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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 2/10/13

Horse Tracks: Your Daily Cup of Orange and Blue!


NFL drafts have come a long way over the past several decades -
When Ezekiel Ansah arrived at BYU from Ghana in 2008, very few people knew who he was. A few short years later, he's become one of the most buzzed-about players in the 2013 NFL Draft class.

2013 pro days schedule -
Between the NFL Scouting Combine and the 2013 NFL Draft, NFL coaches and scouts -- not to mention the prospects themselves -- turn their attention to the various college pro day workouts.

The Combine Chronicles: Quarterback | National Football Post
Tony Villiotti of dissects performance by position at the NFL

Denver Broncos Videos

Players to watch at 2013 NFL Scouting Combine - NFL Videos
3:09 – Which players should you keep an eye out for when you watch the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine? Take a look at who NFL draft analyst Charles Davis is intrigued by after watching their college tape.

Mayock on Lattimore's draft stock - NFL Videos
2:29 – Mike Mayock examines Marcus Lattimore's draft value as the former University of South Carolina running back recovers from a devastating knee injury.

Geno Smith talks preparing for NFL Draft - NFL Videos
04:51 – Top NFL prospect quarterback Geno Smith joins the set of " Live: Super Bowl XLVII" to talk about his draft preparations and training with Manti Te'o.

Saints Hire Rob Ryan - ESPN Video - ESPN
The Times-Picayune's Jeff Duncan breaks down the Saints' hiring of Rob Ryan as their defensive coordinator.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Klis: Big plays paved way for Baltimore Ravens' title run - The Denver Post
This offseason begins with the Baltimore Ravens as the defending NFL champs.

Kiszla: Here's who Broncos should draft at positions of need - The Denver Post
Crying time is over, Broncomaniacs. No more moping about what could've been.

Champ Bailey will be back with Denver next season | ProFootballTalk
With the salary cap increasing only minimally next season, several veterans have been handed their walking papers this week to allow teams to purge their salaries from the roster.

NFL News

Chargers team doctor cleared after NFLPA protest | ProFootballTalk
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith came out firing against San Diego Chargers team doctor David Chao during a press conference at the Super Bowl as the union asked that the Chargers find a "suitable replacement."

Cary Williams not fined for pushing official in the Super Bowl | ProFootballTalk
Ravens defensive back Cary Williams was surprisingly not penalized or ejected for shoving an official during the Super Bowl. Also surprisingly, he wasn’t fined.

League’s decision not to fine Williams makes plenty of sense, for the wrong reasons | ProFootballTalk
I missed the news of the decision not to fine Ravens cornerback Cary Williams for shoving an official during the Super Bowl because I took Mrs. PFT to see Silver Linings Playbook.

Free Agency

Could cap purge in Baltimore extend to Suggs? | ProFootballTalk
With Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs sporting a $13.02 million cap number for 2013 and with Ravens G.M. Ozzie Newsome saying the team won’t restructure contracts to stay in compliance with the salary cap, some in league circles are wondering whether the Ravens will simply sever ties with Suggs.

Free-agent tackles could have a hard time getting paid | ProFootballTalk
When assessing the value of a looming free agent, one of the most overlooked factors is a team’s ability to replace him.

Tampering season already has begun | ProFootballTalk
In recognition of the fact that tampering with looming free agents is rampant, the NFL has created a three-day window during which teams and agents can negotiate before the free-agency period begins on March 12 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

Sean Smith wants a Brandon Carr or Jason McCourty contract | ProFootballTalk
Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith becomes an unrestricted free agent next month, and he’s basing the contract he wants on two of the top contracts that cornerbacks got last year.

2013 Draft

Jeremiah: Geno Smith only first-round QB in Mock 2.0 -
One of the benefits of sitting in the NFL newsroom is chatting about the draft with Daniel Jeremiah, the former Eagles, Browns and Ravens scout who dropped his Mock Draft 2.0 on Friday.

Coaching Carousel

Chip Kelly hires former Navy SEALs trainer for Eagles’ staff | ProFootballTalk
When the Eagles announced new head coach Chip Kelly’s full coaching staff, one of the names on the list was Shaun Huls, the new sports science coordinator.

Saints announce Rob Ryan hire | ProFootballTalk
The Saints remain extremely popular in New Orleans. The team’s latest moves may not be.

Saints players on board with Rob Ryan hire | ProFootballTalk
Given the fact that his predecessor didn’t seem so popular in the locker room, it probably shouldn’t be a surprise Saints players like the idea of new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Momentum builds for a Redskins name change, and one man can make it happen | ProFootballTalk
It was mentioned in today’s one-liners, but the topic demands an article of its own.

Jags appear to be committed to Gabbert, at least for now | ProFootballTalk
Shortly after being hired by the Jaguars, G.M. Dave Caldwell slammed the door on a Jacksonville homecoming for Tim Tebow.

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