AFC West: Darrell Reid
Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com is reporting that Denver is cutting defensive lineman Jarvis Green and linebacker Darrell Reid. Green was a free-agent pickup this offseason and Reid was brought in as a free agent last year. Green’s release would be a surprise since he was signed to be a starter this year on Denver’s new-look defensive line. However, he didn’t crack the starting lineup this summer. Perhaps Denver decided to go with youth over a veteran backup. Reid is a special-teamer who has been injured.
ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting San Diego has cut receiver Josh Reed. That is not a shock. He was signed as insurance earlier this summer, but he never established himself. His fate was sealed when San Diego traded for Patrick Crayton on Friday.
NFL.com is reporting Denver is shopping second-year cornerback Alphonso Smith. The report says Denver wants a fifth-round pick for Smith. In the 2009 draft, Denver traded its 2010 first-round pick (No. 14) to trade up and take Smith at No. 37. He has been a major disappointment. It will be interesting to see if Denver cuts Smith if a trade isn’t worked out.
Schefter reports Washington is cutting Willie Parker. Denver badly needs running backs, but I’m not sure Parker is the answer.
Schefter reports defensive lineman William Joseph is among Oakland’s cuts. He was been on and off Oakland’s roster last year.
Tampa Bay has cut receiver Michael Clayton. Add his name to the list of potential receivers who could attract interest from the AFC West. Each team in the division could use receiver depth.
“He’s getting better and again, to talk about what he can and can’t do at this point,” McDaniels said. “I think he’s working really diligently to try to get back on the field as soon as he can and there’s no timetable for that but Ryan is working extremely hard to put himself in a position to play as soon as he can and each day is a better day and that’s what we’re focused on with him right now. We’re certainly not going to rush anything and when he’s back, we’ll work him back in there and make sure we’re smart with him once he’s able to play.”
Denver also put linebacker Darrell Reid and defensive tackle Jamal Williams on the physically unable to perform list. They are expected to be evaluated in the coming days.
- In other AFC West evening news, San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers likes what he sees out of fifth-round pick Cam Thomas so far. Thomas has a chance to replace Williams at nose tackle.
- The Raiders have hired a former standout defender as a defensive assistant.
So far, they haven’t and it’s because of the stunning work ethic the No. 25 overall pick has displayed. While visiting Denver’s minicamp in June, I ran into star cornerback Champ Bailey who lauded Tebow’s work ethic.
On the eve of training camp, the Tebow testimonials continue to pour in from Denver veterans. Linebacker Darrell Reid had a very interesting comparison to make regarding the rookie quarterback: Peyton Manning. Reid, who came to Denver last year from Indianapolis, told the Denver Post he told Tebow that his work ethic reminds him of Manning, perhaps the best quarterback of all time.
“I sat down with him one day and I told him, 'I know they say you're not as talented, your arm's not as tremendous as his, but your work ethic reminds me so much of when I was with Peyton in Indianapolis,'" said Reid, who played for the Colts from 2005-08. "I told him, 'I think you're going to do big things for us, and I can't wait to see you on the field.'
"Whether it's working on his throwing motion or in the weight room or running, he's almost always the last guy out of the building. He's a very humble kid, and he's a proven winner who will do whatever it takes. That's why we love him."
Comments like these show Denver’s teammates can live in the Tebow fish bowl if he continues to work as hard as he has.
Meanwhile, Denver’s rookies start camp Wednesday and Tebow remains unsigned. The Broncos’ full squad doesn’t start practicing until Sunday, so there is time for Tebow to get in. There are indications that both sides are working through details and there’s a decent chance Tebow signs fairly soon. Only one first-round pick, Dallas’ Dez Bryant, has signed.
UPDATE: The Patriots have signed first-round pick Devin McCourty on Wednesday afternoon. There are now two signed first-round picks.
Reid is a solid rotational player for Denver. He had four sacks last season.
Recent comments about Chiefs players by former Kansas City defensive coordinator and current Detroit defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham are not on the NFL’s radar pertaining potential tampering charges.
Cunningham recently said he’d be interested in some of the Chiefs’ discarded players. Because the comments were not about specific players and he mentioned that he’d want the players after Kansas City decided it didn’t want them anymore, tampering could be difficult to prove even if the Chiefs wanted to pursue charges, which hasn’t been mentioned at this point.
Denver defensive end Darrell Reid was fined $10,000 for unnecessary roughness. He struck his opponent in the head area last week against the Giants with his elbow. He was receiving a warning. He is subject to larger fines and perhaps a suspension if he has similar infractions in the future.
San Diego safety Paul Oliver was fined $5,000 for unnecessary roughness after pulling the facemask of a Kansas City player Sunday. It was the second straight week Oliver received a $5,000 fine for a facemask.
Oakland defensive tackle Gerard Warren was fined $5,000 for a facemask at Dallas last Thursday.
SAN DIEGO -- Things got chippy during the pregame warm-ups.
There was some pushing and shoving between the two teams near the goal-line, but the two sides were separated by officials without an apparent incident.
Among the players who appeared most involved where San Diego linebackers Shaun Phillips and Shawne Merriman and Denver defensive lineman Kenny Peterson and linebacker Darrell Reid.
Denver was involved in a similar pregame scrum at Oakland in Week 3.
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DENVER -- Denver running back Correll Buckhalter went to the locker room with an ankle injury. He is questionable to return.
First-round pick Knowshon Moreno is playing now. Buckhalter had to be helped off the field, but he limped to the locker room on his own.
Buckhalter has had a good season. The Broncos love Moreno, but they love him in tandem with Buckhalter. The rookie is going to have to come up big if Denver has a chance to beat Dallas.
Moreno was just stopped on fourth-and-1 at the Dallas 30 on the final play of the third quarter. Denver used defensive lineman Darrell Reid as his lead blocker. Reid tripped and Moreno was blown up.
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With Denver agreeing to terms with former Indianapolis defensive tackle Darrell Reid, the team has now signed seven free agents in the first 36-plus hours of free agency.
To put the Broncos' wild spree in perspective, the other three AFC West teams have no players.
Sure, Oakland is sniffing around tackles Khalif Barnes and Marvel Smith; San Diego is thinking about bringing back cornerback Drayton Florence after a year's detour to Jacksonville and Kansas City traded for New England linebacker Mike Vrabel. But the only inking going on thus far in this division is coming out of the Rocky Mountains.
None of the names Denver has signed so far will overwhelm you but the new regime, led by coach Josh McDaniels, is trying to create competition and depth.
Here is a recap of the players Denver has agreed to deals with so far:
Houston Texans receiver David Anderson (restricted offer sheet); Arizona Cardinals running back J.J. Arrington; Philadelphia Eagles running back Correll Buckhalter: New England Patriots receiver Jabar Gaffney; Miami Dolphins safety Renaldo Hill; New England Patriots long snapper Lonie Paxton and Indianapolis' Reid.
The team is also trying to finalize deals with Philadelphia safety Brian Dawkins and Cleveland linebacker Andra Davis. Dawkins would certainly be the big catch of the group and if Denver is going to finalize the deal, it could come at any time.