Following his graduation from Texas A&M, Von Miller was excited about getting drafted and finding a new team to call home and to work out with. Unfortunately, although he did get one of the rare and valuable playbooks, there was little communication between teams and their drafted players due to the lockout. Miller’s a fortunate player - he has four coaches other than John Fox who have helped him since the beginning of 2011. One of them isn’t even with the Broncos.
Von had quite a friend on his side to help ease his transition to the pro game this offseason, a man by the name of Dat Nguyen. Nguyen had attended college at Texas A&M before spending seven years playing linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys until an injury ended his on-field career. He chose to go into coaching, and after three years working with the Cowboys, Nguyen headed back to Texas A&M in 2010 as the Aggies' inside linebackers coach. Miller was enthusiastic about describing what he and Nguyen worked on and how they did it:
He played in the 4-3, did it in the NFL. He knows what to expect, so I've been working with him. I want to have all of the terminology down, know my responsibilities, so when we get the word I'm ready to...do what I'm supposed to do in the Broncos' defense.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Legwold says the FO just didn't see any players on the waiver wire who could contribute quickly to the team, hence their lack of claims. He also repeats what Klis wrote yesterday about the team not wanting to absorb any pre-existing contracts, but truly that one is hard to believe. As I wrote last night, most young players make the minimum salary for their respective experience levels, so anyone picked up on waivers would in essence be on one-year contracts as the claiming team would be able to cut them at any point with no bonus accelerations or cap hits.
Meanwhile, Demaryius Thomas has been working only with the medical and strength/conditioning staffs as he comes back from his Achilles injury. Brian Xanders says Thomas will be working with the scout team today as the team prepares for next Monday's opener against the Raiders.
6:09pm ET - The Broncos have announced that WR D'Andre Goodwin, OT Adam Grant, RB Jeremiah Johnson, S Kyle McCarthy, WR Eron Riley and FB Austin Sylvester will join Beal and Weber on the practice squad. Earlier reports had suggested that McCarthy was ineligible for the PS, but obviously those were incorrect.
5:34pm ET - Denver has signed former ZOMG Patriots CB Jonathan Wilhite, a fourth-year player whom New England originally selected 129th overall in the 2008 Draft (4th round). What are they trying to do, become the Patriots West?!?! In 39 career games (13 starts), Wilhite has three INTs, nine passes defensed and 93 tackles. New England had waived Wilhite last Monday.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Following yesterday's leaguewide cuts and waivers, the Broncos have an opportunity to claim some young talent today. For any players with less than four years of service, the Broncos will have second crack (behind Carolina) at picking them up - and in all instances, they will have to immediately cut or waive another player to make room on the 53-man roster. FWIW, players who are claimed on waivers today cannot then be traded to other teams - so while Denver has an advantage with their place in the waiver order, they cannot leverage it into acquiring other assets.
For players like RB Lance Ball, OL Chris Clark, Manny Ramirez and Herb Taylor, DL Ryan McBean and Mitch Unrein, and CB Chris Harris, this could mean the excitement of having cracked Denver's roster may be limited to but a day. Meanwhile, vested veterans (those with four years of service) will have their 2011 salaries guaranteed come next Saturday. All waiver claims must be submitted by teams by noon ET today and will be awarded at 4pm ET. Any players that clear waivers today will immediately become free agents.
Happy Saturday, friends. I have a few thoughts on the Broncos' roster, and then some thoughts for some potential pickups from the rest of the NFL.
1. I am only really surprised that Kyle McCarthy and Jeremy Jarmon were cut. Perrish Cox earned the axe by playing poorly in the preseason, and from the rest, only David Anderson was mildly surprising. The waiving of McCarthy seems to be a function of a decision that Quinton Carter can do everything that Kyle can do, and that you really only need two box safeties. Jarmon’s athleticism impressed me, and I’m sad to see him go.
