• bradley

    Seven of 10 Broncos draft picks sign rookie contracts

    http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Seven-of-10-Broncos-draft-picks-sign-rookie-contracts/1f6a6489-5b05-4d3e-a964-a8ff75d71585

    Bradley Chubb, Royce Freeman and Isaac Yiadom have yet to sign.

  • bradley

    One video that shows why Sean Lee is so important to the Cowboys

    https://ftw.usatoday.com/2018/05/nfl-cowboys-all-or-nothing-sean-lee-video-coach

  • bradley

    FTW: How the Eagles GM may have finessed a draft pick away from the Ravens

    https://ftw.usatoday.com/2018/05/nfl-eagles-ravens-mike-wallace-contract-howie-roseman-compensatory-draft-pick

    Nick Korte of OverTheCap.com breaks it down…

    • Nick

      It’s so absurd, and yet so clever. We’d be having a jolly time if Elway tried something like this, and given that he’s shown to be a comp pick formula manipulator, he very well might.

      • Rob Rooney

        It is clear that some teams are exploiting the comp pick system to maximize their picks, but at what point does the NFL change things? I can’t believe that contracts like Wallace’s are what the NFL intended with the comp pick system, but it is the result.

        I guess I am wondering what it would take for them to change it.

        • Nick

          No clue.

        • Drewredux

          Its like building a wall around Murica.

          Peeps have been gaming systems and adapting to obstacles for at least 5000+ years.

          • Yahmule

            Drew, are you still looking for people to follow on Twitter? Check out Sarah Kendzior. Cultural anthropologist whose primary focus of study is authoritarian regimes. She was the first person to predict the Trump fiasco. Her old Twitter threads were right on the money.

            She also wrote The View From Flyover Country, which I bought this morning.

            May 11, 2018

      • DCJ1

        Are easy-to-achieve bonuses like weight and workout bonuses were counted into to cap number even if their not used for comp picks?

        • Nick

          Yes. All of Wallace’s bonuses are considered LTBE that count immediately against the current year’s cap.

    • Alaskan

      That Nick Korte is a pretty smart guy.

  • bradley

    AFC East offseason recap and grades: Patriots didn’t do Tom Brady any favors

    https://ftw.usatoday.com/2018/05/nfl-patriots-dolphins-jets-bills-afc-east-offseason-grades-recap-moves

  • Nick
    • Sparks

      I’m high on Walker this year. Getting his weight back on and getting to his more natural position will be a positive change for the guy. The guy’s a player and if Kollar can bring the best out of him, I think we could very well see a Gotsis-like 2nd year out of him.

      That said, I appreciate the bravado but let’s go a head and build on our 1 sack and 7 tackles before we start talking ‘bank’ young man.

      • Drewredux

        I saw him in a “likely to keep being a bust” analysis in a BR piece yesterday, but the argument was so silly and flawed that I didn’t bother to post it.

        Chubb being Chubb + Von + plus a smattering of inside pass rush will = no fun playing Denver a lot of weeks.

        Now all they have to do is figure out how to score once every 5 to 6 quarters nown and then…..

      • Yahmule

        He had a terrific college career. One thing that I heard Steve Smith saying was that it’s important to know what a young player can handle and you can really blow it by overloading some guys.

      • DragonPie

        Nah. I want him to have bravado. I don’t think it’ll hurt him to be self-confident and excited to show what he can do. Forget the bank, young man. Go get Fort Knox!

    • QDoc

      The Broncos site lists him at 280… obviously you never trust numbers on a roster page, but does anyone know what he played at last year?

      • BABA BOOEY

        Reports say he was around 250.

  • bradley

    Seven NFL trades that make sense after the draft, including Emmanuel Sanders to Cowboys

    https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/seven-nfl-trades-that-make-sense-after-the-draft-including-emmanuel-sanders-to-cowboys/

    Including Ray to Bears / Lions and Sanders to Dallas.

    • Nick

      it’s premature to suggest that the rookies can replace Ray or Sanders without even stepping on a training camp field. And if Mars is correct about his anterior diagnosis of Chubb and Sutton, Denver may very well appreciate having them on the team in 2018.

