Some fresh meat on Pot Roast’s menu for Sunday night

Signed Sunday, A.Q. Shipley ready to anchor Colts line

Shipley was cut by the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday morning, signed by the Colts on Sunday, aboard the first thing flying that evening and at Colts complex before 7 a.m. Monday morning. He huddled with line coach Joe Gilbert for a crash course on the playbook and team terminology. By 10, Shipley was on the field with the first-team offense…The Colts have changed their offensive coordinator, system and language since they traded Shipley to Baltimore in early 2013, but he is a quick study.

A.Q., meet Terrance Knighton. Terrance, meet Andrew Luck.

BTW, the Colts cannot afford an injury to either of their starting tackles this week, either, as both of their backups are hurt.

OTC: Broncos currently have $6.54M in cap space

According to OTC's latest updates, Denver has $6.539M in cap space, thanks to having carried over a chunk from 2013.

Only nine teams have less dead money on their caps than Denver does ($7.046M).

Looking ahead to 2015, the Broncos have $28.8M in space under a theoretical $140M cap.

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Report: Raiders to start Derek Carr

Pardon us if we never bought into the concept of Matt Schaub getting his career back on track in Oakland, of all places.

Certainly, a 55.1 QB rating during the preseason didn't help his cause.

But a 108.2 rating from second-rounder Derek Carr made Dennis Allen's decision an easy one, and he's reportedly going with Carr.

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Kevin Vickerson to the Whale’s Vagina?

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! A few more observations from PK's (extra annoying) MMQB column today. We're hoping he was drunk when he wrote it:

  • The average age of Denver's roster is 25.8; of course, that doesn't mean anything, but PK isn't very good at math.
  • Duke Ihenacho apparently started "all 17" of Denver's 19 games last year...
  • The guy who beat Champ Bailey out in New Orleans has the same listed height and weight as him, as if anyone cares

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One more thing on Alex Smith…

While going through Peter King's MMQB column just now, the following line jumped out:

He’s going to complete 64 percent or so of his throws, he’s going to limit mistakes, and he’s going to give Kansas City a good chance to win most Sundays.

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Broncos round out practice squad with DE Zach Thompson

According to multiple reports, the Broncos have completed their 10-man practice squad by signing defensive end Zach Thompson (6-5, 265).

The Wake Forest alum signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent in May. Here are his NFL Draft Scout profile and Wikipedia page.

Report: Wes Welker may play in opener

According to Mike Klis, Wes Welker is expected to make a limited return to practice today, and could be fully cleared by Wednesday or Thursday.

In that case, Welker would be ready to play in the Broncos' season opener against Indy on Sunday night.

The 33-year-old slot man has suffered three concussions in the past 9.5 months.

Alex Smith gets $30M from Chiefs; Kyle Orton gets $5M from Bills

Wow, this has been quite a weekend for so-so quarterbacks.

Alex Smith got a four-year extension from Kansas City through the 2018 season, including a reported $30M (!) at signing.

According to PFT, an additional $15M injury guarantee would vest early in the next league year.

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Broncos add nine players to practice squad

You know how there's no way so-and-so is going to clear waivers?

Well, maybe the talent around the league is better than one might have thought.

Or, teams (and players) favor familiarity and continuity over most else.

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The Oakland Raiders are both old and bad

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Sorry for the delay in the Lard today. I didn't know I'd be filling in for Doug until about an hour ago, so I had to rush from my pedicure to my laptop.

Better late than never, right?

Obviously, the big news of the day was the Broncos' final roster and their subsequent depth chart. There were only a few surprises during the cuts.

First, the Broncos were much higher on Juwan Thompson than expected (my view: they are lower on Ronnie Hillman, despite his position on the depth chart). Second, Mitch Unrein beat out Kevin Vickerson.

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