The Daily Lard 5-25-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Greg Gabriel's latest post-draft analysis covers the AFC West, and he seems generally impressed with the group of players Denver came away with. Like most, Gabriel sees Von Miller as playing the Sam on 1st and 2nd down, rushing the passer on 3rd down, and being capable in coverage. But contrary to the general consensus, Gabriel thinks Rahim Moore struggled in coverage last season and thinks he may ultimately be best suited to play strong safety, a position he sees Quinton Carter fitting into quite well. In Gabriel's opinion, Orlando Franklin makes sense at right tackle but has the versatility to also play guard, while he's not so sure that Nate Irving can return to his pre-accident form.

Gabriel likes both of Denver's TE choices, praising the upside of both Julius Thomas and Virgil Green, along with the willingness of the former to block, even if he needs to improve at it. He also says the Broncos got great value with Green in the seventh round, and finally Gabriel likes Denver's selection of Mike Mohamed but doesn't see Jeremy Beal sticking with the team.

Broncos


Gray Caldwell shares more of Rod Smith's reaction to the tornado damage in Joplin, MO. Plus, a video clip on Smith from 9News.

Substitute teacher/Broncos safety David Bruton spoke with ESPN's Dana Jacobson yesterday on First Take. Terrific stuff.

Eddie Royal participated in the players' workout yesterday, 3.5 months after his hip surgery.

The passionate Legwold mails in a few words recapping Elvis Dumervil's career.

NFLN's top 100 player list as voted by the players has Brandon Lloyd ranked higher than Brandon Marshall.

Enemies


PFW's post-draft look at the Chiefs.

All of the Kansas City sports teams are pitching in to support the tornado victims in Joplin.

Acee profiles San Diego second-rounder Jonas Mouton. Plus, more on the Chargers' stadium search.

Some notes and plenty more from the Raiders players' practice yesterday in Georgia.

Trimmings - News


The owners unanimously passed some rule changes to protect "defenseless players" from unnecessary hits, redefine "launching" and allow referees to call contact with QB's heads unintentional rather than an automatic penalty; more from Alex Marvez.

If teams rack up a bunch of illegal hit penalties, the NFL is going to fine them; Jason Cole thinks it won't discourage the Steelers.

The league confirmed they are considering using an outside firm to handle drug testing this year.

The NFL has canceled this year's annual rookie symposium which had been scheduled for next month; Matt Bowen thinks it's not effective enough anyway.

Peyton Manning had surgery on Monday to repair a bulging disk in his neck.

In typical BMarsh fashion, he's not cooperating with police on the investigation into his stabbing.

The Bills have suspended pension-plan payments to all employees.

Meanwhile, the Ravens have cut salaries of their lowest-paid employees and the NFL is raising prices on replica jerseys. Stay classy, NFL owners.

Mike Holmgren says the Browns' starting QB gig is up for grabs.

Tom Zbikowski is done with boxing for now.

Andrew Brandt considers what the Eighth Circuit judges may be thinking.

David Whitley of FanHouse recently interviewed the 1990 fourth-overall draft pick Keith McCants, a player once touted as "the next L.T." but whose career was derailed by injuries. McCants' is an all-too-common sad tale of an impoverished upbringing, predatory agents, jail time, destitution and the long-term effects of football-induced concussions.

Trimmings - Analysis


It's painful to think of SB 22 for Denver fans, but as Mike Beacom points out, Doug Williams did a lot for black quarterbacks on that awful day.

In ranking the league's starting QBs in quintets, Pat Kirwan plops Kyle Orton right in the middle and Tim Tebow on the bottom (for now).

Bucky Brooks shares his list of players who could break out in 2011.

Khaled Elsayed looks at TE drop percentages, a stat that doesn't look to kindly on Daniel Graham over the past few years.

Aaron Schatz on FO's run defeat stats from 2010, in which the highest ranking Broncos are Mario Haggan and Jason Hunter with 11 each.

Andy Benoit checks the tape on the 2010 Jags.

Doug Farrar foresees greatness out of Sam Bradford.

Jonathan Comey thinks the days of Randy Moss having an impact are over.

Chris Brown reviews Ron Jaworski's recent book and says not to bother with it yourself.

Peter King responds to emails.

Scrapple


KSK's full interpretation of PK's MMQB Ebersol suckfest.

Tom Brady's offseason of emasculation continues with shaved (waxed?) armpits. Plus, a Brady waterslide meme.

Lenny Dykstra, my favorite Met of my childhood, tried to bust Doc Gooden out of celebrity rehab. Seriously, can we just have a single day where the Mets aren't the biggest joke in sports? Sigh.

New math: Billy Butler + Albert Pujols = Butjols

A bunch of cheeseheads took all the fun out of a neat Brewers promo.

What the world will look like in Ray Lewis' extended lockout apocalypse.

More fine tributes to the Macho Man from Bill Simmons and the WWE.

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

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