NFL: It isn’t illegal for Peyton Manning to be Peyton Manning

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! We're just two days from the kickoff of the 2014 NFL season, when Seattle hosts Green Bay on Thursday night.

With that in mind, Denver addressed some formalities on Monday.

The players elected captains, and a pair of linebackers chose new jersey numbers.

Seventh-rounder Corey Nelson will wear 52, while practice squadder Shaq Barrett took #50.

Broncos

The NFL has ruled that Peyton Manning and Adam Gase violated no rules with their spring meeting in Tuscaloosa.

Wes Welker's condition continues to progress, but it's not clear that Ronnie Hillman or Kayvon Webster will be available come Sunday night. The two fell ill sometime on Thursday in Dallas.

Montee Ball says he's far more confident heading into his second year; Ben Hochman says the kid is bordering on cockiness, but in a good way.

Brandon Marshall has a lengthy history with both Quinton Carter (his Pop Warner teammate) and Virgil Green (his Nevada teammate).

Jeff Legwold discusses Denver's depth, which is much improved from when John Elway first took over.

Colts

Dan Pompei checks in on the professional growth of Andrew Luck.

News

According to PFT, J.J. Watt will get $30.87M in full guarantees in his new deal, with another $21M in guarantees vesting in 2016. That's pretty massive.

Kansas City added safety Kurt Coleman; Baltimore brought back corner Derek Cox.

As detailed by Peter King, the league has a plan in place to speed up the replay review process this season.

The players' association has expressed support for the NFL's antiquated and anti-fan blackout rule. We can only imagine the owners convinced De Smith that revenues would somehow decrease without it.

Analysis

Team previews: San Francisco (Andy Benoit); Carolina, New Orleans (PFF); AFCS teams (538); New England (Drew Magary).

Richard Deitsch and Jim Buzinski explain why Josina Anderson's report on Michael Sam's shower habits was so terrible.

Listomania

Now that he's appropriately upped the penalty for domestic violence, here's a fix-it list for Roger Goodell, via Jarrett Bell.

Greg Cosell says the Broncos open with one of the league's toughest four-game stretches.

Bucky Brooks has seen evidence of "capable skills" from Brock Osweiler.

Will Leitch lays out an itinerary to see all 31 NFL stadiums before Thanksgiving.

Predictions

Brian Burke's model has Denver winning 13 games for the third straight year, while Jeff Legwold predicts they'll go 12-4.

Chase Stuart says it's a no-brainer that Peyton Manning will again be the league's best quarterback.

Bill Barnwell thinks the Raiders will once again be one of the league's worst eight teams.

Chris Burke and Doug Farrar both think the Broncos will win their fourth straight AFCW title.

Four PFF analysts call for Denver to repeat as AFC champs, with three of them predicting a third Lombardi Trophy for the Broncos.

Jenny Vrentas is the only MMQB writer who predicts a return to the SB for Denver.

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

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