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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 5/14/11

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NFL's Roger Goodell talks lockout with Broncos season ticket holders - The Denver Post
The 5,100 Bronco season-ticket holders could figure out by the end of their 30-minute conference call Friday that the NFL commissioner was directing blame for the NFL labor strife at DeMaurice Smith and his gang of players' union attorneys. Blogs " Blog Archive Carucci: Broncos should move forward with Tebow "
The Denver Broncos remain noncommittal about whether Kyle Orton is on the trading block, a strategy that hasn’t hurt his potential value as one of the better options on the quarterback trade market. Most league insiders believe that Orton can be had for the right price when player movement is finally allowed news: Orton's trade value could rise if Broncos play cards right
John Elway is wisely talking up the possibility of the Denver Broncos making quarterback Kyle Orton available for trade, as he did during a recent interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio. news: Ochocinco tweets that bull-riding adventure is 'big mistake'
The Cincinnati Bengals receiver, who last week accepted a challenge from Professional Bull Riding chief operating officer Sean Gleason to ride a bull at the Lucas Oil Invitational this weekend in Duluth, Ga., sure sounded like he was having second thoughts in posts to his Twitter account Friday night. news: Newton: Lockout 'nothing I'm worried about right now'
Cam Newton wore a navy-blue suit with a bright orange tie -- his old Auburn colors -- as he formally received one more national award for his extraordinary 2010 college season. news: McNabb's agent: Hopkins' words 'dangerous, irresponsible'
Donovan McNabb wants to call for the bell and end this one-sided fight with Bernard Hopkins. news: Students choose Vick to deliver commencement speech
NFL Comeback Player of the Year Michael Vick knows a thing or two about highs and lows and will have a chance to pass on that wisdom next month as commencement speaker for Philadelphia's Camelot Schools. news: 49ers said they knew of Kaepernick's leg condition before draft
Colin Kaepernick underwent a surgical procedure on his lower left leg shortly after the draft that the San Francisco 49ers believe will have no impact on the second-round pick's rookie season. news: Jackson lobbies for CB Asomugha to join Eagles
DeSean Jackson has first-hand knowledge of Nnamdi Asomugha's impact on a defense from their playing days at the University of California, and the Eagles wideout is making a play to bring the Pro Bowl cornerback to Philadelphia. - RB Ridley, the Patriots' forgotten pick, ready to contribute
It's easy to forget the 73rd pick of April's draft. By the time Stevan Ridley's name was called, all the talk turned to the Patriots' next pick, when they took Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett 74th overall.

Justin Smith: He's That Good |
In recent days I’ve done some articles looking at players some felt were either dropped too far down my top 101 players, or were criminally overlooked.

Kevin Kolb: Schaub-like or Feeley-ish? |
As I’ve stated elsewhere, I was a fan of the Atlanta Falcons trading the farm to pick up a guy they thought would make them a better team. I can get behind that ethos, even though I haven’t seen Julio Jones play in the NFL (my PFF contract includes a "no college football" clause as I’m chained to the desk watching the NFL).

Beating the Blitz |
You want to be a quarterback in the NFL? Well you know you need to be gifted physically. You need to have the arm to zip the ball into tight spots, the accuracy to hit your man, and the mobility to avoid defenders that are crashing in around you.

No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton working out in Bradenton, Fla. with former Carolina Panther Chris Weinke - ESPN
Cam Newton wore a navy blue suit with a bright orange tie -- his old Auburn colors -- as he formally received one more national award for his extraordinary 2010 college season.

Report: No surgery needed for Pittsburgh Steelers' Troy Polamalu's injured foot - ESPN
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu's rehab for a foot injury sustained late last season is going well, according to a report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

New Orleans Saints are NFL re-draft winners; Seattle Seahawks chumps - ESPN
Yet nothing needs fixing more than the NFL draft, which is the only monster event in American sports that gets breathless coverage and yet declares no winner and no loser. It's all poseurs and no closures.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Walkthrough: Faith, Hope, Gradkowski
Last week, I went to NFL Films for another NFL Top Ten studio session. Trips to NFL Films are always exciting, even if the energy at the facility itself was a little slack this time. The NFL Films cafeteria, which has been mentioned once or twice in past Walkthroughs (Rueben soup), has been closed as a cost-cutting measure during the lockout.

49ers' pass rush needed another Smith - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
From the start of the Mike Nolan era in 2005, the San Francisco 49ers have run different types of hybrid fronts that alternated between 4-3 and 3-4 concepts. Nolan got that concept together when he was the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens from 2002 through 2004 and the Ravens moved their scheme ideas around, but there was no Ray Lewis(notes) or Peter Boulware or Ed Reed(notes) in San Francisco when Nolan got there.

Can the players survive without game checks? - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
You think the NFL players can survive a real lockout—one that lasts into the regular season? The talk says they can, but I'm not buying it. Because after playing in this league and seeing firsthand how ludicrous players can be with money, this could be a real problem.

DeMaurice Smith: 'They resent being lied to, they resent being tricked' | National Football Post
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith used a Godfather movie reference to outline the players' approach to a nasty labor dispute between the players and the owners.

Ravens hoping a healthy Jarret Johnson will boost pass rush | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens veteran outside linebacker Jarret Johnson played through pain the past two seasons, dealing with back and shoulder injuries.

Dexter Manley offers to help Albert Haynesworth | National Football Post
The Washington Redskins have found someone interested in reaching out to Albert Haynesworth.

A look at Collinsworth's lockout predictions | National Football Post
On Thursday, NBC’s Chris Collinsworth posted some predictions for the start of the 2011 NFL regular season over at his website, I have seen guesses from members of the media during the lockout that range from the start of August (close to a standard training camp schedule) and others that are talking about a complete wipeout of the entire season.

FP - The Supposed Heisman Jinx
Last month, when the Saints traded back up into the first round to grab Alabama RB Mark Ingram (and combined with their selection of California DE Cameron Jordan), that move was one reason many anointed New Orleans one of the big winners of the 2011 NFL Draft.