Good Morning, Broncos fans! Caleb Hanie is likely to be the team's starting QB tomorrow night in Arizona, with ASU alum Brock Osweiler following him into the game for an early homecoming.
Of course, with 20 roster cuts looming the next day, those on the bubble will likely need to plead their cases via special teams play.
Whether this is the case for Knowshon Moreno - who is the most discussed bubble player, and for good reason - remains to be seen. According to Jeff Legwold, Knowshon has not take a single ST snap this summer, so it wouldn't make sense for him to pop that cherry tomorrow night in live action.
Legwold consults the Rolodex to learn what IAOFM has been saying for weeks now: that Denver's starting defense is plenty talented and skilled, but depth is the big question.
We're going to read a zillion times over the next couple months that the Broncos will face a gauntlet of QBs in the form of Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan, Matt Schaub, Carson Palmer, Tom Brady, Philip Rivers and Drew Brees. But you know what? For the first time in oh, fourteen years or so, Denver's opponents are thinking the same thing about matching up with Peyton MF Manning.
Oakland apparently claimed cornerback Coye Francis off waivers from the Seahawks, and an undrafted 6-foot-7 defensive tackle named Jamie Cumbie might make their squad after deflecting three passes and notching a sack in their last game.
Back spasms continue to hamper Chargers LT Jared Gaither and may keep him out of the team's opener at Oakland, potentially forcing an undrafted rookie into the starting lineup against Matt Shaughnessy and Richard Seymour. Welcome to the NFL, rook. San Diego's secondary has also been decimated by injuries, with one undrafted rookie manning a starting cornerback spot, and another serving as the nickel corner. Their backup? Another undrafted rookie.
Madison Avenue is ready to roll out some new NFL-based advertising, with Drew Brees pitching for Tide, now the league's official detergent. GMC and New Era will also soon kick off their ad campaigns.
Chase Stuart is updating his method for ranking QBs statistically (the one we based ours upon last year), adjusting for era, and like we did, adding rushing touchdowns and fumbles. Since you're wondering, Stuart's figures rank Kyle Orton as 17th in the league in 2011, with Tim Tebow 24th. Of the 100 greatest statistical seasons by quarterbacks in history, Peyton Manning has eight of them, while John Elway has none. Future installments are not likely to be especially kind to Elway, who has Dan Reeves to thank for the stats that belie his greatness.
In PFF's initial 32 Observations of the season, Khaled Elsayed sees concerns for the Chiefs at cornerback and for the Raiders at guard.
Andy Benoit breaks down the Titans, finding a perenially mediocre team hoping to discover an identity in young quarterback Jake Locker.