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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 4/1/12


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There's a reason Peyton Manning is in Denver, and it's not only team exec John Elway or head coach John Fox. It's Tim Tebow, the quarterback he displaced.

Fantasy Football Preview: Is Knowshon Moreno Peyton's New Weapon? - NFL Mocks
Moreno was easy to like coming out of UGA, he offered a balanced skill set that was backed by productivity.

The NFL: Sam Farmer's mock draft -
25. Denver: RB David Wilson, Virginia Tech — Wilson has the breakaway speed that Knowshon Moreno doesn't. The Broncos also could use a receiver for Peyton Manning and will consider a center.

Division News

Chiefs, Broncos still cap rich - AFC West Blog - ESPN has the salary-cap numbers, as of Friday morning, for every team. The Chiefs and Broncos are in fine shape, while the Chargers and Raiders have much less room. news: Raiders' Palmer: 'I am fired up to get my playbook'
Palmer failed to deliver the Raiders to the playoffs in 2011, generating suspicion the team overspent by shipping a first- and second-round draft pick to the Bengals for the now 32-year-old quarterback. news: Chiefs' Berry sad to see Carr go, excited for Routt, Crennel
Possibly no team suffered a more snake-bitten first few weeks of the 2011 season than the Kansas City Chiefs, who lost safety Eric Berry and running back Jamaal Charles to season-ending injuries before Week 3.

Mailbag: Harrison Smith to San Diego? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Weekend mail call: Marco from Lodi, Ca. wants to know if I think 2011 Oakland drafts picks Terrelle Pryor and David Ausberry have a chance to take th

NFL News news: Additional former players join concussion lawsuit against NFL
Mark Rypien is a Super Bowl MVP and champion, a former quarterback for the Washington Redskins and other teams who reached football's pinnacle and now wonders at what cost. news: Packers' Collins set to hear key recommendation from surgeon
Packers safety Nick Collins is facing a pivotal moment in his career as he waits for a surgeon to tell him whether it's safe to begin playing football again. news: Falcons Smith says LB Weatherspoon can fill gap left by Lofton
Now that linebacker Curtis Lofton has left to join the New Orleans Saints, the Atlanta Falcons have a big hole to fill. Not just at middle linebacker, but the Falcons also have to replace an important voice inside the defensive huddle .

Typical time of return from ruptured Achilles is 11 months | ProFootballTalk
In the 24 hours since the Eagles announced that left tackle Jason Peters suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon, there’s been plenty of speculation about whether he’ll be able to play in 2012.

NFLPA has had open invitation to review bounty info since March 2 | ProFootballTalk
Friday’s comments from NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, who criticized the NFL’s failure to share information regarding the Saints’ bounty investigation, coupled with reports of the league’s response created the impression that the league previously hadn’t shown a willingness to give the union anything more than a pair of confidential reports.

Free Agency news: Eagles' Samuel reportedly would cut earnings to facilitate trade
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel might be willing to shave as much as $2.5 million off his earnings for next season to facilitate the team's efforts to trade him, according to a Saturday report in the Philadelphia Daily News. Blogs " Blog Archive Eagles hosting free-agent OT Bell on visit "
Free-agent OT Demetrius Bell is visiting the Eagles on Saturday, according to a league source.

Panthers see Mike Tolbert as a fullback | ProFootballTalk
The Panthers set off a wave of speculation about the future of their backfield when they signed Mike Tolbert as a free agent earlier this month.

The Draft

Regional combines offer chance for the overlooked to get noticed - NFL -
For most of the players here, it's probably the first and only time they will step inside an NFL facility.

What do All-Pro teams tell us about NFL Draft? – Audibles
For as much research and analysis goes into each year’s NFL Draft, the whole process is a very inexact science. How often has a "sure thing" flamed out before reaching an elite level?

NFL Draft: Ranking the tight end class by tiers | National Football Post
One prospect stands alone at the top. news: Griffin signs autographs for Redskins fans in first D.C.-area event
Quarterback prospect Robert Griffin III isn't a member of the Washington Redskins yet, but the signal-caller is already being embraced by fans of his likely future team. Blogs " Blog Archive Rounding up Central Florida, Northern Illinois pro days "
Top CB prospect Josh Robinson, who stood out with his performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, attracted representatives from 18 teams to the pro day at Central Florida on Thursday.

Scout on Dontari Poe: Watch him play, he didn’t do anything | ProFootballTalk
The excitement from Dontari Poe’s phenomenal Scouting Combine performance is starting to fade in the eyes of many league observers, who are turning their attention back to Poe’s tape — and not liking what they’re seeing.

In survey of nine teams, eight call Osweiler a fourth-round prospect | ProFootballTalk
After Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler worked out for scouts on Friday, we passed along the opinion of longtime NFL personnel man Gil Brandt, who said Osweiler now looks like a first-round draft pick. - Tannehill's rising draft stock music to Vikings' ears
Here are some whispers we've been hearing from around the NFL

Luck’s QB tutor: If Colts draft Griffin they’ll regret it for years | ProFootballTalk
A year ago, quarterback guru George Whitfield tutored Cam Newton and prepared him for the pre-draft workouts that helped establish him as the top player in the draft. This year, Whitfield is very confident that he’s again working with the draft’s top player.

Go Broncos!