      Also, there’s no mention that both Ray and Sanders will be comp pick eligible, though admittedly knowing this about Sanders is a deep cut to discover.

    • Drewredux

      I’d be burning up the phones on Ray, maybe, but trading ES makes no sense. That would be a straight kick to the nuts to all the CK aspirations.

      Most rookie WRs aren’t ready right off the shelf these days. The offense would be down to one proven NFL producer in 30 year old, degenerative hip and neck DT.

  • Nick
  • Nick
    • Nick

      Also, there’s this. Flacco should really be the obvious AFC North QB in roster trouble, not Big Ben.

      Keep an eye on this Joe Flacco/Lamar Jackson situation. It isn’t getting the national attention that the overt Big Ben/Mason Rudolph apparent blood feud is garnering, but this has the potential to get sideways. Flacco has been ignoring the rookie, according to the rookie, and I don’t think this rookie is going to bow down or kiss any rings – nor should he – and I don’t see Flacco being invested in a mentor role (nor should he be given his career in Baltimore is in the balance). Flacco is never going to get down the muck the way Roethlisberger has, and he’ll be passive-aggressive about the situation at worst – without the outward disdain for the Rudolph selection that Roethlisberger seems to be relishing in – but it won’t take much for Jackson to win over the fans and this could get prickly, quickly

      • Jeremy

        Won’t that 28 million dead money hit keep him around for another year?

        Not sure how I feel about reports of qbs not wanting to mentor their successors.

        • Nick

          In 2018, yes. Come 2019 when that goes down to $16M, all bets are off.

      • Prick-ly, in Flacco’s case.

        Compare these guys to how Case K. seems like he’d handle QB competition (having been through it multiple times and not being an overpaid prima donna helps).

        • Yahmule

          Elway was furious when Reeves drafted Tommy Maddox, but he held his tongue and never gave Tommy the cold shoulder. Maddox said he learned a lot watching Elway prepare for games.

      • More Cow Bell

        I’ve always wanted thing to go sideways for Flacco. Seems like a prick. I’m all for LJ.

  • The Color Orange
    • MattR

      Awwww, Congrats to the Simmons family.

      Now what does it say about me that I was hoping for a puppy over a baby?

      • Yahmule

        Looks like they’ve already got a nice black Lab. Every kid should grow up with a dog.

        • Drewredux

          The market on black labs has changed considerably. I spent what I considered a fortune on my last few purebreds, yet that shit doesn’t even sniff what they’re asking now.

          I am meeting a little fellow this weekend, though.

          We got fortunate on our last lab. Because she had failed her bird dog training, they were essentially trying to give her away.

          They also clearly abused the fuck out of her, which is a another deal entirely. She still doesn’t totally trust me after 10 years.

          • Yahmule

            Post them puppy pictures when you ’em.

          • Jason
          • Yahmule

            You picked out a nice one. :~)

          • Jason

            Thank you. He has a fantastic personality.

            We named him Finn.

          • Yahmule

            Handsome name for a handsome dog. He’ll give you everything he’s got.

          • MattR

            Having trouble finding a good recent picture, so here is an older one of Ellie. Unfortunately she also falls into the category of being abused/neglected before I got her when she was 7 months old (14 years ago next month). Not sure the exact details of what she went through before I adopted her, but she was super submissive. She still has her tail curled under her far too often, but at least the submissive urination went away as she got older/more comfortable in her home.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ded06ab325624584f8530585ef0a81de5508e5b9f3368d1389f9bdba3108430c.jpg

          • Yahmule

            Just think of the amazing difference you made in that sweet sensitive creature’s life. :~)

          • Drewredux
          • Yahmule

            Looks like a sturdy little fellow. Good job.

          • Alaskan

            What a fine looking pup This little ball of trouble is now a great 2 year old. But, for months, we could not have toilet paper anywhere that he could reach it.

            /Users/marksandberg/Desktop/IMGP0432.jpg

          • bradley

            Doolin came to live with me when he was 6 months. That’s him on the left. I calculated he chewed up 300 bucks worth of stuff his first few months. He turned a heavy duty extension cord into little pieces, all in one day.
            That’s him on the left. He was the most beautiful being I’ve known.

