The Lard

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Reality show won’t help Sam make Rams, but does that matter?

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! There's already some post-draft controversy brewing around Michael Sam, and this time, it's self-inflicted (rather than societally).

Oprah Winfrey has acquired the rights to film a documentary series covering Sam's upcoming attempt to make the Rams' 53-man roster.

An anonymous teammate suggested the reality show may be a distraction, but it's worth noting that the series will not feature any footage from Rams camp, or at the team's headquarters.

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Court ruling suggests NFL cannot hide prior concussion knowledge

Good Morning, Broncos fans! A group of retired Cardinals players suing the NFL over its handling of concussions won a significant court victory on Wednesday.

The NFL had tried to cut down the lawsuit by arguing that the CBA directed all disputes to arbitration.

Instead, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri concluded that the case could proceed in Missouri state court.

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NFL ready to walk back marijuana punishments

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Tuesday was another busy day up in Cleveland.

The Browns signed corner Joe Haden to a five-year extension through 2019; the deal includes a reported $23M in full guarantees.

An while Cleveland prepares to deal with a possible suspension of Josh Gordon, there's talk they may pursue either Miles Austin or Santonio Holmes.

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Texas decision the beginning of the end of tackle football?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Saturday was as remarkable as a third day of any NFL draft has or ever will be.

68 years after they'd been the first team to integrate racially, the Rams became the first team to draft an openly gay player.

It was a moment of pure joy, one that represented real progress.

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Steelers nabbed Shazier ahead of Cowboys

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Let's open with some key points from Peter King's MMQB column:

  • According to PK, Denver sees Cody Latimer as replacing Eric Decker right away. That would be something; we'll believe it when we see it.
  • Johnny Manziel was pretty convinced he was going to end up in St. Louis; the Browns apparently beat out the Vikings in trading up to draft him at #22. 
  • Browns GM Ray Farmer says he was close to drafting Sammy Watkins at #4, before trading down. Of course, they drafted no wideouts, and Josh Gordon is facing a one-year weed-related suspension.

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Let’s not start…

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Now that the draft is over, it's a good time to step back and consider what should be expected of Denver's newest players.

And as Mike Klis suggests, the answer is probably not very much, at least aside from first-rounder Bradley Roby.

Especially in the case of an overdog like these Broncos, rookies rarely play large roles.

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If nothing else, Latimer sure can dunk

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Heading into the final day of the 2014 Draft, Denver has four picks left (131, 207, 242, 246).

Their fifth-rounder went to San Francisco in the trade up for Cody Latimer, and they received an extra seventh-rounder from the Niners in the deal (originally a New Orleans pick).

As we detailed last night, the Broncos also sent San Francisco their 2015 fourth-rounder, leaving them with six picks (one in each other round) next year.

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Open Lard: 2014 NFL Draft, Day 2

As we head into the second and third rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft, here's what's happening:

  • Having moved up for Sammy Watkins, Buffalo dealt Stevie Johnson to San Francisco for a conditional 2015 fourth-rounder.
  • Rather than trade for New England's Ryan Mallett, the latest rumors have Houston taking Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo at #33.

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Broncos reportedly tried to move into middle of first round

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! One down, six to go. Denver is scheduled to pick twice tonight; it wouldn't be a shock to see them add an extra pick by offering up a choice from 2015, when they expect to have 11 picks.

As for what's already happened, this is one of our favorite times - when personnel execs offer a bit of a glimpse into how they think.

We drafted our #1 guy talk aside, there's a ton of frankness being offered up, and that's about as good as it gets.

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Are we there yet? We are!

Happy Draft Day, Broncos fans! We're now just hours away from the start of the 2014 NFL Draft. Here's what's being said:

  • The NFLN guys are also reporting that Denver is interested in moving up in the first round, potentially for Ryan Shazier or C.J. Mosley.
  • In order to trade out of the #1 slot, Houston was said to have been seeking two first-round picks and one second-rounder this year, plus a 2015 first-rounder. With no bites, they've apparently lowered their price - downgrading one of those 2014 first-rounders to a third-rounder.
  • Peter King and others expect Houston to ultimately stay put and select Jadeveon Clowney.

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