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Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Denver's coaching staff will get its first on-field look at its players today, as the team's rookie minicamp runs from today through Sunday.

31 players will participate, including the seven draft picks, sixteen undrafted free agents, the two recent invitees (LB Damien Holmes and LS Corey Adams), and six of the players Denver had signed to future contracts.

Each day, those 31 will have meetings, walkthroughs, one-hour practices, and strength training sessions.

Next week is essentially the last week of Denver's offseason training program, with their first of three OTA's taking place the week after that.

Broncos

Sixth-rounder Vinston Painter got a four-year deal worth $2.2M and is the first Broncos 2013 draftee to sign.

It's been suggested that Robert Ayers somehow needs to fill Elvis Dumervil's shoes in the pass rush, but as Andrew Mason stresses, we don't even know if Ayers will get much more of an opportunity to do so than in the past, what with the signing of Shaun Phillips.

Eric Decker's one-handed touchdown against KC in Week 17 was named NFLN's 62nd best play of the season (video).

Von Miller has complemented his drumstick tattoo with one of a rooster's head. I should clarify my point yesterday regarding chickens, as suggested by @GreasyQtip; "free-range" is a term that's stretched and abused by many large chicken/egg producers, and what we're really aiming for here is pastured chickens, ones that eat worms and get more sunlight than is provided by some little fenced square at the side of a massive feeding structure. And as noted by @Bob Morris, Fast Food Nation is a must-read for anyone who thinks about what they eat. Or, for anyone who eats, really.

News

Baltimore acquired center A.Q. Shipley from Dallas Indy for a conditional pick in 2014; New England signed former Titans WR Lavelle HawkinsSeattle DE Greg Scruggs suffered a torn ACL which is expected to cost him his season; safety Gerald Sensabaugh is retiring after four seasons in Jacksonville and four in Dallas.

LB Karlos Dansby has drawn interest from the Bills, Jets, Falcons, Texans, Cardinals, and Bengals.

S Charles Woodson, who would make for a fine addition for a team looking to make a Super Bowl run, says he's gotten so little interest that he's even willing to play for a squad that's being rebuilt, and that having a gay teammate wouldn't be a big deal to anyone in the NFL.

Likewise, Roger Goodell has finally offered some strong comments about the eventuality of a player coming out as gay; it's certainly better late than never.

Packers legend Leroy Butler, who was disinvited by a Wisconsin church led by bigots after he expressed support for Jason Collins, has been invited to speak at another Wisconsin church, one apparently not led by bigots.

Dan Snyder says he's not changing the name of his team, which shouldn't be much of a surprise, given how much of an asshole he is.

Analysis

Champ Bailey, Mike Adams, and the Broncos as a team, all fared exceptionally well in terms of avoiding broken tackles in 2012.

The Atlantis sports book in Reno has released under/over win totals for 2013, with the Broncos and Packers at 12 wins, tied for the highest expectations.

Chase Stuart's Implied SRS Ratings have the Broncos and Seahawks atop the league for 2013, with Denver facing one of the easiest schedules in the league.

Tony Pauline discusses the drafts of the Ravens and Steelers; Rob Rang evaluates New England's draft.

Bucky Brooks thinks the Eagles' selection of Matt Barkley will eventually pay off in a big way; Pat Kirwan considers whether Andy Dalton or Christian Ponder is the next Buttfumble.

Peyton Manning had plenty to say about the just-retired Ronde Barber; Scott Kacsmar presents a case for Barber as HOFer.

Mike Freeman includes Wes Welker among his most underrated players, and the Ultimate Teammate™ among his most overrated.

Manti Te'o's imaginary girlfriend made Maxim's Hot 100 list, which is both funny and confusing.

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

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