NFL playbooks? There’s an app for that Lard 4-23-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Yesterday we read that Denver would be moving fully into the future of the NFL game on the field, borrowing from the Packers, Saints, and Colts to develop the passing section of their playbook. We already know they've adopted a forward-looking approach to conditioning with their hiring of Luke Richesson and his subsequent overhaul of the team's workout facilities.

Today, via Andy Vuong, we learn that the Broncos are following the innovative and intuitive leads of the Ravens and Bucs by eschewing the printed playbooks of old for digital ones distributed on iPads. Players will apparently be able to access game plans, film, and scouting reports on their new tablets, with newly added plays pushed to them instantly.

As for security concerns, the team will be able to remotely erase any iPads that potentially go missing, whereas once a printed playbook was lost, there was no recourse.

Nonsensically, the NFL is not yet allowing tablets to be used on the sideline during games, but they at least have relaxed a silly rule that said such devices had to be shut off 90 minutes before kickoff. Instead, players will have access to them in the locker room right until gametime.


The Impassioned One thinks Denver should consider Georgia CB/KR Brandon Boykin, writing that, "He probably will get a long look from the Broncos." Legwold also covers TE prospects and says, "The Broncos would certainly give a long look to Fleener." Guess we know what the phrase of the day is.

Stink will be anchoring ESPN Radio's coverage of the draft this week.


Florio is hearing that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is hot for Ryan Tannehill after whiffing on Peyton Manning; Armando Salguero was told that Ross has had no input on who Miami will take.

Doug Farrar and Mike Tanier scout A&M QB Ryan Tannehill, UNC DE Quinton Coples, Alabama LB Courtney Upshaw, and Baylor WR Kendall Wright; Russ Lande evaluates LSU CB Morris Claiborne; Greg Gabriel focuses on BSU DE/LB Shea McClellin; Matt Waldman scouts Baylor QB Robert Griffin III; Matt Bowen hits up some tape on ASU QB Brock Osweiler and shares some thoughts on Brandon Weeden, Dontari Poe, and Janoris Jenkins.

Tanier shares some useless early projections for Andrew Luck and RG3's rookie seasons, while Jeff Darlington wonders if athletes like Luck, RG3, and Cam Newton will turn up more often in the NFL.

Here are links to all of Khaled Elsayed's 08-10 draft reviews.


Steelers WR Mike Wallace is reportedly pondering a training camp holdout instead of signing his restricted tender.

Noted philanthropist Braylon Edwards reportedly donated the proceeds of a lawsuit settlement to establish some scholarships.

Tom Brady used to be a paper boy, and he's still dressing like one today.

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