Warren mulling pay cut Lard 5-13-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Coordinators Mike McCoy and Jack Del Rio (videos) spoke after the second day (Broncos TV, photos via Andrew Mason) of Denver's three-day rookie minicamp yesterday.

McCoy continues to say the Broncos' offensive playbook will be an amalgam of strategies he's grown fond of and what Peyton Manning thrived with in Indy, and not simply a carbon copy of the Colts' playbook. The third-year OC acknowledges that (of course) tight ends will play a much larger role a season after the group tallied just 30 catches (47 targets), and he says Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas are giddy at the chance to play with PMFM. Oh, and the zone-read is thankfully gone.

Del Rio has plenty of praise for Mike backer Joe Mays and says he intends for his defense to help Mays improve by shrinking the gaps he's responsible for covering.

The new DC says he hasn't seen Ty Warren of late, and there's apparently good reason: the defensive tackle is apparently struggling with accepting a significant pay cut the Broncos have demanded. But frankly, Warren had best get used to the idea, because no NFL team is going to pay millions to a 31-year-old 300-pounder who has missed the past two seasons with injury. It's just not happening.

His fellow DT Kevin Vickerson has accepted a pay slice from $2.25M to $1.2M, and eventually Warren will have to do the same.

Omar BoldenPhilip BlakeMalik Jackson, and Danny Trevathan (videos) also spoke after practice:

  • Bolden says that while missing last season due to injury was a painful downer, spending a year on the sidelines helped him with the mental aspects of the game. While calling himself an aggressive player, the ASU alum says he's ready to contribute in any manner, whether it's gunning on kicks, returning the ball, or playing nickel.
  • Blake, who has been working at center (look out, J.D. Walton), explained the clearing house issues that led him to a stint at Tyler Junior College, former home of ex-Marquette star (Go MU!) and current Chicago Bull Jimmy Butler.
  • Jackson admits to having been caught off guard by the intensity of trying to learn an NFL playbook, and surprised by the long hours.
  • Trevathan says fellow ex-Kentucky LB Wesley Woodyard has mentored him since his time with the Wildcats, and he hopes to make his mark on special teams.

Elvis Dumervil has apparently dropped 10 pounds, to 250.

Mitch Unrein appeared at a charity softball tournament up in Windsor, Colorado last month and says it's surreal to see John Elway everyday.

John Fox will get to ride in an F-16 a week from tomorrow.

More on Brock Osweiler's tweaked throwing motion from Arnie Stapleton.

Gil Brandt ranks Denver among the teams to have signed the best groups of undrafted rookies, noting the pass-rushing skills of DE Jamie Blatnick, ex of Oklahoma State.


Daryl Johnston suggests that NFL players get regular neurological exams to help them avoid degenerative brain diseases.

Ex-OSU LB Andrew Sweat, whom the Browns signed as an undrafted free agent, has decided to choose law school over a potential career in the Mistake on the Lake.

Former Eagles center Jamaal Jackson sounds ready for retirement after a tryout with the Giants.

Chad Johnson penned an open letter to Roger Goodell, hilariously addressing the Commish as "Dad" and astutely knocking the league for its marketing of football as being "played by heroes." Instead, Chad calls it "a nasty, dirty and violent game with consequences" and proposes that whatever fines he's levied for his TD celebrations in 2012 be put to work in helping ex-players.

The Jets apparently turned down Hard Knocks because they have a new OC in Tony Sparano, and they would welcome a return to the show in the future.


In their pursuit for a QB, we already know the Browns tried in vain to acquire the #2 pick for RG3, and considered signing Matt Flynn, but as Dan Pompei describes in his Sunday column, they also expressed interest in PMFM, tried to pry the #1 pick away from Indy, and pondered taking Ryan Tannehill at #4. But so the story goes, they actually like Brandon Weeden better than either Tannehill or Colt McCoy. Plus, Pompei hears Seahawks RT James Carpenter may not even play this year due to a knee injury.

This is exactly why PMFM needs to get his ass onto Twitter: days after Mike Adams joked about picking off Manning in practice, Saints fifth-rounder Corey White said the same of Drew Brees, who proceeded to pwn the rookie and remind him who's boss.

FO's Danny Tuccitto examines the effect of injuries on NFL teams in 2011, of course calling Manning's neck injury the most impactful in recent history.

Khaled Elsayed reviews top single-game performances by centers in 2011.

Wes Bunting evaluates Georgia QB Aaron Murray.

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