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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 3/1/13

Horse Tracks: Your Daily Cup of Orange and Blue!

Kaptain Kirk

Free Agency Outlook: Running Backs
A look at the free agent running back market.

Del Rio to Speak at MIT Sports Analytics Conference "
Broncos Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio is scheduled to speak at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, which takes place on March 1 and 2 in Boston.

Combine Just Part of the Process "
Coaches and scouts for the 32 National Football League teams have now returned to their respective homes and headquarters following the conclusion of the 2013 combine.

New Experiences as a Cheerleader "
Hi Broncos Country! My name is Kisato and I’m from Tokyo, Japan. This was my first season as a Denver Broncos Cheerleader.

Denver Broncos Videos

Elway Reviews Combine Goals, Talks Next Steps - VIDEO
John Elway explains what mattered most to him to figure out while at the scouting combine in Indianapolis

NFL All Access - NFL Fan Pass – - VIDEO
For the ultimate inside access to the NFL, NFL Fan Pass will take you behind the scenes of NFL events, the NFL Network, and your favorite players and teams.

RecruitingNation: What combine drills mean - ESPN Video - ESPN
Craig Haubert and Tom Luginbill break down what combine drills can - and can't - teach evaluators about the athletic ability of prospects.

More Dire QB Situation: Jets Or Raiders? - ESPN Video - ESPN
NFL Live OT breaks down the QB situation in New York and Oakland.

NFL Cold Hard Facts - ESPN Video - ESPN
Cold Hard Facts looks at Alex Smith, needs for the 49ers and Colin Kaepernick

The Word: Manti Te'o's Combine - ESPN Video - ESPN
Jemele Hill, Jane McManus and Prim Siripipat discuss the impact of Manti Te'o's performance at the Scouting Combine and the questions asked during player interviews.

Johnson Thinks He Will Outrush Peterson in 2013 - ESPN Video - ESPN
Chris Johnson is confident he will have more rushing yards next season than Adrian Peterson will.

State Of The 49ers With Vernon Davis - ESPN Video - ESPN
Vernon Davis discusses the 49ers rivalry with the Seahawks and the emergence of Colin Kaepernick.

Finley Won't Take Pay Cut - ESPN Video - ESPN NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert discusses Jermichael Finley's statement that he won't take a pay cut to remain with the Packers.

Inside the Huddle: 49ers, Chiefs, Old Centers and Veteran RBs - ESPN Video - ESPN
Inside the Huddle's John Clayton provides his insight into the how the 49ers may use their 15 draft picks, how the Chiefs could change their offense with Alex Smith at qb, why old centers are in jeopardy while veteran running backs are sitting pretty.

Matt Cassel could end up next Cardinals or Vikings QB -
The Kansas City Chiefs will shop quarterback Matt Cassel around the league now that Alex Smith is taking over as head coach Andy Reid's hand-picked starter.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Denver Broncos stick by safety Rahim Moore despite blunder - ESPN
The Denver Broncos are sticking with young safety Rahim Moore.

Von Miller the Broncos most undervalued player according to website | First-and-Orange - Mike Klis
File this under the for-what-it’s-worth department.

Desmond Trufant, Matt Elam two draft hopefuls with family ties to NFL - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
As the Broncos continue their preparations for the April 25-27 draft, two players who will get long looks during evaluations may already have offered a preview of what their NFL career could look like.

Brock Osweiler would be among best QBs in 2013 NFL draft - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: I was in favor of the Broncos selection of Brock Osweiler in the second round of the 2012 draft...

Division News

Barret Robbins doesn’t remember much about the Super Bowl | ProFootballTalk
When Tim Brown and Jerry Rice made their bizarre accusations that their former coach, Bill Callahan, sabotaged the team in Super Bowl XXXVII, they both dragged former Raiders center Barret Robbins into it:

ProFootballTalk: Will Palmer be let loose? | ProFootballTalk
The Raiders have an ugly cap situation on their hands, and Mike Florio says one way to alleviate their problem is to cut Carson Palmer loose. When will Oakland’s long-term re-building effort start to look up? - Three takeaways from Smith deal
As talking heads continue racing to declare a winner of a trade that can’t become official for another two weeks, I prefer to go in a different direction.

PFT Live: Will Chiefs regret trading for Smith? | ProFootballTalk
NBC Sports Network analyst Shaun King joins PFT Live to discuss the latest news around the NFL. Florio asks King if he believes the NFL is truly ready for an openly gay player, where he believes Manti Te’o will be drafted after his poor NFL Combine performance, and if the Alex Smith trade was the best move for the Chiefs.

