The Daily Lard 8-27-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As Legwold points out, tonight's game against Seattle will provide the best and last preseason barometer of where the team is at, as the starters will play into the third quarter and sit out next Thursday's finale at Arizona. Tim Tebow is expected to be the second QB into the game, while the Broncos are expected to cut 10 players before Monday's practice - so tonight will be the final audition for several players.

As always, we'll have an open thread here starting an hour before kickoff, TJ's peerless Gut Reactions after the game's conclusion, and a Chewing the Fat tomorrow.


Practice notes from Andrew Mason and Lindsay Jones - David Bruton did some running as he recovers from the concussion he suffered last week, while Perrish Cox missed part of practice due to a court appearance.

Mason views the drafting of Richard Quinn through the lens of Quinn's status as a blocking TE and the players Pittsburgh took with Denver's picks, including WR Mike Wallace.

More of what Legwold will be looking for tonight, plus he focuses on Derrick Harvey, who is currently backing up Elvis Dumervil at the RDE spot.

Drew Brees suggests that all Tim Tebow needs is a little patience (from everyone).

Von Miller and Jeremy Beal were the stars of Thursday's rookie talent show.

CBS4 stories on the Broncos' rookie starters, the big questions that have been answered so far, and of course their commitment to the run. Plus, an AP story on the expectations for Brandon Lloyd this season.

Video of John Fox speaking after practice, plus notes from Gray Caldwell.

As Max Henson details, former Broncos DE Ebenezer Ekuban is working with the team as a player development intern.

Patrick Saunders and the DP want help in selecting the greatest moments of John Elway's career.


The Brady antitrust suit was dismissed yesterday, closing out the recent legal battle for good.

Kansas City lost 14-10 to the Rams last night.

Oakland signed CB Lito Sheppard and placed S Hiram Eugene on IR.

The Bills agreed to an extension with DT Kyle Williams which includes just $17M in guarantees, while the Titans agreed to a deal with WR Kevin Curtis.

Bucs CB Aqib Talib is expected to be hit with a four-game suspension for his offseason misadventures.

Washington lost second-round DE Jarvis Jenkins for the year with a torn ACL, while Cleveland may lose G Eric Steinbach and RB Brandon Jackson for the season due to injury.

Andy Benoit previews the Bengals and Ravens' seasons, while PFF does the same for the Patriots and offers impressions of Browns/Eagles and Packers/Colts. Plus, Bucky Brooks' thoughts from Thursday's games - including that Cam Newton has a long way to go as a passer.

Greg Gabriel ponders the worthiness of drafting QBs in the first round, while New Era Scouting thinks Andrew Luck is a better prospect than was Peyton Manning. Meanwhile, Chris Brown reminds us of what makes Manning so great, and why the job of NFL QB isn't so easy.


Still more mailbag from Bill Simmons.

Donte Stallworth has quite a diverse pregame playlist queued up on his iPod, and there's some pretty terrible music in it. Celine Dion? Really?!?!

The week's best quotes according to FO.

CHFF lists their favorite 40 NFL player names, although I'd rather see Champ Bailey on this list than Von Miller.

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