Manny Ramirez, starting center? Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Saturday will mark Denver's first padded practice since January.

As PFF's Neil Hornsby notes, Dove Valley won't feature very many positional battles over the next month, at least as far as starting gigs go.

Hornsby lists running back and strong safety as the most obvious competitions; interestingly (controversially?), he predicts that Manny Ramirez will end up starting at center over Dan Koppen.

Granted, most of us have never seen Ramirez at center (his high school position), and have only his play at right guard last year to work with.

This one is hard to envision.

Of course, Peter King's prediction that Montee Ball will eventually overtake Ronnie Hillman as Denver's starting running back is a common one.

Broncos

Julius Thomas continues to be the Broncos' Bigfoot: we hear tales of his outsized physical talents, but have yet to witness any of it in actual games. The preseason begins in 12 days, so perhaps that's when Orange Julius will finally show whether he's the real deal.

Video: Peter King chats with Champ Bailey and Kayvon Webster about their mentor/student relationship.

Andrew Mason and Gray Caldwell celebrate the career of longtime Broncos PR flack Jim Saccomano, who is retiring after this season.

Pats owner Robert Kraft says he misses Wes Welker, especially from the standpoint of another short guy.

News

Oakland signed veteran lineman Andre Gurode, presumably to provide depth at guard.

Chiefs lineman Jeff Allen was carted off with an injury.

Analysis

Andy Benoit studies the Saints, concluding that if Rob Ryan can return their defense to competence, the team can notch double-digit wins.

The SC guys break down Washington's on-field and caponomic prospects, and the on-field and caponomic outlooks for Cincinnati.

As White History Month winds down, PFT Commenter celebrates the white backup quarterbacks who have toiled behind black QBs.

Maths

John Morgan provides an excellent message to those who turn their noses up at advance statistics and instead rely upon the "curated sample of sports information" provided by sports highlights shows to form their opinions about athletes.

Chase Stuart focuses on receivers to have had 1,000-yard seasons with at least three different quarterbacks. As for Brandon Marshall, having burned enough bridges to have been traded twice by the age of 28 may have something to do with his feat. This, in a league where nobody is traded.

Jason Fitzgerald discusses the Saints' best and worst contracts, plus the new deals for Bucs WR Mike WIlliams and Carolina LB Jon Beason.

The Patriot Way

Bail was set at $500K for Aaron Hernandez co-defendant Ernest Wallace, whom prosecutors described as the former Patriot's right-hand man.

The Ultimate Teammate™ was so good throwing the ball yesterday that the Pats had him switch to catching passes.

Owner Robert Kraft claims the so-called Patriot Way is about having "good people."

Jeffri Chadiha says the Patriot Way was always a myth, one that led Bill Belihick to draft Hernandez in a blatant display of hubris.

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