It’s an early entry for the “Before” version of the Broncos game, because later today I’ll put out my best guess at what the 53-man roster will look like on Friday. I know — I’m sure you are all waiting with bated breath. There isn’t much to say before the final preseason game. We can talk about the final 53 and fighting for spots, but there are only a couple of roster holes you figure are still being determined (and really, it might not even be that many.)
— I wouldn’t want to have a post without mentioning the quarterback decision. I had one of those crazy thoughts as I was drifting off to sleep last night, a “What if” – as in, “What if coach Ken Whisenhunt decided to announce his QB in the postgame presser after the Denver game?” It won’t happen, I know, but that’d be one heck of a way to do it. Instead, I expect a press conference Friday since final cuts have to be made that day. That makes sense as a time he could do it. (Maybe I’m just wishing and hoping so I get a weekend off.) Either way, the decision is coming, which is good. I’m sure everyone is tired of talking about it. I know I’m ready for it to be over.
— There are three areas where you really wonder if this game will determine some spots. One is reserve offensive line – specifically, whether draft picks Senio Kelemete and/or Nate Potter have shown enough to nudge out a veteran. Another is defensive back, where you have a lot of choices and not a ton of spots. The other is running back, where William Powell gets his shot to play early, and we see if that is enough to unseat Alfonso Smith for a place on the roster.
— Peyton Manning is not expected to play against the Cardinals Thursday night. But the Broncos do have another quarterback that will generate interest, with rookie Brock Osweiler slated to come in after starter Caleb Hanie.
— With Dave Pasch off to be ESPN’s voice for the first game of the rest of Penn State’s life, Paul Calvisi will team with Ron Wolfley for the TV broadcast tomorrow night on ABC 15. It’s like Cardinals Underground, without me.
— The Cards are taking part in a backpack drive again this year, collecting new or gently used backpacks for needy kids. The program benefits the “Hope Endures” organization. Backpacks can be dropped off at UoP Stadium gates before the Broncos game.
OK. I’m off to the annual Kickoff Luncheon with the team. I’ll opine on the roster later. The preseason is almost over.
Tags: Alfonso Smith, Brock Osweiler, Broncos, Dave Pasch, Ken Whisenhunt, Nate Potter, Paul Calvisi, Peyton Manning, preseason, Ron Wolfley, Senio Kelemete, William Powell
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A couple of tidbits I wanted to put out there while waiting for practice:
— Safety Kerry Rhodes, past his surgery to repair his broken foot and into rehab, returns to host his Big Red Rage radio show Thursday night with Larry Fitzgerald as his guest, so get your reservations now at Majerle’s in Chandler. The show begins at 6 p.m. (and will be live on Arizona Sports 620).
— One of Rhodes’ co-hosts, Paul Calvisi, will be trumpeting his newest Rocky Mountain Southwest Emmy for best sports reporter (OK, maybe he won’t be trumpeting it, but he did win). So too did the Cards’ quartet of Tim DeLaney, Jonathan Hayward, Bob Adlhoch and Martin Tarr for their 2010 preseason game broadcasts in the sporting event/live and unedited category.
— As part of Hispanic Heritage month, each of the 32 NFL teams are honoring someone local with a leadership award. The Cards’ winner, to be honored Sunday against Pittsburgh, will be Arizona State University wrestler Anthony Robles, who won a national title in the 125-pound weight class despite missing a leg.
With support from sponsor Bud Light, each winner gets $2,000 for an organization that serves the Hispanic community. For his donation, Robles chose the Wiggle Your Toes Foundation, dedicated to helping amputees and their families regain independence and mobility.
Tags: Anthony Robles, Big Red Rage, Emmy, Paul Calvisi
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Even with very little going on right now around the league, there apparently still be a little trash talk going on between 49ers tight end Vernon Davis and Cards’ defensive lineman Darnell Dockett. Well, at least from Davis, who mentioned he’d like to take on Dockett in a steel cage match. Of course, it should be noted those kinds of “matches” are for pro wrestling, where everything is staged. As has been mentioned before, Dockett and Davis are good friends, both having grown up in Maryland. Having them war with words is a little like hearing Paul Calvisi and Ron Wolfley verbally attack one another.
Dockett, just about a year ago, even clarified some Twitter bombs he was lobbing both at Davis and the Niners.
Now, the rivalry between Davis and safety Adrian Wilson, that’s another story. Or so I thought. I believed there was some bad blood between the two. That’s always how A-Dub came across. Then I watched Davis praise Wilson for the recent NFL Network stuff naming Wilson one of the top 100 players in the league, and I began to wonder.
Not that Wilson — or Dockett, for that matter — would let up on Davis in a game.
Tags: 49ers, Adrian Wilson, Darnell Dockett, Paul Calvisi, Ron Wolfley, Vernon Davis
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