2. I’d like to see Eron Riley, Eric Olsen, Jeremy Beal, Jeremiah Johnson, and McCarthy on the Practice Squad. None of the rest of the eligible guys have really showed me much. That’s 4 offensive players and 1 defender, so I’d want to find three other defenders around the NFL. (Jarmon isn’t eligible, because he was on Washington’s 53-man roster for most of the 2009 and 2010 seasons.)
3. I'm slightly concerned about carrying just three RBs, and obviously no backup offensive lineman is worth a damn at this point, including Russ Hochstein. On defense, I'm not freaking out about any position except CB. I'd definitely like to see somebody better than Chris Harris come along, and I would also be amenable to an upgrade over Mitch Unrein (sorry, TJ) and/or Ryan McBean at DT. There are some good players available at both CB and DT, as we'll discuss below.
5:20pm ET - Our latest calculations suggest the Broncos have just over $97M committed to the salary cap at this juncture
Notable cuts: Colts DT Tommie Harris, Bears RB Chester Taylor, Cowboys DT Igor Olshansky, Bucs DT John McCargo, Bengals G Max Jean-Gilles, Titans WR Justin Gage and DE Jacob Ford, Patriots S Brandon Meriweather, Eagles DE Anthony Hargrove, DT Derek Landri, CB Joselio Hanson, Raiders CB Lito Sheppard, Dolphins CB Will Allen, Rams WR Donnie Avery, Bucs S Ahmad Black, Dolphins QB Pat Devlin
Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's a big day, as final cutdowns are due across the league, and Denver is expected to be scouring the waiver wire for some much-needed depth - or didn't you see Thursday's game? Andrew Mason takes his shot at predicting the Denver roster (pre-waiver pickups, of course) and figures the team to keep only three RBs (Lance Ball over Jeremiah Johnson and Brandon Minor) and three TEs (with Virgil Green potentially sliding to the PS), plus five WRs (Eron Riley beating out David Anderson) and eight LBs (Lee Robinson and Mike Mohamed sticking). Mason also sees CB Chris Harris making the squad, with Darcel McBath beating out his fellow '09 draftee David Bruton at safety.
The IAOFM staff discuss the Denver Broncos' 26-7 preseason-ending loss to the Arizona Cardinals
Doug: Guys, which roster battles are you most interested in tonight?
Ted: S, CB, TE, OL, and RB. I'll be interested to see if Mohamed plays well and gives the team a reason to keep too
Doug: Which CBs do you think are on the bubble Ted? I assume Harris and Bing don't really have a chance, right?
Ted: I haven't seen much from them. I think they're trying to play on to the practice squad. I'd like to see strong play from both Cox and Thompson. If not, one of them might fall out in favor of a 5th safety
TJ: Rosario will be interesting too. I wouldn't have thought he'd be there on the bubble. But I wouldn't be surprised to see the Broncos keep more TEs and less RBs
Ted: Yeah, I could see that too TJ. Something like 3 TBs and 1 FB, with 4 TEs
Happy Friday, Broncos fans, and welcome to the most parentheses-laden Lard in history! The best part about last night's 26-7 loss (box score) to the Cardinals is that it's over. There was injury (Syd'Quan Thompson - torn Achilles tendon, done for the year; Britt Davis - concussion; Nate Irving - chest; David Bruton - shoulder; Matthew Willis - turf toe), there was insult (Arizona led 26-0 until the final two minutes), and there was craptastic play on both sides of the ball, as the Broncos were outgained 398 to 293, with more than half of their yards (164) coming on the team's last two drives of the game.
"That's about as bad as it gets," said John Fox at halftime.
He was describing the Broncos' play, but he could have been talking about the team's depth.
Here's something you can take to the bank--the Broncos will scour the waiver wire like crayfish.
Will they look for an offensive lineman, a defensive back, or a defensive lineman?
They'll probably grab one of each, and top it off with a running back for good measure.
The Broncos' second- and third-string units were as exciting as a Peter King fashion statement in their loss to the Cardinals tonight.
They will certainly test the theory that depth matters in today's NFL.