Faster, Broncos! Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Ever since Adam Gase took over for the departed Mike McCoy, the buzzword out of Dove Valley has been speed.

The idea is that Denver's offense can operate at a faster pace in 2013.

To that end, Peyton Manning pointed to a couple of numbers while chatting with the DP's Mark Kiszla - Denver's 68.1 plays per game, and New England's 75, the most in the league. Of course, Peyton thinks the Broncos can step up their efficiency (presumably relative to both the clock and the scoreboard), and he says the offense was at its best in 2012 when it was moving quickly.

In other words, those of us hoping for a further departure from Foxball may be granted our wish.

Broncos

Champ Bailey isn't yet ready to move to safety, and he says that unlike in other years, he feels the Broncos have the potential to be better than they were last season.

Along with the wrongly-described-as-disgruntled Andre Caldwell, Demaryius Thomas worked this offseason at Georgia Tech with Calvin Johnson and A.J. Green.

Manning says he called each of Denver's free-agent additions after they had signed.

Employing his trusty catchphrase for the 2013 Draft, Jeff Legwold says the Broncos "have given a long look" to Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor.

Legwold and Mike Klis are discussing defensive line prospects today: Klis says it's likely the Broncos take one early, and he says adding Dwight Freeney remains a "decent possibility." Legwold lists his favorite prospects and mentions his top 100 list of 2012 without noting the absence of one Derek Wolfe...

Video: Manning paid a visit to Gateway High School, whose students were particularly affected by the Aurora killings.

News

The FBI and IRS raided and locked down the headquarters of the company owned by new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, reportedly over customer complaints regaring alleged unpaid rebates.

It should surprise nobody that Oregon is now admitting to "at least one major violation" during the tenure of new Eagles coach Chip Kelly.

In an effort to spur more diversity among coaching and executive hires, the NFL is setting up a career development symposium at Wharton.

Pats TE Aaron Hernandez is expected to be ready for training camp after having undergone shoulder surgery earlier in the offseason.

The LOLJets have brought back LB Calvin Pace, whom they'd cut earlier in a cap move; the Bills hope to get a long-term deal done with franchise tendered safety Jairus Byrd; Cincinnati and Steelers LB James Harrison have not been able to agree on money; Vikings DT Kevin Williams took a big pay cut for 2013 but gains free agency next offseason in return; Seattle waived DE Dexter Davis; Chicago signed Jags guard Eben Britton; Carolina released LB Kenny Onatolu.

Draft

Adam Teicher says all signs point to Kansas City taking A&M's Luke Joeckel or CMU's Eric Fisher first overall; Oakland hosted Houston corner D.J. Hayden.

Tony Pauline hears the Browns would love to draft Alabama corner Dee Milliner at #6, with LSU pass rusher Barkevious Mingo their backup plan.

Doug Farrar evaluates Cal WR Keenan Allen, who reportedly had "suspiciously high water levels" in a drug test administered at the combine.

Mike Tanier discusses well-known prospects he expects will be drafted in the second or third round; Bucky Brooks breaks his top 40 prospects into three tiers.

Jon Gruden says that while this year's QB prospects aren't ultra-talented, several of them could succeed in the NFL with their scheme-specific skills, on the right teams.

Chase Stuart is tired of reading/hearing about how WVU's Tavon Austin is so remarkably different from every wideout ever to precede him.

Russ Lande lists some players whose stock he perceives is rising or falling.

Boston Marathon

Krystle Campbell, a 29-year-old woman born and raised in the Boston area, was the second identified victim who was lost Monday; the third victim was a BU graduate student from China named Lu Lingzi.

The soldiers who helped pull debris off of bombing victims had themselves each completed the marathon while carrying 40-pound ruck sacks.

Pats owner Robert Kraft will match outside donations up to $100K.

For every pass he catches this season, Pats wideout Danny Amendola will donate $100 to a relief fund for the bombing victims.

Monday's bombing hit particularly close to home (in the literal sense) for Peter King.

Brandon O'Brien, a 30-year-old former Montana State Northern WR who had hoped to catch on with an NFL team, has instead decided to re-enlist in the Marines after Monday's horrors.

Analysis

Andy Benoit surveys the New Orleans roster; Khaled Elsayed looks back at Washington's 2008-10 drafts; Ben Stockwell revisits the biggest first-round busts of the past five drafts.

Sam Monson lists his prototypical players for each position along the defensive line.

We've added more links to our entry on the passing of the great Pat Summerall.

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

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