Broncos release Dreessen

In a long expected move, the Broncos have released tight end Joel Dreessen with one year remaining on his three-year contract.

Dreessen failed a physical after having had three knee surgeries over the past two offseasons.

The Coloradan and CSU alum might have been a cap casualty anyway, but his knee issues are apparently severe enough for him to have missed the season.

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Broncos reportedly no closer to deals with Thomases

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! A week ago, John Elway relaxed his deadline for extending Demaryius and Julius Thomas.

Having originally set the beginning of camp as his target date, Elway told Lindsay Jones that he was willing to negotiate into the preseason.

But according to Mike Klis, there's been little or no progress toward a contract extension with either player.

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You Got Served: The running game is coming back

Anytime a person makes a football statement about “how the game is played today,” or “that won’t work in the modern NFL,” it's safe to assume that person probably doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

They’re probably being myopic, and they’re definitely being naïve, because nothing stays the same for very long, nothing is ever really passé, and at the same time, there’s really nothing new under the sun.

In a schematic sense, the NFL is, and always has been, extremely dynamic, in a very particular way; it’s entirely reactive and cyclical.

That may seem disappointing, but there's some logic to being reactive; if you don’t react to the changing schematic landscape, you are probably the Oakland Raiders of 2003 to 2012.

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Trivia Trough: New quiz, others updated

Just a quick programming note - we posted a new Sporcle quiz last night, covering the Broncos' 1,000-yard receivers.

Also, we've updated all of our previous quizzes to reflect results through the 2013 season.

Foursome may be headed to PUP list

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! The dead season is just about over, as players will report to Dove Valley for physicals on Wednesday.

According to Mike Klis, several players are expected to be on the preseason PUP list when camp begins on Thursday.

Von Miller, Chris Harris, Kevin Vickerson, and Joel Dreessen are all coming back from offseason surgeries.

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Tony Dungy forgot from whence he came, apparently

Tony Dungy 'wouldn't have taken' Michael Sam ... 'things will happen'
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“I wouldn’t have taken him,’’ Dungy told the Tampa Bay Times. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.

“It’s not going to be totally smooth ... things will happen.”

As Michael David Smith correctly notes, Dungy would not have his own pulpit, if not for someone like the late Chuck Noll having been so inclusive and progressive.

Of course, this isn't really that surprising, given that Dungy is an outspoken, bible-thumping bigot.

Scouting the 2014 Broncos: Tight Ends

A commenter recently slammed me for having a continuing interest in the tight end position. Properly used, I’d said, it’s a major way to improve your offense. The commenter responded that the position is nearly useless and will be phased out over the next decade.

In return, I noted Sid Gillman’s point that having two good TEs can let a team control the middle of the field. No shots were fired, but no agreement was reached, either.

The New England Patriots recently had two very good tight ends who did a lot of damage to opposing defenses, prompting teams to start looking at the position in earnest. The demand for good tight ends went up like a helium balloon. Rumors of the position’s demise were exaggerated. Having multiple effective tight ends is strongly back in vogue.

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Orange Julius: I’ve had a long offseason to-do list

Julius Thomas on contract talks: I want to be in Denver long term
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“I’ve had a lot of fun trying to improve my run blocking and pass blocking,” Thomas said. “Also just certain parts of my routes. I was able to do some good things in the passing game (last year), but it wasn’t always easy to execute some routes. So I’m just trying to be a little bit more cleaner and overall do more to help my team.”

We'd be content if Julius is the same player he was last year. But considering his age (26) and newness to football, there's no reason to think he can't improve.

NFL could build, own stadium in Los Angeles

Good Morning, Broncos fans! That Los Angeles might host the 2015 Draft seemed silly, given that no NFL team calls the city home.

At points this offseason, it's been suggested that the league was abandoning the idea of putting a team back in LA.

But according to Sam Farmer of the L.A. Times, there's now talk of the NFL building and owning a stadium there.

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Vikings release biased summary of report; Kluwe to sue

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The battle between the Minnesota Vikings and Chris Kluwe, their former punter, escalated on Friday night, and quickly.

Minnesota announced that special teams coach Mike Priefer would be suspended three games over a homophobic remark, and the team is donating $100K to LGBT groups.

At the deadest point of the weekly news cycle, the Vikings released a 29-page summary of their investigation into Kluwe's explosive allegations.

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