The Daily Lard 4-18-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Jeff Legwold continues his The Position I'm Writing About Today is a Notably Risky One to Draft series with wide receivers up next. Now, in fairness to Legwold, we did cite this piece yesterday in which Matt Waldman said teams find it especially hard to evaluate QBs, WRs and DBs. But name a position that Legwold hasn't written up as being a super duper gamble and we'll give you a gold star sticker.

Legwold also claims Denver needs more depth now that they have a QB who loves to throw the ball a ton, although this of course ignores the fact that running a no-huddle offense means not changing personnel all that much from play to play. As Ted has noted, the same players tend to stay on the field with Manning.

In reality, Peyton Manning does distribute the ball to a lot of players, but those players are basically all starters. A look back at his time in Indy finds that each year, the bulk of his passes would go to two or three wideouts, two or three tight ends, and two or three running backs. At almost no point in his career has a fourth WR caught very many passes, and early on it was essentially Marvin Harrison and nobody else.

Broncos

John Fox went on NFLN to discuss Denver's schedule last night; here's a transcript of Fox's comments, along with that of John Elway's appearance on KOA.

Andrew Mason wrote up every matchup Denver faces; Mike Klis offers some quick notes on each tilt, plus some more observations.

Woody Paige sees a brutal schedule and thinks the Broncos would do well to open 4-4.

Dave Krieger says the opening of the offseason workout program is the true start of the Peyton Manning Era in Denver.

Klis says Washington RB Chris Polk is among Denver's top-five rated RB prospects, as is BSU's Doug Martin. Of course, that doesn't mean the team has any plans to take one of them in the first round, although surely there will be plenty of Bleacher-ish type stories today saying that Denver loves Polk. Meanwhile, here's Matt Waldman's evaluation of Polk.

Legwold wonders if Dontari Poe is the next workout beast to go bust in the NFL, and he is sticking with the wildly incorrect notion of Denver having no more room under the salary cap.

Willis McGahee visited CBS4 and Vic Lombardi on Monday.

Former CU Buff LB Brian Iwuh, who had signed with Denver for their two playoff games last season, has decided to retire. He was due to make $700K this season.

NFL.com or DirecTV created a movie trailer for Denver's Week 5 trip to New England and the renewal of the Manning/Brady rivalry.

Trimmings

Every team will play a Thursday game this year, and they will all do so after having played the weekend before, so all 32 teams will face a shortened week at some point this season.

Hopes for a new stadium to keep the Vikings in Minnesota apparently are on hold for another year.

The NFLPA is suing the coaches' union as part of a power struggle between De Smith and David Cornwell.

Miami signed former Chargers and Panthers WR Legedu Naanee; Browns WR Jordan Norwood signed his ERFA tender.

Ravens HC John Harbaugh is reportedly already texting prospects that Baltimore hopes will be undrafted free agents.

Jeff Fisher says he'll be more involved with coaching the defense than previously planned, due to the suspension of Gregg Williams, whom he has not yet replaced.

Lions center Dominic Raiola accepts the idea that he'll suffer short-term memory loss someday as a result of playing football. Damn, that is one perspectiveless MFer.

You know what's worse than vertically-striped socks? How about horizontally-striped jerseys like the Steelers will don this season?

Mockery

Among Tony Pauline's latest notes is that Philly is more likely to be after Fletcher Cox than Ryan Tannehill should they make a move into the top 10.

Mike Tanier scouts Spartans DT Jerel Worthy and North Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins; Russ Lande evaluates BC backer Luke Kuechly and considers the value of ASU QB Brock Osweiler and a few others.

Wes Bunting lists his favorite likely second-rounders and has Denver taking PSU DT Devon Still in his latest mock draft. Jonathan Bales has the Broncos selecting Baylor WR Kendall Wright at #25 in his latest.

Greg Cosell agrees with Matt Waldman's take from yesterday that ND WR Michael Floyd is a better pro prospect than is Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon.

Jeffri Chadiha employs some horrendous logic in explaining why Ryan Tannehill isn't that much of a risk.

Khaled Elsayed reviews the 08-10 drafts of the Steelers and Lions, while Ben Muth evaluates Detroit's offensive line.

Scrapple

Schedule reactions from Jason ColeDoug Farrar, Eric Edholm, Joe Fortenbaugh, Will Brinson, Mike Florio, plus what Christmas Ape had been hoping to see from the schedule makers; Mike Tanier checks the crystal ball to see what's in store for Tim Tebow in New Jersey.

Andrew Brandt explains why restricted free agency is essentiall dead.

Peter King says referee Tony Corrente is doing well in his bout with cancer; PK apparently got plenty of emails sticking up for Demaryius Thomas after King stuck up for his new Favre.

Clark Judge does not see an end to kickoffs in the NFL game as Giants owner John Mara does.

Chris Brown breaks down the overload blitz in concert with angle stunts as often utilized by the Jets.

Ben Stockwell checks the stats for the best and worst running teams through the C and D gaps.

Aaron Schatz examines data on most holding penalties as drawn by pass rushers; neither Von Miller or Elvis Dumervil made the list.

Andy Benoit compares the popularity and playing fields of baseball and football, although missing is the point that NFL games feature 11 minutes of action, while baseball games have 8.5-12 minutes of play.

In his latest Funbag, Drew Magary reminds us that delivery is a poor idea, but tip VERY WELL if you go that route.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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