DENVER (CBS4) - Former Broncos Long Snapper Lonie Paxton didn’t take long to find a new passion after he was released by the team. A lot of former NFL players go into broadcasting after their playing days are over and get a job in front of the camera. Paxton became the camera after getting a job with Go Pro, makers of what they call the “world’s most versatile camera.” “A good buddy of mine was the vice president of Red Bull and action sports has always been a love of mine,” Paxton said. “I was able to get in front of the right people after I got released in August. The transition has always been tough for guys, and I just kind of made my move quick and decided to hang them up and get into something I love.” He’s been using his football contacts in his new job. He appeared at the Pro Bowl and took a group of players to a shark tank and took video. “I put Caleb Hanie and Brock (Osweiler) in a cage on the North Shore and it was pretty funny how they reacted to it,” Paxton said. Paxton said video technology is growing every day and it might not be long before football players have small cameras on their helmets. “I’ve actually been hit up a lot recently about helmet cams and the technology of putting it in the helmet for every helmet sport,” he said. “I definitely see us moving in that direction. In the end we’re just trying to bring the fan more involved in the experience of sports.” He said every coach wants to see what their quarterback sees. Paxton also talked a little bit about the Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ chances next year. He thinks that Manning will be even better. “He’s learning the system more and I think they’ve got some new coaches coming that he knows. They’ve got (Eric) Decker and Demaryius (Thomas) coming back and there are some free agents out there and the defense is only getting better. I don’t see them stopping. It’s one or two plays and you’re in the Super Bowl.” Paxton said if he was commissioner of the NFL he’d make some changes. “I’d put some Go Pros in every stadium, on the coaches, start selling subscriptions to your favorite player,” he said while laughing. “We’d have some cams in some crazy areas. He sells as well as he snaps. LINK: Go Pro
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Former Broncos Long Snapper Lonnie Paxton Is Now A Walking Camera
Over the next few weeks, “Shutdown Corner” will pay homage to “Office Space” (TPS reports) as we take a quick look back at each team’s 2012 season and a look at what lies ahead for the 2013 offseason. We wrap up the AFC North with the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. 2012 record : 10-6 What went wrong : It’s hard to find many bones to pick with a team that won Super Bowl XLVII and threw a parade last week, but there are few items that threatened to derail the Ravens’ storybook season. For starters, the offense was stagnant for much of the season, particularly on the road. In the Ravens’ first five road games, the offense produced an average of 256.8 yards per game. Statistically, the Ravens defense took a step backwards, ranking 17th in total defense, including 20th against the run and 17th against the pass. From an advanced metrics standpoint, the Ravens defense that had ranked first in Football Outsiders’ defensive DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average) dropped to 19th in 2012 and was 26th against the run. What went right : Head coach John Harbaugh made the bold decision in mid-December to part ways with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and place Jim Caldwell, who had no play-calling experience, in charge of the unit. It would be a severe understatement to say that decision broke the right way for the Ravens and Harbaugh. Another bold decision was reshuffling the offensive line at the start of the postseason, with Michael Oher moving from left to right tackle, second-round pick Kelechi Osomele moving from right tackle to left guard and Bryant McKinnie moving from the sidelines to left tackle. That retooled line paved the way for a running game that averaged 134.8 yards per game on the ground and allowed just six sacks of Flacco in over 130 called passing plays, including one to a Denver Broncos defense that tied for the NFL lead with 52 sacks in the regular season. While the Ravens defense gave more yardage than they’re accustomed to, that unit did rank second in the NFL in the red zone. Coaching/front office changes : None. Estimated 2013 cap space : $7.56 million
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Russ Lande takes another crack at predicting the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
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