Good Morning, Broncos fans! Justin Bannan is very happy to be back with the team, and he never moved out of town despite playing in St. Louis last season. Says Bannan,
I feel like I belong in Denver. I feel like I have a lot of unfinished business here. I never felt right about leaving. There's a business side of it, and unfortunately that side happened. But it's just nice not having to move again.
Really, he sounds relieved to be back:
I have a lot of pride here. I feel like I belong here. It's hard to explain — I kind of felt like that when I played at CU (University of Colorado). I feel like I belong in Colorado. It's nice to be able to have an opportunity to come back and have a chance to be part of something great.
Andrew Mason figures the ex-Buff will be more effective teaming with Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil (who was injured during Bannan's one season in Denver) in the pass rush, although for what it's worth, PFF has assigned the 11th-year player a slightly subpar pass rush grade in all four years of their existence.
Utah State RB Robert Turbin will visit the Broncos next week.
Von Miller is bummed by the departure of Tim Tebow but psyched to play with Peyton Manning:
You know, having Peyton Manning, you know he's going to be a coach on and off the field. You know he's going to be able to tell us stuff that we just couldn't do ... point blank last year. Tim just couldn't tell us that stuff last year.
I think the defense just has to gel more. I need to cut down on the mental errors. I want to be the linebacker they drafted me to be. I don't want to take five or six years to do that. I want to be that linebacker right now.
Jeff Legwold continues to suggest every possible draft scenario for Denver, this time discussing a move out of the first round along with some stupid rules he made up about doing so. Plus, he says Cincy DT Derek Wolfe might be a fit for Denver.
Over at PFF, they've done a handy breakdown of defensive personnel package data which finds that Denver played with a 3-3-5 nickel package more than they did their base 4-3-4 grouping.
Ring of Famer Randy Gradishar is part of a group of over 100 players who have signed on to a lawsuit against the league over concussions; the lead plaintiff is Brent Boyd, the only ex-player to have been diagnosed with CTE while still alive.
The Broncos apparently turned away interest from HBO to be the subject of this year's Hard Knocks series; HBO has since offered the Falcons the show, and the Jaguars want in on the party but haven't been invited. Meanwhile, over in Jersey, the Jets' brass are arguing over the show: owner Woody Johnson, who claims his team didn't acquire Tim Tebow to sell jerseys, wants his team to again be the show's subject, while incredibly it's attention whore Rex Ryan who's against the idea.
San Diego is still waiting for ex-Raiders T Mario Henderson and their own FB Jacob Hester to make up their minds about signing offers with the team; meanwhile, Hester visited Seattle yesterday.
Damn. New Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie is talking way too much sense and doesn't plan on drafting players purely for their 40 times or trading away future draft picks, and he doesn't want his team to be on Hard Knocks, either. I don't know about you, but I am REALLY missing Al Davis right about now.
The mysterious incident that led to Terrance Knighton's eye surgery allegedly included him getting struck by a thrown vodka bottle and threatening to shoot people as retaliation.
The league is cleaning up how agents recruit players to their firms.
Jon Gruden had plenty to say about this year's crops of QB prospects.
Greg Gabriel buys the notion that several teams are looking to get out of the top 10, but he doesn't see it actually happening.
Among Tony Pauline's latest draft notes is the tidbit that the Jets want their defensive players to drop some weight.
Jack Bechta explains what makes for a dysfunctional front office relative to how they treat their scouts.
Mike Tanier reminds us that the issue of NFL teams putting out bounties on opposing players was a laughing matter just 23 years ago; Jason Whitlock thinks the Saints should hire Dick Vermeil for the year.
Andy Benoit surveys the offseason needs of the AFC North teams.
Some guy on the Flyers says he hid a concussion to keep his NHL gig; surely we'll eventually be hearing plenty more stories like this about NFL players.
Skip Bayless played the victim card in response to being pwned regarding the high school hoops exploits he totally exaggerated.
Naturally, the Taiwanese Animation folks did quite a number on the Bobby Petrino affair/accident/firing.