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Broncos will get 5th-rounder for Lloyd

Lloyd’s 30th catch upgrades Broncos draft pick
blogs.denverpost.com

The former Broncos receiver caught his 30th pass of the season for the St. Louis Rams today, officially upgrading the pick the Broncos will receive in next year’s draft to a 5th rounder.

Sharpe to Tebow: That wasn’t the question I asked you - whether or not you were blessed.

Video: Tim Tebow talks to CBS Sports about season
eye-on-football.blogs.cbssports.com

Sharpe: Do you believe this organization is 100 percent behind you?
Tebow: I believed that I am very blessed to play for this organization.
Sharpe: That wasn’t the question I asked you—whether or not you were blessed. I asked do you believe John Fox and John Elway 100 percent believe Tim Tebow is the guy that’s going to get them back to winning championships?

Nate Jackson: Broncos are different with Tebow

Nate Jackson: With Tim Tebow, Broncos defying NFL wisdom
www.denverpost.com

John Elway is the Denver Broncos. If anyone will put his heart and his mind into the task at hand — winning football games — John can be trusted to do it. His reputation is on the line. When he said last week he wasn’t quite sure if Tim was the guy yet, he meant it with the objectivity of a man who is trying to do the job he has been hired to do. There is no conspiracy here. Behind closed doors, there are football men who are running a professional football team who are trying to win games. That’s it…But let’s not expect men who have spent their adult lives playing and coaching the game of professional football to so quickly turn their backs on the cornerstones of their trade…The Broncos defense and special teams are playing beautifully. It’s hard to tell exactly why, but it seems as if they are playing more passionately, more cohesively, more like a team.

Miller fined $25K for hit on Sanchez

Broncos’ Miller fined $25,000 for hit on Jets’ Sanchez
blogs.denverpost.com

Miller was fined $25,000 for a hit on Jets’ quarterback Mark Sanchez in the Broncos’ Nov. 17 win over New York in in Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Hard to dispute this, as it was a blatant late hit on Sanchez, as we detailed in our CTF from the game.

PK: More Von love; watching Elway

Rookie Miller the quiet motor behind Broncos' recent success
sportsillustrated.cnn.com

Rookie linebacker Von Miller’s a keeper, and while the mania over Tim Tebow’s play is the talk of the Rocky Mountain region, the Miller-led Broncos defense is the real reason why they’ve been able to come back late in scintillating games…What those who have watched Miller all season have seen is the speed, the power and the effort…Paired with Elvis Dumervil, there aren’t many better bookend pass-rush tag-teams playing right now.

More from PK: "Elway looked like he was clapping for the unknown 298th graduate in his kid's 400-person graduating class when Tim Tebow led the Broncos to the winning score against the Jets eight nights ago. If I'm the CBS crew in San Diego Sunday, I've got a camera trained on Elway's seat any time Tebow gets in the red zone."

Another preview, just for the theme

Digital Dads NFL Pre-Game: Week 12
www.digitaldads.com

I’m not making any picks this week. Instead, I’m cooking a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, 16 different and tasty dishes, laid out on the table for you to enjoy. So grab a fork, grab some peppermint schnapps and a glass of cheap ass wine. It’s time for Thanksgiving dinner!

I'll give you a semi-spoiler: the Broncos game is the Pumpkin Pie and my beloved Jay Cutler-less Bears are the Turkey.

I'm sure this won't be the only Thanksgiving-theme post. We'll try and not be too punny.

Mix Master Elway spinning tonight at Dove Valley

Elway: Broncos would like Tebow to become long-term QB
www.nfl.com

It would be absolutely wonderful for the Denver Broncos and Denver Broncos fans if Tim Tebow could become that franchise guy. I wish I had that crystal ball to be able to say that he absolutely is or—I don’t want to say he’s not because I don’t believe that. But it’s hard to say if Tim Tebow is absolutely that guy. We’re very hopeful that he is. When you look at Tim, you know he has all the intangibles. For any quarterback to really succeed in this league, you have to be consistent throwing the football and you have to be consistently on target. Those are the things that we know and Tim knows. He’ll continue to get better this season, but a lot of the work will come in the offseason. When you’re getting ready and prepared for an upcoming game, it’s difficult to spend time on the technique work because you’re spending so much mental time with the game plan. The work we’re going to have to see is going to be coming in the offseason.

After probably realizing he said too much to his boy Mike Silver (or getting tired of the rabid tweets being sent his way), John Elway hit the airwaves to do some damage control tonight. However, his words to Dave Logan and Dave Krieger on KOA don't exactly contrast with either the quotes presented by Silver or Elway's conversation with Vic & Gary on Monday, except to say he's pulling for Tebow.

Bunting: RGIII better pro prospect than Barkley

Robert Griffin III vs. Matt Barkley
www.nationalfootballpost.com

Overall, when looking at the two prospects what you have is case of a higher upside and more naturally talented prospect in Robert Griffin III vs. a higher floor guy in Matt Barkley who is more limited physically…I still think both guys are future starting NFL quarterbacks. I just feel there are some physical limitations surrounding a prospect like Barkley that would keep me from giving him the same type of grade as Griffin III. Basically with Barkley I worry about his lacking athleticism and foot quickness in the pocket. Too often he seems to struggle to quickly collect his footing, which directly corresponds with his accuracy problems. Griffin III on the other hand is much more fleet of feet, is a more fluid/natural thrower of the football and displays better overall touch/accuracy in my view vertically down the field.

Bills RB Fred Jackson Placed on IR

Fred Jackson put on IR; out for year
blogs.buffalonews.com

The Buffalo Bills’ season took a major turn for the worse today with the news that star running back Fred Jackson is out for the year with a fracture to his fibula bone in his lower right leg.

Jackson has accounted for 40 percent of the Bills’ offense this season. The Jets’ defense ranks seventh in the NFL in yards allowed and shut down the Bills’ attack three weeks ago in a 27-11 New York victory.

The Broncos have been pretty lucky with their own injury situation this season, all things considered, and they keep getting lucky as key players for their stretch-run opponents get hurt.  Jackson joins Jay Cutler and Matt Cassel, as well as a bunch of Chargers who are hurt.  Could all that prayer be helping?  I'm not saying, I'm just saying...

Anyway, I'll be in Buffalo for the December 24th Bills game, and this makes it more likely that I'll leave happy.

It turns out Ryan McBean may not know what you’re wearing, after all

No charges filed against Broncos’ Ryan McBean
blogs.denverpost.com

The Denver District Attorney’s office decided not to file charges against Broncos defensive tackle Ryan McBean, who was arrested Oct. 14 on a stalking allegation and was released the next morning after posting a $50,000 bond.

McBean’s attorney, Harvey Steinberg, was none too pleased that his client had to endure the embarrassment in the first place.

Great news for the Broncos.  McBean has been flat piledriving running backs lately.  He's been a  valuable asset to the Broncos (did I just say that out loud?) during their recent defensive run.