Could Blake unseat Walton? Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's been well chronicled that four of Denver's 2012 starting offensive linemen - Ryan Clady, J.D. Walton, Chris Kuper, and Orlando Franklin - are recovering from surgeries.

As for which of those players will be starting for Denver in 2013, well, that's less clear. We have to assume Clady will be ready in time to take his familiar spot at left tackle, and while there's been talk of Frankling kicking inside to guard, there's no replacement for him at right tackle, so figure he'll remain there as well.

Kuper figures to be displaced by Louis Vasquez, but if he sticks around long enough, there's always the possiblity he and Zane Beadles battle it out over the remaining guard spot.

That leaves center, where Jeff Legwold says the Broncos see 2012 fourth-rounder Philip Blake as real competition for Walton, whom he already replaced at Baylor upon J.D.'s move to the NFL.

As Legwold tells it, Denver saw Blake as having had a chance to unseat Walton even as a rookie, but a thumb injury to the now-27-year-old Blake derailed that possibility.

According to Legwold, the Broncos coaching staff is high enough on Blake that they have not given serious consideration to bringing back Dan Koppen, who filled in admirably after Walton's injury last year.

Broncos

Chris Hall issues the final report from this year's owners meetings for BroncosTV.

John Fox says that Peyton Manning is likely to call one of 10 plays in any given huddle, and nine of them are passes.

Fox thinks the continuity of playing under the same offensive and defensive schemes for the second year in a row should make the Broncos a better team in 2013.

All seven free agents signed so far by Denver played in all 16 of their respective teams' games last season.

After his USO tour is over, Von Miller will head to Miami to hang out with Elvis Dumervil, potentially for the last time before Elvis truly becomes an ex-teammate.

News

Roger Goodell says the league is looking to expand the playoff field at some point, with a reduction in preseason games the compromise.

Cards coach Bruce Arians is suggesting that Drew Stanton - who was the backup to Andrew Luck with the Colts last year with Arians running the offense - is going to be his starting QB.

New England re-signed Denver bust LB Niko Koutouvides & CB Marquice Cole; New Orleans will visit with Cowboys CB Victor Butler.

Lame duck LOLJets coach Sexy Rexy will be calling plays for his defense in 2013.

Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome is seen as a future AD at his alma mater of Alabama, but he's unlikely to make that move now, even though there's a vacancy.

Draft

Doug Farrar discusses the pro day performances of Utah DT Star Lotulelei and FSU QB E.J. Manuel.

Gil Brandt reads talk of wide interest in WVU QB Geno Smith as teams blowing smoke to create markets for their own picks.

Analysis

Mike Freeman thinks Houston's signing of Ed Reed is a stroke of genius, while Clark Judge says they'd have been better off upgrading at quarterback; Jason Cole reminds us the Ravens are used to losing lots of key veterans to free agency.

Pete Prisco is excited to see how Chip Kelly fares in the NFL, he thinks Freeney will end up in Baltimore, and he agrees with Don Banks, who says the ban on RBs delivering hits with the crowns of their helmets is a sensible move. Jason Cole isn't sure the rule will actually prevent head injuries.

The low rankings of Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen among TEs in touchdowns and first downs in terms of gross number, per-target rate, and per-route rate may have something to do with Denver's acquisition of Wes Welker.

Obviously, Manning ranks very well in terms of passing accuracy, no matter the distance the ball travels.

Birth month doesn't appear to have the obvious impact on the NFL that it does in MLB and the NHL, but April, May, and June babies are somewhat less likely to become NFLers than those born in other months.

The Worldwide Leader continues to troll the world, this time by giving Rick Reilly a new contract.

Eric Decker and fiancee Jessie James acted in a video produced by James's sister, where Decker is a panty sniffer and James is a poop eater:


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