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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 2/21/13

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Malik Jackson at the 2012 Combine
Malik Jackson at the 2012 Combine
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Stokley Voted DISH Unbeatable Value Player of the Year "
After a season in which he became just the 10th player in NFL history to catch 40-or-more passes and at least five touchdowns at age 36 or older, Brandon Stokley was voted by fans as the DISH Unbeatable Value Player Of The Year. at the NFL Scouting Combine "
The NFL Scouting Combine is a busy time for every NFL franchise, as coaching staffs, scouts, trainers and football operations staff members head to Indianapolis for the annual event.

Denver Broncos Videos

NFL32OT: To Franchise or Not To Franchise - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter breaks down Joe Flacco's contract negotiations and whether the Patriots will use their franchise tag on Wes Welker. The NFL32 crew talk with Seahawks' Richard Sherman about his argument with Darrelle Revis via Twitter.

NFL Live OT: Dolphins Target Mike Wallace - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mark Schlereth and Jerry Rice discuss the Dolphins' reported interest in free-agent WR Mike Wallace.

Hot Button: Importance Of Bill Callahan - ESPN Video - ESPN
Calvin Watkins explains how Bill Callahan has already become the most important coach on the Cowboys this season.

Doug Williams' Place In NFL History - ESPN Video - ESPN
Former NFL QB Doug Williams talks to Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith about breaking barriers in the NFL.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos excelled in 2012 free agency with both biggest fish, small fry - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: Are any "big name" free agents out there expressing a desire to come to Denver?

Peyton pep text to Freeney likely just that | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post - Mike Klis
During an interview with Pro Football Talk on Wednesday, Indianapolis Colts’ pass-rushing defensive end Dwight Freeney, who will not be re-signed by his team and become a free agent, said he received encouragement from his former teammate Peyton Manning.

Division News

NFL scouting combine preview: AFC West - AFC West Blog - ESPN
NFL Nation previews the 2013 scouting combine by identifying the most important thing for each team to learn about its greatest area of need.

Scott Pioli reportedly signs with SiriusXM NFL Radio -
Scott Pioli was so integral to the New England Patriots' success that his VP of player personnel position was split among four employees when he flew the coop for the Kansas City Chiefs. What ultimately swayed him to leave Bill Belichick was the opportunity to breathe life into a once-proud football community that had gone stale.

Raiders' QB quandary: Carson Palmer, Terrelle Pryor or neither? -
The Oakland Raiders have some decisions to make at the game's most important position. - Chargers claim CB Patrick
The Chargers claimed CB Johnny Patrick off waivers from the Saints on Wednesday.

NFL News

Domonique Foxworth on HGH testing: Players need ability to appeal | First-and-Orange - Mike Klis
One of my all-time favorite Bronco players to cover was former cornerback Domonique Foxworth.

NFL looking to focus on replay issues, safety - ESPN
The next time Jim Schwartz or any other NFL coach throws a challenge flag on a scoring play, he might get a penalty.

Refs will flag coaches who leave the sideline to argue calls | ProFootballTalk
NFL officials are usually pretty tolerant about coaches yelling at them.

James Jones: I don’t need the NFL to protect my head | ProFootballTalk
The NFL is taking increasing steps to protect receivers from hits to the head, but Packers receiver James Jones says he’d rather do without.

NFL Communications - NFL Health and Safety Update—February 20, 2013 "
For the complete release, click here

Red flag rule on track to be tweaked | ProFootballTalk
The Texans-Lions game on Thanksgiving had everything. Included a horrible call that led to a long touchdown run that wasn’t reviewed via replay because Detroit coach Jim Schwartz threw the red challenge flag when he shouldn’t have thrown it.

NFL to be more proactive regarding playing surface quality | ProFootballTalk
After three players suffered season-ending injuries on a thoroughly worn out natural grass surface at FedEx Field during the playoff

Free Agency

Minor cap increase can result in major spending | ProFootballTalk
This year’s version of the crop report has not yet been disclosed, in part because it still hasn’t been determined. But the indications are that the salary cap will increase more than expected.

