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Benoit: Von & DeMarcus could be best ever pass-rushing tandem

Broncos Preview: Even Better Than Before
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Such a MASH-list for a 32-year-old raises a red flag, though Ware had never been significantly dinged prior to last season. If Elway’s bet on him pays off, the Broncos could have the most explosive pass-rushing tandem of all-time.

While he loves their offseason moves, Andy Benoit doesn't see the team getting over the pain of SB 48. In fact, he doesn't even have them returning to the conference title game.

Some fresh meat on Pot Roast’s menu for Sunday night

Signed Sunday, A.Q. Shipley ready to anchor Colts line
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Shipley was cut by the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday morning, signed by the Colts on Sunday, aboard the first thing flying that evening and at Colts complex before 7 a.m. Monday morning. He huddled with line coach Joe Gilbert for a crash course on the playbook and team terminology. By 10, Shipley was on the field with the first-team offense…The Colts have changed their offensive coordinator, system and language since they traded Shipley to Baltimore in early 2013, but he is a quick study.

A.Q., meet Terrance Knighton. Terrance, meet Andrew Luck.

BTW, the Colts cannot afford an injury to either of their starting tackles this week, either, as both of their backups are hurt.

Marvin Austin continues to impress

ReFo: Broncos @ Cowboys, Preseason Week 4
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Marvin Austin, DT: +3.9

Breakdown: The former second-rounder made life difficult for the Cowboy backups, registering a hit and pressure rushing the passer to go along with a stop in the run game in 26 snaps. This was in addition to his work as a general nuisance to Dallas – standing up blockers and squeezing the point of attack – that doesn’t show up on the stat sheet. However, with many of his teammates on the defensive line also seeing success in this game (check out 14:55 of the fourth quarter for an example), we’ll see whether this performance (and his +1.7 last week) was enough for Austin to secure a roster spot.

No shock here for Broncos fans, who have watched Marvin put his talents on display in every preseason game.

Marvin is also a lesson to us all: draft grades are not fixed. Talent emerges when it's ready. Injuries, emotional maturity, scheme--all play a role.

Perhaps shouldn’t be eating the mystery meats at the Jerrah Dome?

Broncos Ronnie Hillman, Kayvon Webster hospitalized overnight in Dallas
www.denverpost.com

The Broncos did not disclose the nature of the illness, although the team did confirm Hillman and Webster were taken to a Dallas-area hospital for treatment and evaluation.

All kidding aside, we wish good health for Ronnie and Kayvon.

Injuries to Welker, Norwood may help Isaiah Burse stick around

Isaiah Burse looks to make Broncos 53-man roster
www.denverpost.com

The Broncos might have considered picking up a returner on the waiver wire when the league engages in final cuts this weekend, but now the team is likely to pick up a kicker to replace Matt Prater, who will be suspended from the season’s first four games.

We're not really sure what Klis means here, as Prater won't count toward the 53-man roster during his suspension; it's not like the Broncos can't claim both a kicker and a returner via waivers.

Fox: Wes Welker says he’s ‘feeling good’ after latest concussion

Retirement 'not been brought up' for concussed Broncos WR Wes Welker
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“That has not been brought up at all,” head coach John Fox said Monday, two days after Welker was concussed late in the second quarter of Saturday’s preseason game against the Houston Texans. “You’d have to talk to Wes in that area. I didn’t sense that.”

Undoubtedly, that's great to hear. But let's just hope that Welker does the right thing (whatever that may be, including retirement) for himself as a human being, rather than as a football player, or a Denver Bronco.

Sounds about right

NFL players would least like to play for Oakland, new poll claims
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An ESPN/NFL Nation Confidential poll surveyed 100-plus players to find the least desirable location to play in the NFL. The question was this: “The only way I’d play for [team name] is if they doubled my salary.”

The “winner”? Oakland, with 23 percent of the 82 respondents.

We're not big fans of these small polls, but sometimes a large sample isn't required to uncover the truth.

Just when you thought you understood how hard Peyton Manning works…

To understand Peyton Manning, one has to know where he came from
www.sportsonearth.com

The clock in the hotel room shows 9:45 p.m. Peyton Manning is standing in somewhere between the bed and the television set holding a football, as if he is taking a snap from center. On one side of him is Emmanuel Sanders. On the other, Cody Latimer.

To say that Manning is driven, or that he works hard, just doesn't cut it anymore. There has to be another word for it, because this is far beyond work, an obsession, a mania, devotion, fixation, or anything else on Thesaurus.com.

Is Peyton Manning to blame for Wes Welker’s concussion?

Curran: Manning has to share blame for Welker concussion
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Wes Welker’s sitting with another concussion today not because D.J. Swearinger hit him in the helmet but because Peyton Manning threw the ball into a team meeting Saturday night. Manning can be as pissed as he wants to be at Swearinger but he bears some of the burden for throwing over the middle to his 190-pound concussion-prone receiver with a converging mass of three Texans. In a preseason game. When Manning wasn’t under pressure.

Manning is a genius pre-snap. But post-snap, you have to wonder how he doesn’t see the potential for disaster unfolding on some of his throws. Or maybe he does and the fact he delivers the ball with less velocity than every other quarterback in the league is the problem. A quarterback who rips the ball to an open receiver gives him a chance to get out of harm’s way. Manning delivers some flutterballs.

It was hard not to laugh when I read this piece from Tom Curran. He makes his argument, but then undermines himself throughout by pointing out Welker's own role in past concussions. The piece stinks of historical bias.  

There are so many variables that go into any one play, one simply can't make these sorts of generalities without precise knowledge of the defensive and offensive calls.

Florio: Matt Prater never faced season-long ban

Prater wasn’t facing a one-year suspension
profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

However, multiple league sources tell PFT that Prater was never facing a one-year suspension…One source pointed out that the NFLPA isn’t pleased that someone (possibly Steinberg) has been leaking details regarding Prater’s suspension, given the confidentiality of the process. If Prater authorized the disclosures, it shouldn’t be an issue.

Something doesn't add up here. If a one-year ban was never on the table, then why isn't Prater appealing his suspension, especially while Steinberg tries to make it sound like Prater was just enjoying a couple of cold ones at home?