Bills may start undrafted QB in opener

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The league's deadline to pare rosters to 75 comes today at 4pm ET, and the Broncos must make two more transactions to get there.

Like Sunday's cut to 77, expect today's moves to be as much about fielding enough players at each position for Thursday's preseason finale against Arizona, as it is about how unlikely a player is to stick longer.

From there, final cuts are due by 6pm ET on Saturday, when rosters must be down to 53. At that time, Von Miller will be moved to the reserve/suspended list, and figure to see a couple of guys end up on IR.

Among the players we can be assured will not make the 53-man roster is Ben Garland, who was moved back to the defensive line on Sunday, after having spent the offseason as an offensive guard. Garland does still have practice squad eligibility, but there are a lot of talented players at the bottom of this roster.

Teams may start building their practice squads at noon ET on Sunday, once players have cleared waivers.

For more on how the next several days will play out, here's an excellent summary from former player agent Joel Corry.

Broncos News

Videos: BTV sums up Monday's practice; John Fox speaks afterward.

Montee Ball received the bulk of Monday's first-team work, but it's still expected that Denver's backs will split carries this season. Ronnie Hillman's fumble woes surely contributed to this, but then again, Montee was stripped of the ball by Wesley Woodyard and whiffed on a pass block another time.

Ryan Lilja and Jeremiah Johnson returned to practice.

Broncos Analysis

Andrew Mason revisits Saturday's game against St. Louis, suggesting that Lerentee McCray is the undrafted rookie likeliest to make the team, and praising the play of Julius Thomas, Hillman, and Manny Ramirez.

Greg Bedard thinks he's figured out one of Denver's offensive audibles, which may be a nod to The Catch.

According to PFF, Sly Williams has zero recorded pressures in his 52 preseason pass-rushing snaps.

Meanwhile, Jeff Legwold claims Sly was disruptive on Saturday, while making the bizarre suggestion that there's actually a decision to be made on whether to keep third-rounder Kayvon Webster (The kid has been a lock ever since the Broncos used the 90th overall pick on him.)

Legwold thinks Vinston Painter, Zac Dysert, C.J. Anderson, and Lamaar Thomas are PS candidates, if Denver is able to sneak them through waivers (we're skeptical that Anderson would get through), and he thinks Ross Rasner could also end up there.

News

Oft-injured Kansas City TE Tony Moeaki is out indefinitely with a fractured shoulder.

New Orleans LB Will Smith is done for the year with a torn ACL, prompting the Saints to acquire LB Parys Haralson via trade from San Francisco, who waived QB Scott Tolzien.

Buffalo CB Stephon Gilmore is out 6-8 weeks with a fractured wrist, and the team currently plans to have undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel start the season opener at QB with E.J. Manuel and Kevin Kolb injured.

Seattle rookie DT Jesse Williams and Cleveland RB Dion Lewis have each landed on IR.

The NFL suspended Jets RB Mike Goodson four games and Vikings FB Jerome Felton three games for substance abuse.

Analysis

Andy Benoit on the Vikings; PFF on the Seahawks; Mike Tanier on the AFCN.

The Eye on Football guys preview the seasons of the Broncos, Chiefs, Chargers, and Raiders, of course predicting a third straight division title for Denver.

Robert Mays argues on behalf of the Raiders making Terrelle Pryor their starting quarterback this season.

Former Raiders CEO Amy Trask thinks the Washington football club needs to change its blatantly racist name.

Maths

Jason Fitzgerald explains how termination pay works in the NFL.

Chase Stuart explores similiarities between the rookie seasons of Ben Roethlisberger and Russell Wilson.

Scott Kacsmar examines NFL statistical discrepancies via a Peyton Manning incompletion from 2009.

Media

Bob Raissman says Chris Christie's ad hominem attack on Daily News beat reporter Manish Mehta (in defense of his buddy Rex Ryan) shows the Jersey guv would be perfect for sports talk radio.

Will Leitch looks back at the fun he's had covering Sexy Rexy and discusses the inevitability of his firing.

Christmas Ape interprets PK's MMQB column.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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