Roddy White wants Dwight Freeney as a teammate | ProFootballTalk
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning isn’t the only one courting Dwight Freeney ahead of the start of free agency.

Colts made no offer to Freeney | ProFootballTalk
So what did the Colts offer linebacker Dwight Freeney before deciding to part ways with the 11-year veteran.

2013 Draft

NFL combine success stories set bar for hopefuls like EJ Manuel -
The NFL Scouting Combine is a great showcase for some well-trained athletes, but it's also more than that: It represents a chance for football prospects to prove they have what it takes to make it in the pros.

Same Old Drill? Let Them Wrestle -
This week, the top prospects in college football will face their toughest test yet: the N.F.L. scouting combine.

NFL Draft Preparation - Best value vs Team needs |
There are numerous avenues a General Manager can take when piecing together an NFL roster.

ProFootballTalk: Which rookie linebacker stood out most? | ProFootballTalk
Panthers LB Luke Kuechly led all rookies in tackles, but was he the most impressive rookie linebacker from 2012? The PFT crew debates.

ProFootballTalk: Reviewing the rookie crop of DBs | ProFootballTalk
Would the Cowboys draft Morris Claiborne again if they knew then what they know now? Will Janoris Jenkins‘ success change teams’ views about players with off-field issues? The PFT guys tackle these questions and more as they review the rookie crop of defensive backs.

Bills curious to hear what Te’o has to say for himself | ProFootballTalk
Each team at the Combine gets to schedule 60 college players for formal interviews this week.

Lattimore overwhelmed by support of NFL stars | ProFootballTalk
A healthy Marcus Lattimore might have been the top running back in this year’s draft.

Patrick Peterson is pushing Tyrann Mathieu | ProFootballTalk
Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has gone from a Heisman Trophy finalist as a sophomore to a player whose off-field problems left him without a team to a guy who just wants to convince some NFL franchise to give him a chance.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Futures: Bjoern Werner and Damontre Moore
As a football fan, odds are high that you at least had a brief love affair with professional wrestling. Mine lingered a while.

Draft Diary Debut by Desmond Trufant
For my first draft diary, I should probably tell you a bit about myself.


Entering the NFL combine, BYU's Ezekiel Ansah looks like a keeper - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Every year at the NFL scouting combine, somebody runs, jumps or talks his way to the top of the list. He will be the "it" guy at the annual event, the guy at the center of the buzz, one of the risers.

X-ray machine goes down at NFL combine | ProFootballTalk
Players began arriving in Indianapolis on Wednesday for the first day of the NFL combine.

For NFL teams, Combine is all about the medical tests | ProFootballTalk
For media purposes, the NFL Scouting Combine is a whirl of interviews and player availability.

Dee Milliner needs shoulder surgery | ProFootballTalk
The top cornerback in this year’s draft is dealing with a lingering injury that will require surgery.

NFL Communications - 2013 NFL Combine: Club Personnel Media Availability "
Thursday, February 21 10:45 AM John Fox, Denver Broncos Head Coach

Jets will shop Tebow at Scouting Combine | ProFootballTalk
It’s no surprise that the Jets are done with quarterback Tim Tebow. It will be a major surprise if they get anything in return for the remainder of his 2010 first-round contract.

How business gets done at the NFL Combine | National Football Post
A veteran agent gives you a peek behind the curtain of the NFL Combine

Scout Talk | National Football Post
A look at which players NFL scouts expect to create a buzz at the combine

The NFL's game of Texas hold 'em is underway | National Football Post
All 32 teams will be bluffing and betting at this week’s Combine.

PFT Live: Becht dishes out combine advice | ProFootballTalk
Former NFL tight end Anthony Becht stops by PFT to talk about some of the hottest topics around the NFL including whether Tony Gonzalez will retire, if Darrelle Revis will be traded and how to put up big numbers at the upcoming combine.

Miscellaneous Stuff

JaMarcus Russell’s comeback effort progressing slowly | ProFootballTalk
It would be hard to find anyone who thinks the chances of former Raiders first overall pick JaMarcus Russell making it back to the NFL are anything but a long shot.

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