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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 3/29/12


Peyton Manning majoring in language arts while learning Denver Broncos' playbook - The Denver Post
Peyton Manning already is one of the all-time great quarterbacks, not that his past has done the Broncos any good.

Broncos likely to draft a defensive tackle in the first round - The Denver Post
Look for the Broncos to use their first-round pick in the April 26-28 draft to acquire a defensive tackle. They have the No. 25 selection overall.

Wide Receiver U?
Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill hopes to become the third Yellow Jacket wideout drafted in the first-round in the past six years despite playing in a run-first offensive scheme.

Six years later, Mike Shanahan's draft secrecy has disappeared - The Denver Post
The last time Mike Shanahan was on the hunt for a franchise quarterback, he didn't tell anybody outside of team headquarters.


NFL Owners Adopt Changes - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Clayton on the NFL rules changes voted on by the owners.

Blogger Blitz: Raiders' O-Line - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC West blogger Bill Williamson talks about the changes to the Raiders' offensive line.

Brandon Weeden Talks Drafts - ESPN Video - ESPN
Brandon Weeden talks about playing with Justin Blackmon, expectations for NFL draft and compares MLB draft to the NFL draft.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Denver Broncos' signing of Peyton Manning has AFC West's attention - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Anyone who has seen John Elway walk through the stately corridors of the Breakers Hotel here, a seaside playground for the well-heeled, notices the bounce in his step and the broad smile on his face.

Division News

What is San Diego's backfield plan? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Even though the San Diego Chargers are looking for a backup running back to replace Mike Tolbert, who signed with Carolina, they may already have someone

NFL News

Ike Taylor thinks knee injuries will increase as head injuries decrease | ProFootballTalk
Steelers defensive back Ike Taylor says he and his teammates have gotten the message from Roger Goodell: Don’t aim for the head.

NFL expands defenseless player rule to crackback blocks | ProFootballTalk
There will be an expansion of the league rule prohibiting hits to the head and neck of defenseless players next season after teams approved a new rule making such hits illegal when they come as part of crackback blocks.

Goodell says 18-game season hasn’t been discussed "in a while" | ProFootballTalk
At an ownership meeting in 2010, Commissioner Roger Goodell said that an 18-game season could be utilized in 2012. news: Following Saints hammer drop, Goodell speaks
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the media Wednesday and promised that a meeting with the NFL Players Association was forthcoming to determine player sanctions stemming from the New Orleans Saints' bounty fiasco news: Goodell hopes NFLPA will advise on Saints discipline 'this week'
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday he has a sense of when he could discipline the 22 to 27 players involved in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal. However, he said he's still investigating the situation to determine proper punishment.

NFL coaches plan to address bounties with teams - ESPN
NFL coaches plan to go right at the league's most sensitive subject -- bounties -- when they get together with players next month.

NFL rule changes for 2012 | ProFootballTalk
The NFL’s owners voted to change five on-field rules, voted not to change two on-field rules, voted to change one bylaw and voted to table five bylaw proposals at the league meeting on March 28. news: NFL overtime rules
Owners voted Wednesday at the NFL Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Fla., to adopt the postseason overtime modified sudden death format in the regular season as well. Teams now will have the opportunity to possess the ball at least once in the extra period unless the team that receives the overtime kickoff scores a touchdown on its first possession.

Horse collar exception for quarterbacks in pocket remains | ProFootballTalk
The NFL announced several rules changes on Wednesday, but one proposal that didn’t make it through the voting process was to make horse collar tackles on quarterbacks in the pocket illegal.

NFL still considering changes to trade deadline, roster rules | ProFootballTalk
The NFL has not yet decided whether to change its bylaws to move the trade deadline and tweak some roster rules, with owners deciding today that they need more time to consider the proposed changes. news: Goodell says NFL looking at plans for 'spectacular' Super Bowl L
Just what sort of memorable show the NFL puts on for its 50th Super Bowl is not yet known, but few are expecting subtle undertones or esoteric themes. news: Report: Nike wins restraining order vs. Reebok over jerseys
Nike won a temporary restraining order against Reebok on Wednesday that forces Reebok to recall all new Tim Tebow jerseys it sold to retailers, and to stop producing and selling the jerseys.

Goodell seeks movement in HGH testing stall
If it takes a population study to advance the ball on a stalled HGH testing program, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is willing to deal.

Say goodbye to the Junior Rule | National Football Post
Will the disappearance of the junior rule result in more underclassmen applying for the draft?

Cap Control | National Football Post
Going inside the Redskins-Cowboys penalties

Free Agency - Bears add WR Thomas with eye to special teams
The Bears have signed WR Devin Thomas to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not announced.

Keeping up with the top ten unrestricted free agents left | ProFootballTalk
Free agency has come screeching to a halt, but there are still some interesting names available on the open market. news: Report: Titans interested in trading for Eagles' Samuel
The Eagles cornerback is on Tennessee's radar, a league source told on Wednesday. The Eagles reportedly are seeking "at least a third-round pick" for the three-time Pro Bowl selection, according to the report.

The Draft news: Fisher open to trading up, fielded calls about Bradford
In the end, the Cleveland Browns didn't pull off a deal for the St. Louis Rams' No. 2 pick -- and the rights to draft Robert Griffin III -- but that doesn't mean the teams are done working together.

Scouting the Draft: Mississippi State's Fletcher Cox -
At 6-4, 295 pounds, Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox has the frame to play in both a 4-3 and a 3-4 scheme. He also has the experience, and the skills, to play in both looks. news: Raw skills, upside legitimize Ryan Tannehill's top-10 value
Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III held much-publicized pro days last week, but neither outing carried nearly as much importance as Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill's workout Thursday.

Cosell: Tannehill throws on the run better than Luck or Griffin | ProFootballTalk
With talk around the NFL that Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill could be drafted as high as fourth overall to the Browns, more analysts are talking up Tannehill’s tape.

Healthy Tannehill to run forty-yard dash at Pro Day | ProFootballTalk
Quarterback prospect Ryan Tannehill will hold his personal Pro Day Thursday on Texas A&M’s school campu - Baylor's Robert T. Griffin dreams big
One of the two Robert Griffins from Baylor — yes, there are two — could not be more certain about his NFL future. - South Carolina's Ingram, Gilmore, Jeffery work out for NFL
South Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery hopes he's finally put the criticisms aside and changed his fortunes for next month's NFL draft.

Ingram, Gilmore look like Top 15 picks at South Carolina Pro Day | ProFootballTalk
Two of the 15 best players in this year’s NFL draft may have come from South Carolina, where outside linebacker Melvin Ingram and cornerback Stephon Gilmore both impressed at today’s Pro Day.

Alshon Jeffery timed in 4.4-4.5 range at Pro Day | ProFootballTalk
South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery caught some criticism when he opted out of all testing at last month’s Scouting Combine. Jeffery didn’t even go through on-field drills. He only weighed in. news: Luck waits for NFL future to come into focus
Come April, Andrew Luck will finally have an NFL home. Until then, the former Stanford quarterback has shifted into pre-draft mode, emitting clipped, practiced answers about his future, saying nothing at all, but doing it cheerfully.

'Adjusting' to the ball? Check out Appalachian State's Brian Quick | National Football Post
Using video to highlight the WR prospect in the red zone.

Go Broncos!