          • Alaskan

            I’m not seeing a photo, Bradley. Is it just me? Disqus has ben weird for me today.
            The pup in my photo chewed up more than $300 worth of stuff, because he liked shoes.
            But the first lab I had chewed the frame off a door, the corners off our kitchen island, ripped up carpet and chewed the padding and then ate into the sheetrock for dessert.

          • bradley

            The photo I’m referring to is my avatar.

          • Alaskan

            Got it. Nice looking dog.

          • Yahmule

            My old Great Pyrenees Bronco chewed up a chair and a love seat, among other items. He also tore up about ten square feet of linoleum, which he proceeded to pile in front of my bedroom door while I was at work. I think he was mad at me because my girlfriend moved out the week before.

          • bradley

            “But the first lab I had chewed the frame off a door, the corners off our kitchen island, ripped up carpet and chewed the padding and then ate into the sheetrock for dessert.”

            I’m guessing he turned into the best.

          • Alaskan

            He was a great dog. But we had no idea what we were doing. We were young and he was a handful.
            Because Wednesday was trash day, he liked to run away on Tuesday nights and spend the night knocking over trash cans and eating the contents. We’d see him the next morning on the back porch.
            But he was a very loving dog when he was around.

          • Alaskan

            Now I am back. This guy is now a swell 2 year old. But for months, we could not have toilet paper anywhere that he could reach it.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/76fa4b33103e8cd7a618935b29378ceb531ba3f2b86573f66d2ea7c95e803c03.jpg

          • Sparks

            Not much pisses me off more than animal abuse. You don’t like or want your dog…get rid of them. There are plenty of places that will take them in. Do not abuse them. The criminal penalties for animal abuse are laughable. They really need to be more strict, IMO.

          • Drewredux

            We got her with bad lacerations on her face and shoulder. Sutures level. The guy claimed she got hung up in a barbed wite fence. Her boderline terror regarding most male humans suggests otherwise to me.

            She has been well loved here, but old, ingrained fear and trauma die hard in any species, I imagine.

          • Yahmule

            I’ve never heard of a dog being afraid of women, but it’s sadly way too common to hear about a dog in rescue that’s nervous around men.

          • Sparks

            Just reading “bad lacerations” gets my blood boiling. “OK, asshole, even if she did get hung up in a barbed wire fence, why didn’t you get her some medical attention??”

          • T. Jensen

            I’m just as mad at not noticeable abuse. Too many of my neighbors “care” for their dogs but never walk them or spend any real time with them (not even on weekends). If you cannot dedicate time during the day most days for your pets then you shouldn’t have them.

          • RSH

            I absolutely agree. I have no pets, but there is no reason to abuse animals or to not be kind to them. Many psychopaths, sociopaths, serial killers, and mass shooters first exhibit troubling behavior by abusing animals.

            The home that my wife and I bought four years ago was a foreclosure. The tenants who lived in the home prior to the foreclosure were clearly abusing or neglecting the four or five dogs that lived here. The condition of the kitchen cabinetry, a bathroom vanity, all of the downstairs flooring, and a small bedroom were indicative of this abuse and neglect. It appears that dogs were stored in the said cabinetry, vanity, and bedroom for prolonged periods of time.

          • Yahmule

            My Pyrenees/Golden mix was hand shy when I got him. He will still sometimes duck his head a bit if you reach to pet him quickly. We think he ran away from his first home. When we adopted him, he was in rough shape from living on the street. Heartworm, hookworm, small scar under one eye, mostly healed wounds on his side and cheek. Acted like he didn’t have a care in the world, though.

            Bruno the Magnificent
            https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dc74LlHU0AEPVj_.jpg

          • Hank Mardukis

            That’s a sweet boy.

          • Yahmule

            He really is a nice guy. So gentle and patient with our miniature Dachshunds.

          • gnasses

            Awesome. My mom’s second Pyr (a rescue after I first moved away from home) was also named Bruno.

