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2012 Season Review: Fourth Quarter
The Broncos closed the regular season on an 11-game win streak and locked up the AFC's No. 1 seed, but fell to the eventual Super Bowl champions in the playoffs.

Ryan Clady faces 'five-to-six' months of shoulder rehab -
The Denver Broncos are prepared to slap the franchise tag on Ryan Clady unless a long-term deal can be hammered out by March 4. Whatever method they use to lock down their starting left tackle, Clady isn't ready to take the field just yet.

Why you should embrace the NFL combine | National Football Post
The combine is about more than just numbers

Denver Broncos Videos

Report: Combine To Add 2nd Aptitude Test - ESPN Video - ESPN
Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith react to the idea of having a second aptitude test at the NFL scouting combine.

Manti Te'o Focused On Work - ESPN Video - ESPN
Manti Te'o showing no signs of distraction as he prepares for the NFL combine.

NFL Live OT: Best Fit For Freeney, Woodson - ESPN Video - ESPN
Jason Taylor and Jerry Rice discuss the possible destinations for Dwight Freeney and Charles Woodson.

NFL32OT: What's Next For Freeney - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mark Schlereth breaks down the best fit for Dwight Freeney. NFL32 crew discuss which wide receiver would they pick to win a game; DeSean Jackson or Vincent Jackson.

Speed Camp: Xavier Rhodes - ESPN Video - ESPN
Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes talks to Jim Basquil about what he is focusing on heading into the combine and the NFL draft.

Speed Camp: Baccari Rambo - ESPN Video - ESPN
Georgia Safety Baccari Rambo talks to Jim Basquil about gearing up for the draft and the NFL players he most wants to be like.

Speed Camp: Jarvis Jones - ESPN Video - ESPN
Georgia Linebacker Jarvis Jones talks to Jim Basquil about gearing up for the draft and the how he's excelled in football, even with obstacles thrown his way.

Speed Camp: Tavon Austin - ESPN Video - ESPN
West Virginia Wide Receiver Tavon Austin talks to Jim Basquil about training for the combine and gearing up for the draft.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos position of need: Defensive tackles | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post
If Justin Bannan and Kevin Vickerson had another year on their contracts, the Broncos probably wouldn’t need help at this position.

Defensive tackles who could help the Broncos | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post
Available defensive tackles who may draw the Broncos’ interest. Keep in mind the Broncos don’t draft until No. 28, at which point Utah’s Star Lotulelei would be long gone.

Is Denver's middle linebacker plan sound? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Denver Post had an interesting nugget Sunday when it mentioned that the Denver Broncos plan to fill one of their biggest needs in-house and not in free agency or in the draft.

Dannell Ellerbe's youth, experience would stand out in NFL free agency - The Denver Post
Q: It seems that all I am hearing about is over-the-hill free agents. Why isn't anyone writing about someone like linebacker Dannell Ellerbe? I would gladly trade a D.J. Williams contract ($6 million-$7 million) for a thumper in the middle.

Broncos' draft class somewhere among NFL combine's 334 invitees - The Denver Post
There were 334 players on the initial invitation list to this year's NFL's scouting combine, which opens Wednesday in Indianapolis.

Division News

PFT Live: Chargers’ success begins with Rivers | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio runs down the Chargers’ off-season to-do list and says their shopping should be done with QB Philip Rivers in mind. It’s time San Diego invests in new weapons on offense and a better unit to protect their franchise QB.

Chiefs sign Husain Abdullah | ProFootballTalk
Earlier this month, veteran safety Husain Abdullah worked out for the Chiefs. And the Chiefs apparently liked what they saw.

Shane Lechler's time in Oakland could be ending - ESPN offers a great point why it doesn’t make much sense for Oakland to give punter Shane Lechler the franchise tag.

Will Oakland keep Brandon Myers? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
One of the more interesting AFC West free agents this year will be Oakland tight end Brandon Myers.

Could Glenn Dorsey stay in AFC West? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. tweeted an interesting thought Sunday when he wrote he thinks Kansas City free-agent defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey would be a fine fit in Denver or Oakland.

Chiefs should adopt a new QB strategy | National Football Post
Why KC should trade and draft a QB...just not No. 1 overall

Mayock sees four options for Chiefs at No. 1 | ProFootballTalk
On Monday, preeminent draft guru Mike Mayock participated in a pre-Combine conference call that lasted more than 2.5 hours.

NFL News

NFL Communications - NFL Network & Provide Complete Coverage of the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine "
For the ninth year, NFL Network and provide exclusive coverage of the league’s next generation of talent with more than 60 hours of programming of the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine Presented by Under Armour.

NFL Films Blog " Blog Archive Peyton, the Wonderlic, and the Evolution of Scouting "
This Wednesday in Indianapolis, the 2013 edition of the NFL Scouting Combine begins.

Free Agency

Nate Burleson wants Reggie Bush in Detroit | ProFootballTalk
Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson did more than just support coach Jim Schwartz during his appearance on the NFL Network Monday.

