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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 2/8/13

Horse Tracks: Your Daily Cup of Orange and Blue!

Kaptain Kirk

Hester Happy in Denver
Fullback Jacob Hester believes he became a part of something special when he signed with Denver in November.

Audition Time Almost Here "
The past Denver Broncos season was truly incredible.

Denver Broncos Videos

NFL32OT: Evaluating New Recruits - ESPN Video - ESPN
Herm Edwards breaks down what he looks for in college players entering the draft. The NFL32 crew discuss what the Cowboys need to do in the offseason.

Cold Hard Facts - ESPN Video - ESPN
Darren Woodson shares his thoughts on who should be the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL and which player is worth the most.

Titans Will Keep Johnson - ESPN Video - ESPN
Source: Chris Johnson will return to the Tennessee Titans under his current contract.

Inside the Huddle: Super Bowl Red Zone, Refs, Stats and Tackles - ESPN Video - ESPN
Inside the Huddle reveals Super Bowl secrets: Kaepernick's red zone playoff stats, officials in denial over defensive holding calls, the increase in Super Bowl scoring production and what will happen to all those left tackles who are now free agents?

NFL Draft Blitz: Mike Glennon - ESPN Video - ESPN
Kevin Weidl and Steve Muench discuss NC State quarterback Mike Glennon

Manti Te'o's Stock Falling - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay discuss why Manti Te'o is falling in their recent draft projections.

Mock Analysis - ESPN Video - ESPN
Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. talk about their latest draft projections.

Division News

Top 10 free agents from AFC West - AFC West Blog - ESPN
NFL free agency starts March 12. Some players will be re-signed and some will be given the franchise tag. But, as of now, I’m ranking the top 10 players who are set to be unrestricted free agents from the AFC West:

Fixing Chargers starts on O-line - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The San Diego Chargers have started 2013 on the right foot by hiring general manager Tom Telesco and head coach Mike McCoy. Both men are considered among the best young, promising people in their position.

Reid hems and haws about Matt Cassel’s future in KC | ProFootballTalk
Andy Reid has been the head coach of the Chiefs for a month, during hwich time quarterback Matt Cassel has been a regular working out at the team facility.

NFL News

Team-by-team strength of schedule for 2013 -
The Carolina Panthers have the toughest road to the Super Bowl based on the strength of their 2013 schedule.

Salary cap could be a bit higher than expected | ProFootballTalk
It has been widely believed that the unadjusted salary cap will move from $120.6 million in 2012 to (drum roll, please) $121 million in 2013.

ProFootballTalk: What does cap carryover mean for spending? | ProFootballTalk
The salary cap carryover figures for 2013 were announced today for each team. Not sure what that means? Mike Florio breaks down every detail and analyzes what it means for teams’ off-season spending.

PFT Live: How can teams comply with salary cap? | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio discusses the NFL’s salary cap issues and how carry overs and the adjustments stemming from them will affect teams’ off-season spending. Florio also discusses the fate of the Steelers’ high-paid veterans, and if Maurice Jones-Drew will be welcomed back to Jacksonville.

NFL Communications - Dean Blandino Named NFL Vice President of Officiating "
Dean Blandino, a member of the NFL’s Officiating Department for 15 years and the director of the league’s instant replay program, has been named NFL vice president of officiating.

League’s new officiating guru defends key Super Bowl non-call | ProFootballTalk
Dean Blandino wasn’t in charge of the league’s officials during Super Bowl XLVII. But he is now, and he’s doing his best to explain away the decision not to throw a flag on Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith for defensive holding/pass interference against receiver Michael Crabtree on the key fourth and goal fade route on which the game turned.

Free Agency

Lions G.M. doesn’t rule out return for Vanden Bosch or Peterman | ProFootballTalk
Detroit Lions defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and guard Stephen Peterman became cap casualties earlier this week as the team elected to release the pair or veterans.

