Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver completed its practice squad today by signing guard/center Quintin Saulsberry, an undrafted rookie who had been signed by the Vikings out of Mississippi State.
Saulsberry (6-2, 304) was a four-year starter for the Bulldogs, and the only player in MSU history to play and start every game of his career there. He played every position along the line except for left tackle.
Meanwhile, Jim Leonhard has switched jersey numbers from 45 to his more familiar 36, which had belonged to Rafael Bush; Leonhard wore 36 with the Ravens and Jets. Also swapping numbers were Ronnie Hillman (34 to 21), C.J. Davis (71 to 54), Steven Johnson (41 to 53), and Duke Ihenacho (39 to 33).
The team returns to practice today as they prepare for Sunday night's opener against the Steelers.
Malik Jackson admits to having been overwhelmed by the Broncos' defensive playbook at first, but he's obviously a quick study. Judging by his quotes, it's a shame we haven't heard more from Jackson before, but our guess is he will be around for quite a while.
The Cardinals signed former Broncos WR Gerell Robinson to their practice squad.
Another fine piece from Judy Battista concerns the NFL's ever-increasing focus on the pass, including some quotes from the man who brought the Broncos back from the 1950s-era football this offseason.
Terry Frei looks back at Denver's 30-plus-year-old QB imports prior to Peyton Manning: Craig Morton, Charley Johnson, and Frank Tripucka. As for the dummy who wrote the title for Frei's article, they should probably find a new job.
Pittsburgh will again have Max Starks as their starting left tackle after again trying to replace him over the offseason.
Steelers OC Handshake Haley is happy to be back to more coaching than delegating/being a dick, and Jamie Dukes expects Haley to do will in Pittsburgh.
The league and NFLRA are engaged in a PR battle over their stalled negotiations.
Maurice Jones-Drew finally ended his holdout, but with nothing gained for himself.
Carolina signed DT Dwan Edwards and cut 2011 third-rounder Terrell McClain (how's that for a draft bust?); Baltimore signed safety James Ihedigbo, formerly of the Jets and Pats; St. Louis claimed RB Terrance Ganaway and DT Kellen Heard off waivers; LB Clark Haggans is expected to sign with the 49ers; Arizona's Jeremy Bridges will join fellow tackle Levi Brown on IR; former Ducks QB Dennis Dixon is expected to join Baltimore's practice squad; QB Tyler Thigpen took a $1M pay cut to remain with the Bills.
In his MMQB column, Peter King says NFL teams are finally considering a way to lighten the amount of abuse they dole out to season-ticket holders via preseason prices, and he explains his choices of the Broncos as a SB team and Peyton Manning as MVP and Comeback POY.
Andy Benoit analyzes a Rams team with plenty of holes, but loads of talent on the defensive line and in the secondary.
According to PFF, Chris Harris is Denver's secret superstar; of course, he's no secret to IAOFM readers.
In his AFCW preview, Clark Judge has the Broncos coming out on top.
Undercover cops apparently love to rock retro NFL jerseys, but at least they show good taste while doing so.
A remarkable 17-year-old girl is the first to play high-school football in the state of Florida.