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Gayer Tebow, Tighter Passes

After 1 Week In New York Tim Tebow Already A Gay, Homeless Crack Addict
www.theonion.com

Tim Tebow has fallen into sin, Tiger Woods is adequate again, and the Mets are questionable for opening day, but Doc Brooks and Kenny Kennedy still hate each other. It’s GOOMF!

The Onion: taking the craziest conversations we've ever had, adding crack, and making it a positive for Tim Tebow's game.

If you're not familiar with The Onion (really?): NSFW language, if the title hasn't hinted enough at that. If you don't have a sense of humor, you probably shouldn't bother watching either.

If we did pretend to take this seriously for a moment: given the Mark Sanchez-Kate Upton rumors, I'm not sure how he could up his game, but to each his own.

Quarterbacks are a drug, and that’s why Ryan Tannehill could go at pick #3

Mayock: QB-hungry teams 'have to' consider Tannehill
www.nfl.com

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin and general manager Jeff Ireland joined the Browns and 21 teams to watch Tannehill perform. Mayock believes Tannehill will not escape the top 10.

“If he doesn’t go at four,” Mayock said, “Miami has to take him at eight, and don’t be surprised if somebody trades up to three, where Minnesota is, or seven, where Jacksonville is, to get a chance at this kid.”

Has the world gone mad?  Ryan Tannehill at #3? 

Only Jeff (F)Ireland.

Two people think Peyton Manning could step on the field right now

Peyton Manning good to go for Broncos, says QB coach David Cutcliffe
www.denverpost.com

“He could play a game. We’ve done it, we’ve simulated games, and he’s done well. He’s going to do nothing but get stronger and going to play up to his standards,” Cutcliffe said Thursday in a phone interview with The Denver Post. “I know that’s his goal, and there isn’t any reason, there is no indicator otherwise…”

“...He can make all the throws, his release times are perfect, and we pay a lot of attention to that. It’s arm speed and getting rid of it. His velocity is good. It’s just a matter of, like any other NFL football player, you’ve got to feel good,” Cutcliffe said. “He’s in great shape. Not good shape, great shape, and that’s part of what we did here as well.”

Add Cutcliffe to the list of people who think Manning is ready to lace them up this second.  That list also includes Manning himself.

A list of two? Good enough for me.

Broncos make another quiet move and bring back Jason Hunter

Broncos re-sign DE Hunter
blogs.denverpost.com

The Broncos have re-signed defensive end Jason Hunter, the team announced Thursday.

Hunter had been an unrestricted free agent after playing for the Broncos the last two seasons. He previously played for Green Bay and Detroit.

Peyton Manning: I haven’t left here since I signed last Tuesday

The Drive hour 1 3/28/12
www.1043thefan.com

“I’ve pretty much been sleeping over here at the complex the past week and an half trying to study this playbook and trying to get on the same page as these receivers…I haven’t left here since I signed last Tuesday. I plan on being here all off season.”

Peyton Manning didn't tell us too much in the way of news in this interview, but it's still a good listen if you get the chance.  Among other things, Manning said:

  1. Todd Helton also reached out to Manning during his decision process.
  2. Manning is going to attend a lot of Rockies games during the summer.
  3. Manning doubts that he will ever have a Twitter account.
  4. His goal is the Super Bowl: that's why he is in Denver.
  5. He was glad he wasn't a free agent for very long and doesn't plan to be one again.

Manning rehabbing and already cramming playbook

Expectations high as Peyton Manning, Broncos get acclimated
www.nfl.com

Manning moved his rehab to Denver’s facility immediately after signing, and has done all he can—which is very limited at this point, due to the new offseason rules—to get ready for the 2012 season, his first in the NFL in colors other than the Colts’ blue and white.

“It’s great to have him there, and obviously he’s full of knowledge,” Broncos executive vice president John Elway told NFL Network. “But he’s still going through his rehab process and working hard. With the new rules, we can only do so much, but he’s working hard on rehabbing his arm. And he’s been working out, throwing with the guys, and that’s the kind of guy he is. He’s got our playbook, so he’s had his head in the playbook trying to learn, and kind of combine what he’s used and what we do.”

Just in case you didn't know, Manning is also sleeping at the Broncos' facility.  It's safe to assume he's living and breathing Broncos football during his waking hours.  During those hours in which he is trying to get some sleep, he's probably not counting sheep, but instead the number of Raiders it would take to screw in a light bulb.

As we've written before--some guys in the NFL work hard.  Then there's Peyton Manning.

John Elway doesn’t fall from trees; RG3 is a Broncos history nerd

Franchise QBs “don’t fall off trees” Shanahan says
www.washingtonpost.com

“When I think back to when the Broncos got John Elway, I don’t think anybody looks back and says, ‘Did we overpay?’ ” Shanahan said.

Of [Robert Griffin, Shanahan said: “This guy is bright. This guy is passionate. He’s got everything you look for.” He said Griffin had researched the Redskins’ roster and could recite to Shanahan the roster of his Super Bowl-winning teams in Denver.

How many Broncos fans can recite the names of the entire Broncos roster from 1998-1999? 

Ask me no questions. I'll tell you no lies.  

League adopts new OT rules for regular season

NFL passes new overtime rules for regular season games
sports.yahoo.com

League owners voted on Wednesday to change overtime rules for the whole season. The postseason overtime that was implemented in 2010 will now be used all year. Instant sudden death is out, with a few caveats.

Each team must possess or have the opportunity to possess the ball unless the team that has the ball first scores a touchdown on its initial possession. Play continues in sudden death until a winner is determined, and the game automatically ends upon any score (by safety, field goal, or touchdown).

So, to be clear, both teams will get a chance to possess the ball - unless something like this happens.

Meanwhile, all turnovers will be reviewed in the replay booth, and there's still a chance the IR rules will be expanded, and trade deadline pushed back. Of course, the problem with this replay change (as Drew Magary stressed so eloquently) is that it doesn't go far enough - only plays ruled as scores or turnovers will be reviewed - not scores or turnovers not ruled as such by officials on the field.

Updating data on Broncos’ new contracts

Bowlen for dollars: How the Broncos are spending in NFL free agency
blogs.denverpost.com

Remember that $40 million in salary cap space the Broncos had entering the 2012 offseason? They figured out how to spend it. In the past 10 days, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has invested nearly $140 million in nine players.

As for new info, the total value of Jacob Tamme's deal is $8M rather than $9M, while the terms for the contracts of Adams, Woodyard, Caldwell, and Hanie were not previously released, to our knowledge.

PK: Fox’s recruiting skills, Elway’s sympathy helped land Manning

Peyton Manning's Long Game The behind-the-scenes story of how the most prized free agent in NFL history hit the recruiting trail—and how he ended up a Denver Bronco
sportsillustrated.cnn.com

Broncos staff came to watch Friday’s 55-pass workout. How did he look? “With Peyton, his release time is important, and that’s right on target now,” said Cutcliffe. “His velocity is right on. His arm slot is right on. His accuracy’s amazing. Obviously I’m close to him, but I’ve watched him throw for almost 20 years now, and I’m really excited about what I think is going to happen. He’s going to be great when he needs to be great.”

Obviously it's a must-read, but it's not long on new information, save that Manning met with Mike and Kyle Shanahan while he was in Denver, after Washington's trade up to the second-overall draft spot had apparently taken Peyton aback.