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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 5/7/13

For all you Champ Bailey haters, he's still a Top 10 cornerback and will likely remain in the Top 20 until the day he retires. This "move him to safety" crap isn't likely going to every make sense, so let it go.

Justin Edmonds

Champ sees job security unthreatened by Broncos' picks in draft | First & Orange
Entering the draft, the Broncos had an eye on selecting the heir apparent to Bailey, who turns 35 next month, with their No. 28 overall pick.

Denver Broncos News & Blogs

What the Broncos draft did for...Vickerson and Terrance Knighton | First & Orange
The first-round selection of defensive tackle Sylvester Williams means veterans Kevin Vickerson and Terrance Knighton will not be able to coast through training camp and expect to start in the season opener, Sept. 5 against the Baltimore Ravens.

NFL draft's end sparks instant "chaos" for teams targeting free agents - The Denver Post
At first they are routinely disappointed they weren't selected. But if they had draftable grades, they soon find out they are still pretty popular.

Inside the Numbers: Tavarres King |
A look at some noteworthy statistics about the second of the Broncos' fifth-round picks.

Tar Heels' Loss is Broncos' Gain |
North Carolina Head Coach Larry Fedora said that while he's sad to lose Sylvester Williams, he knows Denver is getting a "special" player.

Inside the Numbers: Vinston Painter |
A look at some noteworthy statistics about the Broncos' sixth-round pick.

2013 Denver Bronco CFA’s: Romney Fuga | Bronco Planet
Shortly after the 2013 NFL Draft ended, the Denver Broncos announced the signing of 15 College Free Agents. A few days later, the team signed a 16th player. A Defensive Tackle from BYU named Romney Fuga.

2013 Denver Bronco CFA’s: Uona Kaveinga | Bronco Planet
The Denver Broncos have needed a Middle Linebacker (MIKE) since 2007, when Al Wilson was forced into early retirement due to a neck injury and there has been a void in the Denver Defense since. It isn’t easy to replace such an important piece and I liken it to what the Baltimore Ravens will go through as they try to find someone to take up Ray Lewis’ mantle.

Why did the Broncos draft Vinston Painter over David Quessenberry? - It's All Over, Fat Man!
With the 173rd pick in the 2013 Draft, the Broncos took Virginia Tech tackle Vinston Painter. Three picks later, the Texans took tackle David Quessenberry.

Mile High Monday: Ranking the Broncos Road Trips - Predominantly Orange
The Denver Broncos are a big television draw and were rewarded accordingly in the 2013 NFL schedule.

Safety Kerry Rhodes to the Broncos? - Predominantly Orange
Over the weekend, I wrote about how the Denver Broncos need to improve their secondary by adding a veteran at safety. I suggested that they sign 16-year veteran Charles Woodson to a one-year deal if he agreed to take a huge pay cut.

32 teams, 32 draft reviews | ProFootballTalk
After the 2013 draft ended, we promptly commenced the process of reviewing each team's draft in comprehensive fashion. Between Sunday and Tuesday of last week, all 32 teams had been analyzed. If you missed any of them, they're all right here.

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2013 NFL Draft Grades: Panthers, Patriots, Raiders underachieve -
While it's too early to say any team had a bad draft, six squads earned "C" grades from Bucky Brooks. The common problem? Puzzling decisions like the Oakland Raiders' selection of D.J. Hayden.

AP (then everyone else): Ranking the running backs -
Adrian Peterson is the greatest running back on Earth. That's a given, but who's next? Dan Hanzus takes on the surprisingly difficult task of trying to rank the top 30 ball-carriers in football.

Geno Smith: I don't care what people say about me -
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith has faced a tidal wave of criticism since the NFL draft. He says it doesn't matter. "I don't worry about what people say -- my skin is pretty thick."

White House strikes Tim Tebow-to-Jaguars petition -
Tim Tebow has an army of followers. A group of his supporters recently filed a petition to President Obama, asking the Jaguars to re-think their decision to pass on Tebow. Did it get results?

Johnny Manziel doesn't look like elite NFL quarterback prospect -
Johnny Manziel is one of the most electrifying players in college football, but that doesn't necessarily translate to pro potential. Bucky Brooks explains what the Texas A&M QB's game is lacking.

'Back in the first round!' Selling an NFL future -
How one NFL agent turned a third-round prospect into a first-rounder in four months.

Tennessee Titans Give QB Jake Locker Tools For Success |
The Tennessee Titans may not have blow us away during the 2013 NFL Draft, but they did a pretty rock-solid job addressing almost all of their needs and found good value throughout the three-day festivities.

Ed Reed expected back middle of training camp at latest | ProFootballTalk
When Texans safety Ed Reed had surgery to repair a small labral tear in his hip recently, word was that he was expected to be recovered in time for the start of training camp. Texans owner Bob McNair revealed a little more doubt than initially reported when he addressed Reed's status on Monday.

No contract talks yet, but Orakpo wants to remain with Redskins | ProFootballTalk
Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo's return to action after last year's torn pectoral muscle is a significant one for both player and team. For the Redskins, adding the pass rushing skills of a healthy Orakpo to a defense that seemed to find a groove down the stretch last season holds the promise f...

Mario Williams sues ex-fiancee for ring | ProFootballTalk
When Bills defensive Mario Williams proposed to his fiancee, he sealed the deal with a $785,000 ring.Now that the engagement has been scuttled, Williams wants the ring back from Erin Marzouki. She refuses to surrender it, so Williams has sued.

Report: Tom Brady wins big at Kentucky Derby | ProFootballTalk
We've known for many years that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has plenty of football skills, but it seems that he's a pretty good horse racing handicapper as well.

Tebow is both irrelevant and influential | ProFootballTalk
Somehow, the 2012 Jets killed Tebowmania. Or did they? A survey released Monday by finds that Tim Tebow is the most influential athlete in America. According to Tom Van Riper of, the determination was made via surveys taken "over the past several months.

Joe Greene retires from Pittsburgh’s personnel department | ProFootballTalk
Joe Greene has retired from his post as a special assistant to Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert, the club said Monday. A 1o-time Pro Bowler at defensive tackle, Greene starred on some vaunted Steelers defenses throughout his career, which ran from 1969-81.

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