The Daily Lard 9-4-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Following yesterday's leaguewide cuts and waivers, the Broncos have an opportunity to claim some young talent today. For any players with less than four years of service, the Broncos will have second crack (behind Carolina) at picking them up - and in all instances, they will have to immediately cut or waive another player to make room on the 53-man roster. FWIW, players who are claimed on waivers today cannot then be traded to other teams - so while Denver has an advantage with their place in the waiver order, they cannot leverage it into acquiring other assets.

For players like RB Lance Ball, OL Chris Clark, Manny Ramirez and Herb Taylor, DL Ryan McBean and Mitch Unrein, and CB Chris Harris, this could mean the excitement of having cracked Denver's roster may be limited to but a day. Meanwhile, vested veterans (those with four years of service) will have their 2011 salaries guaranteed come next Saturday. All waiver claims must be submitted by teams by noon ET today and will be awarded at 4pm ET. Any players that clear waivers today will immediately become free agents.


Andrew Mason goes in depth in analyzing the roster decisions at each positional group:

  • Offensive backfield - The team may only have three running backs at the moment, but that could change as early as today
  • Offensive line - Mason figures the team will sign one lineman to the PS; no mention of picking up anyone on the waiver wire
  • Wideouts - Will Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas play well enough to keep Denver from extending or re-signing Brandon Lloyd and/or Eddie Royal?
  • Tight ends - Mason is surprised the team kept only one veteran in Daniel Fells, but Brian Xanders says Virgil Green has excelled in blocking and special teams, and all three may function at times as fullbacks
  • Defensive line - Jeremy Beal's fine play on Thursday was apparently his first notable work, as Mason says the rookie did not make himself noticed in practice
  • Linebackers - Figure upon seeing a lot of Wesley Woodyard this year, and the versatility of Mike Mohamed is what helped him stick
  • Secondary - Chris Harris earned his spot with excellent special teams play

Klis focuses on the waiving of Perrish Cox, plus his notes on each of the team's cuts. He also suggests the Broncos will need a career year from Kyle Orton if they're to contend for the playoffs.

Legwold suggests a few cuts from around the league the Broncos could be interested in.

Lindsay Jones explains how cut day went down yesterday, plus she breaks down the roster in terms of Shanahan and McDaniels holdovers.

Krieger sifts through the league's cuts to suggest some possibilities for Denver.

LJ profiles Orlando Franklin and explains the role each of the team's rookies will play this year.

Part 1 and Part 2 of Brian Xanders' press conference from yesterday, plus an article from Gray Caldwell summarizing his comments.


Kansas City's biggest move of the day was to place TE Tony Moeaki on IR. Meanwhile, former longtime Chiefs guard Brian Waters is joining the Patriots.

San Diego kept 10 linebackers and signed another one yesterday to make 11 - Na'il Diggs.

Oakland cut QB Trent Edwards in favor of Kyle Boller.

The Jets traded DB Dwight Lowery to the Jags and decided to keep recent signee Aaron Maybin.

Chicago cut Chester Taylor after screwing with him for a week, also releasing old friend Desmond Clark.

The NFL suspended FB Ahmard Hall of the Titans, who acquired FB Quinn Johnson from Green Bay to fill in for him.

Shanny's back to his old trick of keeping just two quarterbacks on the roster, and he hasn't publicly named either John Beck or Rex Grossman the starter.

John Clayton says the Niners are in search of a backup QB - perhaps Brady Quinn for a late 2012 pick?

In his Sunday column, Dan Pompei focuses on the changes in Aaron Rodgers' game since he first entered the league.

Judy Battista shares her thoughts on the AFC and NFC teams. Plus, she considers the impact of the shortened offseason, including noting that John Fox had the Broncos' players wear name tags once camp began.

Mike Tanier thinks the hallmarks of the 2011 season will be touchbacks, booth reviews, punts and penaltiesl; plus, his take on the final week of the preseason.

15 years later, Troy Aikman is still fuming mad about Skip Bayless having questioned his sexuality. Was it classless? Of course, but it was 15 years ago Troy. Gee, insecure much?

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