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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 4/3/12


Uni Watch prepares for Tuesday's NFL uniform unveiling by Nike - Page 2 - ESPN
"The NFL got a new uniform supplier, and all I got was this lousy T-shirt."

Bengals cheerleader pleads not guilty to sex crime
Sarah Jones' estranged husband does not have much to say about allegations his wife cheated on him with a student when she taught at Dixie Heights High School.

Rules, rules, rules: Workouts set to begin - NFC West Blog - ESPN
What to know about the voluntary offseason workout programs beginning Monday in select NFL cities:

Denver Broncos Blogs

2012 NFL Draft Preview: Running Backs
Take a closer look at some of the top prospects at running back as the 2012 NFL Draft approaches.

2012 NFL Draft Preview: Linebackers
Take a closer look at some of the top prospects at linebacker as the 2012 NFL Draft approaches.

Polian's expectations for Denver's offense - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Former Indianapolis Colts general manager and current ESPN analyst Bill Polian explains quarterback Peyton Manning will fit with the Denver Broncos

Broncos taking a look at DE William Hayes | First-and-Orange
The Broncos have spent their self-imposed $40 million budget in free agency thus far with quarterback Peyton Manning leading the way and defensive end Jason Hunter signing last week, but they are still kicking the tires around the league.

The Broncos' defense didn't get much help from the Broncos' offense last season - The Denver Post
Denver led the NFL in rushing with a franchise-record 2,632 yards and tied for the NFL lead in carries (546), yet ranked only 25th in the 32-team league in average time of possession.

UConn defensive tackle could be Broncos' first-round draft pick - The Denver Post
Connecticut defensive tackle Kendall Reyes looks like a late first-round pick in the NFL's April 26-28 draft, which means the Broncos probably are interested in him at No. 25 overall. - Poll respondents believe Broncos will win 10 or more
Respondents to a PFW web poll asking about the Broncos' win total in 2012 now that they have added Peyton Manning were optimistic about Denver's prospects.

Division News

Will the AFC West get a new look? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Don’t expect any other significant uniform changes for Denver. Orange used to be Denver’s alternate home uniform. Now, an all-navy look will be the alternate home uniform.

Todd McShay high on two potential Chargers - AFC West Blog - ESPN
In a recent conference call, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay discussed two players who the San Diego Chargers could possibly look at with the No. 18 pick: Illinois pass-rusher Whitney Mercilus and Stanford guard David DeCastro.

Phillip Wheeler feels comfortable in Oakland - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Philip Wheeler spent his first day with the Oakland Raiders on Monday and he already felt comfortable.

Raiders start offseason program - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Dennis Allen era is kicking off in Oakland on Monday. news: Spanos: Keeping Jackson and Tolbert would have limited team
Many San Diego Chargers fans have been lamenting the loss of wide receiver Vincent Jackson and running back Mike Tolbert. And Chargers president Dean Spanos feels their pain.

Goodson didn’t get the chances he thought he deserved in Carolina | ProFootballTalk
After he was traded from the Panthers to the Raiders last week, running back Mike Goodson said he’s hoping to get something in Oakland this year that he doesn’t feel like he got in Carolina last year: A fair chance to contribute to the offense.

NFL News

NFLPA Wants a "Fair Process" for Saints Players | Pro Player Insiders
The NFL and NFL Players Association met for over two hours in New York on Monday to discuss the Saints "bounty" issue. news: NFL-NFLPA meeting on Saints 'bounties' goes two-plus hours
NFL and NFL Players Association officials met for just over two hours at league headquarters Monday concerning player punishment in the New Orleans Saints "bounty" case, finishing up at 6:45 p.m. ET. news: NFLPA says it wants concrete evidence against Saints players
The NFL Players Association hopes to not only discover concrete evidence that New Orleans Saints players were directly tied to bounties, as the league has found, but also to get a basis to determine if punishments meted out are specific to allegations, union spokesman George Atallah said Monday. news: Union expects lawyers to gain access to 'bounty' evidence
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that he will meet with the NFL Players Association on Monday to discuss player involvement in the Saints' "bounty" program.

"Worst deal in the history of sports" suddenly looks pretty good | ProFootballTalk
The past three weeks have entailed plenty of talk about the salary cap as calculated in the new CBA, and whether and to what extent those numbers will spike when the new TV contracts kick in. news: Fans await look of new Seahawks uniform at Nike/NFL unveiling
Walter Thurmond knows something about playing in nontraditional football uniforms. He played at the University of Oregon, which teamed up with Nike in 1998 to usher in an era of garish uniform experimentation.

