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.
Our thoughts remain with all those affected by this series of tragedies and the one in Texas.
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.
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.
Quinton Carter's court date for his casino cheating allegations has been pushed back to Monday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mike Tanier, Don Banks, John Clayton, Nate 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.
Andy Benoit studies the Cowboys roster.