Bills, Jairus Byrd expected to meet in Indianapolis on new contract | ProFootballTalk
After purging several veterans from their roster this month, the Buffalo Bills appear set on trying to keep at least one in town for next season.

Pats announce addition of Jason Vega | ProFootballTalk
Nearly a month ago, reports emerged that the Patriots had signed CFL defensive lineman Jason Vega.

2013 Draft

Teams will receive medical info to support Barkley’s decision not to throw | ProFootballTalk
The media knows that former USC quarterback Matt Barkley won’t throw at the Scouting Combine.

Barkley sends letters to team regarding decision not to throw | ProFootballTalk
It’s official.

Manti Te'o, Alec Ogletree have most at stake at 2013 NFL Scouting Combine - NFL - Peter King -
So we're at the official beginning of draft season, with the annual Scouting Combine starting later this week in Indianapolis. Here's what we know as the 333 college prospects pack for the Heartland:

Manti Te’o has missed one day of workouts, for Katie Couric | ProFootballTalk
As former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o does his best to stay out of the media spotlight until the NFL draft, a couple of people who have been working out with him say the bizarre story of his fake dead girlfriend was only an issue for one day of his pre-Combine workouts.

Manti Te'o working hard as NFL combine approaches, official says - ESPN
Those who have watched Manti Te'o prepare for the scouting combine say the former Notre Dame linebacker has shown no signs of being distracted by national media attention that came from his online relationship with a girlfriend that turned out to be a hoax.

Manti Te’o: I don’t see how this detracts from what I did on the field | ProFootballTalk
Former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o says he’s planning to put on a show with a great workout at the Scouting Combine.

NFL thinking about turning Combine into a longer process | ProFootballTalk
In the next few days, the NFL will begin descending on Indianapolis, and the miracle of offseason programming known as the Combine will fill TV screens again.

Mayock sees a post-Combine climb for Nassib | ProFootballTalk
The Underwear Olympics get rolling this week. And so NFL Network’s Mike Mayock is doing a lot of talking about it, on a conference call.

PFT Live: Which QB will move up draft boards? | ProFootballTalk
Matt Barkley won’t throw during the NFL Combine. Will this affect his draft stock? Mike Florio also runs down the list of QB prospects and wonders who can improve their stock after the NFL’s free agency period ends.

Lacy injures hamstring, won’t work out in Indy | ProFootballTalk
The top running back in this year’s class won’t be working out at the Combine this week.

PFT on NBC Sports Network: Rookie QB review, Combine preview | ProFootballTalk
One of the best seasons for rookie quarterbacks in NFL history is in the books, which means its time to figure out which of the first-year players had the best year.

New Combine test is aimed at leveling the playing field | ProFootballTalk
More details are emerging regarding the new test that will be administered at the Scouting Combine. But still not enough to allow the players who’ll be taking it to skew the results by preparing for it.

NFL combine -- What to watch for - ESPN
A star (Utah DT Star Lotulelei) may be one of the top prospects in the 2013 draft, but NFL scouts, coaches and general managers aren't expecting a star-studded group when they converge on Indianapolis this week.

NFL thinking about turning Combine into a longer process | ProFootballTalk
In the next few days, the NFL will begin descending on Indianapolis, and the miracle of offseason programming known as the Combine will fill TV screens again.

Mike Mayock: Marcus Lattimore a third-round pick -
Former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore insisted last month that he would be recovered from his devastating knee injury in time for the start of the 2013 NFL season.

Marcus Lattimore says doctors will be "shocked" by his progess at combine | ProFootballTalk
University of South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore may not be able to take part in drills this week at the NFL combine, but that isn’t stopping him from trying to impress his future employers.

Evaluating draft's question marks - NFL Videos
Former NFL general manager Charley Casserly evaluates some of the draft's biggest question marks, including Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o.

Mike Mayock: Tyrann Mathieu a fourth-round prospect -
If you want to school on the NFL draft, listening to NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock on a conference call is a good way to start.

Miscellaneous Stuff - Buccaneers DE Bowers arrested for carrying gun at airport
Buccaneers DE Da’Quan Bowers was arrested Monday at LaGuardia Airport for illegally carrying a handgun, according to NBC New York.

Brian Xanders developing new scouting database for Lions | ProFootballTalk
When the Lions hired former Broncos General Manager Brian Xanders as a senior personnel executive last month, one of his roles was said to be changing the way the team’s scouting department evaluates players.

New Jags GM says he prefers prospects from big schools | ProFootballTalk
One of the most dangerous traps for personnel evaluators is dogma.

ProFootballTalk: Boldon creates faster athletes | ProFootballTalk
Ato Boldon is helping NFL draft prospects prepare for the Combine and he sits down with PFT to discuss the common misconceptions of running for speed. He also discusses the differences between sprinting and running routes, and gives one tip to make us all faster.

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