Jun 21, 2011
With the owners and team representatives meeting in Chicago for updates on the labor negotiations, we inch closer to training camp and news starts to pick up. Without OTAs and mini-camps, some of the good nuggets we are used to getting just aren’t there, so when coaches or players speak on workouts or plans for the season, we’re listening with great interest.
Fox says Bronco QB competition will be wide-open … between Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow, and yes, even Brady Quinn. Fox, who was hired by the Broncos back in January just two weeks after completing his tenure in Carolina, has said all along that the starting job would be decided in a competition, which he believes is a healthy part of the game. Fox said the team has “multiple plans in place, just waiting for the race to start” in relation to roster moves and practice schedules. What Fox didn’t and couldn’t address, were the trade rumors surrounding Orton, who is apparently favored by Fox and executive VP John Elway, although that doesn’t mean the team is against trading him at the right price. Orton has been spotted working out with Cardinal WR Larry Fitzgerald, fueling speculation he could end up starting in Arizona, although Kevin Kolb has been linked to that job for months now. Despite the trade speculation, Orton, and the other two QBs have taken part in player-led workouts with their Bronco teammates, so at least they’ll all be ready when the time comes to start formal workouts.
Saint coaches say RB Thomas isn’t going anywhere … despite the team moving back into the 1st round of this year’s draft to select RB Mark Ingram. After last year’s total mess at the RB position, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that one of the coaches said, “We’ve seen first hand you can’t have enough (backs).” That’s an understatement. They lost Lynell Hamilton to a torn ACL in the preseason, saw Reggie Bush break his leg in Week Two, had Thomas dealing with leg issues all season long before being put on the IR, and just when things couldn’t get any worse, Chris Ivory suffered a foot injury in the team’s season finale and couldn’t play in the postseason. Julius Jones, Ladell Betts, and DeShawn Wynn were also in the mix at various points of the season, so we can understand why the team wants to have plenty of backs on the roster.
- Although he hasn’t been able to communicate with him directly due to the lockout, Brown HC Pat Shurmur said he believes RB Montario Hardesty is “progressing well” in rehabbing his torn ACL and “will be ready to participate once training camp starts.” Hardesty, the team’s 2nd-round pick in last year’s draft was lost for the 2010 season in the team’s final preseason game.
- Cowboy rookie RB DeMarco Murray would like to put on “5-8 more pounds to get into the 220 range” in an effort to get stronger and avoid injuries. He described himself as a “loose running back” who can “run, catch, and definitely block.” He said he “doesn’t mind running between the tackles” but also is quick enough to get around the corner.
- Finally, in The Kenny Britt Daily, our favorite Titan WR made news when he announced his retirement on his Facebook page, then said he had a “change of heart”, only to say those previous posting weren’t from him and that he’d been hacked and isn’t retiring. Alrighty then.