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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 4/2/13

After several days of very light news (must have been Easter weekend related), the Denver Broncos are finally being written about again from a variety of sources. From John Elway's radio interview to Broncos draft history, as well as a plethora of scouting reports, today is definitely a big news day! Enjoy...

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Jon Heath Sports Media: Elway Confirms Ayers is Part of Defensive Plan
With Elvis Dumervil gone, the Denver Broncos are determining who will replace him. In no rush to sign a veteran free agent, the Broncos are ready to hand more responsibility to fifth-year defensive end Robert Ayers.

NFL Draft History: Kilroy Was Here | Bronco Planet
The first day of April. A day of foolishness and for NFL fans, a midway point between the doldrums of another offseason. The Combine has come and gone. The Draft is still over three weeks away. March Madness is finally finished and Baseball is set to occupy every Sports channel across America.

Elway Talks Draft, Free Agency, Welker and More |
On Monday afternoon, Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway made an appearance on The Dave Logan show on partner station 850 KOA. He discussed a wide-ranging set of topics from free agency to the draft, the loss of Elvis Dumervil and the addition of Wes Welker.

Scouting the 2013 Draft: Offensive Tackles, Part 2 - It's All Over, Fat Man!
Picking up where we last left off, today’s fare includes a talented converted tight end, a small school player who didn’t get a Combine invite (but probably should have), and one of the elite tackles in this year’s draft.

Wes Welker in Denver will impact Broncos statistics — his own too - The Denver Post
The Broncos feel like they have the other pieces in place — most notably Peyton Manning at quarterback and two 1,000-yard receivers in Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker — to pump up the production.

NFL Mailbag - Franchise tag shifts risk to players - ESPN
Over the weekend, cornerback Brent Grimes, a franchise designee of the Atlanta Falcons last year, signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. As a franchise player, Grimes made $10.281 million. Early reports are that Grimes signed a one-year deal with Miami at $5.5 million, close to a 50 percent reduction.

Denver Broncos Videos

Denver Broncos - Second Coming (2013 Promo) - YouTube
On January 12th, 2013, the 13-3 Denver Broncos, the number one team in the AFC, were dropped by the Baltimore Ravens at home, in one of the most disappointing games in Broncos history. In the 2013 season, they will be back and better than ever. | Draft 2013 - NFL Videos
I don't think there's anything more conservative than taking the top offensive lineman overall.

Is NFC West the best divison in the NFL? - NFL Videos
With the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks at the helm, is the NFC West the NFL's strongest division? Heath Evans and Warren Sapp debate.

Former Gater to Raider? - ESPN
Could Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd be the disruptive force Oakland needs along the D-line?

Denver Broncos Blogs

Draft Can Yield Surprise Stars From Nowhere "
The talk of the National Football League world at this time of year is the annual player draft, coming up later this month. Nowhere can you read more about the draft here in Denver than in the Denver Broncos website, which does a great job previewing star and wannabe stars from around the country.

The Biggest Draft Busts in Denver Broncos History | Bleacher Report
Each team has to deal with busts when it comes to the NFL draft and the Denver Broncos are not excluded from this. Although the Broncos have drafted plenty of studs over the last few decades, they have also drafted their fair share of duds.

Mile High Monday: Denver Broncos Focusing on Draft - Predominantly Orange
The Denver Broncos have been working to sign a free agent defensive end in recent weeks and they still may get it done before the season starts. But the news that negotiations have stalled with Dwight Freeney means that issue could drag on for a while.

Broncos Have Easiest 2013 Schedule In The NFL But That Doesn't Mean Much - Predominantly Orange
The Denver Broncos’ official schedule will be released on April 16. We already know who they’re playing. Now we just need to know when they’ll be playing.

Alvos do Draft 2013: Kawann Short (DT) "
Seguindo a série dos nossos possíveis alvos no Draft 2013 da NFL, vamos analisar o perfil do defensive tackle Kawann Short. É muito provável que o Denver Broncos esteja olhando para a posição no draft e este é um excelente nome para se juntar a Denver.

