Is Bolden Denver’s matchup safety?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In one of the more interesting tidbits out of Dove Valley, 2012 fourth-rounder and special teams stalwart Omar Bolden has been shifted over to safety.

The move apparently coincided with the end of the Quentin-Jammer-as-matchup-safety experiment, and has lead to speculation that the two are fighting for a roster spot.

Firstly, there's no way in hell the Broncos are going to keep the 34-year-old Jammer over the 24-year-old Bolden, so let's just get that out of the way. Such a choice would rank with the worst decisions of John Elway's tenure, including the Joe Mays and Matt Prater contracts.

For much of the offseason, we all wondered who would cover tight ends for the Broncos in 2013. Would it be a draftee? A free-agent signee like Charles Woodson, or Jammer?

Bolden has the size (5-10, 195) and athleticism to handle the role, and he doesn't shy from contact.

And with the Broncos' impressive depth at corner (Champ Bailey, DRC, Chris Harris, Tony Carter, Kayvon Webster), it was going to be difficult for Bolden to crack the rotation as a nickel or dime corner.

Shifting Bolden to safety allows the team to keep those five corners, plus safeties Rahim Moore, Duke Ihenacho, Mike Adams, and David Bruton, with Bolden figuring to beat out Jammer as a versatile swingman-type.

Broncos News

Videos: BTV on Wednesday's practice; John Fox speaks afterward.

Brock Osweiler will get the start tonight, but seventh-rounder Zac Dysert should play plenty, as he tries to convince the Broncos to carry three QBs on their active roster.

Lerentee McCray says his undrafted status means he's had no outside expectations to meet, and he's sought advice from all of the veteran linebackers.

Jeremiah Johnson has no more practice squad eligibility, so tonight is likely his last chance at showing himself worthy of a roster spot.

Peyton Manning made the rounds for DirecTV: on PFT Live, he admits he's not sure how much longer he'll play; he tells Jim Rome he'll never physically get back to where he was prior to his neck injury; on Regis Philbin's show, he admits that it's basically "impossible" to follow in the footsteps of the Ultimate Teammate™.

Broncos Analysis

Andrew Mason thinks Denver's toughest roster choices will be at quarterback and the interior of the offensive line.

Jeff Legwold thinks the Broncos will face difficult calls on Ryan Lilja and Vinston Painter, and that WR Lamaar Thomas is just behind McCray among undrafted players who could stick.

Mike Klis lays out his goals for Denver tonight.

John Lynch has been impressed by the physicality shown this preseason by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

News

Judge Anita Brody is expected to rule in the coming days on the NFL's motion to dismiss the class-action suit brought against it by thousands of ex-players over its handling of head injuries.

Rolling Stone's article on Aaron Hernandez reports that the former Patriot flew to the combine in Indy to tell Bill Belichick that he feared for his own life.

Jacksonville signed S Will Blackmon; LB Aaron Curry, the #4 pick of the 2009 Draft, is retiring; New England cut 2011 second-rounder Ras-I Dowling.

Analysis

Andy Benoit on the Niners; PFF on the Titans; Chase Stuart on what to expect from WR Mike Wallace in Miami.

Bill Barnwell considers the greatness of the defensive players drafted in 2011, led of course by J.J. Watt and Von Miller.

Don Banks says Sticks Johnson deserves far more of the blame than does Rex Ryan for the circus that is the LOLJets, and he's right.

Jason Fitzgerald explains how injury settlements work.

KSK meme-ifies preseason Week 3.

Media

Not sure why, but Vic Lombardi got into a Twitter/radio slapfight with a Baltimore talking head over the Joe Flacco banners in Denver.

Jason La Canfora and NY Post Jets beat writer Bart Hubbuch had quite the Twitter tiff.

Richard Deitsch goes over what to expect of television coverage from the major players this season.

Rivers McCown reviews the book Sports Analytics: A Guide for Coaches, Managers, and Other Decision Makers.

(Mostly) Worthless Predictions & Rankings

In their AFCW previews, Mike Tanier says the Broncos' overdog status will have us fans basically holding our breath all season long, while the PFF guys see Denver running away with the division.

Among the CBS writers, Pat Kirwan and Josh Katzowitz are picking the Broncos to win it all, but Kirwan has San Francisco ahead of Denver in his power rankings.

ESPN's crew of mathletes beat writers have predicted that the league will collectively be over .500 this season, which is an impossibility. Jeff Legwold has Denver going 12-4.

John Clayton has Peyton Manning behind only Aaron Rodgers on his annual ranking of the league's starting quarterbacks. He has 12 quarterbacks listed as elite, including Matt Schaub and Philip Rivers (LOL), but not Russell Wilson, RG3, Colin Kaepernick, or Andrew Luck. Would anyone trade either of the former pair for one of those second-year studs? Didn't think so...

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

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