The Daily Lard 8-7-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The team scrimmaged yesterday at the Big IF, and what else to focus on but the quarterbacks? Both Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn performed much better than did Tim Tebow, who took three sacks, completed just one of three passes and had both of his possessions end fruitlessly.

Yet incredibly, the "fans" in attendance booed Orton as he slid short of a conversion on a third-down run. Broncos fans booing one of their own players (who may even be the starting QB) during a scrimmage? Wow, that's mind-blowing. All Orton has said is that he plans to be in Denver and be the starter - he hasn't publicly uttered a single negative word about Tebow, and more importantly, there are preseason games yet to be played. The QBs' performances during those sessions will go a long way towards determining who among them will start. I don't know about you, but I'm going to presume (hope?) those folks who were booing Kyle yesterday were just Gators fans who've just recently "converted" into Broncos fans. You know, on April 22, 2010...


The flip side of Tebow's three-sack day is that Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller brought tons of pressure, and Elvis landed two of those takedowns. More on that from Legwold.

LJ points out that two of Kyle Orton's incompletions were drops, and the third was caused by Eric Decker not getting his feet in bounds. Plus, LJ's notes from the scrimmage.

The Broncos yesterday waived RB Mario Fannin, who had injured his knee earlier in the week, claiming former Southern Cal RB C.J. Gable off waivers from the Saints.

Gregg Doyel finds it troubling that Tim Tebow says his faith will land him the Broncos' starting job, and he wonders if just maybe, God's plan for Tebow is to be a backup QB.

Gray Caldwell and Greg Henson's notes on the scrimmage for the official site.

Fan reactions to the QBs' play yesterday.

Video of John Fox speaking after yesterday's scrimmage, plus highlights from it.

HOFer Shannon Sharpe

In case you missed Shannon Sharpe's beautiful induction speech, here it is in its entirety, and here is a condensed version of it. Plus, big brother Sterling's video presentation of Shannon for enshrinement.

Mike Klis details Shannon's day, from the HOF breakfast to reactions from his three children.

A slew of retired Broncos were in attendance last night, as were Pat Bowlen, John Elway and former GM John Beake.

Lindsay Jones presents a year-by-year chronicle of Shannon's career, plus a list of his greatest achievements.

Doug Farrar gets thoughts on Shannon from Jerry Rice and Marcus Allen.

Here's the AP story on Shannon's enshrinement, plus ESPN's James Walker on Shannon's speech.

As saw it, Broncos fans dominated the crowd last night.

Patrick Saunders compiles a few of Shannon's best quotes.

LJ on the evolution of the TE position.


The NFL disputed the Times' article on HGH testing and says the screening will be more rigorous than the article stated.

The NFLPA apparently paid $50M for the lockout insurance which may have helped swing the labor negotiations.

The Raiders have signed old friend WR Chad Jackson, while RB Michael Bush has ended his holdout by either signing his tender or a longer deal.

WR Derrick Mason signed with the Jets rather than returning to the Ravens or Titans.

With nothing gained but some hefty fines, DeSean Jackson is ending his holdout from the Eagles.

Cheap-shot artist Cortland Finnegan walked out on the Titans due to a contract squabble.

The Vikings wisely gave Donovan McNabb only a one-year deal for $5.05M.

In his Sunday column, Dan Pompei says the Bills could release WR Lee Evans, while the Seahawks just couldn't find a fit for Lofa Tatupu in their new defense.

Training camp reports: Bucky Brooks on the RaidersPat Kirwan and Jason Cole on the Steelers, and Andy Benoit previews the Saints' season.

Judy Battista examines the expected impact of moving kickoffs up from the 30 to the 35.

Mike Tanier on the reaction of head coaches to the lockout's end.

Khaled Elsayed sees swapping in Brodrick Bunkley for Ronald Fields as one of the league's biggest positional upgrades from free agency.

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