        • cjfarls

          My girls, Friday (beagle/border collie – smart dog, people focused) and Zoey (?? – dumb dog, food is her universe) .
          Got Friday as a puppy rescue from SC… some a-hole had shot the tiny little furball with a BB/Bird Shot. She’s way too smart for her own good and consequently neurotic as can be. Zoey is just blissfully ignorant, and content with life.
          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/32eaaacb39e33b4cbf9685cc7ac0cd3160b0c3d520131b17bf0f6c96087fea01.jpg

          • Yahmule

            Border Collies are always clever. I’m glad someone got her away from that creep. It really does look like there’s a lot going on there with Zoey. I wouldn’t even hazard a guess on the breed without more pictures. Of course, it’s so hard to tell sometimes. My wife’s son and his wife adopted a dog a few years back that we were sure was some kind of Great Dane mix. The picture below doesn’t do justice to his length. They take Dino to the vet and his eyes widen and he asks them, “Where did you get a Munsterlander?”

            https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dc8VF1tV0AAUxac.jpg

          • cjfarls

            yeah, we were told “pointer/lab” for Zoey, but she’s really a mystery. She sheds more than any dog I’ve ever seen, and looks like a Hyena when she goes and lounges in the sun.

    • pubkeeper

      Is it just me or is the headband in the delivery room funny?

    • Sparks

      Dude must already be pretty tired to misspell his own name. Good for them.

      • More Cow Bell

        It’s just the beginning.

  • The Color Orange
    • Sparks

      Lindsay is my UDFA pick to make the team.

      • bradley

        The 53? Or the 63?

        • Sparks

          53. I liked D Henderson last year, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Lindsay is RB3 on opening day. Nobody in their RB stable has his speed. He could be a real weapon if used correctly. I really hope he gets a legitimate shot in OTA’s and TC.

          • RSH

            I think that Lindsay and Henderson both make the team. I think that the Broncos will try to slip David Williams onto the practice squad.

          • Sparks

            What are your thoughts on Jano? I know he’s good on ST’s and the judging by the Broncos selections, I believe they realize they have to be better there, but on offense he’s been non-existent. I know some of it is scheme. You think they’ll utilize the FB more?

          • G Mik

            This is the million dollar question. I’d bet they keep him because he can do so much – offensively and on ST and you just need solid football players and he fits that mold. Looking at Musgrave’s history – didn’t use FB much in Minnesota but he certainly did in Oakland most recently. That said, the RB room just got reeeal crowded so he’ll be fighting for a spot for sure.

          • Sparks

            I keep thinking how they used Marcel Reese in Oakland. That guy always seemed to perform well against us.

          • G Mik

            He was so versatile that he could actually play RB as well – that’s the big difference. But agreed, he f’ing owned us every year. Prior to Musgrave as well.

          • Drewredux

            Nah. Jano is likely caput in Denver.

          • Sparks

            Jano specifically or FB in general is caput in Denver.

          • Drewredux

            I’m guessing fullback, in general.

          • agree with this, this is my prediction as well ^

          • G Mik

            I want to agree with you but the fact that they drafted D Williams late in the 7th while Lindsay sat and watched leads me to believe they think they have a quick 3rd down back who can catch the ball in Henderson. In camp, preseason and week 17 he certainly showed he deserved a lot more playing time than he got. Maybe it was Studesville that didn’t like him. Either way it will be interesting to see how it plays out. I’m rooting for the Buff though.

          • Sparks

            I agree with you but I think Lindsay, if given a legitimate shot, will open some eyes. He’ll probably go into OTC’s and TC as RB5 but it wouldn’t surprise me if his skill and tenacity/passion move him up the ladder.

  • The Color Orange
  • RSH

    I was able to get IP phone software working on my work laptop, so I will no longer need a separate work IP phone device while working remotely. I can plug my cell phone earbuds directly into my computer to make the calls from my work phone number. This is pretty awesome.

    • gobroncos

      Can I ask how you did that and if it’s expensive? Do yo pay extra for a work phone? My wife works from home and is on her cell phone a lot, but unfortunately we live in an area with crappy reception. She’s wanted to get a land line, but I don’t want to fork out the extra $. Using our wifi might be a better option.

