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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 3/22/13

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Overcoming Obstacles on NFL Path
Chadron State tackle Garrett Gilkey was bullied in high school and wasn’t recruited by any Division-I colleges, but is now working on an NFL career.

2013 NFL Draft Preview: Tackles
A look at the top offensive tackle prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft.

How long does it take to start in the NFL? | National Football Post
Tony Villiotti of breaks down "starting velocity" by position.

2013 NFL mock draft: SB Nation bloggers are on the clock -
The SB Nation NFL bloggers mock draft is on! SB Nation's NFL bloggers will be running a two-round mock draft with three picks posted per day leading up to the big day. Read on for all the picks.

Denver Broncos Videos

Meet the Interior Linemen
Some of this year's top interior offensive linemen prospects talk about why they're pro-ready.

Meet the Offensive Tackles
This year's top offensive tackles talk about preparing for the draft and why they're ready to go pro.

Inside the Huddle: Broncos, Chargers, Seahawks and Titans on the Move - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Clayton shares his inside scoop on the latest maneuverings and their meanings for the Broncos, Chargers, Seahawks and Titans.

Brian Urlacher Moves On - ESPN Video - ESPN
Herm Edwards understands why Brian Urlacher had to move on from the Chicago Bears.

Brian Urlacher Wants To Play - ESPN Video - ESPN
Free agent LB Brian Urlacher discusses feeling slighted by the Bears' contract offer and his desire to play.

Driver On Latest NFL News - ESPN Video - ESPN
Donald Driver joins SportsCenter to talk about Ed Reed signing with the Texans, Brian Urlacher's future in the NFL and former teammate Greg Jennings' decision to join the rival Minnesota Vikings.

Will Ravens Make The Playoffs? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Michael Smith, Hugh Douglas, Jemele Hill and Herm Edwards discuss whether the Ravens make the playoffs next season.

Draft Lab: Defensive Linemen - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay discuss the defensive linemen in the NFL draft.

Johnson Questions Titans' Signing Of Greene - ESPN Video - ESPN NFL scout Matt Williamson weighs in on Chris Johnson's concern about the Titans' three-year, $10 million deal with Shonn Greene.

Georgia Holds Pro Day - ESPN Video - ESPN
David Pollack discusses how linebackers Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree performed at their pro day.

NFL Live OT: Most Successful Veteran Move - ESPN Video - ESPN
Donald Driver, Jerry Rice and Herm Edwards discuss which veteran player that switched teams will have the most success with their new team.

Bernard Pollard Joins Titans - ESPN Video - ESPN
Bernard Pollard signs a one-year deal with Tennessee Titans.

NFL Cold Hard Facts - ESPN Video - ESPN
Herm Edwards looks at Jarvis Jones, Alex Smith and who will have the bigger impact Pervin Harvin or Anquan Boldin.

NFL Films Blog " Blog Archive 5 Questions With: Geno Atkins "
Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins is single-handedly bringing back the interior pass rush in the NFL.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Dwight Freeney, John Abraham leave Denver deal-less -
The Denver Broncos set in motion contingency plans when the Elvis Dumervil fax debacle took place. The plans included interviews with free agents Dwight Freeney and John Abraham in case a new contract with Dumervil can't be reached.

Elvis Dumervil mulls Ravens' offer; Freeney, Abraham visit Broncos - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
As Dwight Freeney and John Abraham took turns visiting Thursday with the Broncos at Dove Valley, the Baltimore Ravens have made a strong push for Elvis Dumervil.

Tom Condon factor in Elvis Dumervil saga: 3 horses in 4-horse pass rush race | First-and-Orange - Mike Klis
Tom Condon, the agent for the NFL stars, represents three of the four free-agent pass-rushing defensive ends who are currently in play.

Trio of teams after Dumervil, Freeney | ProFootballTalk
Last Friday, the Broncos cut defensive end Elvis Dumervil after a last-minute effort to re-do his contract imploded at the last minute.

Mark Kiszla: Brian Urlacher could turn Broncos into mean machine - The Denver Post
Hey, John Elway. Breaking up is indeed hard to do. But get a grip, man. Kiss defensive end Elvis Dumervil goodbye.

Broncos like Rodgers-Cromartie's potential but plan to push him hard - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: Not sure if you saw the Eagles-Panthers "Monday Night Football" game late in the season, but (ESPN analyst) Jon Gruden (criticized) Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie the entire game.

Pro days for draft prospects help clear issues lingering since combine - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
In a week when many of the top prospects who have the biggest questions in tow were on the field, one of the biggest — both physically and figuratively — question marks in this draft has continued to try to regain his once lofty status this week.

Division News

Could San Diego trade for Branden Albert happen? - ESPN
It is clear that the Kansas City Chiefs are open to trading left tackle Branden Albert. And it is obvious the greatest need of the San Diego Chargers is at left tackle.

Chargers add Ohrnberger | ProFootballTalk
The Chargers continue to quietly and methodically add free agents aimed at making the team better, even if they aren’t exactly household names.

Branden Albert: I’m not disgruntled | ProFootballTalk
Tackle Branden Albert has signed his franchise tender with the Chiefs, which means that he’ll make $9.828 million in the 2013 season if he doesn’t sign a long-term deal to stay in Kansas City or get traded to another club.

Reggie McKenzie on Jarvis Jones: You can’t change what you see on tape | ProFootballTalk
For years under Al Davis, the Raiders had a reputation for drafting players who ran very fast even if their on-field results were less impressive.

NFL News

McKay says helmet rule "absolutely not" about litigation avoidance | ProFootballTalk
Plenty of fans think that the move to make pro football safer comes from a desire to protect the coffers against future litigation filed by the players of today.

