Manning and Demaryius Thomas to sit out in Seattle

Osweiler will start Friday against the Seahawks and operate the Broncos’ first-team offense. Running back C.J. Anderson and the Broncos’ first-team offensive line is expected to play. But number one receiver Demaryius Thomas is expected to sit along with several other veterans, including tight end Owen Daniels, outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware and inside linebackers Danny Trevathan and Brandon Marshall.

According to 9News, Manning and Demaryius Thomas will not be playing in tomorrow’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Personally, I think this a fantastic move. As Bob mentioned yesterday, one of the biggest questions we have is regarding the offensive line with two starting rookies. We wouldn’t want to risk Manning getting injured against arguably one of the best defensive lines in the league.

Several other veterans will be sitting out as well, including DeMarcus Ware, Owen Daniels, and some players who have light injuries such as Chris Harris Jr. and Emmanuel Sanders.

It appears the focus of this game for Head Coach Kubiak is seeing who shines under the light when they haven’t had the opportunity to shine before.

Midweek Musings: What We All Want To Know After The Preseason Opener

Here we are, two days away from the preseason opener, Bronco fans! We’ve talked a lot about what we might expect, and now that’s it almost here, we can talk specifically about what interests us the most. Let’s begin.

1. Of course, the offensive line has drawn the most interest. It started with Ben Garland, Gino Gradowski and Chris Clark in the starting lineup near the end of OTAs, and after a week of training camp, Max Garcia, Matt Paradis and Ryan Harris have moved to the first team. True, that means a younger offensive line, but I’m excited to see the likes of Garcia and Paradis work their way up the depth chart. I know some of you had high hopes about Paradis and what I read about Garcia told me he could be a starter one day, even if it took a little time to adjust to the NFL.

The preseason opener against Seattle will certainly be a good test for these young linemen, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them stay in the game a bit longer than some of the veterans, so the coaches get a better idea about how they measure up. That’s not to say they’ll play an entire first half, but more like, if Peyton Manning plays just one series, we could see Garcia and Paradis play two or three.
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Will The Nick Foles Extension Affect Brock Osweiler?

When I last discussed the possibility of extending Brock Osweiler, I expressed a difficulty in doing so because there was scant precedent for a player in his situation–a quarterback with several years in the league but hardly enough playing time to know on what side of the wide divide of starting quarterbacks his pay should reside.

Last week, we got what could be the closest comparable possible.  Nick Foles, who not only entered the league the same year as Osweiler, but was also his in-state college rival, signed an extension with the Rams.  I’ve been waiting on the details to come out before I comment on what this means for Osweiler, and they finally came out earlier this afternoon via Aaron Wilson and Jason La Canfora on Twitter.  You can find the full table from OTC beyond the fold. Continue reading Will The Nick Foles Extension Affect Brock Osweiler?

Carrying Over An IAOFM Tradition

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith is out six to 10 weeks with a broken jaw. Why?

Head coach Todd Bowles announced today that QB Geno Smith will likely be out until October, after he was hit by LB Ikemefuna “I.K.” Enemkpali in a locker-room fight this morning. Bowles used the words “cold-cocked” and “sucker-punched,” and said Enemkpali has been cut. Enemkpali was the Jets’ sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft.

Time to bring back an IAOFM tradition. Say it with me now…


PFF: What Should We Expect From Peyton in 2015?

Pro Football Focus has a brief analysis about Peyton Manning and what their analysts believed was a decline in his play prior to the Week 15 game against San Diego when he injured his thigh.

According to our grades, it started well before Week 15. After a solid start to the season, Manning entered his Week 9 contest against the New England Patriots with a league-high passer rating of 119.1, though he “only” ranked sixth in our PFF passing grades. He was already forcing too many passes into coverage, but was getting away with them (keeping his stats clean) while receiving quite a bit of help from his playmakers. Week 9 marked the beginning of a three-week stretch of negative grades for Manning, including one of his worst performances in years against the St. Louis Rams in Week 11.

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Tom Jackson Receives Pete Rozelle Award

Although no Broncos were inducted into the Hall of Fame last night, one Bronco was recognized for his contributions to radio and television.

More than 30 years after beginning his career in sports broadcasting, Broncos Ring of Famer Tom Jackson saw his hard work receive its due recognition with the 2015 Pete Rozelle Award given to him on Saturday night during the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s enshrinement ceremony.

Congratulations to Jackson, the man who inspired a site we all loved.

Meanwhile, let’s cross our fingers that Terrell Davis making it as a HOF finalist last year leads to an induction soon.

The Broncos Chose The Correct Edge Rusher In 2011…

Von Miller has had his own missteps off the field, but they were nowhere near as serious as those of Aldon Smith, and more importantly, he’s moved on from those mistakes.  Another TYJE may be in order here.

Arian Foster Reveals His Lack Of Religious Belief

Via ESPN’s Tim Keown:

Arian Foster, 28, has spent his entire public football career — in college at Tennessee, in the NFL with the Texans — in the Bible Belt. Playing in the sport that most closely aligns itself with religion, in which God and country are both industry and packaging, in which the pregame flyover blends with the postgame prayer, Foster does not believe in God.

“Everybody always says the same thing: You have to have faith,” he says. “That’s my whole thing: Faith isn’t enough for me. For people who are struggling with that, they’re nervous about telling their families or afraid of the backlash … man, don’t be afraid to be you. I was, for years.”

As a lifelong atheist who has never experienced any negativity for my own lack of belief in any supernatural power, I sometimes feel that the plight of the irreligious pales in comparison to other disadvantaged groups out there.  But clearly NFL locker rooms are a different animal.  We should all know that well having experienced the presence of the likes of Brian Dawkins and Tim Tebow on the 2011 Broncos.

The entire article is a longread, but I recommend taking the time if it piques your interest.