Good Morning, Broncos fans! Andrew Mason writes that barring injury, it would be a "shock" if Kyle Orton does not start the Broncos' regular season opener
in versus Oaktown. He says Orton has clearly been the Broncos' best QB throughout camp so far, showing more polish, command and smoothness than Tim Tebow, Brady Quinn, or Adam Weber, and that yesterday was no different. Mason also makes it a point to clarify that Tebow was not booed on Saturday, but rather the fans were cheering "Doom" for Elvis Dumervil when he sacked the popular QB.
Meanwhile, as we approach Thursday's preseason opener in Dallas, Mason says John Fox & Co. won't be installing a game plan so much as preparing players for the more routine aspects of game day. Plus, Eddie Royal was pulled from practice as what Fox called a "preventative" measure for the WR's surgically-repaired hip, while D.J. Williams and LenDale White practiced in pads for the first time since camp started. Finally, although he's listed as fifth on the team's depth chart at TE, Julius Thomas was working with starter Daniel Fells in two-TE sets.
In his latest mailbag, Klis offers his assessment of the Broncos' free-agent acquisitions, echoes Mason's claim that Orton is almost surely going to be the starting QB, and says he can't evaluate the blocking of individual offensive linemen because, you know...nobody besides former linemen can?
Meanwhile, Orton said yesterday he's glad it's not the fans who get to decide who starts at QB; Kiszla thinks it wasn't the wisest thing to say. But you know, when they're already booing you in practice, what have you got to lose?
LJ profiles Julius Thomas, who she says has been a favorite target of all the QBs.
But Matt Yoder of AA thinks those in the media who are jumping on Tebow right now will be trumpeting an eventual redemptive story, comparing him to Tiger Woods.
Meanwhile in a video segment, Peter King says he thinks Tebow will eventually be the starter at some point this year, and that he will someday be a successful starting NFL QB.
Fomer Denver interim head coach (1971) Jerry Smith passed away at 80.
Here's a look at the 2011 on-field rule changes via the Broncos' official site.
Ricky Williams signed a two-year deal with the Ravens, replacing Willis McGahee as Ray Rice's backup.
Lions rookie RB Mikel Leshoure is done for the year with a torn Achilles tendon.
Cards S Adrian Wilson has a torn biceps tendon but will try to avoid surgery.
S Dashon Goldson re-signed with the Niners.
In his latest MMQB, Peter King says that Shannon Sharpe's HOF speech was the best he's ever seen.
For FO's trip around the AFCW, Rivers McCown wonders how the Broncos' secondary will hold up, although someone should tell him Darcel McBath was drafted in '09.
Matt Bowen thinks coaches this week should leave their starters in longer than they normally do in preseason openers.
Some players Khaled Elsayed expects to step out of their complementary roles of 2010.
MJD ponders the implications of having a wild 2011-style two-week free agency period every year.
Chris Chase wonders just whom the sculptor for Deion's HOF bust was modeling it after.
Notes from Chris Brown on zone blocking, slot coverage and goal-line defense.
FOX's awful football announcer teams, including the sad news that Gus Johnson won't be calling very many games.
I'm a week late on this as I was buried in NFL transactions, but Craig James won this year's Joe Morgan Memorial Tournament at AA.