of confidence for QB Marc Bulger.

FOX - Alex Marvez shares what it takes to become an NFL draft bust.

NFP - Matt Bowen thinks rookies are overpaid.

NFP - Wes Bunting examines the third-round choices that stood out to him.

NFP - Robert Boland shares some thoughts about the draft.

NFL - Bucky Brooks grades out the NFC West teams' drafts.

CBS - Pete Prisco goes back and grades the 2006 Draft, with high marks to the Broncos (of course).