Good Morning, Broncos fans! For the many thousands of words we've all read about Peyton Manning over the past six or seven months, we'd probably all like to think we know how far Denver's signal caller has come in his physical recovery.
But in a highly revealing piece from Judy Battista, Peyton describes a secret Coors Field throwing session held last summer with Todd Helton (down at the indoor batting cages), during which the QB's lack of arm strength startled the Rockies first baseman.
Later on came a depressing prognosis from the Colts coaching staff, who told Manning his arm reminded them more of Chad Pennington's, than of his own.
At the rock bottom of his physical state, Peyton threw with those who would not judge: his wife, and his brother Eli.
And as we'd suspected, Manning admits that the preseason opener carried plenty of emotional heft. It's been a summer of reflection and of giving thanks for Peyton, to those who stuck by him, and to the many who helped him in his recovery.
Not to sound too fanboy-ish, but it's been a pleasure to develop a better understanding of who Peyton is - his introspectiveness, frankness, and lack of pretense stand out as unexpected, but welcome complements to his intensity and greatness on the field.
Perhaps it's because he's 36 years old and just endured a full season where he didn't suit up. Or maybe, this is just who Peyton Manning is.
Either way, we'll take him.
Like Manning, Ty Warren admits that his road back from injury has been a humbling one, and he tells Lindsay Jones that the alternative to taking a pay cut from Denver would likely have been retirement, rather than seeking a gig with another team.
Now that he's finally got a great quarterback (for the first time in his career), Mark Kiszla says the pressure is on John Fox.
Mike Klis caught up with practice squadders Ben Garland, Greg Orton, and the departed Adam Weber.
Weber says he chose to sign with Tampa Bay's practice squad because the Bucs are only carrying two QBs on their 53-man roster.
Negotiations between the league and the NFLRA broke off yesterday, meaning the replacement officials will indeed get their chance to butcher Week 1's games.
Drayton Florence will sign with the Lions, where he'll in some sense be replacing one Alphonso Smith. I can think of a few writers who would call his ironic.
Oakland added four free agents to their 53-man roster, waived three players, and signed four to their practice squad. Kansas City brought back eight of its own players for its practice squad; San Diego signed six of their own players, plus former Stanford/49ers WR Chris Owusu to their practice squad.
Seattle released TE Kellen Winslow and signed former Browns TE Evan Moore to replace him.
The release of old friend Jabar Gaffney by the Pats was apparently for health reasons, and he's hoping to be re-signed once he's in better condition, even while the Dolphins are kicking his tires. New England released LB Bobby Carpenter and acquired WR Greg Salas from the Rams in return for a late-round 2015! pick. Has anyone ever seen a trade involving a single pick three years in the future?
Among the players cut due to their teams nabbing someone else via waivers was Steve Slaton, whom the Dolphins reportedly tried to trade to Shanny & Co. the other day.
Jacksonville cut the other TE named Zach Miller (ie not the ex-Raider/current Seahawk pictured in the ESPN player profile).
Jason La Canfora says it's looking like Mike Wallace and the Steelers will not reach agreement on a contract extension.
In their Sunday columns, Dan Pompei says QB Russell Wilson has shown a Peyton-like work ethic in Seattle, while Ian Rapoport says the Patriots aren't so sure that Ryan Mallett is the heir apparent to Tom Brady and chronicles the Cutler/Marshall bromance in Chicago.
Matt Bowen breaks down a preseason touchdown catch by A.J. Green while being covered by Asante Samuel.
Now that Derek Wolfe appears to be more of an end than a tackle (although he'll play both spots), guess we should go back to the annual Broncos fan rite of focusing on top DT prospects, right? Note: This would perhaps make some sense were the article about defensive tackles. Unfortunately, it's about interior offensive linemen. Sorry!
Teebs and the Sanchize: BFFs, for now.