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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 3/28/12

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

Kiszla: Peyton Manning and Todd Helton — best buddy system ever - The Denver Post
roncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Rockies slugger Todd Helton are best friends forever.

Denver Broncos still have holes to fill at defensive tackle - The Denver Post
Peyton Manning may be unreal. He may be a Hall of Famer in waiting. He may be in the discussion for greatest NFL quarterback of all time. But Peyton Manning can't play defensive tackle.

Caleb Hanie, Broncos new No. 2 QB, ready to step up behind Peyton Manning - The Denver Post
Caleb Hanie didn't sign with the Broncos expecting to get much on-field work as Peyton Manning's backup. But the former Colorado State star is confident playing behind Manning will make him a better quarterback.

Denver Broncos Videos

Courtship Of Peyton Manning - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Elway sits down with Adam Schefter to discuss recruiting and landing Peyton Manning, the expectations facing Manning this season and how difficult it was to trade Tim Tebow.

Fox From AFC Coaches Breakfast
Head Coach John Fox talks to the press about Peyton Manning's progress, acquiring other free agents and how the offense could look next season.

Denver Broncos Blogs

John Fox talks from the owners meetings - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Thanks to the Broncos’ PR staff for sending out a transcript from coach John Fox’s media session at the owners meetings in Florida on Monday. news: Seven things we learned from Manning's courtship
I love reading about football almost as much as writing about it. It never gets old. The beauty of managing this blog is that I get to share the best stuff with you.

NFL Considers Rule Changes "
At the annual NFL meetings that are being held in Palm Beach, Fla. this week, the NFL competition committee will propose a series of playing rule changes for the 2012 season to the NFL’s ownership group. news: AFC West team needs: O-linemen in demand across division
With the initial free-agency frenzy winding down, organizations are turning their attention to the 2012 NFL Draft. What are the biggest remaining holes for each AFC West team? Let's examine ... news: Broncos' Fox embraces change with Manning's arrival
No team in football has undergone as wild a transition this month as the Denver Broncos, who woke up one morning with Peyton Manning -- and not Tim Tebow -- at quarterback.

Peyton Manning's methodical job hunt –
Peyton Manning sounded relieved. It was his first day at work on a new job, and in so many ways this moment took way too long to arrive.

Elway-Manning pairing deemed 'powerful' - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Gary Kubiak has backed up and coached John Elway. He has been a long-time competitor of Peyton Manning.

NFL scouts concerned about Manning’s arm strength | ProFootballTalk
The last time he stepped off a football field, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was wrapping up a 33-touchdown, 17-interception, 4,700-yard season in Indianapolis. news: Shanahan on Broncos-Manning deal: 'They got it done'
There was a period in our history when Mike Shanahan wore the "genius" label, a gaudy title draped on the coach after he transformed the Denver Broncos into back-to-back Super Bowl winners in the late 1990s.

Woody Paige: Some QB history in Denver a sore subject - The Denver Post
A gastronome knows food; a sommelier appreciates wine. Peyton Manning is a quarterback cognoscente.

Division News

Wild West once again: Star QBs stock Denver Broncos' division - The Denver Post
Maybe the AFC West is not quite all the way back to the days of the Mad Bomber, Air Coryell and the Duke. But a quick look around the division and quarterback has once again become a position of pride.

Poll: Who had the best free-agency period? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Who do you think had the best free-agency period in the AFC West?

Pioli, Chiefs continue to go in right direction - AFC West Blog - ESPN
One of the more underrated winners in the 2012 offseason has been the Kansas City Chiefs.

Chiefs get a restricted free agent visitor | ProFootballTalk
Adam Caplan reports that the Chiefs hosted unsigned Bengals linebacker Dan Skuta for a free-agent visit earlier this week

Oakland adds former Packers' CB - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Pat Lee is officially an Oakland Raider.

San Diego Chargers: draft order - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Here is the Chargers' 2012 draft order:

Oakland Raiders: draft order - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Here is Oakland’s 2012 draft order:

Kansas City Chiefs: draft order - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Here is the Chiefs’ 2012 draft order:

Denver Broncos: draft order - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The official draft order for each NFL team has been announced.

