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Broncos draft pick Quanterus Smith first caught attention vs. Alabama - The Denver Post
On that sunny afternoon in Tuscaloosa, Ala., when most folks had a postgame stop for the postgame ribs at Dreamland Bar-B-Que already on their minds as they settled into their seats, Smith sacked Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron three times, a rare feat in any year against Alabama as he became one of only five players to accomplish in the past 15 years. Those three sacks may have been the boost to push Smith into the fifth round of the NFL draft, where the Broncos snagged him.

NFP Sunday Blitz - Top Undrafted Free Agents | National Football Post
DE--Lerentee McCray, Broncos. He is a tweener but has some athleticism and potential to be a situational pass rusher and special teams player.

2013 Denver Bronco CFA’s: Doug Rippy | Bronco Planet
The Linebacker position was an area that the Denver Broncos wanted to shore up this offseason and they did quite a bit to address that. In Free Agency, Shaun Phillips and Stewart Bradley were signed. Then Quanterus Smith was selected in the 5th round of last month’s NFL Draft.

Medical factors and the Broncos’ 2013 draft - It's All Over, Fat Man!
Doc considers how the health concerns kept Denver from choosing Eddie Lacy, and helped Quanterus Smith drop to them in the fifth round

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If playing football is out for Tim Tebow, ESPN and Fox will jump at the NFL's most popular backup - NY Daily News
Does Tim Tebow have a TV future? No doubt the former Heisman Trophy winner, released by the Jets last week, would like to appear in front of a camera playing quarterback in the National Football League.

John Abraham not retiring despite two cryptic tweets -
On an otherwise sleepy Saturday in the NFL, two cryptic messages from John Abraham's Twitter account piqued our attention.

Robert Kraft would welcome a gay player on the New England Patriots | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
"We’re about winning, and (if) someone can come in here and help us win, I don’t care what ethnic background, what racial background, what gender preference they have," Kraft said via Luke Hughes of "If they can help us win and they’re about team then I’ll be happy to have them here."

Manti Te'o needs to 'prove himself,' one Charger says -
The San Diego Chargers expect second-round draft pick Manti Te'o to step in as the starting inside linebacker next to Donald Butler. That talk is premature, Butler says

2013 NFL Draft Fallout: Baltimore Ravens -
It's hard to find two teammates more valuable to their franchise over the past 12 to 15 years than Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. First-round safety Matt Elam and second-round linebacker Arthur Brown can't come close to replacing Lewis and Reed's leadership, but don't be surprised if the Ravens' defense is better this season than last.

Report: LeGarrette Blount takes pay cut with Patriots -
"With LeGarrette, he's been a productive player. He didn't play as much last year with the emergence of (Doug) Martin down there, so I can certainly understand that Tampa was in. We felt like he was a talented guy that we wanted to have on our team."

League wants HGH testing, needs players to want it, too | ProFootballTalk
In a recent blurb regarding the reported increase in HGH use among NFL players, we suggested that the league isn’t using available legal avenues to compel the NFLPA to honor its 2011 agreement to permit HGH testing perhaps because the league doesn’t really want HGH testing.