PFT Live: Can Chiefs pull plug on Smith deal? | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio breaks down both sides of the Alex Smith trade, highlighting the $9.75 million in cap space cleared for the 49ers. Florio also talks about the Jets’ quest to trade CB Darrelle Revis, and who benefits most from restructuring contracts.

Chiefs, Bowe move toward tag deadline without a deal | ProFootballTalk
The Chiefs and receiver Dwayne Bowe have been discussing a long-term deal. For now, we’re told there’s no news.

ProFootballTalk: Will Bowe return because of Alex Smith? | ProFootballTalk
The Chiefs have addressed their QB situation, and now Mike Florio says they need to turn their attention to resigning Dwayne Bowe. Is Alex Smith enough to sell Bowe on a return to KC?

ProFootballTalk: Chargers must upgrade O-Line | ProFootballTalk
The Chargers need to set their sights on protecting QB Philip Rivers by upgrading their offensive line. Resigning guard Louis Vasquez is a must, along with possibly prying Ryan Clady from Denver.

NFL News

10 things to know about the franchise tag | ProFootballTalk
The franchise tag is old enough to vote, and nearly old enough to drink.

Another look at and white wide receivers | ProFootballTalk has published detailed profiles of almost all of the players who attended this year’s Scouting Combine, and all of those profiles include a section titled "NFL comparison," which names the current NFL player who is the most similar to that particular draft prospect.

Free Agency

The NFP's top-50 free agents of 2013 | National Football Post
The market opens in less than two weeks. Are you ready for the feeding frenzy?

Top 85 free agents: Mike Wallace heads best available -
This year's free-agent crop is a lot like this year's draft class: It's not that exciting at the top, but there is better depth than usual.

Chris Gamble expected to be released by Panthers -
The Charlotte Observer's Joe Person reported earlier in the month that the Carolina Panthers' top cornerback Chris Gamble would likely be released as new general manager Dave Gettleman's first major move.

Ravens have "some interest" in Ricky Jean-Francois | ProFootballTalk
There are always a few big names that dominate the discussion when free agency time rolls around, but there are often smaller names whose movements wind up having a big impact.

Roy Miller, Bucs break off contract talks | ProFootballTalk
It looks like defensive tackle Roy Miller will be hitting the open market.

Cowboys sign long snapper Ladouceur to five-year deal | ProFootballTalk
In a move that Jerry Jones deserves all the credit in the world for, the Cowboys have secured an important piece for the next five years.

Report: Browns unlikely to sign Steve Breaston | ProFootballTalk
The list of potential landing spots for free-agent wide receiver Steve Breaston appears to have shrunk.

Jets kick the tires on David Garrard | ProFootballTalk
After being linked to quarterbacks both washed-up and not quite good enough to be a Chief, the Jets are broadening their search for a backup to Mark Sanchez.

Cary Williams: I’m not a priority for Ravens right now | ProFootballTalk
In a post a little while ago, Darin Gantt noted how the impending Ravens free agents not named Joe Flacco were in a holding pattern as the team tries to nail down a new deal with their quarterback.

Cullen Jenkins meeting with Giants | ProFootballTalk
Being a salary cap cut can be preferable to being a free agent, if only for the jump start on the market.

Report: Rams may allow Danny Amendola to test free agency | ProFootballTalk
At the Combine, Rams general manager Les Snead told’s Gregg Rosenthal the club would not apply the franchise tag to receiver Danny Amendola.

Cribbs admits that tampering is happening | ProFootballTalk
It’s an open secret in the NFL. Tampering has been and will continue to occur regarding the class of upcoming free agents.

Cribbs’ agent tries to put the tampering toothpaste back in the tube | ProFootballTalk
Browns receiver Josh Cribbs will become a free agent in less than two weeks. He said Thursday that his agent is talking to other teams. Given that Cribbs doesn’t become a free agent until March 12, that’s a problem.

Steelers claim John Parker Wilson off waivers | ProFootballTalk
The Steelers started the day with one quarterback under contract.

Seahawks sound content to keep Matt Flynn as a backup | ProFootballTalk
Russell Wilson’s breakout season in Seattle made Matt Flynn, last year’s top free agent quarterback, expendable. But that doesn’t mean the Seahawks are planning to send Flynn packing.

