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


Weight Gain "
Broncos defensive tackle Mitch Unrein walked into the club’s weight room for an offseason workout with new Strength and Conditioning Coach Luke Richesson when he discovered that his routine was going to change.

Broncos' new uniforms are much the same, but orange for 2012 | First-and-Orange
With great pomp and circumstance in a Brooklyn film studio, with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on hand as well, the folks at Nike unveiled the NFL’s new uniforms Tuesday

New alternate uniforms will be unveiled by individual teams | ProFootballTalk
Lost in Tuesday’s unprecedented media event surrounding the arrival of the new Nike NFL uniforms was the fact that, except for the Seahawks, alternate jerseys and uniforms were not unveiled.

Broncos better off ignoring running backs, wide receivers in NFL draft's first round - The Denver Post
The Broncos are banking on veteran defensive tackles Ty Warren and Kevin Vickerson being contributors this year. They also have Mitch Unrein at defensive tackle.

Denver Broncos Videos

Champ Bailey on Nike Uniforms
The NFL Network files this feature from Nike's unveiling of the NFL's new uniforms.

2012 NFL Draft Preview: Linebackers
Some of this year's top linebacker prospects talk about preparing for the draft and playing in the NFL.

RG3 Not Interested in Colts? - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter explains why Robert Griffin III might have declined to give the Colts a private workout.

NFL Unveils New Nike Uniforms - ESPN Video - ESPN
Trent Dilfer and Marcellus Wiley discuss the new NFL uniforms designed by Nike.

Blogger Blitz: Chiefs Draft Options - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC West blogger Bill Williamson discusses what the Chiefs might do come draft day

Morris Claiborne Scored 4 On Wonderlic Test - ESPN Video - ESPN
Trent Dilfer talks about LSU CB Morris Claiborne scoring a 4 out of 50 on the Wonderlic test and the impact it will have on his draft status.

Luck No Lock For Colts? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Todd McShay on what it would take for the Colts to draft Robert Griffin III instead of Andrew Luck.

Division News - AFC West draft needs
With the NFL draft coming up April 26-28, we examine each team's personnel and identify its top three needs going into the draft, subject to any free-agent signings it may make before then.

By the numbers: Draft needs - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The tremendous folks at ESPN Stats & Information have passed along some key statistics for each NFL team as we prepare for the draft. Let’s review some of the findings:

Raiders to host Dave Tollefson - AFC West Blog - ESPN
ESPN’s Andrew Brandt reported that New York Giants’ defensive end Dave Tollefson will be visiting the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday.

Spanos excited to see what Le’Ron McClain can do | ProFootballTalk
"I’m excited about all of them and I’m not trying to pick any favorite, but I’m looking forward to seeing what Le’Ron McClain can do and how he can help us,"

2012 NFL free agency -- Roscoe Parrish agrees to one-year deal with San Diego Chargers - ESPN
The San Diego Chargers have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent wide receiver and kick returner Roscoe Parrish.

NFL News

New Panthers jerseys pay tribute to Sam Mills | ProFootballTalk
There’s much to like about the new Nike-manufactured NFL uniforms, notwithstanding the Seahawks’ new psychedelic Rollerball ensemble. news: Appeals in Saints 'bounty' case to be heard Thursday by Goodell
All parties who appealed their punishments in the New Orleans Saints' "bounty" scandal will have their cases heard Thursday at NFL headquarters in New York, multiple sources said and the league later confirmed

Saints’ Appeals Hearing Set -
Saints head coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis and assistant head coach Joe Vitt are set to have their NFL appeals heard Thursday regarding the punishment they've received for their roles in New Orleans' bounty system. Blogs " Blog Archive Three and out: Leshoure’s stock falling fast "
Trouble for Mikel Leshoure: If you asked me last week, I would have told you that Leshoure had some sleeper value for next season. Now, I’m not as confident. news: Lions DT Fairley arrested for possessing marijuana in Alabama
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley was arrested on charges of second-degree possession of marijuana Tuesday in Alabama, according to the Mobile Press-Register.

Union paid $44 million for lockout insurance | ProFootballTalk
Last year, in the midst of the lockout, a report emerged that the NFLPA had purchased "lockout insurance."

Robert Griffin III emulates Manning, Brady in fooling defenses | ProFootballTalk
Robert Griffin III, Baylor’s Heisman Trophy winner who is expected to become a Washington Redskin as the second overall pick in the NFL draft, has the talent to make plays with pure speed like few quarterbacks in football history.

