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Nate Jackson strapped five-pounders to his ankles to make weight for Shanny’s Broncos

The Perils And Pleasures Of Life As A 220-Pound Tight End
deadspin.com

My tight-end pass-catching career did not pan out like I’d hoped…It turned into hand-to-hand combat on a daily basis with men who were much bigger and stronger than me…We had weigh-ins every week, so on the mornings I had to hit the scale I would walk to my locker, put on my sweats, then walk into the training room and grab two five-pound ankle weights to strap on under my sweats. Nobody ever caught on. 232.

Greg Gabriel impressed by Von Miller and Quinton Carter

NFP Week 10 Rookie Report: Broncos-Chiefs
www.nationalfootballpost.com

Miller has all the tools to be an outstanding player in the league. He has great size with long arms to go along with very good speed and athleticism…To be a complete player he has to be adequate in coverage but the real reason he’s there is to rush the passer and he shows outstanding skill in that area…Carter got the start at safety versus Kansas City and did some nice things. He has good size and strength and showed that in his run support. He is quick to come up and shows good shedding skills along with fairly good tackling skills.

McGahee questionable, Tomlinson out

Broncos/Jets Injury Report
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#Broncos injury report: Questionable: McGahee; Probable: Clady, Clark, Dawkins, Vaughn, Woodyard and J. Thomas. #Jets injury report: Out: B. Pool, J. Kerley, S. Nelson, L. Tomlinson; Probable: P. Turner, D. Revis, P. Burress, M. Dixon, D. Harris; Probable: M. Devito, K. Ellis, N. Mangold, J. Mauga, J. McKnight, C. Pace, M. Slauson, I. Trufant.

The Denver Tebows get their new logo

Page 2 rebrands NFL logos for 2011
espn.go.com

As we move into the crux of the 2011 NFL season, it’s time for Page 2 to assess all 32 teams and rebrand their logos based on their performances on the field.

Plus, don't miss Washington's new logo which honors Shanny's tanning bed. (Thanks, RSH!)

Greg Cosell thinks Sexy Rexy has something down his sock for Tebow

The Shutdown Corner Week 11 Preview Podcast with Greg Cosell
sports.yahoo.com

It would not surprise me to see the Jets line up with Cromartie and Revis in pure Cover-0 man on the two receivers and play with nine guys inside…Just say, “Look, we’re going to make it almost impossible for you to run the football; we’re gonna have nine guys in the box, one of them’s gonna be assigned to you on every single snap, and we’re going to play man to man with the best man corner in the business, and another one who is pretty good.

Why the Pats went from a pass-first spread to its two-TE model

How Rex Ryan Created The New-Look Patriots
deadspin.com

Indeed, in a strange way, this same phenomenon may be all that Denver is hoping to get from Tebow: that by being a threat to run or pass (well, sort of), defenses have to play more simply, thus giving a less-talented offense a chance to succeed.

Tebow > Team

Tim Tebow Is The 21st-Ranked Team In The NFL, According To The NFL
www.sportsgrid.com

From NFL.com’s weekly power rankings, where some poor editor got so sick of the Tim Tebow media frenzy that he ironically ranked him ahead of eleven NFL teams. If I’m not mistaken, this means: Tebow > the Chiefs, Browns, Jaguars, Vikings, Cardinals, Panthers, Rams, Dolphins, Seahawks, Redskins, and Colts.

What do you get when you combine the religious fervor of tens of millions of evangelical Tebow fans with the ardent criticism of mainstream media types like Cris Carter and Merril Hoge?  One giant cluster#$!*, that's what.  Tim Tebow, as we guessed all along, is now greater than the sum of the entire Broncos organization.  Chris Berman took to calling the Broncos the Denver Tebows several weeks ago.  Why stop there?  Just eliminate "Denver" from the name, too.

Still more Von Miller praise from PFF

Five Analysts, Five Questions, Week 10
www.profootballfocus.com

Tim Tebow may get all the ink in Denver but someone had to stop the Chiefs getting more than 17 points at home and no one did more in that regard than Von Miller. A sack, four hits and three hurries on 33 rushes. Don’t think defensive rookie of the year – think All-Pro…He was utterly destructive against the Chiefs and is the primary reason you’re now hearing about Matt Cassel missing time injured down the stretch.

Is John Elway willing to stake his legacy on the zone read and option?

Podcast: 104.3 The Fan - The Drive (Hour 1)
www.1043thefan.com

We’re looking at John Elway, the President of Football Operations, HOF quarterback, and one of the quickest releases in all of football history, one of the most accurate quarterbacks in NFL history, and could do all the things, really, that Tim Tebow is doing now, on top of throwing the football…you think that’s the way he’s looking at it?

Alfred Williams posed the question tonight on his radio show (forward to about the 8:45 mark in the podcast for the quote).  Will Elway stake his NFL legacy on revolution?

If you think the answer is yes, then you've got to go out and draft or sign one or two additional 15-like quarterbacks.  Do you waste a fourth-round draft pick? A fifth? Both?

If the answer is no, then, you know where this 15 story ends. 15 is traded or he accepts a nice little career as an H-back for the orange and blue. 

And, Al, did you say Elway was one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the NFL?  Just checking, my man.

Darrelle Revis doesn’t think Tim Tebow is Mike Vick

Darrelle Revis not sold on Tim Tebow
espn.go.com

Revis sees Tebow as a bigger threat as a runner than passer, but he wouldn’t go so far as to say the Denver Broncos can maintain long-term success with the read-option offense. He believes it takes a special player to run that system in the NFL. “Yeah, if you have Michael Vick and, I don’t know, Chris Johnson at running back,” he said. “Yeah, it can work. Those are probably the two fastest guys that can probably get out on the edge on you.” But not Tebow, according to Revis. “No, not for a whole season, because we know what they’re doing, and we feel comfortable in our game plan,” he said.