Ex-Bear trying to convince Illinois high schools to limit contact | ProFootballTalk
Former Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer retired from the NFL at the age of 30 after suffering health problems he attributed to a series of concussions.

David Wilson blasts the "stupid" helmet rule | ProFootballTalk
Yes, we’ve found another running back who has weighed in on the NFL’s new rule banning runners delivering hits with the tops of their helmets. And no, we haven’t found a running back who likes the rule yet.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | 2013 Amended Rules Analysis
Six proposed rule changes were presented to the 32 teams at the annual meeting this year, and all passed.

Free Agency Signings

Ed Reed reportedly strikes three-year contract with Texans -
Ed Reed arrived at the Houston airport late Thursday to sign a three-year contract with the Texans on Friday morning, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported.

Five under-the-radar NFL free-agent signings -
As Gregg Rosenthal pointed out, "winning" free agency doesn't always buy you a rose garden.

San Francisco 49ers sign safety Darcel McBath - ESPN
The San Francisco 49ers have signed free agent safety and special teams standout Darcel McBath to a one-year contract, adding depth to the secondary.

Arrelious Benn gets contract extension with Eagles | ProFootballTalk
Less than a week after acquiring wide receiver Arrelious Benn in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Philadelphia Eagles have given Benn a contract extension.

Bengals agree with Josh Johnson | ProFootballTalk
The Bengals and free-agent quarterback Josh Johnson have reached a two-year contract agreement, NFL writer Jenna Laine reported Thursday night.

Brad Jones returns to Packers | ProFootballTalk
Linebacker Brad Jones took a trip to Tennessee, but he’s going to be remaining up north.

Ted Ginn joins the Panthers on one-year deal | ProFootballTalk
The Panthers don’t have to kind of salary cap space to address their bigger problems, but they’re methodically checking off the smaller boxes.

Free Agency Rumors

Shaun Phillips is quietly generating interest | ProFootballTalk
The group of free-agent pass rushers on the wrong side of 30 contains a veteran whose name hasn’t been mentioned much in free agency, but who quietly is generating interest.

Falcons, Dolphins provide likely landing spot Umenyiora | ProFootballTalk
The cluster of unsigned pass rushers includes defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who coveted for years his shot at the open market — and who has found no takers through the first nine days.

Bryant McKinnie says Ravens are trying to keep him | ProFootballTalk
Most of the headlines the Ravens have made in the last two weeks have been about losing players who started for them in the Super Bowl.

Will Herring expected to return to Saints | ProFootballTalk
The Saints cut linebacker Will Herring last week because they thought they could find better uses for the $1.6 million in cap space they saved when they dropped him from the roster.

2013 Draft/Pro Days

March 22: Missouri Western, Tennessee State, Vanderbilt

Missouri Western - David Bass, DE

Tennessee State - Rogers Gaines, OT; Trabis Ward, RB

Vanderbilt - Zac Stacy, RB

Pro Day review for March 18th, 19th & 20th | National Football Post
Russ Lande tells us what he heard about Pro Days at Florida State, San Diego State & Utah.

Boise State’s D.J. Harper, Jamar Taylor solidify draft status -
Representatives from 13 NFL teams gathered at Boise State’s pro day on Thursday, where 11 players went through a workout indoors on FieldTurf.

Zach Ertz is intriguing prospect at watch early in draft -
Representatives from 31 NFL teams (only the Washington Redskins were not present) gathered at Stanford’s pro day on Thursday, where 12 players went through a workout outdoors on FieldTurf in ideal weather conditions

Tarleton State’s Rufus Johnson gets extended look -
Representatives from six NFL teams gathered at Tarleton State’s pro day held at nearby Aledo High School on March 15, where 10 players went through a workout held at the high school’s indoor facility.

William & Mary’s B.W. Webb displays corner-playing chops -
Representatives from 12 NFL teams — including a defensive backs coach from the Cincinnati Bengals — gathered at the pro day held at William & Mary on Thursday, where 11 players went through a workout held outdoors on FieldTurf in 33-degree weather.

Ryan Nassib is top QB in NFL draft, Greg Cosell says -
The overall consensus as the NFL draft approaches has been that West Virginia's Geno Smith is the top quarterback prospect. There's plenty of debate on how high he should be drafted, but he's thought of as the No. 1 signal-caller.

Jarvis Jones calls himself the best player in the NFL draft | ProFootballTalk
Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones has no doubts about where he ranks among the prospects in this year’s NFL draft.

2013 NFL draft -- Jarvis Jones of Georgia Bulldogs content with subpar pro day - ESPN
Although he posted pedestrian numbers at Georgia's pro day Thursday, Jarvis Jones insists he was pleased with his first official workout before NFL scouts.

Jarvis Jones’ disappointing pro day could damage draft stock -
Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones — once projected to be a top-10 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft — had a disappointing pro day Thursday.

Jarvis Jones disappoints at Georgia Pro Day | ProFootballTalk
The reviews are in from Georgia’s Pro Day, and while linebacker Jarvis Jones declared himself the best player in the draft afterward, most other observers weren’t so impressed.

Mike Glennon + Blaine Gabbert + Aaron Schatz = A 2011-2013 RSP Mashup | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Football Outsiders Chief Aaron Schatz asked me a great question yesterday. One that I imagine some people with my business interests in mind would tell me not to answer within the context of a book season where I’m trying to generate sales.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Jets’ running back job is "wide open" | ProFootballTalk
With Shonn Greene now gone, the Jets officially have embarked on an effort to find a new starting tailback. The team’s running backs coach says that the job can go to anyone.

Maurice Clarett wants to be a rugby Olympian | ProFootballTalk
Maurice Clarett was a bust in the NFL, first failing in his attempt to sue the league for early entry into the draft, then failing

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