      • JMac

        I use Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync) and a number of other IP options. Regular Skype is very inexpensive, and works great as long as you have a decent internet connection.

      • gnasses

        Most corporate IP phone systems have an option for this, unless they are a lot older. Cisco has Jabber or IP communicator. MS has Skype. Forget what Avaya’s is called, but they have it too. Lots of places nowadays don’t issue a physical desk phone unless you request one because they cost more than the softphone license.

      • RSH

        The program is called Soft Phone Soft IP from Toshiba. http://www.compu-phone.com/phones-toshiba/.

  • Nick
    • Trying to remember, did he have a previously undetected heart issue or something? Too bad (for them and for him). Maybe he solves it and… ends up a Bronco!

      • royalwithcheese

        Reportedly blood clots in his lungs.

        • Drewredux

          A close friend’s dad woke up normally one day and promptly dropped dead from the same problem.

          • royalwithcheese

            Terrifying.

          • Drewredux

            And heartbreaking.

          • Prater2Beadles4Six

            I had a pulmonary embolism in 2011 at age 33. It was very scary. It preceded other health problems ( a severe Crohn’s disease flare requiring a bowel resection), and that along with a heightened clotting factor were likely the cause. But I just turned 40 and am in the best shape of my life, so fortunately It’s not always fatal.

          • gobroncos

            “Best shape of my life.” Where have I heard that before? Ha, sorry, don’t mean to make light of a serious situation. Glad you’re in better health.

          • Prater2Beadles4Six

            This, fortunately isn’t 1st day of training camp best shape. I am legitimately stronger and better at soccer and snowboarding than ever, which are really the measures I care about. Though it always hurts a lot more the next day. And no worries about making light. That’s what got me through difficult times. I even named the bag I crapped in for about 6 months John poosack.

          • gobroncos

            John Poosack?! Haha, awesome.

          • Alaskan

            Saying it was scary must be an understatement. I always thought a pulmonary embolism was instant death, because I have known several people who were just fine right up until a blood clot hit their lungs. And then they were dead. I am glad to know you had a better outcome. Hope that is all behind you. Best wishes going forward.

          • DragonPie

            I’m sorry to hear about your friend’s dad. That’s terrible.

            Prater2Beadles4Six, I’m glad you’re doing well following your PE.

    • Yahmule

      Silver lining: All the signing bonus, none of the head trauma.

  • Nick
    • TiredOfWinning

      Gold.

    • Hank Mardukis

      That’s savage. Using the word consent with a guy accused of sexual assault. Brilliant headline. Well done Onion.

  • MarsLineman

    Hi guys, just posted part 3 of the draft series. Due to time constraints, I didn’t build a full profile for Kieshawn Bierria. But a quick look suggested that he is very unlikely to become an important contributor, except maybe on special teams.

  • The Color Orange

    Rookies get the Klis experience early.

    https://twitter.com/MikeKlis/status/994979206839746560

  • RSH

    @Yahmule:disqus and Steve:

    As both of you attended the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony, are either of you interested in a hardcopy of the Aug. 6, 2017 Denver Post front page and special section commemorating Terrell Davis’s enshrinement? I can mail the sections if either of you want them.

    • Yahmule

      Thank you. That’s a very kind offer. I won’t turn down Terrell Davis memorabilia.

  • RSH

    A handful of the Broncos’ rookies gave some really good interviews on Orange and Blue 760 today. If you have a moment to listen to them this weekend, I recommend doing so. Here are some good snippets.

    https://twitter.com/MaseDenver/status/995004707847442432

    https://twitter.com/MaseDenver/status/995010663427858433

    https://twitter.com/NickiJhabvala/status/995007763062210560

    https://twitter.com/NickiJhabvala/status/995045823028183040

    • The Color Orange

      Love the quotes from Hamilton. I’d be surprised if Henderson is doing the same thing. I rewatched his press conference from last year and I got a totally different vibe than from this year’s picks.

  • Yahmule
    • MattR

      Nice. I also liked the California NAWTOHJ plate that someone posted in comments.

  • gnasses

    My affinity for bad punnery makes me wants this a whole lot.
    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1975-ford-bronco-2/