Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Denver wrapped up its final OTA on Thursday; they will hold their mandatory minicamp next Tuesday through Thursday, before taking a one-and-a-half-month break until training camp.
The big story next week figures to be whether Willis McGahee and Ryan Clady show up at Dove Valley, although Clady isn't supposed to be physically ready to go until training camp.
Back to OTAs, David Bruton has been rotating in with the defensive starters, while fifth-rounder Quanterus Smith's rehab from a torn ACL has gone well enough for him to perform individual and position drills for the past two day. Smith says he's not quite 100% yet, but suggests he could be there by the time camp rolls around.
According to Andrew Mason, the toughest roster battle may be for the fourth and/or fifth receiver spots, and he thinks Trindon Holliday will be an offensive factor, if he can overcome the dropsies that continue to plague him (a huge if). Mason adds that Knowshon Moreno and Tony Carter have impressed.
Expanding upon Mason's comments from earlier in the week, Jeff Legwold says Brock Osweiler's delivery is smoother and more over-the-top than it had been, and that he's been more decisive with improved accuracy.
As for Legwold's comments about understanding why Denver took a QB so high last year, we couldn't agree more. It's fine to quibble with the selection of Osweiler specifically, but any complaints about taking a QB so highly in the draft are just ludicrous. See Colts, Indianapolis, 2011.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie views his time in Denver as a chance to meet the expectations he failed to reach in Philadelphia.
Pete Prisco says Derek Wolfe has added weight this offseason, and he lists him among his breakout players for 2013.
Pat Bowlen sent Eric Studesville and family to Madison on his private jet, so they could mourn the tragic passing of Eric's parents.
The Barrel Man
The owner of an Aurora sports card store won the eBay auction for Tim McKernan's barrel at $2,550; he says he has no plans to sell it. Not sure why it matters that the barrel is staying in CO, though, as the headline stresses - we're talking about a barrel, not a sports franchise that was rumored to be leaving town.
Obviously, only a serious Broncos fan was going to plop down that much cash for something that only has value to Broncos fans; we're not talking about a Honus Wagner card here. If I, a New Yorker, had bought the barrel, would that have upset some DP readers?
That there is some weird provincialism, but let's just assume the headline writer is the same dummy with the craptastic reading comprehension who handles Kiszla's stuff.
The Colts were reportedly close to signing ex-Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw yesterday, but the two sides have apparently reached a stalemate.
Tennessee waived longtime center Eugene Amano; Atlanta signed TE Anthony Miller, whom Denver had signed as an undrafted rookie last year; Washington will work out WR Donte' Stallworth, who played for them in 2011; Jacksonville worked out ex-Cards RB Beanie Wells; Pittsburgh placed CB Justin King on IR.
A reconciliation between Brett Favre and the Packers is another step closer to fruition, as the overrated QB finally admits he didn't handle his departure from Green Bay very well.
Bill Belichick claims he doesn't "hate" Tim Tebow as a football player, as Mike Silver reported, but Doug Farrar thinks this is more proof that he does.
Doug Farrar isn't sure it would be wise for Andy Reid to have Alex Smith chuck it deep more often; like Ted and Gil Brandt, Jeffri Chadiha expects Smith to help the Chiefs make a big turnaround this season.
Elvis Dumervil has jumped into a leadership role in Baltimore, and Clark Judge thinks the Ravens defense will actually improve, despite all the players it lost this offseason.
Bucky Brooks is absolutely certain that JaMarcus Russell will be on an NFL roster in 2013.
Those of us who were around for the entirety of his tenure should recall that Mike Shanahan fared quite well against other top coaches. But fourth best against ESPN's top 20 coaches list? That's even better than I'd have guessed. The only coaches among the 20 to sport winning records against Shanny are Jimmy Johnson (2-1), Don Shula (1-0), and Tony Dungy (6-3).
According to Jason Fitzgerald's data, the Broncos were among the teams that added the most salary this offseason, and he thinks they would have vastly overpaid Dumervil (by almost double) had the fax debacle not occurred.
Champ Bailey, Chris Harris, and Tony Carter all appear on FO's lists of the best statistical performances among cornerbacks in 2012.