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Horse Tracks - 3/30/10 - Vacation Cometh


Good Morning Broncos Country.  I have to admit, my mind is elsewhere.  In a couple days I will be loading up the family truckster and heading south on the parenting pilgrimage known as DisneyWorld.  Sure, for most the 15+ hour drive would be, well, a drag.  I am actually looking forward to it in a twisted, morbid sort of way - perhaps I like self-mutilation.  No, I think giving my girls a chance to see just how BIG this wonderful country of ours actually is - while spending quality time in close quarters - is a must.  That, and dozens of DVD's, coloring books, snacks, drinks and air-freshener.   Perhaps the best part - to me anyway - is the fact there will be a shuttle launch on April 5th.  It has always been on my bucket-list to see a launch, but with the program due to be halted this year I was beginning to think it would never happen.  Luck, as it turns out, might be on my side.  If anyone knows a secret place to check it out, let me know.  Anyway, I'll be doing my best to keep up with the day-to-day here on MHR, but if I seem distant, well, it is because I will be.  I have the best team in blogging backing me up, so I know MHR won't slip.  On to the Tracks!

2010 NFL Draft Preview: Wide Receiver
In the weeks leading up to the 2010 NFL Draft, will take a look at the draft prospects position by position.

Bradford strengthens grip on NFL draft's top slot with impressive workout - The Denver Post
It wasn't difficult to talk to somebody who attended Sam Bradford's workout Monday in Norman, Okla., because many of the NFL's power brokers and personnel executives made their way to the 63-pass affair.

Raiders in hot pursuit of QB McNabb - The Denver Post
Philadelphia stalwart Donovan McNabb will wear the black and silver of the Oakland Raiders next season if the teams can finalize a deal that is nearly in place, according to ESPN.

No McNabb deal? Let’s just wait and see | National Football Post
Despite last week’s breathless anticipation about a pending trade of Donovan McNabb by the Eagles, we can all back away, at least for the moment. Nothing to see here. Step away from the scene.

Landing an internship in sports | National Football Post
If you want to work in sports, the best way to start is by landing an internship. It’s a productive path: Six interns who worked for me went on to careers in sports.

Tight end fight night | National Football Post
Competition level, production, postseason workouts and injury concerns all seem to play a major role every year when evaluating prospects for the NFL Draft. Today, the National Football Post takes a look at two of the nation’s top tight ends -- Oklahoma’s Jermaine Gresham and Arizona’s Rob Gronkowski -- and breaks them down to determine who has the better NFL potential.

Did everyone over-hype Sam Bradford's workout? | National Football Post
It was hard not to notice the impact of Sam Bradford’s pro day Monday down in Norman, Okla. — or the post-workout hype that surrounded this event like the opening night of the NFL Draft.

Source: Tuihalamaka visits Ravens | National Football Post
University of Arizona linebacker Vuna Tuihalamaka visited the Baltimore Ravens on Monday.

Raiders in the lead for McNabb trade? | National Football Post
Is veteran quarterback Donovan McNabb bound for the Oakland Raiders?

Source: Earl Thomas meeting with Dolphins, Bengals this week | National Football Post
Earl Thomas is scheduled to meet with the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday night at the University of Texas, according to an NFL source with knowledge of the situation.

Sproles reports to Chargers | National Football Post
Among the players who showed up for the launch of the San Diego Chargers' voluntary offseason training program: all-purpose running back Darren Sproles.

Bears sign three players to one-year deals | National Football Post
The Chicago Bears knocked out some expected business today when they signed three players to one-year contracts.

Carroll lands a familiar face for Seahawks | National Football Post
The Seattle Seahawks made it official in adding the kind of player a new coaching staff always covets.

Idonije makes it to workouts after long journey | National Football Post
The Chicago Bears were without two defensive ends on Monday when they opened their (voluntary) offseason conditioning program.

Steve Smith would like Panthers to find a No. 1 receiver | National Football Post
The Carolina Panthers wide receiver has gone from saying that the team needs to go out and find a complementary wide receiver for him to something else. He says the Panthers need to find someone to replace him in his role as a No. 1 and let him be the "other guy."

Source: Eagles, Cardinals to work out Mitchell | National Football Post
Arizona Wildcats defensive tackle Earl Mitchell has upcoming workouts scheduled with the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals, according to a league source.

Bucs holding out hope on Crowell, Bradley | National Football Post
At least the budget-minded Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t chase Angelo Crowell with a fistful of cash this time around.

Bradford shoulders pressure, is near perfect with passes in workout
After a record-setting college career that landed Sam Bradford a Heisman Trophy, one giant question loomed over his prospects of becoming the No. 1 overall pick in next month's NFL draft.

No more rookie excuses: This group must produce results in 2010
While sitting with New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin at the NFL Annual Meeting last week, I asked him about his young receivers' emergence last season and, based on what he has seen of them, if he believes they'll continue to improve. For the most part, Coughlin gave the stock answer of, "There's a long way to go; they're not as refined as they should be," but they'll get better.

Weaver wants McNabb to remain in Philadelphia -
At this point, who knows what will happen with Donovan McNabb and whether or not the Eagles will trade him? But if the quarterback does indeed prefer to remain in Philadelphia, it doesn’t hurt to have some of his teammates speak up in support.

Redskins sign free-agent CB Buchanon to one-year, $1.5M deal
Free-agent cornerback Phillip Buchanon has signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Washington Redskins, a league source told NFL Network's Jason La Canfora on Monday.

Who's No. 1? Smith, Carr begin battle for 49ers' starting QB spot
No. 1 overall selections in the NFL draft three years apart, Alex Smith and David Carr are now competing to be the No. 1 quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga calls rehab a 'life-changer' - ESPN
Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga was emotional in explaining his past troubles Monday.

NFL letter clarifies uncertainties over Adam 'Pacman' Jones - ESPN
Any obstacles that might have prevented free-agent cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones from rejoining the NFL were officially cleared Monday.

Santonio Holmes of Pittsburgh Steelers faces lawsuit alleging he threw drink at nightclub, says he didn't do anything - ESPN
A Florida woman is suing Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes, saying the one-time Super Bowl MVP hit her in the face with a glass at an Orlando nightclub and then offered to pay her so she wouldn't press charges.

Nathan Vasher signs deal with San Diego Chargers - ESPN
Cornerback Nathan Vasher has signed a two-year deal to join the San Diego Chargers' secondary, the team announced Monday.