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PFF: Bradley Roby looking like the total package

ReFo: Texans @ Broncos, Preseason Week 3
www.profootballfocus.com

This one goes to the rookie Bradley Roby, who made things difficult for Fitzpatrick, Andre Johnson and the Houston offense. If he can get to this level of play on a consistent basis, expect a lot more game balls in his future.

Here's what jumps out from PFF's grades for Saturday night: Over just 44 snaps, Denver's starting line posted an insane cumulative grade of +11.1.

Then again, J.J. Watt saw only nine snaps, while Jadeveon Clowney was held out.

Manning to D.J. Swearinger: **ck you

Peyton Manning Tells DJ Swearinger “(Expletive) You” After Touchdown
houston.cbslocal.com

A source has told SportsRadio 610 that Manning said two simple words to Swearinger, “F*** You.” DJ Swearinger has also confirmed that that is exactly what Manning told him.

The discontent might have started during the week while the Texans and Broncos practiced together at the Broncos training facilities. During the dual team practices during the week in Dove Valley, Colorado Houston Texans safety DJ Swearinger was in the middle of a few dust ups on the practice field. After one practice Swearinger claimed the reason for the fights were that he picked off the future hall of famer.

Don't you love it when Peyton Manning goes all carnal on dudes?

It's too bad the Texans won't make the playoffs this year. It would have been fun to watch Manning drop four or five touchdowns on Swearinger.

Reminder: You can’t just swap out Brock Osweiler for Lavonte David

Kickin' it with Kiz: Broncos dropped ball on running back Eddie Lacy during NFL draft
www.denverpost.com

Had the Broncos taken Lacy instead of Montee Ball and picked linebacker Lavonte David instead of Brock Osweiler, they would have stood a much better chance of beating the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

Look, this is really simple. Had the Broncos drafted Lavonte David in 2012, they most certainly would not have drafted Danny Trevathan. So, it's not as simple as plugging David into Denver's defense and then suggesting they would have won SB 48.

Never mind that, at the time, nobody knew whether Peyton Manning would return to form, or play long enough to warrant passing on a quarterback.

Fairley eating his way out the starting lineup

Lions' Nick Fairley: My eating habits 'got in the way'
www.nfl.com

“My eating habits have got in the way these past two weeks,” Fairley told reporters this week, via the team’s official website.

“I haven’t said this a lot, or to many people, more or less, but Nick is more athletically gifted than me,” Ndamukong Suh said. “He has an opportunity to be better than me.”

That opportunity is quickly slipping away. The Lions did not pick up the fifth-year option in Fairley’s contract in a bid to motivate him. It’s not working.

But bacon tastes good, pork chops taste good.

Not a Broncos story, but a reminder, kids, of the dangers of letting the ol' eating habits slip, even just a little.

Former NFLer Tim Shaw has ALS

Tim Shaw's ALS diagnosis raises fears of connection to playing football
sports.yahoo.com

According to Forbes, there is compelling evidence that football players might be four times more likely to have ALS than the general male population. The CDC found in a 2012 study that the incidence rate rose from fewer than two cases out of nearly 3,500 men to seven cases among former NFL players.

This is terrible news, which serves to underscore how ridiculous it was for Roger Goodell to do the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Why Broncos fans suck

Why Your Team Sucks 2014: Denver Broncos
deadspin.com

And they basically ran Jake Plummer out of town, which is why poor Jake is a weirdo bearded handball player now.

These are the guys who keep Woody Paige and Mark Kiszla employed.

Sometimes, the truth hurts a little bit...

Stuart: Here comes the regression of the Broncos’ pass offense

Can The Denver Broncos And Seattle Seahawks Possibly Be As Good As They Were Last Year?
fivethirtyeight.com

Those two tables above depict the power of regression to the mean. The all-time great pass offenses and pass defenses both lost, on average, about half their value in the following season.

Historical precedents don't indicate how any given team will fare, but these are some powerful examples of how difficult it is to maintain greatness.

And as Stuart points out, there are many factors that could contribute to a Denver dropoff - a tougher schedule, age, and personnel changes (don't forget the shuffled offensive line).

John Lynch has to be kidding, right?

Fox analyst John Lynch says Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is in same class as Peyton Manning and Drew Brees
www.nydailynews.com

The former safety, who was the analyst for Sunday night’s preseason clash between the Chiefs and Panthers, inexplicably put Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith in the same class as Drew Brees and Peyton Manning.
“The guy is up there with the Peyton Mannings, the Drew Brees — those type of guys,” Lynch said of Smith.

Umm...no, John.

PFF: Denver QBs are a lineman’s best friends

ReFo: Broncos @ 49ers, Preseason Week 2
www.profootballfocus.com

Manning is one of the best at getting rid of the ball quickly, and maybe he is rubbing off on the Broncos’ other quarterbacks. Brock Osweiler and Zac Dysert each had a Time To Throw of 2.17 seconds, slightly quicker than Manning’s 2.23 seconds.

The quick passes helped Denver’s offensive line to prevent pressure, finishing with 96.3 Pass Blocking Efficiency — the highest single-game PBE of any team this preseason.

Sione Fua (+4.3) posted the Broncos' best grade on Sunday, while Quant Smith (-3.3) was at the other end of the spectrum.

An IAOFM First: We PC’d a comment at another site

Denver Broncos fans are very lucky
milehighsports.com

Annoymous fan Aug. 13, 2014 at 1:21 pm
I don’t agree with you and your article or even your first sentence…
Tim Tebow is a way better QB and deserves the right to a FAIR chance to play in the NFL!
BACK THEN the owner of the Denver broncos gave Freaking Elway a chance and the FANS wanted ELWAY GONE! The broncos should have given Tim Tebow a chance and he deserves to start as QB he earned it when he took my hometown team to the playoffs back in 2011. Mr. Elway shouldn’t of HAD ANOTHER NFL TEAM like the JET”S buy TIM out of his Denver bronco Contract back in March of 2012. What Problem was TIM? Are you the MEDIA jealous of TIM? Was Elway Jealous of TIM? TIM IS a REAL descend Man who isn’t MONEY greedy like most of these players.
Mr. Manning should have stepped aside as a Respectful legend as everyone so called calls him, should have worked with Tim so he can be good! Tim’s religion shouldn’t be an issue with you haters, media, and NFL team owners. And you call yourself a sports writer?! He’s a WAY better ROLE MODEL then those who go out and commit careless crimes but their FREAKIN allowed to play in the NFL even the one’s who do DRUGS are still allowed to have a FAIR chance to play in the NFL. But Tim’s NOT ALLOWED because of his RELGION?!

The article is craptastic, but never mind that.  Peep the only substantive comment on it (as of this writing).  All spelling and grammar errors are the commenter's and have been maintained in their original form.  Does anybody miss delusional people like this?  Is this dude PFT Commenter's role model?