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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 3/27/12


Hanie, Dreessen Back in Colorado "
When quarterback Caleb Hanie arrived at Colorado State University as a freshman, tight end Joel Dreessen was a senior.

2012 NFL Draft Preview: Wide Receivers
Take a closer look at some of the top prospects at receiver as the 2012 NFL Draft approaches.

Colorado Classics: Passing through Denver, former Broncos QB Jacky Lee didn't stay long - The Denver Post
Jacky Lee's arrival in Denver as a new Broncos quarterback almost 48 years ago didn't have the sensationalism of what occurred last week

Denver Broncos Videos

Elway on Manning's Next Steps
From the annual league meetings in Florida, John Elway talks about how Peyton Manning is getting settled in his new facility.

On The Clock: Andrew Luck - ESPN Video - ESPN
The On The Clock roundtable debates the future of Andrew Luck in the NFL.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Former Broncos QB Jake Plummer back throwing in Denver | First-and-Orange
The draft prospects working out with Denver trainer Loren Landow had a special guest tossing them passes today.

Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos the toast of the NFL - The Denver Post
Not surprisingly, the idea of pursuing Peyton Manning was hatched in John Elway's office. It just wasn't Elway who had the idea.

Can Denver's defense take next step? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Barring a setback from the neck injury that cost him the entire 2011 season, Peyton Manning has the Denver Broncos’ offense covered. That side of the ball will be fine and will be in playoff form.

Hanie and Dreeseen Ready for Roles in Manning’s New Band
Caleb Hanie and Joel Dreessen only connected for part of a season during their stints at Colorado State, after Hanie became the Rams’ starting quarterback late in 2004.

Division News

Reggie McKenzie pleased with comp-pick prizes - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Reggie McKenzie has more draft picks that he expected. news: Raiders GM on a high after news of compensatory picks
Monday brought good news to the Oakland Raiders. (No, Carson Palmer hasn't mystically reverted back to his pre-Kimo Von Oelhoffen form.)

The history of the No. 95 pick - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Oakland Raiders’ first pick in the 2012 draft will be near the end of the third round at No. 95.

Rookie OLBs who could fit Oakland - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Oakland general manger Reggie McKenzie has said the team is looking for a starting outside linebacker. There is a good chance Oakland will look for that player with its top comp pick.

Terrelle Pryor says he’s staying at quarterback | ProFootballTalk
ESPN’s Mel Kiper has long believed former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s best NFL position would be tight end.

Chargers’ Spanos says some teams are controlled by agents | ProFootballTalk
Plenty of NFL owners and general managers have had issues with agents from time to time, but few go as far in their criticisms as Chargers owner Dean Spanos and General Manager A.J. Smith, who describe agents as somewhere between useless and destructive.

NFL News news: Cowboys' Jones, Redskins' Allen argue against cap penalties
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen made their arguments in the salary-cap case at a two-per-team owners session Monday at the NFL Annual Meeting, according to league sources. - NFL responds to appeal filed by Redskins and Cowboys
As expected, the Redskins and Cowboys have filed an appeal against the NFL and NFLPA, stating they should not have been fined salary cap space for alleged rules broken in 2010.

N.F.L. Bounty Investigation Remains Open, Goodell Says -
N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday that the league continued to investigate the possibility of bounties on teams other than the New Orleans Saints news: Implementing programs on safety a key for Williams' return
There's no clear-cut timeline for when Gregg Williams possibly can resume his NFL coaching career, but Commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly has detailed a path back to the league for the disgraced St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator.

Rule changes are the real focus of league meetings | ProFootballTalk
With all the talk about the Saints’ bounty system and the Redskins-Cowboys cap penalties, it’s easy to lose sight of the primary purpose of the league meetings in March.

NFL rule change reduces concussions 40 percent
For all plays, concussions decreased by 12.5 percent, from 218 in 321 games in 2010 to 190 in 320 games last season.

Free Agency

Bears say their offer to Matt Forte is strong, they want him to sign it | ProFootballTalk
Bears coach Lovie Smith has said he’s confident things will turn out just fine with disgruntled running back Matt Forte

The Draft

NFL Opening Temporary Shop for Draft -
The NFL is setting up shop in midtown Manhattan — literally.

Colts' Irsay: Andrew Luck at No. 1 is no sure thing
Colts owner Jim Irsay said it's not a foregone conclusion that Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck will be the franchise's first overall pick in next month's draft over Baylor's Robert Griffin III.

Andrew Luck: Colts haven’t told me they’ll draft me yet | ProFootballTalk
Although everyone has assumed for months that Andrew Luck will be Peyton Manning’s sucessor in Indianapolis, Luck says the Colts have not told him they’re going to draft him. news: Irsay says Colts still haven't decided between Luck, RG3
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said the team still hasn't decided who it will take with the first overall pick in next month's NFL draft. news: Colts hone in on Andrew Luck as they try to rebuild
Andrew Luck will come to Indianapolis for a private workout in the next couple of weeks. Robert Griffin III, apparently, will not. Blogs " Blog Archive Branch has private workout for Jets at Clemson pro day "
Two players pegged to be selected early in the second round were among the 14 players to work out at Clemson’s pro day. Blogs " Blog Archive Fugger grabs spotlight at Vanderbilt pro day "
A player not invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine put forth a dynamite workout as representatives from 24 teams witnessed Vanderbilt’s pro day. Blogs " Blog Archive Eyes on promising Hosley, Wilson at Virginia Tech pro day "
Virginia Tech — a school that has made four BCS bowl game appearances since 2007, including the 2012 Sugar Bowl — continues to develop a good amount of pro-caliber players news: Holmgren reaches out to McCoy after failed RG3 pursuit
Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren revealed Monday that he placed a phone call to Colt McCoy to reassure the quarterback of the organization's support.

Police find drug paraphernalia at Penn State draft prospect’s apartment | ProFootballTalk
On March 14, former Penn State defensive end Jack Crawford participated in his Pro Day workout. That same day, police found drug paraphernalia in an apartment that Crawford shares with current Penn State receiver Devon Smith. - Hokies OT DeChristopher enjoys non-Combine buzz
It reasonably could be assumed that one of the greatest losses inherent in not attending the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine is a lost chance at media exposure. - Mock draft 2.0
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