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Horse Tracks 5/19/09


DB - Broncos TV's latest player interview features Alphonso Smith from the day of his introductory presser. Like Knowshon, Smith comes off as an extremely intelligent young man; more well-spoken than most of the people I work with, quite frankly. Unfortunately, I can't get the direct link to work, so I'll send you to the video page again.

VP - Broncos D-Lineman Carlton Powell tells his hometown paper that he's up to 315 pounds and expects to compete for the starting nose-tackle position.

OTH - In a commencement address at St. Bonaventure, CNN's Wolf Blitzer says a college showdown with future Broncos legend Floyd Little convinced Blitzer to try something other than football.

J - Old friend Reggie Hayward is relieved to not have been one of the Jaguars' offseason cuts.

CT - Bears OC Ron Turner hopes to pick the brain of Mike Shanahan to help him learn how to best utilize Jay Cutler's skills.

KCS - The Chefs hit the practice field for the first time as a full squad in '09; Adam Teicher has details and quotes.

KCS - As with their earlier mini-camp, Brian Waters and Mike Vrabel skipped out on Kansas City's practice. Waters had requested a trade or release on February, but reasons for Vrabel's absence have not been made public.

KCS - Here are videos of Chefs QB Matt Cassel and head coach Todd Haley speaking to reporters after practice.

KCS - Some notes on Cassel, including his jersey number (7). It'll be interesting to see if that's based upon any specific players, like perhaps The Greatest Ever (Honestly, that would suck, because I don't want to have to like the guy).

SDUT - Kevin Acee's notes from Dolts practice focused upon backup tackle Brandyn Dombrowski.

SFG - David White previews Jokeland's upcoming OTAs.

NFL - The Ravens have agreed to a one-year deal with former Pats WR Kelley Washington.

NFP - The salary cap has risen another $1 million more than previously thought last week. Andrew Brandt explains.

NFL - Terrell Owens was seemingly unfazed by all the hoopla surrounding his arrival in Orchard Park.

NFL - Brownies return-man extraordinaire Joshua Cribbs is holding out of mini-camp.

NFL - Chuckie is replacing Tony Kornheiser on the Monday Night Football broadcast team.

NFL - Legendary Iggles DC Jim Johnson has taken an indefinite leave from the team for cancer treatments.

NFL - The current owners meeting should result in a site for the 2013 Super Bowl and possibly a vote on expanding the regular season.

FOX - DeMaurice Smith will meet the NFL owners for the first time today as the NFLPA's executive director.

Y! - According to Smith, veteran players feel no ill will toward the big bucks their newly-drafted counterparts and teammates receive.

NFL - Stillers LB James Harrison is apparently too important to accept an invitation from the President of the United States of America.

TSN - Albert Breer wonders if Jay Cutler will step up and become a true leader in Chicago.

ESPN - Nobody seems to know what's really going on with Brett Favre. In other words, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

FOX - Alex Marvez looks at the issue of pre-free-agency tampering.

NFP - Mike Lombardi considers the situations of Plaxico Burress and Michael Vick.

NFP - Matt Bowen also takes a look at Plex and his current mess.

NFP - Bowen tries to match up five remaining veteran free-agents with new teams.

NFP - Wes Bunting looks at the top senior wideouts for the 2010 NFL Draft.