Clady and DRC practice Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! That Brandon Stokley is expected to return to Baltimore may be sad (or even upsetting) for us as fans, but it's not a sentiment likely shared by the Broncos.

They may have to change some audibles around for the regular-season opener, but that's about it. After all, Stokes wasn't in the Broncos' plans, once they acquired Wes Welker.

More importantly, the Broncos got some great news on Saturday, as Ryan Clady put on the pads for the first time this summer, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie returned (already) from the high ankle sprain he suffered on July 31.

Clady was in for full-team drills, and OC Adam Gase suggests Ryan will get at least a taste of preseason action at some point. DRC was in full pads, performed individual drills, and participated in the squad's walkthrough.

Welker did not participate in practice, while the secondary and WR Andre Caldwell apparently stood out.

Stewart Bradley, who started at middle linebacker on Thursday, again worked with the first team on Saturday.

Broncos

Videos: John Fox, Jack Del Rio, Adam Gase, and several players speak after practice, from which Chris Hall reports for BTV.

Fox and Gase want opponents to believe the team will actually use the Pistol when Peyton Manning is on the field.

Del Rio says he's seen more confidence and disruption out of Malik Jackson this summer.

C.J. Anderson says it doesn't matter that he was undrafted - he's still wearing the uniform and toting the rock, and he still has to put in the work, just like a drafted player would.

John Elway thinks weather concerns over holding the SB in New Jersey are a bit overblown.

Broncos Analysis

It's no shock that Jackson and Shaun Phillips graded out well Thursday according to PFF, but it's stunning that Ryan Lilja did.

Jeff Legwold looks back at Denver's impressive streak of unearthing quality undrafted rookies.

Paul Klee thinks Trindon Holliday's foibles are worth his rewards, which isn't a difficult sentiment with which to agree.

News

Detroit added CB Myron LewisGiants WR Kris Adams suffered a fractured leg; the Packers are reportedly shopping RB Alex Green, their 2011 third-rounder.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid says he considered quitting his job with the Eagles on several occasions, and while in Philly, he tried more than once to acquire QB Alex Smith from the Niners.

Analysis

Andy Benoit on the Chargers and Cardinals; PFF on the Texans.

Kevin Acee is calling for San Diego to cut bait with WR Robert Meachem, their disastrous free-agent signing from 2012.

Mike McCoy is said to be providing Philip Rivers with a positive influence, which should be no surprise after what McCoy accomplished in 2011 and 2012.

The honeymoon is already over for LOLJets GM John Idzik in New Jersey, as he's already catching plenty of heat for his offseason acquisitions.

Maths

Chase Stuart examines individual receiving yards per team pass attempt, which makes Panthers WR Steve Smith appear even more ridiculously good than we already know him to be.

Jason Fitzgerald discusses the decision by Raiders RB Darren McFadden to play out the final year of his rookie contract.

Presented without comment:

In the Pats locker room, a camera guy has a mishap and yells, "Jesus Christ!" Tebow, in earshot, looks at the guy and says: "He loves you."

— Kent Babb (@kentbabb) August 10, 2013

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