ProFootballTalk: Will SJax stay in the division? | ProFootballTalk
Steven Jackson will test the free agent waters, so where does this leave the Rams? Mike Florio says they need to surround Sam Bradford with playmakers while also focusing on their own free agents.

Matt Flynn could appeal to New York Jets, Cleveland Browns -
With Alex Smith heading to the Kansas City Chiefs, we've already seen one tradable quarterback leave the market.

Pro days are important, as NFL stars like Victor Cruz can attest -
With the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine behind us, we turn our attention to the slate of pro-day workouts that will be held at schools around the nation over the next month, beginning Friday

Dwan Edwards wants to return to Panthers after “fun” 2012 | ProFootballTalk
The Panthers only have three starters among their list of free agents, and it appears getting one of them back is a priority for both sides.

Falcons to cut Dunta Robinson, Michael Turner, John Abraham | ProFootballTalk
Three longtime veterans are on the way out in Atlanta.

Door swings open for Freeney, Jackson in Atlanta | ProFootballTalk
It’s not clear whether Tony Gonzalez will be back in Atlanta next year. It is clear that Michael Turner, John Abraham, and Dunta Robinson won’t be.

Lions give Corey Hilliard a two-year deal | ProFootballTalk
The Lions offensive tweaking continued Friday, as they signed tackle Corey Hilliard to a two-year contract, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

2013 Draft

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Lewin Career Forecast 2013
Even before they ever took the field, most NFL observers knew the quarterback class of 2012 was going to be one of the better ones in recent years.

Ryan Swope: People are shocked I’m a white guy running a 4.3 | ProFootballTalk
Texas A&M receiver Ryan Swope was timed at 4.34 seconds in the 40-yard dash on Sunday, putting him in a tie for the second-fastest 40 at this year’s Combine.

The Boiler Room Series: Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
I won’t go as far to say that watching quarterbacks at college all-star practices is useless. There are fine points that can be gleaned from practices. But with each passing year I go to a college all-star game, the less time I want to spend studying them there. Watching Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick, and now Ryan Nassib goes a long way to validate this thought.

Lane Kiffin will personally vouch for Matt Barkley’s NFL potential | ProFootballTalk
If any NFL general managers or coaches want to know what USC Lane Kiffin thinks of quarterback Matt Barkley, Kiffin is eager to offer a ringing endorsement.

Teams want to see if Terron Armstead can play tight end | ProFootballTalk
Terron Armstead drew a lot of attention when he ran an unofficial 4.65 -second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Le’Veon Bell says he was asked questions about sexuality | ProFootballTalk
And now there are two.

Should Dee Milliner be in No. 1 pick mix? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs' situation with the No. 1 pick remains one of the most fascinating questions of the NFL offseason.

Lauren Silberman set to become first woman to participate at an NFL combine - ESPN
Lauren Silberman is set to become the first woman to participate at an NFL combine.

NFP looks at 9 players who struggled at Combine | National Football Post
Russ Lande offers a final breaks down of nine players who struggled at the Combine

Manti Te'o's combine workout fails to impress coaches -
A sample of NFL general managers might not have been alarmed by Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o's 4.82 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, but Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh's immediate reaction was telling.

Alec Ogletree explains post-arrest combine interviews -
Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree put himself in an awful spot heading into the NFL Scouting Combine.

Alec Ogletree says half his combine interviews were about DUI | ProFootballTalk
Linebacker Alec Ogletree’s play during the 2012 season at Georgia had many people talking about him as a potential first-round pick in April, but a DUI arrest just before the combine raised a red flag that clouded the picture.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Federal budget issues could end flyovers | ProFootballTalk
The latest convoluted governmental crisis comes from the concept of "sequestration." (When did we all sign up for the Convoluted Governmental Crisis of the Month Club?) - Cowboys restructure several contracts
The Cowboys restructured the contracts of OLB DeMarcus Ware, WR Miles Austin, TE Jason Witten, CB Brandon Carr and OL Ryan Cook, the team’s website confirmed Thursday.

31 Reasons why NFL teams hate the Patriots -
If you didn’t know any better, you’d believe Terrell Suggs doesn’t care for the Patriots. Suggs has called the Patriots "arrogant pricks" in the past

Adam Snyder expresses support for Kevin Kolb as Cardinals QB | ProFootballTalk
Four different quarterbacks took snaps for the Arizona Cardinals last season as the team struggled to find consistency under center.

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