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Horse Tracks - 3/19/10 - Brady Quinn Speaks


Brady Quinn spoke to media yesterday for the first time, in person anyway, as a member of the Denver Broncos.  He said all the right things, smiled at the right times, looked confident and sincere.  I believe he is.  He spoke of his workout regimen, how his father instilled in him that one advantage you can gain over the competition is to be in better shape, something you can take advantage of late in games.  Perhaps if you look the part, you'll act the part as well.  That is the big question surrounding Quinn.  There is no doubting that at face value Quinn has all the look and feel of a guy you want to represent your franchise.  That does little, however, to in football games.  Kyle Orton, while not as flashy as Quinn, has won football games - certainly more than he has lost.  In the NFL, that's all that matters, results.  Quinn is going to get the chance to get back on his feet, take a deep breath and find himself as a football player - out of the spotlight that comes with being a 1st Round pick.  He's now another reformation project in a League that has had plenty of them.  He definitely looks and sounds the part of a NFL Quarterback.  Now the question becomes can he play like one.

Hard at Work -
When Wesley Woodyard stepped up to the podium Thursday afternoon, clothes damp from a recent workout, he confirmed it: offseason conditioning has begun at Dove Valley, and strength and conditioning coach Rich Tuten is making sure the players are, as Robert Ayers put it, "busting their behinds."

VIDEO - Offseason Workouts: Brady Quinn
Brady Quinn meets with the Denver press to discuss meeting his new teammates and dealing with the altitude.

VIDEO - Offseason Workouts: Wesley Woodyard
Wesley Woodyard talks about his role on the defense and his thoughts on defensive coordinator Don Martindale.

VIDEO - Offseason Workouts: Robert Ayers
Robert Ayers talks about what he needs to work on as he heads into his second season in the NFL.

Add D.J. to offseason no-show list | All Things Broncos
Broncos inside linebacker D.J. Williams has decided to partake in his offseason conditioning program at his home in Miami. There, he can spot for Elvis Dumervil, who is also spending his offseason time in Miami.

Marcus Thomas cutting weight | All Things Broncos
Broncos defensive tackle Marcus Thomas wants to get in shape before he shows up to get in shape.

Irish hoops preempts Quinn presser | All Things Broncos
So Brady Quinn steps up to the Broncos’ media room podium for the first time Thursday when he’s told his Notre Dame Fighting Irish are down 49-46 to Old Dominion with 25.2 seconds left in an NCAA first-round game.

From Jake and Jay to Brady Quinn | All Things Broncos
I don’t want to say the Denver media has come along way with their local quarterbacks since the days of Jake Plummer and Jay Cutler, but photographers and reporters just met Brady Quinn.

Staying home in Miami worth $100,000 to Broncos' D.J. Williams - The Denver Post
For Broncos inside linebacker D.J. Williams, a few more months at his offseason home in Miami is worth $100,000.

Time has come for Broncos' 2009 draftees to produce - The Denver Post
For all the older, veteran players the Broncos have picked up in Josh McDaniels' first two free-agent classes, the success of the 2010 Broncos might have more to do with a group of guys still in their early 20s.

Broncos' Quinn gets to work at Dove Valley - The Denver Post
Since arriving in Denver on Monday in a trade with the Cleveland Browns, Quinn has been spending much of his time in the weight room, training room and video room at the Broncos' Dove Valley headquarters.

Tebow is improved but still has much to prove - The Denver Post
Tebow, despite an improved throwing motion in his pro day workout, is still considered a project on the NFL level. His story is not unique in that regard.

Woody's Mailbag: NFL's spying eyes everwhere - The Denver Post
ATTENTION, readers. I have a CORRECTION (sort of)!

Is Hasselbeck's job security at risk? | National Football Post
How long will it be until Charlie Whitehurst, Seattle’s new QB, takes Matt Hasselbeck’s job? Because beyond the money that Whitehurst will be paid over the next two seasons, NFL teams don’t give away draft picks — and move back 20 spots in the second round — to bring in backups.

A slow market for restricted free agents | National Football Post
There are four weeks left in the 2010 restricted free agent (RFA) offer sheet period. To date, only Mike Bell of the Saints has received an offer sheet, that from the Eagles for $1.7-million (a simple decision whether the Saints believe their third running back is worth $1.7 million; they don’t).

Tim Tebow shines at Florida pro day | National Football Post
The National Football Post breaks down the times and performances of some of the top prospects at the University of Florida’s pro day Wednesday:

Woody Johnson and the coin-flip flap | National Football Post
Robert Wood "Woody" Johnson, the owner of the New York Jets, had harsh words this week for Commissioner Roger Goodell over what Johnson described as "the transparency" of a league office coin toss that awarded the Jets’ co-tenants, the New York Giants, the first regular-season game to be played in the new $1.6-billion New Jersey stadium they’ll share beginning in 2010.

Friday's pro day workouts | National Football Post
Minnesota wide receiver Eric Decker demonstrated he’s got the smarts when he dropped a 43 (out of 50) on the Wonderlic test at last month’s combine.

Report: Rams met with Bradford in Florida | National Football Post
As all 32 teams continue to perform their due diligence on prospects they will be paying dump trucks of money to come summer, the St. Louis Rams continue to fuel the rumors that they may be addressing the quarterback position with the first overall pick.

Rashad Jeanty visits Dolphins | National Football Post
Cincinnati Bengals restricted free agent linebacker Rashad Jeanty visited the Miami Dolphins today, a league source confirmed.

Ryan Matthews helps his stock again | National Football Post
Virtually every NFL team was represented in California on Wednesday, and Fresno State running back Ryan Mathews didn't disappoint.

Derrick Johnson expected to sign tender soon | National Football Post
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson has officially been a restricted free agent for a few weeks.

Steelers to open season at home | National Football Post
The Pittsburgh Steelers will open the season at home at Heinz Field, not as the featured opening game against the reigning Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints at the Superdome.

Crumpler agrees to terms | National Football Post
The New England Patriots have landed free agent tight end Alge Crumpler.

Buzz growing about FAMU's LeRoy Vann | National Football Post
It isn't every day that an NFL head coach visits the Florida A&M University campus.

Best offseason moves were not the biggest headlines
The bulk of the free-agency craze is over. Sure, there's always a surprise move or two before the draft, but in a year with no cap and not much star power, there isn't much more of substance to come down, in all likelihood.

Niners GM McCloughan likely losing duties in front-office reshaping
The San Francisco 49ers' front office is undergoing change, a league source told NFL Network's Jason La Canfora on Thursday, and general manager Scot McCloughan's duties likely will be divided among others -- at least temporarily.

New DE Tapp signs three-year deal with Eagles; Howard, Curtis cut
Darryl Tapp is looking forward to a fresh start. Two days after he joined the Philadelphia Eagles in a trade, Tapp signed a three-year contract with the team Thursday. Financial terms weren't disclosed.