Julius Thomas: Memories of March Madness
But I gave everything I had to help our team win last year and be successful, and I don’t have to prove that to him. The people that are in my life, that see me every day, they know it. They know the effort that I put into this game, they know the effort I put on the field, and they know how badly I want to win. I am going to take all those things with me to Jacksonville and continue to give it everything I have to be the best player or teammate I can.
Whatever your feelings on Julius, remember that he's still got one more big contribution to the Broncos, in the form of what should be a third-round pick in next year's draft.
Michael Sam: ‘I’m not the only gay person in the NFL’
“I am not the only gay person in the NFL,” Sam said Thursday. “I’m just saying there is a lot of us. I respect the players that did reach out to me and had the courage to tell me that they were also gay, but they do not have the same courage as I do to come out before I even played a down in the NFL.
“Was it a risky move? Yes. But at that moment, the reason why I came out is I thought it wasn’t going to be a big deal. Maybe I was naive. Maybe I thought it was 2014, and people will understand that there’s gay NFL players. There’s gay athletes everywhere. But I was clearly wrong. It was a huge deal.
Sam is carefully toeing the line about whether or not him being gay has anything to do with him not being in the NFL:
“Hopefully I’m not being discriminated [against] because I’m gay,” Sam said. “I don’t believe that I’m being discriminated [against] because I’m gay. I just want to know if I’m truly not in the NFL, it’s because of talent. Let it be because of my talents. But you’ve got to prove that I can’t play this game. If you look at the film, clearly I can. So, I’ll leave it at that.”
He clearly thinks he still has a shot at an NFL roster spot, somewhere. I'm sure most practice roster players do, too.
Every team needs to have the depth to spell its starters on the defensive line. Having different skillsets provides variety in sub packages. That’s essential in today’s game.
In free agency, you look for players that seem to fit your scheme. Once they’re in camp, you find out the details of their strengths and weaknesses. You do the same in the draft. You get to test, drill, and interview them with extreme thoroughness. Drafts often turn on how well you match player and scheme. That’s why a failing fourth-rounder with one team can play like a first-rounder with the right team’s approach.
The Broncos' sixth-round compensatory pick has been downgraded to a seventh-rounder after the NFL discovered a math error (the system is so complicated that the league can't even get it right). The sixth-rounder would have been pick #208; the new pick is #250.
Denver already had two seventh-round comp picks, numbers 250 and 251. It's just a matter of semantics, but this new pick pushes the other two down a spot. As for how this mistake occurred, let's turn it over to our friend Nick Korte:
Quarterback Records When Their Team Allows 21+ Points
As for Smith? There are 121 quarterbacks who started at least 40 games where their teams allowed 21+ points. Smith has the 8th worst winning percentage among that group, behind David Carr (0.065), Archie Manning (0.068), Fitzpatrick (0.104), Lamar McHan (0.116), Eddie LeBaron (0.120), Ron Jaworski (0.130), and Jeff George (0.156).
You knew that already, right? Still, he's a Chief, so it's fun to rub it in. Smith's winning percentage in such games is a woeful 16.3%. As for gross wins over expectations, Peyton Manning ranks second only to Tom Brady, while John Elway is tied with Norm Van Brocklin for fifth most.
Writes Mike Klis:
It appears the team is hoping to re-sign veteran Will Montgomery, who is a free agent.
Does "appears...hoping" mean the team is actively pursuing a new deal with Montgomery? Honestly, it's anybody's guess. That's some real vague stuff right there.
When you play an even front defense, as Denver did until recently, you often look for a squatty, snarling defensive tackle who bathes infrequently and dines on raw meat. That’s your basic nose guard. You want him as large as possible, while still maintaining his footwork.
When you play a Phillips defense, as the Broncos will do again starting in 2015, you tend to focus on footwork, hand-fighting, and quickness. Malcom Brown of Texas can be a monster in any system. It will make him highly sought after in next month's draft.
With QBs Drew Brees and Philip Rivers possibly in mix, Jets could make moves
Rivers has one year left on his contract and said he has no intention of signing an extension before the end of the 2015 season in part because of the uncertainty of whether the Chargers will be playing in Los Angeles in 2016. Maybe he doesn’t love L.A., but could he love the New Jersey countryside for his wife and kids?
As expected, the Broncos gained four compensatory picks for the 2015 Draft, giving them 10 selections overall. Denver received one fourth-rounder, a sixth-rounder, and two seventh-rounders. Our draft choice tracker has been updated accordingly.
The team has its own selections in the first, second, third, fifth, and sixth rounds, within which they will pick 27th or 28th. Denver dealt away their own fourth-rounder to move up for Cody Latimer last year, and their seventh-rounder went to the Giants in exchange for Brandon McManus. They also have Chicago's fifth-rounder, acquired in a move out of the fourth round in 2014.
According to multiple reports, the NFL is finally moving towards elimination of its antiquated and fan-screwing television blackout rule. The league will suspend the policy for 2015, and will apparently reevaluate next offseason.