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PFF: Quant shows off diverse repertoire

ReFo: Seahawks @ Broncos, Preseason Wk 1

Smith produced four QB Hurries on 17 opportunities, ending with a 17.6 PRP. He showed that he was able to win with inside and outside moves and he isn’t just a speed rusher on the outside. The Broncos used Smith mostly on the left side, it will be an interesting development to see if this is a trend going forward, especially if Smith is used at the same time as DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller.

It's not news, but it's encouraging for the tape to match the camp reports.

FWIW, Malik Jackson (+3.3) earned Denver's highest grade, while in his debut at right tackle, Chris Clark (-2.2) had the worst.

Missed the playoffs four years straight? Quick, wine and dine the head of officiating!

Is this the NFL ref czar on Cowboys' party bus? Irate NFL execs say yes

Another veteran NFL official: “If I were another team owner, how could I not be irate? It gives the appearance of impropriety, and looks like a particularly cozy relationship between a team and the officiating department at a time when instant replay is being taken over more and more by the league office. You’re damn right I’d be irate.”

Some fun quotes here. Should be entertaining to see this story play out.

Health scare helped Wolfe find balance, perspective

Broncos' Derek Wolfe battles back from depression, scary injury

“It was always, ‘How quick can I get back?’ That was really the issue,” Wolfe said. “And the crazy thing was, the quickest way to get back to football was for me to just forget about football and worry about my life, get my life together. In doing that, it made me love the game even more than I did before.”

It's great to see that Derek is in a better place, and has apparently grown from his tumultuous 2013.

U of M president to Vikings: Keep racist slurs out of our stadium

U-Minn. seeks to bar Redskins’ name at school’s stadium on Vikings game day

In his letter to McCollum, Kaler said the Redskins name is “offensive and should be replaced.” Kaler went on to say that the University of Minnesota is “working with the Vikings to make every effort to eliminate the use of Washington’s team name” on game day.

Here comes another lawsuit from Daniel Snyder in 3...2...

Latimer: Put me in, Coach!

Broncos still on the hunt for returners

Second-round draft pick Cody Latimer has also approached Rodgers about trying to return kickoffs…“I just feel like the more you can do, the better it is,” Latimer said. “I think I can do it with a little work.”

The idea of trotting out someone who hasn't returned kicks before is a bit discomfiting, but putting Wes Welker or Emmanuel Sanders (who may not play on Thursday) at risk is scarier.

This isn’t the same Marvin Austin from three years ago

Marvin Austin finally healthy in Year 4

“Oh, my spine works now,” Austin said. “It feels great. I’ve been humbled throughout my career, so I know what type of opportunity I have. So, I’m just grateful to be here. I’m grateful to be able to say that I can still play football and especially at the NFL level.”

It's a far cry from what was written about Austin prior to the 2011 Draft, when many hoped the Broncos would take him in the first round. For all he's endured, Austin has become a great story. Let's just hope he's able to stay healthy.

John Madden won’t drink Goodell’s Kool-Aid on letting six-year-olds tackle

John Madden doesn’t believe in the Heads Up Football program

“I’m a firm believer that there’s no way that a six-year-old should have a helmet on and learn a tackling drill,” Madden said. “There’s no way. Or a seven-year-old or an eight-year-old. They’re not ready for it. Take the helmets off kids…Start at six years old, seven years old, eight years old, nine years old. They don’t need a helmet. They can play flag football. And with flag football you can get all the techniques. Why do we have to start with a six-year-old who was just potty trained a year ago and put a helmet on him and tackle?...We’ll eventually get to tackling.”

Why, John Madden? Why?

Because flag football is for sissies, and Roger Goodell, for one, isn't about to stand back and lose future customers to soccer.

Get your priorities straight, old man.

Why sportswriters shouldn’t “stick to sports”

Why sportswriters shouldn't "stick to sports"

When sportswriters do dip their toes into politics it’s almost invariably to express ideas so benign they should be apolitical as the American flag (gay men are OK and should be allowed to play in the NFL, punching women is bad) but they’re nevertheless greeted by an outcry from a section of the fan base that’s getting louder and dumber all the time.

Which is why sportswriters should continue speaking truth to idiots.

This dude totally nails it, and it reminds me of the time when I tried to fire some readers, but failed, because even people who hate us personally are compelled to read our football stuff.

Peyton Manning is a bargain

Andy Dalton, Bengals reach six-year, $115 million deal

Dalton, who will sign the deal later Monday, had one year remaining on his rookie contract and was scheduled to make slightly less than $1.7 million.

Obviously, we know better than to overreact to this contract, as it's probably really just a two- or three-year deal with a series of one-year team options tagged onto it.

But, still. If Jay Cutler, Joe Flacco, Colin Kaepernick, and (the very mediocre) Andy Dalton are each paid similarly to what Manning gets from Denver in any given year, then the Broncos are playing Moneyball, and winning.

Kyle Orton and Jay Cutler were made for each other

Emery open to Kyle Orton reunion

Emery tried to sign Orton during free agency in 2012, but the quarterback opted to play for the Cowboys.

They were traded for each other, of course, after Cutler demanded his way out of Denver and away from Josh McDaniels.

Orton then begged his way out (understandably) from under Josh's worst decision of all, and recently weaseled his way out of Dallas by not showing up for practice.

Seems like a match made in heaven for two party animals who just donnnnnn't caaaarrrrrreeeeee.