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Joe Robbins

Elway: Manning Exceeded Expectations
On Friday, Executive Vice President of Football Operations acknowledged that quarterback Peyton Manning's season even exceeded his expectations.

Irving, Johnson to Compete for Starting Spot
Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway said Friday that he expects Nate Irving and Steven Johnson to compete for the team's middle linebacker position.

Where Legacies Are Made
Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway said he expects the Broncos to benefit from the loss that ended their 2012 season prematurely.

The Importance of 'That Guy'
Andrew Mason discusses the Broncos' selection of quarterback Brock Osweiler in last year's draft.

Friendly Foes
With two former Broncos coordinators heading up division rivals, the AFC West coaches are plenty familiar

Denver Broncos Videos

New aptitude testing on display at combine - NFL Videos
Cyrus Mehri of the Fritz-Pollard Alliance joins "NFL AM" to break down the particulars of the new aptitude tests that will debut at the combine this week.

Video: Day 2 NFL combine takeaways - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Paul Kuharsky, Kevin Seifert and Bill Williamson deliver the top stories from Day 2 of the 2013 NFL combine.

Players To Watch At NFL Combine - ESPN Video - ESPN
Todd McShay and Bill Polian identify the most intriguing players and storylines at the NFL combine.

Barkley Right On Track - ESPN Video - ESPN
Matt Barkley says he possesses leadership qualities and his rehab is right on track.

Barkley Ready To Go - ESPN Video - ESPN
Matt Barkley says his shoulder is progressing and he will be ready for his pro day.

Dr. Andrews Addresses Lattimore, Barkley - ESPN Video - ESPN
Stephania Bell talks with Dr. James Andrews about Marcus Lattimore's knee injury and Matt Barkley's shoulder injury

DJ Gallo's Plan To Fix The NFL Combine - ESPN Video - ESPN
Playbook's DJ Gallo proposes five drills that should be added to the NFL combine.

Better NFL Draft Prospect: Te'o or Ogletree? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Kevin Seifert and Kevin Weidl talk about which player will go higher in this year's NFL Draft, Manti Te'o or Alec Ogletree

NFL Combine FridayTakeaways - ESPN Video - ESPN
Paul Kuharsky, Kevin Seifert and Bill Williamson deliver the top stories from day 2 of the 2013 NFL Combine

NFL Combine Report: Lane Johnson, OT - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Clayton believes that Lane Johnson has already made a strong impression at the NFL Combine

Diagnosing A Concussion - ESPN Video - ESPN
Stephania Bell talks with Seahawks Team Physician Stanley Herring about the challenges involved with diagnosing a concussion on the sideline

NFL32OT: Rising To The Occasion - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mel Kiper Jr. breaks down which player will gain the most at the NFL Scouting Combine. Robert Flores and Eric Mangini discuss Nnamdi Asomugha's future with the Eagles.

Denver Broncos Blogs

John Elway says Denver Broncos still have work to do - The Denver Post
There are two ways John Elway can view his roster.

Linemen are a big deal in the NFL draft this year - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
In the life-in-the-fast-lane world that is the NFL draft, call it the year of the dump truck. - Elway, Broncos sitting pretty at quarterback
Of all people, John Elway should have a good grasp on what it takes to have a solid quarterback situation, and he has seen his team’s change drastically — and for the better — in the past year.

PFT on NBC Sports Network: John Elway, Reggie McKenzie | ProFootballTalk
We’re going to wind up finding out a lot about the AFC West on Friday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network.

Elway gives Peyton an A+ for 2012 | ProFootballTalk
Quarterback Peyton Manning had a great year in his first year with the Broncos. And in the eyes of his boss, V.P. of football operations John Elway, it can’t get any better.

Broncos' John Elway to speak with Notre Dame's Manti Te'o at combine - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
There are two ways John Elway can view his roster.

Division News

Eight in the Box: Biggest cap casualty - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Welcome to Eight in the Box, an NFL Nation feature that will appear each Friday during the offseason. This week’s topic: Who will be each team’s biggest salary-cap casualty this offseason? - Chiefs' Dorsey eyes '333 players' for first pick
Chiefs GM John Dorsey has been on the job a little more than six weeks, but he hasn’t had a chance to narrow down how many players he might consider for the first overall pick in April’s draft.

Tom Telesco wants to draw his own conclusions on Jared Gaither | ProFootballTalk
Left tackle Jared Gaither had a miserable 2012 season.

Taiwan Jones probably moving to cornerback | ProFootballTalk
The Raiders drafted Taiwan Jones in the fourth round of the 2011 draft because of his skills as a running back.

Reggie McKenzie craves dominant player - AFC West Blog - ESPN
With no draft picks in the second and fifth rounds, Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said he would be open to trading the No. 3 overall pick to compile other choices.

McKenzie discusses cap situation - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The good news for Reggie McKenzie is this year’s salary-cap situation is not as bad as last year when he took over the Oakland Raiders.

Dennis Allen talks about his QBs - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen once again said there will be competition at the quarterback position in 2013 between Carson Palmer and Terrelle Pryor.

NFL News

NFL says proposed calendar change is unrelated to 18-game season | ProFootballTalk
When we noted on Thursday night that the NFL is considering overhauling the offseason calendar to start the Scouting Combine, free agency and the draft later in the year, we wondered aloud whether this move was an attempt to create breathing room for an 18-game regular season, which would necessitate pushing the Super Bowl back from early February to late February.

NFLPA not expected to go along with new calendar plan | ProFootballTalk
In a development that surprises exactly no one, the NFLPA seems opposed to something proposed by the NFL.

