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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 4/20/12

Ht3d_medium news: Peyton Manning gives Denver Broncos taste of hurry-up offense
The Denver Broncos are receiving their first taste of the hurry-up-at-altitude offense that Peyton Manning will unleash on the NFL this fall if everything keeps going well with his surgically repaired neck.

Notebook: Meeting Del Rio
Broncos defensive players met their defensive coordinator this week; Dreessen is back with his hometown team; Mays is using the offseason to get better.

Mays’ Unique Flight Plan "
When free agency began, Joe Mays admits he had doubts he would end up back in Denver.

Sneak peek of Draft Day Broncos gear | First-and-Orange
Sneak peek of Draft Day Broncos gear

Denver Broncos Videos

Andre Caldwell Press Conference
Wide receiver Andre Caldwell talks about coming to Denver and catching passes from Peyton Manning.

Jacob Tamme Press Conference
Tight end Jacob Tamme talks about reuniting with Peyton Manning and starting the offseason conditioning program.

Joel Dreessen Press Conference
Tight end Joel Dreessen talks about coming home to Denver and how he hopes to improve as a player.

Joe Mays Press Conference
Linebacker Joe Mays talks about the returning to the Broncos and the expectations he has for himself and the defense this season.

Rumor Central: Brandon Weeden - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN Insider Chris Sprow discusses the possibility of Brandon Weeden getting drafted late in Round One.

QBs In The Draft After Luck And Griffin - ESPN Video - ESPN
Todd McShay examines where in the draft some big-name quarterbacks will get drafted.

Tannehill Ready For Draft - ESPN Video - ESPN
Ryan Tannehill stops by the SportsCenter set to talk about his rise as an NFL Draft prospect.

Gruden QB Camp - Preview - ESPN Video - ESPN
SportsCenter previews Jon Gruden's QB Camp.

Denver Broncos Blogs

MaxDenver " One Week Into Workouts, That New Car Smell Remains Sweet
Everyone in the Broncos’ locker room gets excited by something just a little bit different about the 2012 season.

Overcoming Age
Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden hopes teams look past his age and more at his production as the 2012 NFL Draft nears.

NFL draft preview: Quarterback - The Denver Post
Denver Post draft expert Jeff Legwold provides his list of the top quarterbacks available in the NFLs April 26-28 draft.

Joel Dreessen lives out dream by playing tight end for Broncos - The Denver Post
Joel Dreessen was like so many other teenage boys living in Colorado in the 1990s. His bedroom closet at his parents home in Fort Morgan was full of T-shirts bearing the names and numbers of Broncos stars.

Brock Osweiler catches Broncos' attention as QB in NFL draft - The Denver Post
In the B.P. era — Before Peyton — the Broncos were on the hunt for a developmental quarterback in this years NFL draft.

Weeden not worried about his age - The Denver Post
One of the most difficult challenges for any NFL prospect is to deal with the criticisms he cant do anything about.

Joe Mays says Broncos' defense ready with Jack Del Rio - The Denver Post
Joe Mays is the Broncos starting middle linebacker with a new contract that will guarantee him $4 million this year so perhaps he was feeling a bit frisky Thursday when he dropped the quote of the 2012 offseason.

Broncos' Tamme, Caldwell excited to work with Peyton Manning - The Denver Post
Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme, who spent his first four seasons with quarterback Peyton Manning at Indianapolis, is excited to work with the new Denver quarterback again.

NFL mock draft: Broncos juggling need and impact, like many teams - The Denver Post
After months of discussions with personnel executives, coaches and scouts around the league, the whole truth and nothing but the truth is never easy to find. But heres a swing at how the NFL Drafts first round could shake out.

Division News

Could Fletcher Cox fit the Chiefs? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
This is considered a deep draft class for defensive tackles.

Chiefs could be on the move from No. 11 - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs are in an interesting draft position with the No. 11 pick. They may not be in a perfect spot for their needs

NFL News

Union is confident rookie pool will grow | ProFootballTalk
Wednesday morning, we reported that the rookie pool could drop for 2012, because the calculations are based on the same factors that initially put the 2012 salary cap at $113 million per team. - Raiders-Dolphins game time changed
The starting time for the Sunday, Sept. 16 Raiders-Dolphins game at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. has been moved to 1 p.m. Eastern, the teams announced Thursday.

