First up the news from today about the signing of ILB Nick Greisen, who if you remember was with the team last year but got injured before the season started. He did disappear off the team at some point, but he has been resigned. At 30 it is unlikely he will get a starting job, but you never know, but he is an excellent special teamer. Maybe he can take some reps on ST so Larsen can start at ILB?
Next up is the issue of Ryan Clady, dude what were you thinking! Clady could be out for at least three months after partially tearing his patellar tendon over the weekend while playing basketball. But this sort of thing is a freak accident so not much can be done to prevent it, just hope he can recover quickly and get back onto the field. Hopefully before the season starts, because we don't have much depth behind him. Tyler Polumbus? I hope not, we could see the Broncos go after Flozell Adams formerly of the Cowboys, or could possibly trade for Jammal Brown of the Saints to help fill the void.
Check out the video "Its unfortunate" on NFL.com, McD talks about Clady and Tebow, also note at the end the little joke that McD throws it. Brought a smile to my face.
Another addition to the Broncos team was Akin Ayodele who we added during the end of the draft. Akin is a ILB for the Miami dolphins, he had 70 tackles last year and rotates in with the starters. Expect him to share time with Haggan at the other ILB spot next to DJ. Something cool to note "Akin" is a short name for "Akinola", which in Yoruba language means 'undefeated warrior'.
The next bit of news of course is the draft it's self. Now for those of you who missed it, it was a very busy few days for the Broncos. Trading picks a number of times and moving around to make 9 selections in the draft. They did give up a 5th and 6th round pick in next years draft to get it done. But these are the players that they ended up with:
Demaryius Thomas WR
Tim Tebow QB
Zane Beadles T-G
J.D Walton C
Eric Decker WR
Perrish Cox CB
Eric Oslen C
Syd'quan Thompson CB
Jammie Kirlew OLB/DE
Check out Draft Pick analysis to get a bit more information on each pick.
The Broncos also signed a number of undrafted rookies, 19 in total. They are:
Kevin Alexander ... OLB/DE ... 6-4 ... 265 ... Clemson
Alric Arnett ... WR ... 6-2 ... 189 ... West Virginia
Toney Baker ... RB ... 5-10 ... 225 ... North Carolina State
Jaron Baston ... DL ... 6-1 ... 305 ... Missouri
Devin Bishop ... ILB ... 6-1 ... 239 ... California
Korey Bosworth ... OLB/DE ... 6-1 ... 242 ... UCLA
Marcellus Bowman ... S ... 6-2 ... 225 ... Boston College
Chris Brown ... RB ... 5-10 ... 200 ... Oklahoma
Paul Duncan ... T ... 6-7 ... 315 ... Notre Dame
Ben Garland ... DL ... 6-5 ... 275 ... Air Force
Riar Geer ... TE ... 6-4 ... 250 ... Colorado
Patrick Honeycutt ... WR ... 5-9 ... 172 ... Middle Tennessee State
Chris Marinelli ... T ... 6-7 ... 300 ... Stanford
Kyle McCarthy ... S ... 6-1 ... 210 ... Notre Dame
Nathan Overbay ... TE ... 6-5 ... 270 ... Eastern Washington
Michael Shumard ... G ... 6-5 ... 301 ... Texas A&M
Jeff Stehle ... DL ... 6-6 ... 310 ... Wisconsin
Cassius Vaughn ... CB ... 5-11 ... 195 ... Mississippi
Landis Williams ... WR ... 5-10 ... 174 ... Maine
Because of these new players there will be a number of changes to players numbers and new ones will be assigned to the rookies. The new numbers are below:
J.J. Arrington: 26
Akin Ayodele: 51
Justin Bannan: 99
D’Anthony Batiste: 67
Bruce Hall: 29
Tyler Polumbus: 77
A.J. Trapasso: 2
Jamal Williams: 76
Notes about the numbers: Tim Tebow's jersey has been the hottest jersey at the moment, it has broken all previous jersey sale records for a rookie. Also Eric Decker picked 87 the same number as Eddie McCaffrey, some believe Decker could be the second coming of McCaffrey, only time will tell. Check out the Q&A Decker did for Bronocs Zone.
And finally onto the news for today and going ahead. All the rookies are in or heading to Dove Valley for rookie training camp. All 28 rookies will be in attendance to start their NFL careers. Check out this video about Training Tebow on NFL.com. The training dates are as follows:
Today-Sunday: Mandatory, rookies-only minicamp
Voluntary full-squad minicamps: May 17-19; May 24-27; June 2-4; June 7-9
Mandatory full-squad minicamp: June 11-13Well that is it from me ~ Aussie Out!