Broncos kick off conditioning today

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The 2014 NFL Draft is still 2.5 weeks away, so there likely won't be much in the way of real news for the forseeable future.

As always, we'll make do as best we can; today's start of Denver's offseason conditioning program will have to suffice.

Perhaps we'll hear that Peyton Manning and (an uncovered) Emmanuel Sanders are developing a nice rapport.

Or that Derek Wolfe has packed the pounds back on, and is ready to go.

Of course, Wolfe is far from alone in his return from IR, as he'll be accompanied (now or eventually) by Von Miller, Ryan Clady, Chris Harris, Rahim Moore, Kevin Vickerson, Quanterus Smith, Lerentee McCray, and Quinton Carter.

They'll be doing so amid something of a construction zone, as the team's new indoor practice facility isn't scheduled to be ready until during the season.

Broncos

Obviously, the Broncos expect Clady's return to make a big difference in how well their offense operates in 2014.

Denver isn't expected to open the regular season in Seattle.

Stuart Zaas revisits Denver's history of drafting defensive linemen.

MMQB

A summary of Peter King's key points from today's MMQB column:

  • Picking at #1, Houston GM Rick Smith may prefer Buffalo LB Khalil Mack to SC DE Jadeveon Clowney. Either way, J.J. Watt would have a new best friend.
  • Expect Jacksonville to take whichever pass rusher the Texans don't select.
  • OSU linebacker Ryan Shazier is among those prospects whose proverbial stock is said to be rising.
  • King expects the Cardinals and Rams to each take a quarterback within the first three rounds.
  • Mike Klis was busy umpiring a softball game when Nick Saban called to clear up the Manning/Gase mini-controversy. Like us, PK doesn't see Denver getting penalized here.

Draft

Nate Davis scouts defensive tackle prospects, with a focus on Notre Dame's Louis Nix.

Eric Edholm studies FSU wideout Kelvin Benjamin.

Chase Stuart wonders whether the Jaguars' regime will again pass on drafting a quarterback in the first round.

Analysis

In a particularly fascinating column from the typically great Mike Tanier, here's a look back at the 1984 Supplemental Draft, the purpose of which was to prevent bidding wars upon the eventual dissolution of the USFL. If you're going to read one lengthy football piece today, this should probably be it.

Lindsay Jones goes over the rules of offseason activities.

John Clayton doesn't expect running back salaries to rise again anytime soon.

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