Urban Meyer aghast at Tebow-less NFL

Urban Meyer: 'I still don't get' why Tim Tebow is out of NFL

I still don’t get that part of it,” Meyer said Tuesday at Big Ten Media Days. “He’s the second-most efficient passer ever to play college football.”

“He had really good personnel around him (at Florida) and we utilized his skill very well,” Meyer said. “I think in a traditional setting, it is difficult, but there’s a lot of non-traditional offenses now in the NFL.”

Just when I thought I didn't have to take on Tim Tebow's PR team...First, let's admit one thing: Meyer is right. The NFL has incorporated more non-traditional sets and formations.

It doesn't matter if your guy can't remember the play from sideline to huddle or from the huddle to the line of scrimmage. That was always the misleading part about Tebow. It was never about the mechanics, slow release, or even the lack of passer rating or completion percentage, although those were the easiest explanations. It was the simplest of things. He struggled with the basics of playcalling. In the NFL, that's unforgivable.

Harris activated from PUP, aiming for Week 1

A day after his surgically repaired knee was cleared by Dr. James Andrews, Chris Harris was activated from Denver's PUP list.

The fourth-year corner is not expected to play during the preseason, instead aiming for the regular season opener against Indy.

You Got Served: T.J. Ward is going to be huge

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.)

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Anderson slimmed down a bit for second season

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.

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T.J. Ward as good as advertised

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.

Sanders: PMFM works harder than Big Ben

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?

Corporate thief tells party animal to tone it down

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.

Big Vick: @#$% Seattle

Klee: Fed up with Seahawks smack, Broncos fire back

“(Bleep) Seattle,” Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson told me after practice on Monday. “Write it down. Take a picture.”

Alrighty, then.

Those clever Pats are at it again

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.

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There’s aiming high, and then there’s this

Goal for Eli Manning in 2014 is to complete 70 percent of his passes, NY Giants’ QB coach says

“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?

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