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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 5/26/12

Ht3b_medium - Manning takes on teaching role at Broncos' OTAs
Peyton Manning already is having a great impact on the Broncos, though more so as a teacher than as a quarterback.

Huddle Up: Sorry, Willis McGahee, Peyton’s presence won’t help run game – Audibles
The near-unanimous stance around the NFL is that the Denver Broncos made themselves a much better football team by adding Peyton Manning, assuming he’s healthy for the season.

Florence Brings ‘Physical Presence’ to Secondary "
When cornerback Drayton Florence signed with Denver, he said it was all about timing. The Broncos are coming off a strong defensive season, quarterback Peyton Manning has joined the team and Florence has a chance to compete for a championship in his 10th NFL season.

Playbooks Go Digital
Starting this season, Broncos players will receive iPads for studying the playbook and watching game film.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Ty Warren and Matt Prater: Different deals - First-and-Orange
Defensive tackle Ty Warren and kicker Matt Prater are connected as the Broncos’ unofficial holdouts of the team’s voluntaty offseason program. But both are entirely different contractual cases.

Mario Fannin intrigues Broncos with speed, receiving ability at RB - The Denver Post
Mario Fannin was certainly one of the most intriguing rookies in last years training camp.

Division News

AFC West links: Poe sees pass-rush reps - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Denver Broncos Though players see a variety of benefits in Denver's ongoing organized team activities, better chemistry is atop the list, Mike Adams and Von Miller tell the Broncos' official site.

Future Foes

Bernard Pollard on Ravens defense: 'You can't stop us' -
NFL Network's Kimberly Jones reported Thursday on the Baltimore Ravens' seamless transition on defense from Chuck Pagano to new coordinator Dean Pees.

Bengals sign first-round draft pick Kevin Zeitler -
The Cincinnati Bengals signed another first-round draft pick, locking up Wisconsin offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler on Friday. The team announced the news via their official website.

Steelers' Keenan Lewis predicts Pro Bowl trip -
In his first three seasons in the NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Keenan Lewis has as many interceptions (one) as he has starts.

Steelers' Pouncey says Colon will do well at guard -
It's a time of transition for the Pittsburgh Steelers, both in terms of personnel and strategy.

Justin Forsett reportedly to try out for Texans -
The Houston Texans continue to fine-tune their stable of running backs.

Chandler Jones’ deal a step back from No. 21 in 2011 | ProFootballTalk
Though the new rookie wage scale leaves first-round picks and the teams that picked them precious few subjects about which to haggle, one point of potential contention arises from the question of how much of the rookie deal will be guaranteed.

NFL offseason report cards: AFC North
The Huddle will be grading each NFL team's offseason based on roster maneuvers, coaching changes, current events and so forth. Today's look is at the AFC North with the AFC East on deck.

NFL News

NFL, officials head to federal mediation | ProFootballTalk
With the labor agreement between the NFL and its game officials expiring in less than a week, pro football will be heading back to the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in Washington, in the hopes of working out a new deal before a lockout or a strike.

Report: Inside the NFL puts Sapp on the outside | ProFootballTalk
It’s still unknown whether NFL Network will keep Warren Sapp beyond the expiration of his contract in August. But it is known that Showtime won’t be bringing Sapp back for Inside the NFL.

NFL, NFLPA differ on why HGH doctor resigned | ProFootballTalk
Last August, the NFL and NFLPA agreed that HGH testing will be conducted under the new CBA. Since then, HGH testing has not been conducted.

NFL changes its rules for "Griffin III" | ProFootballTalk
Six years ago, running back Reggie Bush tried to persuade the league to adjust its jersey rules to allow him to wear No. 5 in the NFL.

NFL says New Jersey gambling law would not change SB site -
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's plan to allow sports betting at all horse-racing tracks and casions in the state would have no effect on the league's plans to hold Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in February 2014.

Foxworth vows to fight NFL “tooth and nail” where interests don’t align | ProFootballTalk
The NFL and NFLPA have agreed to a labor deal that will carry the game through at least nine more seasons without a lockout or a strike. But the presence of a labor contract doesn’t guarantee labor peace.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Dallas Clark: It felt right in Tampa | ProFootballTalk
We knew Dallas Clark would be wearing a uniform other than the Colts one he’s worn since entering his league if he played in 2012, but we didn’t know which one until he signed with the Buccaneers this week.

Redskins' Santana Moss: RG3 a work in progress -
Santana Moss has been a patient man in the nation's capital.

Mike Jenkins targeted by Indianapolis Colts in trade -
The Indianapolis Colts have made multiple trade offers for disgruntled Dallas Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins, a source with knowledge of the talks confirmed.

Go Broncos!