AFC West Division News

Dear, NFL: Hey, it's the Chiefs. Please trade for the No. 1 pick - Arrowhead Pride
The Kansas City Chiefs have made it clear as can be to the rest of the NFL that they're open to trading the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Matt Flynn restructured deal actually raises 2013 salary cap hit - Silver And Black Pride
The deal to bring Matt Flynn to the Raiders in a trade was reported last Saturday as being agreed upon. The reason it wasn't finalized was the Raiders were speaking with Carson Palmer one last time to give him a final opportunity to lower his contract to stay and speak with Flynn about restructuring his contract.

Rich Gannon chimes in on Oakland trade - AFC West Blog - ESPN
I caught up with the last highly-successful Oakland Raiders' quarterback, Rich Gannon, Monday night to talk about the team’s acquisition of quarterback Matt Flynn.

NFL News

Jack Pardee dead: Former college, NFL coach remembered -
College Football Hall of Famer Jack Pardee died on Monday. In addition to beating cancer twice, he also hung 95 points on SMU once. He was awesome.

Clemons' stance on gay teammate ill conceived - Yahoo! Sports
Just when it seemed the National Football League and its playing personnel might be becoming a bit too enlightened on the topic of sexual equality, up stepped Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons to skew the pigskin globe off its axis again.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: The Patriots' Real Problem
Clearly the New England offense has been much better than the defense, especially the last few years. I am not arguing the defense is not a problem and does not need to get better. It is, and it does.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: State of the Team: Tennessee Titans
Injuries along the offensive line struck hard late in 2012, though Tennessee’s ground game had been wildly inconsistent all season long. That made the entire offense inconsistent –- especially when veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was not in. New first-time coordinator Dowell Loggains has a project on his hands.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: State of the Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Injuries to Maurice Jones-Drew and Rashad Jennings felled a Jaguars offense that was already trying to overcome mediocrity at quarterback. Blaine Gabbert was much better than in his rookie season, but he was still inconsistent, particularly on the mental side of things.

NFL Free Agency News

Colt McCoy traded to 49ers, according to report -
The Cleveland Browns traded quarterback Colt McCoy to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.

Retaining starters and free agent activity: Part 4 | National Football Post
The DRAFTMETRICS definition of a starter is someone who started at least eight games. For purposes of this article, a player must have started eight games or more in 2012.

John Schneider: Money saved by Flynn trade "extremely valuable" | ProFootballTalk
The Seattle Seahawks have built a team full of talented young players that expect to contend for a trip to the Super Bowl in 2013.

2013 NFL Draft News

Trades for vet QBs could hurt Geno Smith - Yahoo! Sports
For the third time this offseason, a quarterback-needy team drafting in the top 10 is on the verge of trading for at least a semi-prominent passer.

Geno Smith awarded this year's analyst April surprise -
don't know whether West Virginia's Geno Smith will be as good in the NFL as Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III are. But based on highly suspect scouting reports showing up just weeks before the draft, he's suddenly got much more in common with them as people than he had before.

Tennessee Titans Updated 2013 NFL Draft Team Needs |
The Tennessee Titans lost a couple of solid contributors in 2013 NFL Free Agency, but the team more than made up for it with the additions of guard Andy Levitre, tight end Delanie Walker, running back Shonn Greene and strong safety Bernard Pollard, among others.

2013 NFL Draft: Carolina Panthers Updated Team Needs |
The Carolina Panthers didn’t do a ton to bolster their roster on the open market. Nonetheless, this team is slightly better off—if anything—after about three weeks of 2013 NFL Free Agency and looks to be in better shape than at least a dozen teams around the league.

2013 NFL Draft: New Orleans Saints Team Needs |
The New Orleans Saints didn’t do a ton on the open market, but the team is slightly better off—if anything—after about three weeks of 2013 NFL Free Agency and looks to be in better shape than at least half of the teams around the league at the start of April.

Draft Grader: Atlanta Falcons |
Matt Ryan, QB (3rd overall pick in 2008): The pick that, in many respects, changed the fortunes of the franchise. Ryan overcame his playoff jinx this year and has led the Falcons to five consecutive winning seasons.

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