Seahawks confirm "new age" look coming Tuesday | ProFootballTalk
When the new Nike-manufactured NFL uniforms are unveiled on Tuesday at an event in Brooklyn, Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor will be sporting the team’s new game attire. news: Vikings WR Harvin to have shoulder surgery in near future
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin revealed Monday he needs shoulder surgery, and a source with knowledge of the situation said that although the operation hasn't been scheduled, it will take place soon.

Free Agency

Rocky McIntosh visited the Dolphins | ProFootballTalk
Most of the big names are off the market, but there are still free agents looking for work and teams looking to enhance their roster. - Giants sign S Brown
The Giants signed S Stevie Brown on Monday. His agent, Blake Baratz, confirmed the signing on Twitter. - Vikings add WR Walters
The Vikings signed WR Bryan Walters, the team announced Monday.

The Draft

Claiborne gives birth to a four on the Wonderlic | ProFootballTalk
The NFL has kept the Wonderlic results under tighter wraps than usual this year. Or maybe the media has had enough other things to keep itself occupied.

NFL Draft: Ranking the cornerback class by tiers | National Football Post
A deep class gives NFL teams plenty of options.

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? What causes so many late-round and undrafted players to wind up developing into terrific talents? news: Who is the draft's fourth-best QB: Cousins, Osweiler or Weeden?
Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill have established themselves as the top three QBs in the 2012 NFL Draft. But who will be the fourth QB off the board (Kirk Cousins? Brock Osweiler? Brandon Weeden?), when will he go and who will take him?

Baylor’s RG III gets his workout in — in Lafayette | First-and-Orange
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III became the first Heisman Trophy winner to squeeze in mid-day workout at the Bob L. Burger Recreation Center into his busy day.

Buzz builds that Colts could take Griffin | ProFootballTalk
On Sunday, Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star essentially guaranteed that the Colt will select quarterback Andrew Luck with the first pick in the 2012 draft. news: Colts will put Luck through his paces at private workout
Top Indianapolis Colts officials traveled to Northern California on Monday to conduct a private workout with former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck on Tuesday, the Indianapolis Star reported

Colts get their close up with Luck | ProFootballTalk
On Tuesday, the Colts will get their chance for a one-on-one (or, more accurately, five-on-one) examination of the man who has been the presumptive first overall pick in the draft for more than a year - Luck tops ranking of 2012 draft prospects
Stanford QB Andrew Luck is the top-ranked quarterback and top overall player, having earned Nawrocki's top grade in this year's class. 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. news: Browns will host Tannehill, Richardson, Blackmon and others
Before the Cleveland Browns decide what to do with the No. 4 overall pick in this month's draft, they will take a closer look this week at some of the players they could choose, including quarterback Ryan Tannehill and running back Trent Richardson, according to The Plain Dealer.

Eagles, Chiefs jump into the Tannehill tourney | ProFootballTalk
With quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III already spoken for (barring an incredibly unlikely and unforeseen development), the top remaining quarterback on the board is Ryan Tannehill. Blogs " Blog Archive South Carolina showcases stellar class at pro day "
Representatives from 32 NFL teams were at the South Carolina pro day on March 28, including Jets coach Rex Ryan and members of his defensive staff, Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and Steelers GM Kevin Colbert. Blogs " Blog Archive Rounding up Brigham Young’s pro day "
Representatives from 14 NFL teams were at the Brigham Young pro day on March 29 to watch prospects work out indoors on FieldTurf. No position coaches attended. Blogs " Blog Archive Mayock lowers Poe’s draft ranking: ‘The tape is very average’ "
For the chorus of fans still impressed by defensive tackle Dontari Poe‘s emphatic performance at February’s NFL Scouting Combine, NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock has a little reality check.

More talk that Dontari Poe’s draft stock is sinking | ProFootballTalk
Another day, another sign that the shine of Dontari Poe’s impressive Scouting Combine performance is wearing off. Blogs " Blog Archive Former Notre Dame QB Clausen will throw to WR Floyd at pro day "
hen WR prospect Michael Floyd works out at the Notre Dame pro day, the football will be launched by a familiar arm — that of former Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen. Blogs " Blog Archive Oklahoma’s Broyles to work out April 12 "
Oklahoma WR Ryan Broyles, the all-time receptions leader in FBS history, will hold an on-campus workout in Norman, Okla., on April 12.

Cal State Fullerton basketball player takes up the gridiron | ProFootballTalk
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham played basketball at Miami. Antonio Gates did the same at Kent State. The same could be said for Tony Gonzalez at Cal, and Broncos tight end Julius Thomas at Portland State.

Go Broncos!