Good Morning, Broncos fans! The team reconvened for OTAs yesterday (video, photos) and by all accounts, the offense looked a bit out of whack. John Fox (video) acknowledged as much, and blamed the 4.5-day layoff.
Highlights of the session were a juggling interception of Peyton Manning by Mike Adams and a long TD pass from Caleb Hanie to Bubba Caldwell. Says Knowshon Moreno of changes in the offense and at QB from last season:
As you can see, it's a big difference. There's no wasted time. Everybody has to make sure they know what they're doing, know where they need to be.
Manning watched Brock Osweiler throw (video) and got in some extra work with Eric Decker and Joel Dreessen after practice; Mario Fannin is running well, although he says he's not quite 100 percent yet.
Along the defensive line, Ben Garland is currently weighing in at 305 pounds, while Sealver Siliga is apparently all the way up to 330-340 pounds from his listed weight of 307. According to Mike Klis, Buffalo tried to sign Siliga off Denver's practice squad late in the season, but the ex-Utah Ute teammate of Zane Beadles preferred to stick around.
Jeff Legwold reiterates that the team had offered Marcus Thomas a one-year deal, but that the DT is seeking a two-year contract (good luck with that at this juncture). He also speculates that Denver could end up cutting Ty Warren free if the disgruntled tackle doesn't show up for their mandatory minicamp taking place two weeks from now, adding that a departure by Warren could help along a return by Thomas.
Woody Paige is claiming to be the only person to suggest
16 18 months ago (good thing one doesn't need be able to count to puff one's chest) that hiring John Elway to run the team was a good idea, and he reminds us that Elway would like to eventually take ownership of the team.
Champ Bailey (
54) (46) and Peyton Manning (50) made NFLN's Top 100 list; here's Champ's reaction on NFLN, plus Jeff Saturday and the NFLN crew discuss Manning's ranking. At the time of this writing, NFL.com doesn't have a proper link up for the Bailey video.
Scout Inc's Matt Williamson thinks Ryan Clady is still an above-average LT and will of course look a hell of a lot better playing in front of Manning.
Champ Bailey, Zane Beadles, and Britton Colquitt were among the stars of Denver's team golf outing.
Visiting with NFLN, Brian Dawkins says that if PMFM is at 75% of his old self, he figures the Broncos can go 5-1 within the AFCW. But if Peyton isn't quite there, Eli Kaberon doesn't like Denver's chances with Hanie or Osweiler directing the offense.
Jim Harbaugh is either crazy or thinks we're all stupid, because he yesterday said without any prompting that the Niners did not pursue Manning, rather that they were simply "evaluating" him when they snuck out to Duke to watch him throw. Sure, Jim. He also claims that Alex Smith was always in the team's plans, and that had Peyton signed on, he would have had to "compete" with Smith for the starting job.
The NFLPA's grievance regarding the Saints bounty suspensions was heard yesterday, with a decision expected in about a week.
Oh, well. Turns out there will be a Pro Bowl this season, and it will be in Hawaii.
At two ends of the spectrum, it was announced yesterday that 24-year-old Vikings CB Asher Allen and 39-year-old Kordell Stewart would both be retiring. Allen has been plagued by concussions during his three-year career, while Stewart didn't want his retirement to come as a Raven (he last played in 2005 for Baltimore), instead signing a one-day contract with the Steelers, the team with whom he lost the 1997 AFC title game to John Elway & Co.
The Chargers, Chiefs, and Seahawks are among the group of teams to have reached out to the exonerated ex-HS football star Brian Banks about a possible tryout. Let's hope this is not just a PR stunt where teams are looking to take advantage of his story, and that something materially good happens for Banks.
Warren Sapp's media career isn't quite dead yet, as NFLN surprisingly picked up a one-year option on his contract.
Oops. Some dummies at NFL Shop misspelled Aaron Rodgers's name as "Rogers" while trying to promote Packers jerseys.
Mike Freeman says the marked difference in the approaches of Donald Driver and Terrell Owens to their NFL careers explains why Driver is still playing, and Owens is not.
Jack Bechta explains what causes NFL players to go broke despite making plenty of quick cash.
Here's a neat exercise from Neil Paine, who shows the average final record NFL teams go on to attain, based upon whatever their in-season record is.
Sam Monson explains what makes for a prototypical player for each of the five linebacker positions.
Congratulations to Andy Benoit, who is now writing for FO; he starts by evaluating the offseasons of the NFCN teams.
Bucky Brooks expects Handshake Haley to deliver a more well-rounded offense to the Steelers.
Over at KSK, an interpretation of PK's MMQB (plenty of Tebow talk, so cover your eyes, Zombies!), the Jags were forced by the weather into an unusual practice, and Jason Babin is wrapping up his wild offseason (rescuing gators, killing bears) by heading to Pamplona.
The Worldwide Leader is requiring all its freelancers send in resumes after the Sarah Phillips debacle.