Gruden back in 2014?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Let's open with some key points from Peter King's MMQB column:

  • Buffalo had wanted to have E.J. Manuel open the season as their starting QB, but his knee procedure may derail that plan
  • PK expects Chucky to finally make his return to the sidelines next season, suggesting Dallas, Carolina, Detroit, Tennessee, and the Jets as potential landing spots
  • King doesn't think Chris Harris and Tony Carter would fare well against Joe Flacco & Co. in the opener, if Champ Bailey and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie were out, but Lindsay Jones says DRC is expected to suit up against St. Louis this week, anyway

Broncos News

According to Mike Klis, Wes Welker has a "mild" ankle sprain, Louis Vasquez should be ready for Saturday's game against the Rams, and the Broncos are hoping that Knowshon Moreno will be back sometime this week.

Klis says the team may look to add another linebacker with Stewart Bradley injured (although he's just day-to-day) and Von Miller facing suspension.

The players said all of the right things after Saturday's debacle.

Champ Bailey says it was apparent from the first snaps of training camp in 2011 that Chris Harris was a player.

Broncos Analysis

C.J. Anderson and Lamaar Thomas are among Pat Kirwan's favorite undrafted rookies from around the league; he says there's no way the Broncos can sneak Anderson through to their practice squad, and that Peyton Manning has heaps of praise for Thomas.

Rob Rang thinks Montee Ball has a long way to go with his pass blocking before he can become Denver's starting running back.


Miami TE Dustin Keller is out for the year after blowing out his knee in horrific fashion on Saturday.

Buffalo placed WR Kevin Elliott on IR and released self-proclaimed speedster Terrell Sinkfield and former Broncos lineman Tony Hills.

Chicago added QB Trent Edwards; Cincinnati cut LB Aaron Maybin.


Chase Stuart and Neil Paine have tweaked their receiving metric with the help of reader input; in their career rankings, Rod Smith is now 25th, while Shannon Sharpe ranks 37th. Measuring players by their peaks moves Smith all the way up to 10th since 1970.

Andy Benoit on the Packers; PFF on the Jets.

Will Brinson wraps up the weekend's games; he found the early part of Broncos/Seahawks a great watch, which it was.

Jarrett Bell says it's time for the NFL to come down much harder on players arrested for DUI.

John Clayton responds to emails; Joe DeLessio discusses the debut of Fox Sports Live.

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