Dennis Allen talks at the owners meetings - AFC West Blog - ESPN
A huge thanks to the Oakland Raiders’ PR department for sending out a transcript of coach Dennis Allen’s media session on Tuesday morning from the owners meetings. Let’s look at some of the highlights:

NFL News - NFLPA repeals 'junior rule'
The NFLPA will now allow certified agents to have contact with college players even if they are not three years out of high school, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday. Previously, a rule had been in place where that was not allowed. news: Lions' Schwartz: Small rewards not the same as Saints' bounties
Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz used to reward players with small gifts for hard hits as defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans, but he said Tuesday there's "a big difference" between his old method and the bounty program employed by the New Orleans Saints.

Answer for N.F.L. Replay Review Is Up in the Booth -
All of the N.F.L. power players are in Florida for the owners’ meetings. Being discussed, among other things, are possible rule changes for 2012 and beyond.

Bills urge change to replay rule for faster reviews | ProFootballTalk
Of the proposed rules changes for 2012 that NFL owners will vote on Wednesday, the first on the list is to change replay reviews so that the official in the booth — not the referee on the field — will make the call.

Competition Committee doesn’t recommend closing McDaniels loophole | ProFootballTalk
Much has been said about the various rule changes proposed by the Competition Committee for 2012. Not much has been said about the the rules that won’t be changed. news: Latest class-action suit vs. NFL includes ex-Redskins QB Rypien
Former Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien, winner of Super Bowl XXVI, is the lead plaintiff in the latest class-action lawsuit against the NFL that alleges long-term health damage from repeated head injuries. news: Falcons owner pleased with NFL's discipline of Saints
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is pleased Roger Goodell dropped the hammer of Thor on the New Orleans Saints. news: Owners vote to uphold salary-cap hits for Redskins, Cowboys
NFL owners voted without opposition to move forward with the salary-cap adjustments negotiated by the league, the management council and the owners, league sources said Tuesday. - Giants will host Cowboys in season opener
The defending-Super Bowl champion Giants will open the 2012 regular season against the team they beat to win the NFC East in the last game of the 2011 regular season. news: Texans' Kubiak will limit recovering QB Schaub during OTAs
Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak plans to be cautious with quarterback Matt Schaub when the team congregates for offseason training activities.

The Draft

NFL Draft: How to grade the WR position | National Football Post
Five keys to look at in your own tape study.

NFL Draft: Ranking the 4-3 DE Class by Tiers | National Football Post
Breaking down the tiers of Defensive End prospects…

Are they defensive ends or outside linebackers? | National Football Post
A closer look at the draft's 'tweeners. Blogs " Blog Archive Quick backs up hype at Appalachian St. pro day "
Appalachian State WR Brian Quick (6-foot-3 3/8, 215 pounds) has generated quite a buzz in the pre-draft process, and he kept his momentum going with a solid showing at the school’s pro day on March 19. Twenty six teams, the most ever to attend an Appalachian State pro day according to the school, showed up to watch Quick and his teammates. Blogs " Blog Archive Davis draws attention at Arkansas State pro day "
Representatives from 15 teams were on hand to watch Arkansas State’s pro day on Tuesday.

Consensus among coaches, execs: Luck should go No. 1 | ProFootballTalk
There has been a groundswell of support in recent weeks for the Colts to at least consider Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III with the draft’s No. 1 overall pick. news: Report: Browns to visit with Tannehill despite backing McCoy
The Cleveland Browns are planning to move forward with Colt McCoy as their starting quarterback. But that might not keep them from spending an early draft pick on a signal-caller in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Even at a devalued position, Richardson’s talent too great to pass up | ProFootballTalk
The NFL’s transformation into a passing league has hit running backs hard, both on draft day (the first running off the board went 28th in last year’s first round) and in free agency (veteran running backs haven’t found much of a market for their services this year). news: Playing for Redskins' Shanahan would be Griffin's 'dream'
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III is not yet a member of the Washington Redskins, but the signal-caller is already fawning over coach Mike Shanahan as though he had just been drafted.

Go Broncos!