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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 5/19/12


There isn't any Bronco news this morning, so I thought I'd fill the top layer with the most interesting articles.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | 2011 Adjusted Games Lost for Team Units
Today, we present some additional details about adjusted games lost (AGL) for the 2011 NFL season. Last week, we presented the overall team totals, so click over if you didn't get a chance to read it or if you're unfamiliar with how AGL works.

NFLPA disputes claims that salaries are and will remain flat | ProFootballTalk
Several weeks ago, a variety of remarks emerged from influential NFL owners, like Pats owner Robert Kraft, regarding the future of the salary cap under the new CBA.

Brown: At least 50 percent of NFL players smoke pot -
A trio of marijuana-related arrests for the Detroit Lions this offseason is indicative of a more widespread problem plaguing the league, according to one former NFL offensive lineman. - The final season of Unitas
There are those who would have liked to see No. 19 finish his career in a Baltimore Colts uniform. Johnny Unitas was one. But it wasn’t to be.

Denver Broncos Videos

A Look Around the Division
Here's a breakdown of who the other AFC West teams drafted; this segment is from the Xfinity 2012 Draft Special.

A Look Around the Schedule
Which other high profile draft picks will the Broncos face this season? Watch this video to find out.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Is Rod Smith HOF worthy? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
When he watched his quarterback go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004, Rod Smith wondered if his bust would be bronzed next to John Elway’s some day.

Future Foes

Jeff Otah, Byron Bell to fight for Panthers' RT spot -
The Carolina Panthers will conduct the first of 10 OTA sessions next Tuesday, the first of Ron Rivera's tenure as the team's head coach. Several positions are up for grabs this offseason and Rivera is looking forward to seeing how the battle at right tackle shakes out, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Jaguars' Bratkowski: MJD's absence 'not helping him' -
As the Jacksonville Jaguars press on with this week's voluntary practices, Maurice Jones-Drew remains a no-show.

Jaguars remain in Hard Knocks mix | ProFootballTalk
At least one team wants to be on Hard Knocks. - Panthers not yet ready to make LB shift
If the Panthers decide to play rookie Luke Kuechly at middle linebacker and move Jon Beason to the weak side before the season, the call probably will not be made before training camp gets started.

Ronde Barber confident in ability to start at safety -
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are wrapping up their first week of OTAs under first-year head coach Greg Schiano on Friday. Five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Ronde Barber, the longest-tenured Buccaneer, played exclusively at free safety ,Scott Smith of reports. - Bucs sign second-round LB David
The Buccaneers signed second-round LB Lavonte David to a four-year deal on Friday.

Brian Price hospitalized after sister's death -
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Brian Price is no stranger to adversity and personal tragedy. Price lost two of his older brothers to gun violence before leaving Crenshaw High School to become a three-year starter and 2009 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year at UCLA.

NFL News

Jamaal Charles, Jon Beason among 2011's injured players expected to bounce back big - Don Banks -
While the entire NFL world has been fixated on every detail and development in his year-plus battle with his neck issues, Peyton Manning wasn't the only player who had his 2011 ruined by injury.

Former Patriots LB Ted Johnson: Seau's death a 'tipping point' -
Junior Seau's death got former New England Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson thinking again about his own career in the NFL and his struggles with post-concussion syndrome after he retired in 2005.

Jeff Fisher asks Rams D to break NFL sack record -
The St. Louis Rams notched 39 sacks in 2011, tied for 15th in the NFL. Coach Jeff Fisher is raising the bar for 2012

Yeremiah Bell signs with New York Jets -
Veteran free-agent defensive back Yeremiah Bell has signed a one-year contract worth $1.4 million with the New York Jets on Friday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Dallas Clark works out for New England Patriots -
Perhaps the greatest game of Dallas Clark's career came against the New England Patriots in the 2006 AFC Championship.

The Draft

NFL draft picks sign deals faster than before -
Earlier this morning, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that second-round linebacker Lavonte David had agreed to terms on a four-year contract, becoming the fifth player in the team's seven-member draft class to agree to terms or sign a contract. The Cincinnati Bengals also announced the signing of first-round cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick.

Dre Kirkpatrick signs with Cincinnati Bengals -
The Cincinnati Bengals announced that they have signed first round cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick.

Is Cordy Glenn key to Bills season? -
Offensive lineman Cordy Glenn may just be the key to the Buffalo Bills 2012 season. Now he's under contract.

Go Broncos!