Good Morning, Broncos fans! As we've been doing of late, let's open with key takeaways from Peter King's MMQB column:
- PK thinks the Eagles, whom Denver hosts Week 4, will run 75 plays per game under Chip Kelly's guidance
- In King's eyes, Rex Ryan committed "career suicide" when he reinserted Mark Sanchez behind the Jets' second-string offensive line on Saturday night, resulting in Sanchez injuring his throwing shoulder
- King thinks the NFL, not ESPN, is made to look the worse by the whole "League of Denial" episode; more on that later in the Lard
- He expects the Jets, Raiders, and Jaguars to fight it out for the top pick in 2014, AKA the Jadeveon Clowney choice
Quentin Jammer, back working as a corner, faces a steep uphill climb to make the roster.
Denver's brass continues to be pleased with Brock Osweiler's progress.
Lindsay Jones says Ronnie Hillman's grasp of the starting RB job slips further away with each fumble, but Dave Krieger reminds us that as glaring as Hillman's mistakes have been, they've still only come in the preseason.
From Saturday's game, Neil Hornsby saw a lot to love in the play of Louis Vasquez, Terrance Knighton, and Kevin Vickerson.
Legwold also suggests the Broncos could use their revocable IR designation on either Stewart Bradley or Chris Kuper, but neither player seems important or injured enough to warrant that once-per season allowance.
Jarrett Bell is still picking the Broncos to win it all this season, thanks to the greatness of Peyton Manning and despite Von Miller's suspension.
Oakland's first round of cuts included KR Josh Cribbs; QB Ricky Stanzi, WR Terrance Copper, and compensatory sixth-round RB Braden Wilson were among Kansas City's; San Diego cut fifth-year G Brandyn Dombrowski and nine others.
Carolina brought back G Travelle Wharton, who canceled a scheduled visit to Dove Valley in July, after the Bengals had cut him.
The Giants lost starting safety Stevie Brown for the year to a torn ACL, and with Philly having cut ex-Giant Kenny Phillips, it would figure that Phillips could head back up the Turnpike to rejoin the G-Men. For all the talk of how Denver's injuries and Von Miller's suspension will make their Week 2 game at the Giants tougher, the loss of Brown is enormous.
Buffalo added two QBs on Sunday, signing Matt Leinart and acquiring QB Thaddeus Lewis via trade from Detroit, a day after Kevin Kolb suffered a concussion so serious it's feared it could end his career.
Will Brinson remains confident that Knowshon Moreno will be Denver's starting running back, and he thinks going with Terrelle Pryor at quarterback should be an easy call for the Raiders.
FO's DYAR has Rod Smith and Eddie Royal at opposite ends of the spectrum among receivers since 1991.
Long-suffering Jets fan Chase Stuart predicts another 6-10 season and eventual firing of Rex Ryan, and he studies the 84-yard touchdown run they allowed the Giants on Saturday. Meanwhile, Ian O'Connor joins the chorus calling for Rexy to be relieved of his job.
League of Denial
Richard Deitsch doesn't find much reason to believe ESPN's claim that it wasn't strongarmed by the NFL out of its collaboration with PBS on the concussion documentary "League of Denial."
This story is an especially hairy one for ESPN ombudsman Robert Lipsyte, who was laughably told by ESPN head John Skipper that the network's disassociation from the documentary was prompted by this trailer.