The Daily Lard 5-14-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! John Fox (video) spoke after the third and final day (photos) of Denver's rookie minicamp. Echoing the words of Jack Del Rio from a day earlier, Fox says the signing of CB Drayton Florence is a matter of never having enough cornerbacks.

For anyone who doesn't believe that one, drudge up some memories of Jonathan Wilhite, Nate Jones, and Josh Bell, why don't you?

Florence's fellow corner Omar Bolden made it through the weekend with no knee issues, and without a brace. As Fox and Andrew Mason remind us, the elite QBs on Denver's 2012 docket will likely test Denver's newfound depth in the backfield.

Bolden is one of three recent Sun Devils on the team (along with QB Brock Osweiler and undrafted WR Gerell Robinson) and says the familiar faces are aiding his transition to the pros, as is the presence of veteran corners Champ Bailey, Drayton Florence, and Tracy Porter. He says the knee injury which cost him his fifth and final year of college eligibility did not keep him from attending every meeting, practice, and road game. 

Osweiler, meanwhile, says he and Robinson have been working out together in Phoenix ever since last month's draft.

Mike Klis lists the signing bonuses paid to Denver's undrafted rookies; the top five bonuses were all paid to defensive players.

Also, Klis says fired GM Brian Xanders should have a new gig sooner than later.


Minnesota governor Mark Dayton will sign the bill for a new Vikings stadium into law today.

Washington will re-sign RB Tim Hightower to a one-year deal.

Naturally, BLloyd is happy to have followed Josh McDaniels to New England, while the Cutler/Marshall/Bates bro reunion is up and running in Chicago.

Chicago signed recent Denver practice squadder DT DeMario Pressley.

A Division III QB who starred in a trick-throw YouTube video got a tryout with the Bills this weekend.

Pete Carroll says Russell Wilson will get a shot at the starting QB gig in Seattle; Matt Waldman explains comparisons of Wilson to Drew Brees.


For some reason, Peter King thinks he thinks that it's noteworthy that Tom Brady is the last Patriot or Colt still around from a 2001 meeting between the two teams. Well, except for Reggie Wayne, who was inactive. So actually, it's not even a story at all. And even if Brady was the last man standing, why would that be so fascinating? Most NFL players don't play 12 years, and they certainly don't often do so all for the same team. Thanks for the non-factoid, PK. Plus, King thinks Dallas Clark will end up with Kansas City this summer.

Among PFW's latest AFC and NFC Whispers is talk that Drayton Florence will be active in Denver's nickel and dime packages, and that Philly is thrilled to have landed Chris Polk as an undrafted rookie.

Khaled Elsayed reviews top single-game performances by 4-3 ends.

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