Safety T.J. Ward suspended for 2015 opener for NFL conduct-policy violation, stemming from 2014 incident http://t.co/BB3v3GrEl7
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) September 3, 2015
The incident in question was an allegation of throwing a glass mug at a bartender at a strip club. Ward negotiated a plea deal to have the charges dropped.
Hopefully not lost in all this Deflategate nonsense is an excellent article that Doc wrote for Scout.com‘s Broncos site, Mile High Huddle. It touches on the increased learning curve for young OLinemen in the NFL. We all love Docs stuff, and he’s been producing great content for Rivals, which, after Thin Air of course, is an excellent Broncos blog. Glad to see that Doc’s back in some capacity.
Might as well contain this in one thread:
Tom Brady beats NFL in `Deflategate' court case, judge nullifies league's 4-game suspension.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 3, 2015
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Still miles ahead of the Raiders’ fanbase, of course, but one fan had quite the terrible welcoming of Evan Mathis to Denver:
Thug status confirmed. https://t.co/JfxiQmTZ81
— Evan Mathis (@EvanMathis69) September 2, 2015
On August 30, Jessica McCloughan [wife of Redskins GM Scot McCloughan] directed this message to [ESPN reporter Dianna] Russini, via TheBigLead.com: “Please tell us how many BJ’S you had to give to get this story. And did they laugh at you before or after?”
Here we are, the final preseason game is upon us. Most roster position battles are finished and all that’s left is to determine who gets the final spots.
Truth be told, most position battles are already decided before training camp even begins. There are the obvious situations (did anyone think for one minute Von Miller or Chris Harris would lose his starting job?) and those in which roles were likely known but a change would have been surprising (Owen Daniels was signed to start at tight end and Shane Ray was drafted to rotate at outside linebacker).
At this point, the question becomes who sticks around as a depth or special teams player. “Special teams” is the important part, because that is where a player can best ensure his chances of making the roster. For example, if a team plans to keep five cornerbacks, four have locked up their spots, you have three remaining CBs who are about even in that department, but one is superior on special teams, that’s the player who makes the final cut.
Continue reading Midweek Musings: The Final Position Battles
23. Denver Broncos: Shane Ray, DE (PFF Grade: +6.2)
Ray has been a force throughout preseason, and is a little unlucky that second-year teammate Shaquil Barrett is stealing his thunder and doing even better. Ray has a sack in each of his last two games and has graded positively against both the run and pass in each preseason outing. He will have to fight for playing time during the season, but could have a real impact as a situational option.
The only point I take exception to is that Ray is a “little unlucky” about Barrett. If anything, it’s every Broncos opponent who is a “little unlucky” to have to contend with multiple pass-rushing threats from a deep Broncos defensive unit.
…we bring to you Drew Magary’s season preview for the Denver Broncos.
Needless to say, he does provide an unfortunate reminder for Broncos fans.
What else is new? Oh, right! Pat Bowlen’s son is an accused woman beater. And so is Elway’s kid! When the Broncos front office isn’t getting tagged for DUI, it’s dragging you down the stairs by your ponytail.
He also brings the marijuana jokes, as one might expect.
The first trailer for “Concussion” has been released, generating much discussion about how the film, to hit theaters on Christmas Day, will paint the NFL regarding its previous attempts to cover up the effects of concussions on players.
Now comes this USA Today article which covers scenes in early script drafts that were removed, most that would not make the NFL happy.
There will be those who may believe the public is simply tired of these issues and wants them to go away. And, no, there’s no sign that the NFL is going to go out of business if the public does get too upset.
But let’s not kid ourselves into thinking the concussion issue will just go away, particularly if the movie gets strong reviews from critics and theater goers. If it does get strong reviews, it’s more likely the issue becomes a greater problem for the NFL to confront.