ProFootballTalk: Will Fins ante up for Bush? | ProFootballTalk
The Dolphins need to surround QB Ryan Tannehill with adequate weapons. Is Mike Wallace the quick fix for the Fins? Reggie Bush is set to be a free agent, but Miami might not be the highest bidder for his services.

ProFootballTalk: Roll the dice on Welker? | ProFootballTalk
Tom Curran of CSN New England breaks down the Patriots’ biggest off-season needs and says the secondary is in need of a facelift. Is bringing back Aqib Talib an option? If the Pats let Wes Welker explore his free agent options, will that aid their attempt to resign the receiver?

Bills will not re-sign Donald Jones | ProFootballTalk
Earlier on Thursday, there were reports that the Bills and wide receiver Donald Jones were talking about a contract extension that would eliminate the need to tender him a contract as a restricted free agent.

Osi Umenyiora’s officially out of contract | ProFootballTalk
Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora has expressed an interest in returning to the team in 2013, but he’ll have a chance to talk to any other team in the league before making any decisions about what uniform to wear.

Report: Scott, Pace will be cut by Jets | ProFootballTalk
The Giants got the ball rolling on veteran cuts over the last few days and it seems they’ll have some company from the other team that calls MetLife Stadium home in the near future.

Chris Johnson to return to Tennessee Titans under current contract -- source - ESPN
Chris Johnson will return to the Tennessee Titans under his current contract in 2013, a league source told ESPN.

Martin Mayhew: Lions will be players in free agency, unlike last year | ProFootballTalk
Last year the cap-strapped Lions did virtually nothing in free agency, and their 4-12 record suggests that was a problem. This year, Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew says, the Lions expect to bolster their roster with some free agent signings.

Giants re-sign Bear Pascoe, Shaun Rogers | ProFootballTalk
The Giants let three members of the 2012 rosters go this week and they’ve decided to bring back two others.

Colin Cole signs with the Carolina Panthers | ProFootballTalk
After nearly two full seasons on the sidelines, defensive tackle Colin Cole is getting another opportunity in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers.

2013 Draft

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

Compare & Contrast NFL Prospects - NFP Version 1.0 | National Football Post
Russ Lande compares and contrasts two prospects in the upcoming 2013

Coaching Carousel

Jets Make Two Coaching Moves -
Brian VanGorder, who spent four years as Atlanta’s defensive coordinator before holding the same position at Auburn last season, will coach the Jets’ linebackers next season.

Chip Kelly brings Alabama’s offensive line coach to Philadelphia | ProFootballTalk
New Eagles coach Chip Kelly has reached into the college ranks to hire his offensive line coach, and it’s a coach who comes from a very different system than the one Kelly ran at Oregon.

Bucs finalize coaching staff, add a new LB coach | ProFootballTalk
The Buccaneers released a full list of their coaching staff for the coming season Thursday.

Gregg Williams reinstated by NFL, hired by Titans | ProFootballTalk
Less than a year after he was suspended indefinitely for orchestrating the Saints’ bounty program, Gregg Williams is back in the NFL.

John Settle will coach the Browns running backs | ProFootballTalk
Browns coach Rob Chudzinski has reached into his recent past to find his team’s running backs coach.

Jaguars dip into college ranks to fill out staff | ProFootballTalk
Head coach Gus Bradley has put the finishing touches on his staff for his first year leading the Jaguars.

Steelers lose assistant coach to noted football factory | ProFootballTalk
The Steelers have another staff opening, after one of their assistants decided to go back to school.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Scouting Football Talent - 2 keys to a 3-4 OLB transition |
Flexibility in putting together today’s NFL roster is key to any long term sustainable success.

Jaguars to implement zone blocking scheme | ProFootballTalk
One of the biggest challenges for the Jaguars as they attempt to wash the stink of a 2-14 season off will be how they rebuild an offensive line.

Cardinals will stick with 3-4 defense | ProFootballTalk
When the Cardinals made the decision to switch defensive coordinators from Ray Horton to Todd Bowles, there was some question about what kind of defensive look Bowles would run in the 2013 season.

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