Montee’s attacker apprehended Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The last few years for Denver second-round running back Montee Ball have mostly read like something out of a storybook.

The former Badger busted onto the national scene with an eye-popping junior campaign in 2011, when he racked up 2,229 yards from scrimmage and 39 touchdowns, and was named a finalist for the Heisman.

Although the departure of fellow stars Russell Wilson and Nick Toon left Montee stranded within the Wisconsin offense last year, he still posted 1,902 yards and 22 scores.

Ball's decision to return for his senior campaign was questioned by many, but that he was drafted by the team he grew up rooting for has to have validated his choice, at least somewhat.

The one public scar from Montee's time in Madison was an unprovoked off-campus assault by five men last summer which left the Badgers star concussed and injured.

Thankfully, a fourth and final suspect in the case was apprehended in Chicago this week.

To our knowledge, Ball hasn't publicly discussed the attack since his drafting, but we can all hope this development will provide him some true closure in the matter, and allow him to continue to live out his dream in Denver.

Broncos News

Wesley Woodyard suggests that Jack Del Rio will have some tricks up his sleeve when it comes to deploying Shaun Phillips.

John Fox says he prefers taller cornerbacks but acknowledges there's an important balance between the player's height and agility.

Jack Del Rio says the coaching staff indeed sees Quentin Jammer as a guy who can help the team improve covering tight ends.

While hanging out at the Playboy Mansion this week, Von Miller said any Broncos player who touches Peyton Manning in practice is likely to "end up missing."

Johns Elway and Fox will compete at the annual American Century celebrity golf tournament in Tahoe next week; Luke Richesson has been hosting a strength program for women at Dove Valley.

Broncos Analysis

Like Jason La Canfora, Albert Breer says there's a "widespread perception" that the Broncos front office is staffed with hard partiers, but he says that doesn't necessarily make them unique within the league.

Doug Ottewill thinks the Broncos did well to change the narrative with the suspensions of Matt Russell and Tom Heckert, and the signing of Ryan Clady.

Cian Fahey says that while Champ Bailey has lost some of his athleticism, he's still one of the league's top corners.

Jeff Legwold revisits the Broncos' insurance policy on Manning, and he surveys the competition Denver faces within the AFCW.

News

Washington TE Chris Cooley has retired and will become a radio analyst for the team; Philadelphia signed Stony Brook tackle Michael Bamiro; Chicago reportedly considered an extension for Jay Cutler but scrapped the idea once head coach Marc Trestman was hired; former Chiefs tackle Eric Winston oddly remains unsigned, but is hopeful he'll find a new team in the next few weeks.

The Packers announced record annual profits and do not plan to retire Brett Favre's jersey in 2013.

A year after they wore varsity jackets on their way to being shellacked on national television in New England, the Texans are calling a 2013 visit from the Patriots their "Homecoming" game.

Johnny Manziel says his phone ran out of juice at the Manning Passing Academy, causing his alarm not to go off, and him to oversleep.

Crime

A fourth and final suspect has been arrested in the 2012 assault of Montee Ball near the University of Wisconsin campus.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's Pilot Flying J truck stop company will pay back the money it swindled out of its clients.

Nebraska prosecutors are looking to revoke probation for Patriots corner Alfonzo Dennard, who was arrested last week on a DUI charge.

Analysis

Neil Hornsby takes a crack at the Chargers and Niners starting lineups; the Shutdown Corner guys discuss the Vikings' on-field and caponomic outlooks.

Including tight ends, Around The League has the Broncos' receiving corps second only to that of the Falcons.

Pete Prisco places John Fox 12th on his ranking of the league's best head coaches.

Gary Horton calls Trindon Holliday one of the AFC's most versatile players, which would appear to be more about potential than anything else, given how little he plays on offense. (Insider)

Doug Farrar doesn't expect to see a sophomore slump from Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson; Bill Barnwell thinks RG3 was the best of 2012's rookie QBs, but he thinks Wilson will be the best of that quartet in 2013.

PFT Commenter continues his celebration of White History Month with a look at the career and life of SB 32 and 32 champion Bill Romanowski.

Maths

Obviously, Chase Stuart was going to eventually come up with a better QB rating than ours, and here it is. Obviously, PMFM tops the list for 2012.

Over at OTC, a look at Washington's best and worst contracts, plus the looming contract-year campaign for Brian Orakpo.

According to PFF's data, Eric Decker has overachieved relative to receiving touchdowns, while Tony Scheffler, Brandon Lloyd, and Jabar Gaffney have underachieved.

Media

ESPN's new show NFL Insiders, featuring Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, will precede NFL Live on weekday afternoons; Keith Olbermann will reportedly return to the Worldwide Leader to host a one-hour, nightly show on ESPN2.

Here's a promo which aired during last night's All-Star Game for the new Fox Sports 1 network:


via AA

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