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Playbooks for everyone!

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! There's another new mini-controversy involving the Patriots and allegations of cheating.

Greg Bedard's profile of new Bills Browns head coach and former Jets DC Mike Pettine included a passing mention that the Pats had a copy of Rex Ryan's defensive playbook.

Well, it's a passing mention, aside from the embiggened quote from Pettine, and Bedard's allusion to it within his intro to the piece.

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No, not that Brandon Marshall

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As has become his practice, John Fox cut the team's final minicamp short by a day.

Players were dismissed after Wednesday's practice, and are due to report for training camp on July 23.

Interestingly, Mike Klis says linebacker Brandon Marshall was among the standouts of OTAs.

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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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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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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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Have we seen the end of Beast Mode?

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Let's open with some key points from Mike Tanier's review of Denver's offseason:

  • Aqib Talib is no more consistent than DRC, and Bradley Roby is even less so.
  • T.J. Ward really can play down in the box as a nickel linebacker, as John Elway had suggested (and we'd dismissed).
  • Employing Nate Irving at Mike could be a problem against the AFCW and NFCW.

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Scheffler latest ‘06 draftee to hang it up

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! It's been a busy offseason for Denver's 2006 draft class.

Jay Cutler had another kid and is being described as a maturing leader, and Brandon Marshall got a new contract.

Chris Kuper, the last of the seven draftees to wear orange, retired in March.

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These rings ain’t really the thing

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! The players were presented their AFC championship rings on Monday.

IAOFM Patron Saint Tom Jackson addressed the team during the meeting.

On Tuesday, they kicked off their mandatory minicamp, which will run through tomorrow.

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