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Good Morning, Broncos fans. It's hard to lead off with football news, given all that's going on up in Massachusetts this morning, so we won't even attempt it.

Boston is basically locked down at time of this writing, as one suspect in the marathon bombing was killed in a lengthy shootout with authorities, and the other is still on the loose.

Tragically, an MIT police officer was killed sometime this morning, in related activity.

The suspects are apparently a pair of Russian-born Chechen brothers who have been in the U.S. for as many as ten or eleven years.

Here are live updates from the Boston Globe and a map of the day's developments.

Our thoughts remain with all those affected by this series of tragedies and the one in Texas.

Broncos

Videos: Eric Decker and Peyton Manning discuss the Broncos' 2013 schedule, and Manning talks about receiving a local award.

Wes Welker says he's using flashcards to cram the Broncos playbook.

Manning is apparently a big fan of sports movies, but doesn't think there's ever been a great one about football, and he has young Brock Osweiler catching up to Peyton's 37-year-old humor sensibilities.

Mike Klis and Paul Klee each take a game-by-game looks at Denver's schedule; Scott Kacsmar reads the signs and sees lots of hints at a big year for the Broncos.

Jeff Legwold ponders the Chris Ivory option for the Broncos, albeit through the prism of giving up a second-round pick for the Saints RFA running back. But talk has been that Ivory could be had for a mid-round pick.

Andrew Mason says Matt Prater's accuracy problems are all that keep the Broncos' special teams from being the league's best, and he lists the top kicking prospects.

Quinton Carter's court date for his casino cheating allegations has been pushed back to Monday.

News

Mike Freeman, presumably describing recent Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes, says a player's homosexuality was widely known on his own team, and was accepted. Jason Whitlock says it's likely American society at large, not our pro athletes, who have the farthest to travel in accepting homosexuality, and he's probably right.

Meanwhile, Freeman says NFL owners are "terrified" by the potential damage facing the league from the allegations against Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.

Kansas City added Cowboys LB Orie Lemon and has granted Miami permission to discuss a contract extension with franchised tackle Branden Albert, to help facilitate a potential trade.

Pittsburgh agreed to a new three-year deal with NT Steve McLendon, who had been a restricted free agent and visited with the Packers earlier in the week; RB Isaac Redman signed his RFA tender with the team.

As expected, San Francisco added Seahawks TE Cameron Morrah; Seattle will reportedly re-sign onetime Broncos K Steven Hauschka.

Is it any surprise that the Ultimate Teammate's™ latest throwing tutor/mouthpiece apparently begged his way into Timmy's entourage in a desperate plea for publicity? Typically, said mouthpiece frantically backpedaled from his allegations against the Broncos in true Tebow mouthpiece fashion.

Draft

The trashed hotel room at the combine was occupied by Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins, whom the Broncos had met with in Indy, and Rutgers WR Mark Harrison.

Ian Rapoports says the Vikings, who possess the #23 and #25 picks in the draft, are looking to move up within the first round.

Bill Barnwell offers his take on the best strategies come draft day; Mike Tanier breaks down the all-important Ginger Hammer/drafted prospect hugs.

Here's Mike Mayock's updated list of the top five prospects at each position; New Era Scouting's top 100 prospect big board.

Russ Lande says Wisconsin center Travis Frederick, whom the Broncos will visit with or have already hosted, is an underrated prospect; Doug Farrar evaluates Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro and Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert; Mike Tanier studies Alabama RB Eddie Lacy.

Lindsay Jones lists top cornerback and safety prospects and profiles Washington corner Desmond Trufant, whom many have mocked to Denver at #28, and will join two older brothers in the NFL whenever he's selected.

Chase Stuart wonders how far WVU QB Geno Smith could potentially tumble within next Thursday's first round.

Analysis

Mike Tanier, Don BanksJohn ClaytonNate Davis, Joe Fortenbaugh, and Jason Cole list their best-looking matchups of the 2013 season; Ashley Fox answers questions prompted by the schedule; Cole trolls for clicks by listing Broncos/Ravens, Texans/Niners, Cowboys/Saints, and Bears/Steelers among the year's worst matchups.

Jason Fitzgerald examines the Branden Albert situation, the Clay Matthews contract, and the offseason standing of the AFCE teams.

PFF ranks the best second-round and third-round picks of the past five years; Sam Monson discusses his prototypical linebackers.

Andy Benoit studies the Cowboys roster.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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