Whither the home-grown line depth?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's widely assumed that the loss of Ryan Clady to season-ending foot surgery means Chris Clark will be Denver's starting left tackle going forward.

But Andrew Mason says shifting Zane Beadles or Orlando Franklin is also an option, if a less likely one. At least Clark spent much of the summer with the starters, while Clady recovered from offseason shoulder surgery.

Whoever ends up starting, Jeff Legwold expects the Broncos to still rely heavily upon its three-wide package, as Wes Welker doesn't figure to have his role reduced significantly.

Meanwhile, Legwold views Clark and Manny Ramirez through the vantage of Denver finding starters on the trash heap, stressing that each has spent several years working within the Broncos' offense and with their coaches.

But it's also worth recalling that as Denver's line depth is tested, it won't have any homegrown talent on which to lean. In Philip Blake and Vinston Painter, the Broncos have selected a developmental lineman in each of the past two drafts, but neither of them is on the team's 53-man roster.

It's tough for a raw sixth-rounder like Painter to make an overdog team like these Broncos, but this still has to count as a (rare) mark against the Elway regime.

Broncos News

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie credits the pressure generated by the defensive line for the team's half-dozen interceptions, while also noting that Joe Flacco and Eli Manning tend to throw it up for grabs when they're feeling heat.

Duke Ihenacho didn't play football until high school, because him mom wanted him focused more on academics.

Next Friday evening, the Broncos will unveil an outdoor plaza to honor its Ring of Famers at SAF@MH.

Colorado natives Mitch Unrein and Ben Garland worked the phones on Tuesday to help collect flood relief.

Broncos Analysis

Len Pasquarelli discusses Denver's signing of Winston Justice in one of his typical agent mouthpiece fluff columns and bizarrely omits the fact that Heckert was part of the front office that drafted Justice in Philadelphia.

Bill Barnwell notes Wes Welker's limited snaps relative to Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker.

Mike Florio says Clady's injury is a reminder that Ryan was quite wise to hold out for a long-term deal rather than just play out his franchise tender.

Raiders

As noted earlier in the week, the Raiders are dealing with a huge loss of their own, as safety Tyvon Branch suffered a fractured fibula and will not play Monday.

It doesn't sound like second-round T Menelik Watson (knee) will be making his NFL debut this week, while Andre Gurode figures to start at left guard in place of Lucas Nix.

GM Reggie McKenzie says he's trying to extend LT Jared Veldheer and DE Lamarr Houston with some of his abundance of cap space for 2014.

Oakland worked out four linebackers on Tuesday but didn't sign any of them.

News

Our thoughts go out to the family of Tom Coughlin, who lost his brother John to an injury suffered after watching Broncos/Giants on the sideline.

St. Louis signed former Steelers tackle Max Starks, who had spent the summer with the Chargers; Carolina is re-signing CB Drayton Florence.

Philly placed CB Brandon Hughes on short-term IR; Colts TE Dwayne Allen (hip), Bengals DE Robert Geathers (elbow), and Saints CB Patrick Robinson (patella) are done for the season.

Bucs safety Dashon Goldson mostly won his suspension appeal, as he'll pay a $100K fine instead of missing a game.

Maurice Clarett asked for a tryout with the Browns over Twitter, while The Onion has a scoop on some new NFL interest in Tim Tebow.

Analysis

Peter King, Bill BarnwellJudy BattistaJeffri ChadihaDan Wetzel, Jason La Canfora, and Jason Fitzgerald react to the Trent Richardson trade.

Chris Burke and Doug Farrar debate the cases for benching or playing a handful of quarterbacks currently under fire, while Don Banks addresses the hilarious suggestion that RG3 be supplanted by Kirk Cousins in Washington.

Sam Monson breaks down last week's game-winning touchdown passes by Buffalo's E.J. Manuel and Chicago's Jay Cutler.

Greg Cosell shares some thoughts on the Packers' passing attack and pass rush.

It's a bit odd that Gil Brandt doesn't include the Broncos among his deepest teams, considering that they're +40 in two games without Von Miller and Champ Bailey.

KSK takes Rick Reilly to the woodshed over his moronic defense of the blatantly racist name of Washington's football club. An important point made here (one that's sadly lost on many) is that "Fighting Irish" (like "cracker") should never be equated with the name, because it has never been associated with the oppression or marginalization of a people for the color of their skin.

Unsilent Majority meme-ifies Week 2.

Maths

Brian Burke notes the league-wide struggles running the ball so far this season, while Jack Moore focuses specifically on the Steelers' uncharacteristic problems there.

Neil Paine and Chase Stuart have extended the data for their True Receiving Yards back to 1950.

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