Free Agency

Joe Flacco thinks he’s "the best" quarterback in football | ProFootballTalk

New York Jets to sign Rugby star Hayden Smith, who projects as TE, to 3-year deal - ESPN New York
The New York Jets on Tuesday signed Australian rugby star Hayden Smith, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound former basketball player who projects as a tight end in the NFL, to a three-year contract news: Saints add another LB with Vilma's future uncertain
In the latest sign the New Orleans Saints are preparing for an immediate future that doesn't include "bounty" scandal heavy Jonathan Vilma, the team has signed former Seattle Seahawks linebacker David Hawthorne. news: Patriots' Welker wants financial security, not franchise tag
Two years ago, New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker worked fervently to get to training camp after having reconstructive knee surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. news: Eagles' interest in Peyton Manning doesn't bother Vick
Andy Reid's tire-kicking on Peyton Manning drew headlines. But at least publicly, it didn't draw the ire of Reid's incumbent quarterback. news: Vick: Jackson must work harder than before big payday
Now that the Philadelphia Eagles have paid DeSean Jackson, quarterback Michael Vick expects to see the productive receiver from 2010, not the one who suffered through a disappointing 2011 season.

49ers to host free agent Jason Brown | ProFootballTalk
Adam Caplan reports that free agent offensive lineman Jason Brown has a visit scheduled with the San Francisco 49ers for the upcoming weekend. - Connecting the draft dots
What’s in a number?

The Draft

Poe, Streeter poster boys for the potential/production dilemma faced by NFL teams in the draft - The Denver Post
It may be the most difficult part of the attempt to find future NFL stars: to have the ability to look at now and see the future.

NFL Draft: Ranking the safety class by tiers | National Football Post
How high does Notre Dame’s Harrison Smith rank?

Prospect Focus: Quarterback Brock Osweiler | National Football Post
Taking a look at the Arizona State signal-caller.

2012 NFL draft -- Andrew Luck to work out for Indianapolis Colts Tuesday at Stanford - ESPN
The Indianapolis Colts will hold a private workout on Tuesday with quarterback Andrew Luck, with the NFL draft less than four weeks away and their choice for the No. 1 overall pick still undecided. news: Former Colts OC Moore sees something familiar in Andrew Luck
Add Tom Moore's voice to the chorus of NFL experts who think the Indianapolis Colts should take Andrew Luck with the first pick in this month's NFL Draft. Blogs " Blog Archive Rounding up the Abilene Christian pro day "
Prospects from several schools worked out at the Abilene Christian pro day Tuesday, including players from Abilene Christian, Tarleton State, West Texas A&M and McMurry. Prospects ran outside on FieldTurf in wet and slippery conditions. Representatives from 16 NFL teams were there, and 28 players worked out. Blogs " Blog Archive Top WR prospect Floyd feels Notre Dame pro day ‘went well’ "
Potential first-round draft pick Michael Floyd excelled at the Notre Dame pro day Tuesday, and the soft-spoken receiver knew it. Blogs " Blog Archive Floyd dazzles at Notre Dame pro day, could go before Blackmon "
After the excellent workout Michael Floyd had at Notre Dame’s pro day Tuesday, I feel he conceivably could be drafted before fellow blue-chip receiver prospect Justin Blackmon. Blogs " Blog Archive Casserly, Davis: WR Blackmon still better bet than Floyd "
When receiver Michael Floyd worked out at the Notre Dame pro day Tuesday, he opened up the conversation as to whether he or highly touted WR Justin Blackmon should be selected as the first receiver in this April’s draft. Blogs " Blog Archive Center Konz will work out at Wisconsin on Wednesday "
Center Peter Konz, who did not work out at the Wisconsin pro day March 7, will work out Wednesday at 12 p.m. CT at the University of Wisconsin.

Redskins won’t request private workout with Griffin | ProFootballTalk
On Tuesday morning, Colts owner Jim Irsay disclosed that quarterback Robert Griffin III declined an invitation to conduct a private workout for the team that holds the first pick in the draft. - Richardson tops PFW's 2012 draft RB rankings
With the 2012 NFL draft fast approaching, now's the time to check out draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki's scouting reports and rankings of the top prospects - Curry can make mark as one of draft's top rushers
Following the Giants' run to the title in Super Bowl XLVI, every NFL team is looking for more help when it comes to rushing the passer.

Scouting the Draft: Marshall's Vinny Curry -
At 6-foot-4, 263 pounds, Vinny Curry has prototypical 3-4 outside linebacker size. He played with his hand in the dirt at Marshall, but I don’t think the standout defensive end will have trouble rushing the quarterback from a stand-up position in the big leagues.

Go Broncos!