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Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Thursday evening's practice, the first for newly-signed first-rounder Sylvester Williams, was a walkthrough.

The reflective 24-year old says signing his contract was an emotional moment for him, one that called his own humble past to mind.

Although fellow rookie Montee Ball is ostensibly competing with Ronnie Hillman for the starting RB job, the ex-Badger says Hillman has been mentoring him on the details of the position.

Broncos

On NFLN, Peyton Manning tells Kurt Warner he's still excited to come to training camp and that he's feeling better than he did a year ago.

The team will have its first full-pad practice on Saturday.

John Fox has told his players to use the playoff loss to Baltimore as motivation for this year, and that sentiment is reflected in their comments.

David Ramsey says that as long as he returns in prime form, Broncos fans will forgive Von Miller for his coming suspension.

If you can bear to read it, Ravens WR Torrey Smith offers an excellent analysis of his devastating playoff performance across from (or behind) Champ Bailey.

News

A concussion study suggests that youth players who participate in fewer contact drills in practice are not at greater risk for head injuries during games.

Niners corner Tarell Brown lost his $2M escalator because his now-former agent failed to inform him that it was tied to working out with the team rather than on his own.

FB Vonta Leach is expected to re-sign with Baltimore, who had cut him in May to save cash and cap room.

Injuries

If the hip injury to Seattle WR Percy Harvin requires surgery, he could be done for the season.

Washington lost LB Keenan Robinson for the year with a torn pec, and they signed CB Ryan Mouton and S Jose Gumbs.

Analysis

Ashley Fox says the move from Philly to Kansas City has rejuvenated Andy Reid.

Mike Tanier discusses the Jekyll-and-Hyde-like play of Josh Freeman, for whom he thinks rookie Mike Glennon is no real threat.

No Broncos make PFF's list of the best 4-3 OLB seasons since 2008, because they've essentially determined that Von Miller deserves his own category.

The SC guys discuss the Pantherson-field and caponomic outlooks, while Jason Fitzgerald lists their best and worst contracts.

Over at KSK, Christmas Ape discusses Greg Bedard's shameless fluffing of Bill Belihick, while PFT Commenter celebrates the understated greatness of Jay Cutler.

Running Quarterbacks

The success of the read-option in 2012 sent defensive coaches out in search of help from their college brethren this offseason; Chris Brown explains what they might have learned.

Meanwhile, Sean Payton even enlisted the help of Bill Parcells and Jon Gruden to stop the single wing at the Pop Warner level, yet still failed in spectacular fashion.

Bucky Brooks discusses the top dual-threat quarterbacks who should draw the attention of NFL scouts this fall.

Maths

Chase Stuart uses ANY/A to determine quarterbacks' worst- and best-ever games. By this measure, John Elway's best game was the 1989 AFC title game against Cleveland, which included the bomb to Michael Young, while his worst was his first-ever game against the Chiefs in 1983.

Of course, Peyton Manning's best game came against the Broncos in the 2003 playoffs; Len Dawson, Jeff Hostetler, and Steve Bartkowski also had their most efficient games against Denver.

Tom Gower lists the best players to have played under Wade Phillips (as a head coach), naturally including several Broncos legends.

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