Free Agency - Ravens sign QB Painter
The Ravens announced Thursday that they have signed QB Curtis Painter.

Broncos expressed interest in Eagles CB Asante Samuel - The Denver Post
After the likes of Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers taught them in 2011 that an NFL team cant have enough quality cornerbacks, the Broncos have expressed interest in acquiring Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel.

The Draft news: Schneider: Tannehill will be long gone at No. 12
The Seattle Seahawks made a big production of acquiring Matt Flynn in free agency to battle Tarvaris Jackson for starting quarterback duties, but they wouldn't shy away from adding another arm to the mix. news: Browns might draft QB, but GM maintains 'we like Colt'
A big part of the Cleveland Browns' draft plan goes back to one central question: Do they still believe in Colt McCoy? news: Carolina Panthers' GM interested in trading down from No. 9
Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney revealed Thursday that his team could be interested in moving down in next week's NFL draft. news: Mayock: Justin Blackmon a bad fit for Browns
No one seems to know what the Cleveland Browns will do at No. 4 in next week's draft. Justin Blackmon, Trent Richardson, Ryan Tannehill, Matt Kalil and trading down all have been viewed as real possibilities. news: Mike Mayock: Ryan Tannehill not a top-10 draft pick
In so many ways, this NFL draft will turn on where Ryan Tannehill is chosen. Our own Jason La Canfora points out there's next to no chance Tannehill will get past the first 11 picks, but is he really worthy of that high a selection? news: Ohio State's Mike Adams had positive marijuana test at combine
Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, according to sources with knowledge of the situation, but he has been upfront with teams since learning of the result and might not slip that much in next week's NFL draft because of it. news: Nineteen scouts unanimously pick Luck over RG3
When the Indianapolis Colts select Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick in next week's draft, they're not just filling a need. They're getting the best player available. news: Steelers visiting with Memphis NT Dontari Poe
The Pittsburgh Steelers weren't as "old and slow" on defense as some accused them of being in 2011, but age is a concern. More than half of last year's starters will be 32 or older midway through next season. Blogs " Blog Archive Mike Mayock highlights finer points of draft "
NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock held a 97-minute pre-draft conference call with reporters from across the nation where he answered questions on the top two expected picks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III and shared his unique perspective. Blogs " Blog Archive La Canfora: Tannehill the draft’s key; Cox to Rams? "
Just a week remains until the 2012 NFL Draft kicks off in New York, and the rumor mill is kicking into gear as teams make their final evaluations on various prospects.

Vikings choosing between Blackmon, Claiborne and Kalil with third pick | ProFootballTalk
There are three names up for consideration as the third overall pick for the Vikings next Thursday night.

Jaguars high on Stephen Hill | ProFootballTalk
Stephen Hill, the Georgia Tech wide receiver who caught just 28 passes last season in a run-first option offense, but averaged an eye-popping 29.3 yards a catch and put on a show at the Scouting Combine, is one of the most intriguing prospects in this year’s NFL draft. One of the intrigued teams resides in Jacksonville.

Mayock calls Vontaze Burfict a "non-draftable kid" | ProFootballTalk
"I put his tape on with absolutely zero preconceived notions," Mayock explained in a Thursday conference call with media. "I watched three tapes and really didn’t like him as a football player.

Browns know who they’ll take if they keep fourth pick | ProFootballTalk
Browns general manager Tom Heckert held his predraft press conference on Thursday and offered a little insight into what the team is thinking a week before the first round picks are made.

Mayock says Browns need to take Trent Richardson | ProFootballTalk
NFL Network’s Mike Mayock held a pre-draft conference call of his own on Thursday. And he knows who the Browns’ pick should be

Bill Polian is high on first-round running backs | ProFootballTalk
In Bill Polian’s years as an NFL general manager, he spent first-round draft picks on running backs five times: Edgerrin James, Joseph Addai and Donald Brown with the Colts, Tim Biakabutuka with the Panthers and Ronnie Harmon with the Bills.

Cedric Benson hasn’t met with any teams | ProFootballTalk
Cedric Benson’s departure from the Bengals in free agency was assumed long became official.

Scouting the Draft: Notre Dame's Harrison Smith -
The Irish safety plays almost as a small linebacker, reading plays and flying up to make hits.

NFL draft: Quarterbacks to be selected first, second in unusual year - The Denver Post
As NFL draft history approached, the question was put squarely to Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan.

Go Broncos!