Scouting the Broncos: Offensive line versatility

When someone visiting Dove Valley asks who will play right tackle, they’re going to get a stock answer.

Ryan Clady and Louis Vasquez will start at their traditional slots. Orlando Franklin will will start at left guard. Manny Ramirez leads at center going into training camp. Chris Clark has earned the right to head the right tackle depth chart going into camp, with Winston Justice his first competition.

Beyond those factors, it’s wide open.

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Washington may lose trademark protection of racist name

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! The blatantly racist name of the Washington franchise was dealt a setback on Wednesday morning.

The U.S. Patent Office has ruled to cancel federal trademark protection of the "disparaging" name.

This is the second instance of such a finding, although the similar 1999 ruling was overturned on a technicality.

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Magazu: Garland is Denver’s Energizer Bunny

Ben Garland blazing military-NFL trail
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“He doesn’t wear down, which is really incredible,” Magazu said. “Even some of the other guys will ask, ‘Aren’t you even tired.’ Yeah, but you don’t ever see it. He has that mental toughness and that physical toughness he can push through it. It doesn’t look like there’s a dent in his armor.”

According to Ashley Fox, Garland still has one year of practice squad eligibility remaining.

Orange Julius: Football is still new to me

Julius Thomas still learning after breakout with Denver Broncos
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“Would it be fair for me to say, ‘Maybe a couple of weeks ago’?” Thomas said in a recent conversation, when asked when he finally started to feel comfortable with football. “Seriously. Last year, I was able to do a lot of good things. I kind of survived on self-confidence and athleticism. In one game, the defense did something, and Peyton was like, ‘Julius, did you see that?’ And I said, ‘Peyton, they got me; I had no clue what they were doing.’ There are still situations I haven’t been in before, and I’m still learning what to do.”

This is an interesting time to be discussing a contract extension; will the Broncos end up paying Thomas based upon 2013 production, or his potential - if not expected - growth?

Kyle Orton, man of mystery

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Monday marked the media's last chance to see players on the field during OTAs.

T.J. Ward was limited by a tight hamstring, while David Bruton was excused from practice.

To Andrew Mason's eyes, Monday was Brock Osweiler's best practice as a Bronco.

He also praises the work of Jacob Tamme, Lerentee McCray, Bradley Roby, Winston Justice, and Quant Smith.

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Scouting the Broncos: Hillman versus Bibbs

The Broncos have added plenty of speed and physicality to their offensive backfield this offseason.

Denver didn’t take a running back in the draft, which was no surprise - they already had Montee Ball penciled in as their starter, and C.J. Anderson to back him up. If he shows maturity and better hands, Ronnie Hillman can certainly be the third back.

But it wouldn’t come as a surprise if Hillman ends up fighting for his job, given his history and the quality of the undrafted backs behind him.

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You say Thomas’, we say Thomases

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The team will begin its third and final OTA session today (to go along with the two minicamps).

These full-squad workouts are scheduled to run through Thursday, before a monthlong break until training camp opens on July 24.

We appreciate the orange-colored reports of how everyone's in TBSOHL and playing well, but let's hope more than anything that the team can avoid serious injury this week.

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Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars

Good Morning, Broncos fans, and Happy Father's Day!

In her latest column, Ashley Fox rails against the NFL's proposal to move back the line of scrimmage for point after tries.

While we agree it's a poor idea, we disagree with her reasoning and desire to maintain the status quo.

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RIP, Chuck Noll

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's been a very busy 24 hours as far as veteran defensive backs go.

Kansas City released disgruntled corner Brandon Flowers, who had been holding out of the team's OTAs.

The move frees up $7.5M in each of the next two seasons, while leaving $3M in dead money this year, and $4M in 2015.

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Broncos continue public negotiation with Demaryius Thomas

According to Vic Lombardi and the Denver Post, the Broncos have made a five-year offer to Demaryius Thomas, who is entering the final season of his rookie deal.

However, Mike Florio reports that no formal offers have been extended, with his source bluntly characterizing the negotiation as "nothing going on."

It doesn't require much of a leap to conclude that the Broncos are the source for Lombardi and the DP, while Thomas's agent is Florio's.

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