Good Morning, Broncos fans! Rick Reilly was apparently at last Saturday's scrimmage at the Big IF, and he writes that "the entire locker room" wants Kyle Orton to be the starting QB, rather than the fans' choice of Tim Tebow. Reilly quotes a source within the organization (from the wording, presumably a player) that the "coaching staff would totally lose the players" if they were to proceed with Tebow as the starter. Reilly also writes that Orton was irked by the fact that Tebow spoke to reporters as much as he did last year, apparently because by doing so Tebow failed to show the deference Orton felt he was due as the team's first-string QB.
To top it off, Reilly spoke with John Elway, who said of Tebow, "He's only had the one season. But he's an amazing football player. I'd never give up on Tim Tebow...One of the unique things about Tim is that he has that unique ability to make something happen when the play breaks down...You can't rely on your improvising. That's one thing I learned. I was always going to make those plays outside the pocket, but that can't be your bread and butter."
Details of Brian Dawkins' pay cut were made public: he'll make $2M this year rather than the $6M he was scheduled to earn, and his contract now only runs through this season. Plus, Willis McGahee got a $2M signing bonus and a $1M salary for this year, and Marcus Thomas will make $1M. Meanwhile, Daniel Fells, David Anderson and Derrick Harvey will make just $50K over their respective minimums, and Dante Rosario and Brodrick Bunkley are taking minimum salaries.
Andrew Mason says the defense has been winning in practice of late, with each of the QBs turning it over to start yesterday's sessions. Meanwhile, Eddie Royal was again held out, Brandon Lloyd and Richard Quinn suffered knee sprains, and Nate Irving sprained an ankle. Some practice notes and more notes from Klis.
Legwold on the quick integration of the team's veteran free agent signees.
Woodrow makes his first guesstimate of how the Broncos' roster will shake out.
Jemele Hill sees plenty of parallels between Denver's QB drama and the one Tebow already experienced at Florida when he was the popular choice as a freshman over incumbent Chris Leak.
Burnsy of With Leather thinks Tebow showed a lack of balls last week, and that Tebow and his most rabid fans share a "belief that it’s Tebow against the world."
The NFL will be testing for PEDs including HGH (but not recreational drugs) on game days this season.
Los Angeles is another big step closer to getting NFL football back - Sam Farmer on the City Council's vote, plus an FAQ on the issues at hand. Meanwhile, TJ Simers is excited for the prospect of Philip Rivers and the Chargers moving into town, while Bill Plaschke says "Don't come back" to The Crypt Keeper and the Raiders.
With RB Mikel Leshoure done for the year, the Lions signed Jerome Harrison and old friend Mike Bell.
Despite his own pudginess and Kyle Shanahan's love for John Beck, Rex Grossman is atop the Skins' QB depth chart.
Old friend Hamza Abdullah will be at the White House for a Ramadan dinner tonight.
Chad Johnson's latest stunt? He wants to go live with a Pats fan for a few weeks, as long as they have the internet and an XBOX.
If Terrelle Pryor is ruled as eligible for the supplemental draft, the Cowboys plan to attend his pro day. Rob Rang evaluates Pryor other possible draftees - Georgia RB Caleb King and UNC DE Michael McAdoo
Echoing what Ted wrote yesterday, Matt Bowen says he'd avoid Bryant McKinnie.
Chris Brown on the importance of triangles in the passing game.
Check out this pic of Shaq and his girlfriend Thumbelina.
Jerry Rice has joined the Worldwide Leader.
For those pondering a subscription to NFL Game Rewind (strongly recommended by TJ, Doc and Ted) NFL.com is offering it up for $40 rather than the regular price of $50.