DB - Taking a Break
With a month of downtime before training camp begins, most of the veterans are headed home or on vacation, while the rookies are off to the league's rookie symposium. Robert Ayers plans on burying himself in the playbook and playing UFC games on PS3 and XBOX360 online, while Kyle Orton, Brandon Stokley and Chris Simms will be keeping their noses to the grindstone.
DP - Broncos' Graham gives back to hometown
Armstrong details Daniel Graham's football camp, which DG runs along with his family. Interestingly, Armstrong says "so much for...negative headlines involving NFL players." Well, apparently you're forgetting DG's own negative headlines, Jim. Don't get me wrong; I'm glad DG is a Bronco and that he gives back, but we can't just paint over the bad stuff.
CBS - Top 50: Lining up again behind those two quarterbacks
Wow, I didn't see this one coming. Pete Prisco gives Ryan Clady his due props, ranking him as the best OT in football and the 16th-best player in the league. How about that, folks? He puts the Champ at #22, which he admits is higher than others might rank him.
CBS - Positional Rankings: Tackle
Prisco briefly ranks the tackles, starting with Clady.
FOX - Positional Power Rankings: QB packages
You guessed it; the Broncos are ranked last. Personally, I can't see how the Niners, Vikings (without Favre), Raiders, Jets, Lions and Bucs can rank higher than Denver.
FOX - 7 Points: Ravens need a receiver now
Ed Thompson makes it sound like the Broncos are paying Dre' Bly to play for the Niners. Well, it's just cap money Ed - not actual money.
DP - Witness claims threat in Darrent Williams case
The man who intercepted Willie Clark's confessional letter claims he was threatened into not showing at court in response to a subpoena.
NFL - Grab your No. 2 pencils -- it's final exam time!
Pat Kirwan has a terrific quiz on the 2008 NFL season. Me, I didn't do so hot - only 16 correct out of 30. That puts me on the bubble. No cheating!! (For me, the hardest section was the first 10).
CCT - Going global, or just plane crazy?
Jokeland had to go as far as Asia to find a corporate sponsor.
NFP - Diner morning news: How Titans, Bears will adjust
Lombardi considers the impact of Al Haynesworth and Jay Cutler on their new squads.
NFP - The differences in rookie contracts
Andrew Brandt compares rookie contracts among the different major sports.
Y! - Krupa swears she's not a monster
Slow news week. Mike Silver details a competition-show spat between teammates Terrell Owens and Joanna Krupa.