The Saints went back to the veteran wide receiver well on Monday by signing Brandon Marshall to fill the role originally intended for Dez Bryant. Like Bryant, Marshall worked out for the Saints last week and brings experience to a receiving corps that’s short on it right now. Saints coach Sean Payton also said that [more]
Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer Close Covered Broncos for nine years for Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News Previously covered Steelers, Bills and Titans Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors since 1999 Follow on Twitter ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos are getting used to playing hot teams. The Broncos have seen a couple of the league's best -- the Rams and Chiefs (twice) -- both of whom are 9-1. And that streak continues this week when the Broncos face the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center. "They're playing great, we know what's waiting there," Broncos defensive tackle Domata Peko said. "We have to come back out of this bye ready to get after it." The Chargers handed
James Conner is in concussion protocol and the potential return of Le'Veon Bell could have an impact on his fantasy value; Chris Carson missed last week with a hip injury and now is facing a short week as he attempts to return from the malady; and Royce Freeman seems poised to suit up for the first time since Week 7, but what will his role be? We have a lot of injuries and question marks at the running back position this week that could have a major impact on our Week 11 RB rankings, waiver pickups, and create some tough fantasy start 'em, sit 'em decisions. We'll keep you updated on all the latest news surrounding these key injuries and how they may affect your quest for a fantasy playoff berth.
Su'a Cravens' long-anticipated Broncos regular season introduction left him wanting more. Cravens, who spent the first eight weeks on injured reserve (knee), finally debuted Nov. 4 versus the Texans. He played 27 defensive snaps and contributed three tackles in a 19-17 defeat. And, Cravens wasn't immune to the large number of miscues that derailed the Broncos' comeback effort. His third-quarter holding call on third-and-11 extended a Houston drive that finished with a field goal. “(Coaches) told me they were just trying to get me back into the motion of things and didn't want to rush me back,” Cravens said. “I'm a competitor. So I hate just standing there and watching. So watching the film for
Supposedly, John Elway is interested in implementing some college-type offensive schemes like the Kansas City Chiefs have done with Patrick Mahomes. I don't know about you guys but I kind of like the sound of that. Colleges don't run pro style offenses anymore and because of that there is a tremendous learning curve for rookie quarterbacks and offensive lineman. It's also why I think some guys who are absolute studs in college fall flat on their faces in the NFL. Instead of waiting every 10 years for a John Elway, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, etc... to be that ultra-rare pro-style franchise QB everybody wants we can take a risk on some great college system guys and tailor
OK, so maybe not all of Jon Gruden's castoffs found a soft spot to land. Khalil Mack, Amari Cooper and Bruce Irvin, yes. Punter Marquette King, not so much. King, a flamboyant, expressive sort — he once drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for throwing a flag back at an official — averaged 46.8 yards per punt during his five seasons in Oakland. He was one of Gruden's first casualties upon his return to the Raiders. “You can't judge me by what you see on TV or social media,” King told NFL.com's Jim Trotter after being cut. “If those things were an issue, just sit down and tell me. I can be a zombie if you want me to.” Doubt it. But I digress. King signed a $6 million, three-year contract with
As a way to break up the long bye week I spent Sunday re-watching the games as a way to break up the bye week, I went back and re-watched the Broncos' last four games worth of running plays. While I've been really critical of Bill Musgrave this season, the design and performance of this year's rushing attack is so far ahead of Mike McCoy's 2017 version, that they're night and day apart. It will be telling to see how the coaching staff adjusts to the loss of Matt Paradis, but if Billy Turner stepping in for Jared Veldheer is any sign, the running game shouldn't fall off a cliff. The tape left me ruminating over the rest of the 2018 Broncos, and while it's been easy to cry over another lost season, the truth of the matter is this roster as a whole looks really promising.
BOSTON, Nov. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- John Hancock has teamed up with The Players' Tribune and CBS Sports Digital to create "The Long Game," a dedicated effort to raise awareness of the importance of thoughtfully planning for the retirement you want, told through the perspective of professional football rookies, including Saquon Barkley, Calvin Ridley, Sony Michel, Phillip Lindsay, Dante Pettis and James Washington.
Field Yates ESPN Insider Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider. Follow on Twitter It's a late November tradition unlike any other: the fantasy trade deadline. (But shout out to Thanksgiving, too, one of the great days of the calendar regardless of month.) That's right, we're just days away from the ESPN Fantasy Football trade deadline, which takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at noon ET. That means all deals must be submitted and accepted by that time, so don't wait until lunchtime start talking
David Newton ESPN Staff Writer Close Covered Panthers, NFL for 11 years More than 25 years experience covering NFL, college football and NASCAR Joined ESPN in 2006 Follow on Twitter CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Any doubt that Christian McCaffrey could be an every-down back in the NFL was erased on Monday when the Carolina Panthers waived running back C.J. Anderson. The Panthers signed Anderson to a one-year, $1.75 million deal during the offseason as insurance for McCaffrey, the eighth pick of the 2017 NFL draft. But since McCaffrey emerged into the scheme of new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, Anderson has been almost obsolete in the game plan. He had only eight carries for 20 yards over the past five
Broncos defensive lineman DeMarcus Walker had to wait until Week 7 to play and he hopes his production in only 21 snaps (four tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery) warrants more opportunities starting Sunday at the Los Angeles Chargers. “I feel like I made enough impact plays to make a statement to upstairs,” said Walker, referring to the coaching staff. Walker met twice with coach Vance Joseph earlier this season to discuss his status. The Broncos dressed only five defensive linemen in the first six games, making Walker, as the sixth lineman, a spectator. “I went to Vance's office and talked to him and said, 'What's up? I'll do special teams. I'll do whatever to dress and help this team
The Broncos announced they signed center Gino Gradkowski to take Matt Paradis‘ roster spot. They placed Paradis on injured reserve in a corresponding move. Paradis fractured his right fibula against Houston. He is the team’s second starting offensive lineman to end the season on IR. Left guard Ron Leary tore his Achilles against the Rams [more]
As the Broncos return to work this week, mired in a two-game skid and losses in six of their past seven games, could they really beat an undefeated team? Yes, of course they could. What if it was on a neutral field? Yes. So, who's this opponent? Alabama. The 10-0 Crimson Tide. College football's cream of the crop. Stay with me here. It's an age-old hypothetical question: Could the best college football team (Alabama's not just the “best,” they're by far the best this season) beat the “worst” NFL team? Now, the Broncos aren't quite in that category, but at 3-6 overall they're close enough for the purposes of this article. The good folks at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook took this never-gonna-happen
Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL, powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team. Broncos fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse. The Denver Broncos sit at 3-6, which happens to be exactly where they sat record-wise through nine games in 2017. In our weekly survey, just 6% of fans still felt confidence in this team and I have a strong feeling most of those are fans from rival blogs. This team has fought through some close losses and it just feels like they are closer to the win columns this year than they did last year. However, they are still 3-6, which means there is a mixed bag of standouts and duds through nine games.
When he was hired in 2011, John Elway might as well have rode into Denver on a white horse. He was the legendary Bronco who'd carried the team to its first — and second — Super Bowl as its fearless veteran quarterback. In the wake of the disastrous Josh McDaniels era, Elway was destined to reprise his role as franchise hero. Four years later, with Peyton Manning under center and a devastating defense to boot, the Broncos lifted the Lombardi Trophy again, as Elway became the first ever to win as a quarterback and a general manager. But then, Manning retired. The defense disbanded. After that, it didn't take long for the franchise — and its hero quarterback — to take a steep fall from grace. Since