Happy Tuesday, friends. Today I want to talk about the player acquisition who I think may end up being most impactful for the Broncos this season.
Of the three big ticket defenders the Broncos signed – DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib, and T.J. Ward - it’s Ward who portends to affect the Broncos’ play on the field most consistently.
If for no other reason, it’s easy to make that prediction simply based upon the fact that he was on the field for 97% of the defensive snaps in games he played for the Browns in 2013. (That was all 16 of them, for the record.)
Good Morning, Broncos fans! All offseason long, it's been suggested that Montee Ball is locked in as Denver's starting running back.
For his part, Montee says he's far more confident heading into his sophomore campaign, and he hopes to break the 250-carry barrier.
The 23-year-old admits that the length of the NFL season wore him down a bit, even though his best performances came down the stretch run.
Mason's Five Thoughts from Camp Day 5
5. The full-contact, short-yardage period saw the No. 1 defense twice get the better of the top offense. Jackson, Williams and safety T.J. Ward were chief among those responsible. When the two defensive linemen crash through against the run, Ward arrives to finish off the play and close any gaps on the flank. Ball didn’t have much room as a result, but did eke out one first down.
Quick reminder--T.J. Ward is a tackling machine.
It will be fun to see Ward pound his cousin and Raider Maurice Jones-Drew when the bodies hit the floor.
Emmanuel Sanders: Peyton is a far better leader than Ben
“I feel like Peyton is a far better leader, in terms of staying after practice, catching balls, wanting guys to get on the same page with him, things of that sort,” Sanders said. “This is the first time that I’ve had a quarterback that every single day after practice — no matter what his accolades, NFL MVP, Super Bowl ring — he keeps guys like me and [rookie receiver Cody] Latimer after practice. . . . He’s not one of those guys you’ve got to chase down. He’s going to be right in the same spot, ready to work, every single day. I just feel like that’s a difference from a mental standpoint.”
I know - shocking, right?
Jimmy Haslam should worry about his own headlines
He was speaking of Johnny Manziel, the frat-boy rookie quarterback. You know, headlines like, “Manziel Parties With Justin Bieber,” or “Video Shows Manziel With Rolled Up $20 Bill.”
Haslam presumably was not referring to headlines like, “FBI Alleges Pilot Flying J Fraud,” or “Truck Stop Giant Settles Discount Case.”
Really, we shouldn't be surprised by the f#$%ed up priorities on display here. After all, this is a league that punishes its players far more for free tattoos procured in college than for spousal beatings handed out by current NFLers.
“(Bleep) Seattle,” Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson told me after practice on Monday. “Write it down. Take a picture.”
For the third time in the last four years, the Patriots have essentially stolen a player off another team's roster.
New England claimed running back Tyler Gaffney off waivers from Carolina, who'd intended to place their 2014 sixth-rounder on IR with a torn meniscus.
“The high 60s is kind of the goal, to be in the top of the league,” Manning added. “Sure it’s realistic. It’s a combination of the offense and the players we have.”
That's just silly. The only QBs with lower completion rates than Eli's 57.5% in 2013 are guys who, in a word, suck.
Perhaps the Giants mean they want Eli to complete 70% of his throws during practice?
Chris Harris was fully cleared by Dr. James Andrews on Monday, although it's unclear when the Broncos will activate him from their PUP list.
According to Mike Klis, Harris is not likely to see any action in Denver's four preseason games.
NFL V.P. Adolpho Birch struggles to justify Ray Rice suspension
“I’m a little taken aback by the conversation, to be honest with you. The reaction is overwhelming and no one seems to think that he did a particularly good job of answering the questions,” Greenberg said minutes after the interview with Birch ended. “I do not feel that most people listening to that discussion feel they got an adequate explanation of how they arrived at two games.”
Interesting that the Worldwide Leader's post about the so-called explantion doesn't acknowledge Greenberg's comments. Guess the MNF network doesn't want to piss off the No Females League.