Elway sets bar a bit high for Montee Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! John Elway and Matt Russell spoke to season-ticket holders on a conference call yesterday, mainly about the draft and the hiring of new personnel man Tom Heckert.

Elway, who tends to choose his words wisely, did rookie running back Montee Ball no favors, likening his running style to that of Terrell Davis's. Granted, he didn't quite say they're similar players, or that he expects TD-like production from Ball, but how many will read/hear those comments and tell themselves John thinks Montee is the next TD?

Meanwhile, both Elway and Russell seem to describe Kayvon Webster as their version of the matchup safety Ted's been begging for.

The secure Duke also says the Broncos feel they've "more than replaced" the pass rush skills lost by the departure of Elvis Dumervil, with Shaun Phillips, Quant Smith, and a larger role for Robert Ayers.

According to Russell, the team remains "confident" they'll be able to eventually lock up Ryan Clady on a long-term deal.

The head of player personnel also confirmed our suspicions that Denver took Ball over Eddie Lacy due to Lacy's fused big toe.

Finally, Elway gave a nudge to former teammate Alfred Williams, who apparently criticized the selection of Sly Williams in the first round, with a reminder that Big Al wasn't fond of the Derek Wolfe pick from 2012, either.

Broncos

Denver's minicamp runs from Friday to Monday; the team has invited UCLA pass rusher Damien Holmes to attend for an extended tryout.

We already knew that Lerentee McCray ($17K) got the biggest signing bonus among Denver's undrafted rookies, but Cal RB C.J. Anderson ($12,500) also received a relatively hefty figure.

Free agent WR Matt Willis took a tryout with the Pats and Josh McDaniels on Tuesday; Mike Klis says there's still a chance Willis returns to Denver, but that would surely require a hefty pay cut from the ridiculous $1.26M RFA tender he played under in 2012 - figure a $715K minimum.

Bill Will says Brandon Stokley hasn't drawn any interest aside from Tennessee's, and he thinks a Denver injury could bring him back to the Broncos.

News

Incredibly, welfare queen Jerry Richardson was allowed to sit in on and speak at closed city council meetings which decided whether to give him some taxpayer-funded handouts.

Arizona will host Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby about a return to the Cardinals, with whom he started his career.

Jacksonville signed CB Marcus Trufant and waived CB Antwaun Molden; Washington signed center Kevin MatthewsNew England claimed RB Akeem Shavers off waivers from Tampa Bay; Dallas added QB Aaron Corp and asked T Doug Free to take a pay cut; Philly worked out RB Felix Jones.

WR Titus Young, whom the Lions couldn't rid themselves of quickly enough, had quite a Sunday, when he was arrested first for drunk driving and again just hours later while trying to steal his impounded car.

Some dummy in Jacksonville wasted some good money on a radio ad trying to convince Shad Khan to sign the Ultimate Teammate™.

Analysis

Jason Fitzgerald explains the Minimum Salary Benefit provided by the CBA to help encourage the signing of veterans by reducing their cap hits, although this apparently does not currently apply to any Broncos players.

From a different approach, Neil Paine comes to the same conclusion as Chase Stuart - that offenses are responsible for 58% of scoring.

Peter King fared incredibly poorly with his mock draft, but we have to admit it's unfair comparing his results (as a reporter) to those by analysts and pure draft guys.

Mike Tanier ranks his top receivers in Browns history; ESPN may do a 30 for 30 on Cleveland sports fans; clearly they'll have to at least mention John Elway.

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

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