Doty shoots down collusion case, again | ProFootballTalk
On the day after the 2012 regular season ended, Judge David Doty rejected an effort by the NFLPA to pursue a collusion case based on the notion that the NFL had a secret salary cap in the uncapped year of 2010.

NFL to provide iPad application to team doctors for help in diagnosing concussions - ESPN
The NFL is providing an iPad application to help team doctors diagnose whether a player has a concussion.

Free Agency - Titans sign SS Wilson
The Titans signed former Bills SS George Wilson, the team announced on Friday.

Dolphins have talked deal with Reggie Bush | ProFootballTalk
Earlier this month, reports out of Miami indicated running back Reggie Bush was confused about the Dolphins’ lack of interest in re-signing him this offseason.

NFL eyes "signing day" for free agency | ProFootballTalk
As the NFL attempts to reconfigure its offseason calendar in order to generate even more interest in the sport during periods when the sport isn’t being, you know, played, the foundation for one important change already has been laid.

Harbaugh: Alex Smith won’t be released | ProFootballTalk
Jim Harbaugh said he thought his team had the best quarterback situation in the league, and he’s either going to keep it that way, or get something for it.

Danny Amendola won’t get the franchise tag | ProFootballTalk
Reports out of St. Louis this offseason have been pretty consistent about wide receiver Danny Amendola hitting the open market when free agency opens next month.

Chris Canty set for visits with Packers and Jaguars | ProFootballTalk
Defensive lineman Chris Canty has gotten an offer from the Titans since his release from the Giants, but he’s not ready to stop looking for a new team to call his own.

2013 Draft

D.C. Jefferson, Khaled Holmes injured on the Combine bench press | ProFootballTalk
On the first day of bench press work at the Scouting Combine, two players had to stop with injuries. - Baylor WR Williams in first-round conversation
How hard a look will soft-spoken Baylor WR Terrance Williams get from NFL teams as a potential first-round pick? - Lacy looks to continue Alabama RB tradition
Alabama RB Eddie Lacy has a hamstring injury, which will keep him out of the drills during the NFL Scouting Combine. - Cincinnati's Kelce tries shedding character, health concerns
There’s a lot to like about Cincinnati TE Travis Kelce. - Lattimore hopes to inspire during incredible comeback
Much like the quarterback position in the 2013 NFL draft, the running backs are a subject of great debate

NFL Draft 2013: Dr. James Andrews says Marcus Lattimore rehab ahead of schedule - ESPN
South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore, who tore three major ligaments and dislocated his right knee against Tennessee in October, may be ready for the 2013 NFL season. - Tyler Eifert's improved blocking has draft stock rising
Catching the football seemed more of Tyler Eifert's forte than blocking during his first three seasons with Notre Dame.

Geno Smith knows rookie QBs no longer have time to grow | ProFootballTalk
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith hopes he can work himself into the mix for the top pick, and he thinks he can adjust to any NFL system.

Matt Barkley disagrees with criticism of arm strength | ProFootballTalk
Southern Cal quarterback Matt Barkley won’t throw this weekend at the NFL Scouting Combine, but he said that the shoulder issue that’s keeping him from it wouldn’t be an issue for long.

Tavon Austin: I’m the best player in the draft | ProFootballTalk
For many prospects at the Scouting Combine, the primary goal when standing up at the podium in front of the assembled media is not to say anything controversial.

Collin Klein being asked to work out as a tight end | ProFootballTalk
Kansas State’s Collin Klein still wants to be a quarterback.

Klein won’t do tight end drills | ProFootballTalk
If someone drafts Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein with the intention of making him a tight end, it won’t happen because of his performance at the Scouting Combine in tight end drills.

Marquise Goodwin aims to break Chris Johnson’s 40 record | ProFootballTalk
Former Texas receiver Marquise Goodwin was an Olympic long jumper and may be the best athlete at this year’s Scouting Combine.

Harbaugh leans on the lessons of Judge Judy for draft prep | ProFootballTalk
The stories of the football influences on Jim Harbaugh were well told and often during the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl.

NFL - Improving on the Wonderlic test - ESPN
Among all the potentially humiliating measuring sticks that draft-eligible college players will be subjected to this week at the NFL's annual talent meat market known as the Indianapolis scouting combine, many players hold a special contempt for the Wonderlic test, which is supposed to measure their intelligence.

Manti Te'o will speak Saturday at NFL Scouting Combine -
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o will speak with the media Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine,'s Gil Brandt reported.

NFL Scouting Combine: What we learned on Day 2 -
Thirteen NFL coaches and seven general managers stepped to the podium Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine. The biggest names of this quarterback class also took to the microphone.

Cordarrelle Patterson would fit well with Steelers, Rams, Vikings -
Who is Cordarrelle Patterson?

NFP reviews today's specialists workout | National Football Post
Russ Lande reviews today's workout of punter and place kickers

Miscellaneous Stuff - Ravens C Matt Birk retires after 15 seasons in NFL
Matt Birk has decided to retire after 15 seasons in the NFL, the last winning a Super Bowl title with the Baltimore Ravens.

Browns think Norv can help Weeden, but won’t commit to him | ProFootballTalk
New Browns coach knows he’s excited to be in charge of his childhood team, and is certainly glad to have gotten Norv Turner aboard to call his offensive plays.

NFL Player Personnel - The Balance of Power |
One by one they parade up to the podium at Lucas Oil Field; General Managers and Head Coaches

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