The Daily Lard 8-25-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Well, go figure. It continues to be Tim Tebow Time all the time here in Broncos Land - yesterday, John Fox stepped up and said he doesn't know where Mike Silver got his quotes from the other day, suggesting even that it was perhaps the chef (did he mean chief?). Fox says the teams holds Tebow "in high regard," that he's "progressing fine," and that he'll get a bunch more chances in one of the next two preseason games. Of course, that was going to happen anyway, since the starters often don't play at all in the fourth and final preseason game - so drama or not, Tebow was going to see plenty of snaps next week.

Klis and Woody are wondering why so many writers think the Tebow Project is already over. Look, we all saw him in the final three games of last season, and there was plenty to get excited about. Plus, he looked pretty good in the preseason opener this year, and if you blinked you may have missed his appearance in last week's game. Meanwhile, if Legwold has it right, then it seems I may have been right all along about the $6.275M roster bonus Tebow was due this year - in today's article about the tradeability of the Denver QBs, Legwold says Tebow got paid right after the lockout when I said he had. Perhaps I just need to trust myself more, who knows? Anyway, this should put to rest any questions about the possibility of Tebow getting traded or cut - it's just not happening.

Broncos


As Andrew Mason writes, Rahim Moore apparently just has to learn to aim a wee bit lower.

Now that we've all seen how good he can be, Legwold says Brodrick Bunkley was a nice addition; plus, LJ says Robert Ayers is psyched to be back to pass-rushing.

In Woody's latest mailbag, he explains why Tebow will still be around next year and says Spencer Larsen won't be playing LB again anytime soon.

Legwold again says the Broncos figure to be active in picking up other teams' cuts next week.

Greg Gabriel thinks the real problem regarding Tebow is that he was overhyped by the media last year and never should have been a first-round pick in the first place, and that had he been drafted in the third or fourth round, there wouldn't be quite so much drama attached to the QB.

Without the hyperbole of other writers, Pat Kirwan writes that Tebow "looks lost" at practice, struggling to read coverages and tucking and running too much.

Meanwhile, Boomer Esiason told USA Today Tebow "is not an NFL QB right now," and old friend Steve Beuerlein says he's "closer to a third-teamer than a first-teamer." Chris Chase is just tired of the analysts jumping late onto the pile.

Video of John Fox and Brian Dawkins speaking after practice, plus practice notes and an article from Max Henson mostly covering Dawkins' comments.

Ted's favorite TV play-by-play guy Verne Lundquist answers reader questions for the DP.

Trimmings


KC linebacker Brandon Siler is the latest player lost for the season due to a torn Achilles.

The new Brett Favre? Kerry Collins, who has already come out of retirement to sign with the Colts as insurance for Peyton Manning's neck. Matt Bowen reacts.

Chris Johnson and the Titans are still far apart on a new deal, while Ryan Grant restructured his deal with the Pack to stick around.

Arizona signed Brodie Croyle as expected, and cut Max Hall to make room for him. Say, isn't that the guy PK said would be the next Kurt Warner about a year ago?

Dallas gave CB Orlando Scandrick a five-year extension with $10M in guarantees, while the G-Men added veteran CB Brian Williams to help offset their slew of injuries.

Seattle released DT Kentwan Balmer. 

Jack Bechta examines the direction of NFL salary trends, while Matt Bowen considers the scariness of the Packers running no-huddle and the value of Chris Johnson.

PFF previews the seasons of the Vikings and Jaguars.

Pretty cool story - although he sounds unlikely to make the final roster, Lions WR Nate Hughes is a fourth-year player who is also a registered nurse and hopes to become a nurse anesthetist someday.

Scrapple


Here are the CBS announcer teams for the season - hopefully we'll have Marv Albert calling some Denver games this year.

AFC Over/Unders from FO - both guys are taking the over on Denver (5.5).

KSK captionizes Preseason Week 2.

Andy Samberg and Walter Iooss Jr. teamed up to create some pretty funny pictures (and a video) recapturing some classic tennis moments.

While I'm not sure just how many regular readers we have here at IAOFM, I am fairly certain we've got more than the Marlins had fans in attendance at yesterday's game.

Hurricane's a coming, East Coasters - make sure you're at least as prepared for it as this guy is.

More YouTube legends from Grantland.

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