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Broncos wrap up rookie minicamp, will add two players, release Rippy

Denver completed its rookie minicamp Sunday; here's video of John Fox speaking after practice, and Chris Hall reporting for BTV.

For the coaching staff, it was their first on-field look at the Broncos' draftees and undrafted free agent signings, along with a trio of players invited for an extended tryout.

According to Mike Klis, two of those invitees were impressive enough that they will be signed - CSU DE Lanston Tanyi, and UCLA LB Damien Holmes.

Updated 9:29pm ET

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Broncos assign numbers to new players

The Broncos announced the jersey numbers for this offseason's acquisitions, including veteran free agents, draft choices, and undrafted rookies.

Chances are, there will be more changes as players are cut throughout the summer. But it's May 8, so this is the riveting stuff we get to discuss.

Some observations, in numerical order:

Updated 4:25pm ET to include veteran switches

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Broncos hire Heckert as personnel exec

Baltimore may have gotten a good measure of revenge on John Elway in recent months, but he still owns Cleveland.

The Broncos have announced the hiring of former Browns GM Tom Heckert as their new director of pro personnel, the role recently vacated by Keith Kidd.

But Heckert was fired by the Browns, who went just 14-34 during his three-year tenure there, so how does this count as Elway sticking it to Cleveland again?

You see, Heckert was actually a popular figure in northeastern Ohio - at least enough for one activist Browns fan to set up a Dont Fire Heckert (sic) website, and another to start an online petition imploring new (and now troubled) owner Jimmy Haslam to keep the incumbent GM.

Updated 12:41pm ET

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Vegas sportsbook releases 2013 lines

Despite their soul-crushing playoff loss, and even prior to their mostly excellent preseason, the Broncos have been 2013 overdogs.

As the recent Week 1-16 lines put out by Cantor Gaming suggest, nothing has changed there.

Among those 15 games, Denver is favored in 13, including eight games by a margin of at least six points, and three by double digits.

The only games in which the Broncos aren't currently favored are their Week 12 trip to New England, for which they're 1.5-point underdogs, and the Week 16 game at Houston, which is currently a pick 'em.

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A post-draft look at the Broncos’ cap situation

Before and after last weekend's NFL Draft, it was reported that the Broncos were $8.4M under the salary cap for 2013.

Given the matching info, we'll assume that figure does not factor in Denver's signing of Shaun Phillips, who will count for $1.4M this season, with any potential sack incentives beyond that impacting the 2014 cap.

Since we all know that the addition of Phillips's $1.4M cap number is partially offset by the removal of Duke Ihenacho's $480K figure under the Top-51 offseason accounting rule, that means signing the ex-Charger cost Denver $920K against the cap. That brings them to $7.48M in 2013 cap space as of today.

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Broncos’ UDFA class grows to 16 strong

In the murky hours following the completion of the draft on Saturday, it was reported that Denver had signed 16 undrafted rookies. But when the dust settled, there were only 15 signees.

Turns out there was a 16th player added - it just took a couple of days to get there. According to Mike Klis, the team has agreed with former BYU nose tackle Romney Fuga, a 6-2, 320-pounder from Huntington Beach.

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The Ultimate Teammate™ has no team

Thirteen months and eight days after sending Denver a fourth-rounder (Philip Blake), a sixth-rounder (Danny Trevathan), and $2.53M in cash (of which $1,531,875 will be paid Denver this year) in exchange for Tim Tebow and a seventh-rounder (later sent to Seattle), the LOLJets have waived their former third-string quarterback/punt protector.

Over the weekend, and prior to the completion of the draft, New Jersey put out word that the UT™ had dropped fifteen pounds, gotten faster, improved his throwing motion, and won over members of the organization.

Updated 4:00pm ET

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Denver Broncos 2013 undrafted free agent signings

Player Pos School Links Notes
Ryan Katz QB San Diego State Source, StatsDS Oregon State transfer
Lucas Reed TE New Mexico Source, Stats, CBS, DS Brother of Brooks Reed
John Youboty DE Temple Source, Stats, CBS, DS 2nd Team All-Big East
Lerentee McCray LB Florida Source, Stats, NFLCBS, DSNFP  
Ryan Doerr P Kansas State Source, Stats, DS  
Ross Rasner S Arkansas Source, Stats, DS  
Doug Rippy LB Colorado Source, Stats, CBS Released 5/12
Kemonte' Bateman WR New Mexico State Source, Stats  
Gary Mason DE Baylor Source, Stats, DS Failed physical
Uona Kaveinga LB BYU Source, Stats, NFL, DS USC transfer
Manase Foketi G West Texas A&M Source, NFLCBS, DS KSU transfer
Lamaar Thomas WR New Mexico Source, Stats, DS Ohio State transfer, ran track
C.J. Anderson RB California Source, Stats, NFL, DS  
Aaron Hester CB UCLA Source, Stats, NFL, CBS, DS  
Quincy McDuffie WR Central Florida Source, Stats, DS Led nation in KR avg
Romney Fuga DT BYU Source, Stats, DS, IAOFM  
Damien Holmes LB UCLA Source, Stats, DS, IAOFM  
Lanston Tanyi DE CSU Source, Stats, DS, IAOFM Grad transfer from App. St.

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Broncos select Miami (OH) quarterback Zac Dysert at #234

With their final pick in the 2013 Draft, the Broncos got themselves a new third-string quarterback, and perhaps a future backup for Brock Osweiler.

Miami of Ohio QB Zac Dysert visited Dove Valley earlier in the month, and now he'll be returning to pick up a jersey and eventually sign a contract.

The 6-3, 231-lb. passer was redshirted in 2008 before becoming a four-year starter for the Redhawks.

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Broncos select Georgia WR Tavarres King 161st overall

With their second fifth-round pick (their own), the Broncos took Georgia wide receiver Tavarres King at #161 overall.

King led all Bulldogs receivers last season across the board, with his 42 receptions, 950 yards, 22.6 per-catch average, and nine touchdowns.

The 6-0, 189-lb. receiver, who will turn 23 in July, ran a 4.47-second forty at the national combine. His 2,602 career receiving yards rank fourth in Georgia history, while his 21 receiving touchdowns are third all-time.

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