The Daily Lard 8-8-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Mike Freeman writes that although it's far from a certainty that HGH testing will be instituted by the NFL, the players as a whole would like for it to happen. Freeman says the players he's spoken to about the topic estimate HGH use at between 10-20% of the league today, and that they see it as a growing problem that must be addressed. Contrary to the report originally obtained by the NY Times, it appears the league's proposed program will in fact include random testing, including unlimited testing during the regular season - so it's no joke.

But according to Freeman, the biggest hurdle at this point appears to be the good old trust factor - players point to the StarCaps case which has hung over the heads of Kevin Williams and Pat Williams for several years now as a reason to doubt the testing program. Hopefully, the two sides can come to an agreement here - the NFL continues to be the best pro sports league we have here, and leading the way on HGH testing would only further that standing.

Broncos


The Broncos are apparently interested in former Browns DE Matt Roth. (via SBN)

Mike McCoy says his staff is still installing their offense and will finish that only this week; plus, Legwold points out the Broncos remain #2 in the waiver list and will use it to their advantage.

Legwold says Tim Tebow's performance has been hurt by the lack of OTAs, Robert Ayers has had ups and downs, and that Knowshon Moreno still isn't breaking tackles.

As Sarah Kuta details, Rahim Moore has taken well to coaching and to his mentoring by Champ Bailey.

Legwold on the Broncos' expectations for the Elvis Dumervil/Von Miller pass-rushing duo.

Doug Farrar thinks Shannon Sharpe's tribute to his brother Sterling made his speech on Saturday night one of the best ever, while George Bretherton focuses on some of the highlights of Shannon's speech.

Naturally, Kiszla's take on Sharpe's enshrinement is to point out that the Broncos' days of greatness are long past.

Jabar Gaffney is trying his best to move on from the pain of losing teammate Kenny McKinley from a gunshot inflicted by a gun Gaffney had sold him. (via NFP)

News


The Falcons re-signed RB Jason Snelling, who had been rumored as a possible target in Denver due to Brian Xanders' familiarity with him.

New England has agreed to terms with DEs Shaun Ellis of the Jets and Andre Carter of the Skins; Rex Ryan is none to thrilled about Ellis going to the Pats, while Carter is the son of Broncos legend Rubin and had been floated countless times as a draft/trade/free agency target of the Broncos over the years.

Just a day after signing his rookie deal, Giants CB Prince Amukamara brook a metatarsal in his foot and will be out at least two months. Matt Bowen reacts.

Cheap shot artist Cortland Finnegan is returning to Titans camp today.

Alex Marvez says the Pro Bowl may again leave Hawaii after this year.

Analysis


As Andrew Brandt points out, the new CBA's salary cap is still soft and allows cheaper teams to draft on the exuberance of the bigger-market teams.

Among their latest Whispers, PFW is hearing that Julius Thomas has been the biggest eye-opener in Broncos camp.

Michael Lombardi shares his thoughts on a few offseason moves, and a few more.

Jason Whitlock thinks Deion blew his chance to inspire with his speech on Saturday.

Khaled Elsayed examines a few teams that suffered positional downgrades this offseason.

Don Banks checks in from Chiefs camp, and Bucky Brooks says QB Jason Campbell is set up for success in Oakland.

Tarvaris Jackson tells Mike Silver he's excited to have a real chance in Seattle, and Jason Cole thinks the Steelers may be using their collective hatred for the Commish as motivation.

Chase Stuart is somewhat impressed by ESPN's new Total QB Rating, but he doesn't like that ESPN hasn't shared its formula so folks can analyze it for themselves. Plus, Neil Pane points out some of the pros and cons of the new system and estimates of the best post-AFL/NFL merger QB seasons. The only Denver QB to make the list? Brian Griese and his injury-shortened 2000 season.

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