Report: Seahawks tried to dump Percy Harvin on Broncos

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The Percy Harvin trade remains front and center on this Sunday.

Incredibly, the conditional 2015 pick the Jets will send to Seattle tops out at a fourth-rounder.

It had first been reported by John Clayton that the pick could be as high as a second-rounder.

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In Percy Harvin, the Jets added a real peach to their locker room

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The apparent reasons behind Seattle's trade of Percy Harvin continue to emerge:

  • Harvin reportedly fought with Doug Baldwin during the preseason, leaving a cut on the latter's chin.
  • He's also said to have pulled himself from Sunday's loss against Dallas and refused to re-enter the game.
  • One source tells PFT the Seahawks coaches feared Harvin could lead a mutiny against Russell Wilson.

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Injury Report: Patrick Willis and Mike Iupati out for Niners

San Francisco will be without key starters Patrick Willis (toe) and Mike Iupati (concussion) on Sunday.

Rookie Chris Borland will make his first NFL start in place of Willis, while Joe Looney will fill in for Iupati.

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Seahawks trade Percy Harvin to Jets

In a stunning move all around, Seattle has traded oft-injured offensive weapon Percy Harvin to the Jets for a conditional draft choice.

According to John Clayton, the pick will be either a second-, third-, or fourth-rounder in 2015.

Seattle is selling at a steep loss, as they first acquired Harvin from Minnesota in March 2013, in exchange for first- and seventh-round picks in 2013 and a third-rounder in 2014. 

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A Second Helping of Bradley Roby covering tight ends

Every year, we talk about the Broncos' issues with covering tight ends. Who’s strong enough, long enough, motivated enough?

We talk about it because the era of the tight end is back. Sid Gillman, who said that with two good TEs you can control the middle of the field, has again been proven right.

But the reality is that you don’t need to be tall or long to cover a TE. Strength helps, especially when the TE is firing off the line. You need a guy who can redirect him or change his timing. It’s the moment when the TE is most vulnerable. Most will be bigger than the coverage player. With good leverage and a nasty attitude, the defender can use the five-yard window to make the TE change his route.

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Maybe the Broncos’ win over the Jets wasn’t so bad, after all

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! The Jets (1-6) nearly knocked off New England (5-2) on Thursday night, but for a blocked 58-yard field goal attempt at the gun.

New Jersey pounded out 28 first downs, 218 rushing yards, 80 offensive plays, and held the ball for 40:54 of turnover-free football, but it wasn't quite enough, as the Pats emerged with a 27-25 win.

Mind you, these were the same Jets whom Denver held to 31 rushing yards on 15 carries just five days ago.

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Open Thread: Jets @ New England

PFF, ESPN, NYT, and Daily News preview the matchup. As the bitter rivals face off again, a pair of ancient wounds are being reopened:

  • In an upcoming memoir, Bill Parcells details Bill Belichick's controversial move from the Jets to Patriots
  • A former Jets scout is said to have campaigned hard for the Jets to draft Tom Brady in the sixth round of the 2000 Draft, only to be shot down by Parcells

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Marvin Lewis says concussions are worse nowadays, because of the media

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! By now, we all understand that concussions are no small matter.

Right?

Right, professional head football coach Marvin Lewis?

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What’s wrong with the Broncos’ offensive line?

A couple of readers emailed us about a recent post from Jeff Legwold, in which he suggested the Broncos' offensive linemen are tipping running plays with their footwork:

If you can, would you shed some light on what he means about the O-linemen tipping the run with their footwork? Isn't that something if a writer knows about the Broncos should know about and fix? Thanks. - Anthony

Doc - have you noticed anything like this while watching the OLine this season? Very curious if this is a legitimate claim. It could help explain why our running game has been so putrid to this point. Any thoughts are appreciated! - Isaac

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Ranking Peyton Manning’s touchdown receivers

Peyton’s Boys: Ranking Every Player Who’s Caught a Touchdown Pass From Peyton Manning
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Julius is the red zone monster that anyone would expect, but it’s Demaryius who stands out as the type of receiver Manning might build in a lab. Demaryius doesn’t have the hands or the jump-ball skills that someone like A.J. Green does, but the game he had against the Cardinals two weeks ago is proof of how he and Manning can be an absolute nightmare.

This is a fun exercise, especially if you've been following the NFL as long as Peyton's been in it. What stands out is how few of Peyton's touchdown passes went to familiar names like Edgerrin James (11) and Jacob Tamme (9), and the pure insanity of Manning's production with the Thomases.

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