Opening camp to glaring questions is nothing new for Broncos Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Having Von Miller address a possible four-game suspension for drug use certainly wasn't how the team wanted to open camp.

But for as much as the tumultuousness of Denver's offseason has been overdramatized, it's not like 2013 has been any more eventful than was 2012.

A year ago, a large segment of the fan base was still upset that John Elway had swapped out the league's worst thrower of the football for one of its GOATs, the offensive line and wide receivers were still being blamed for the passing struggles of that former so-called quarterback, and as John Fox reminded us yesterday, Elvis Dumervil was facing a felony weapons charge.

For his part, Dumervil says he had spoken with Miller the day before news of his suspension broke, advising his younger-brother figure that how Von responds to adversity would come to define him.

Now, obviously, everyone would have preferred the Broncos to have had an uneventful July, and each year is its own, so past success does not predict future fortune.

Still, let's not forget that the 2012 squad won 13 games, despite all the uncertainty it faced a year ago.

Broncos News

Chris Harris says the Broncos called his agent within just a few hours of the 2011 lockout having ended, and he was on a plane to Denver the following morning. The ex-Jayhawk sets annual goals for himself, with his 2013 targets being "five to seven interceptions and score three touchdowns."

Not sure how many times Wes Welker can be asked to compare Peyton Manning to Tom Brady and about sharing the ball with Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, but it sure seems we're about to find out.

Ryan Clady says he's of course happy to have a long-term contract, even if it's really just a series of one-year deals.

Champ Bailey offered his annual acknowledgement that time is running out on his hopes of reaching a Super Bowl for the first time.

Chris Hall sums up the day from Dove Valley for BTV.

Broncos Analysis

Dave Krieger, Jeff Legwold, and Paul Klee discuss the expectations facing John Fox and the Broncos.

Mark Kiszla doesn't care if Von smokes pot, unless it means he was lying to everyone yesterday when he said he doesn't.

Like everyone else, Robert Mays expects that Montee Ball will eventually overtake Ronnie Hillman as Denver's top running back sometime this season.

News

Washington QB RG3 is not expected to play during the preseason.

Arizona is reportedly close to signing T Eric Winston and made an offer to DE John Abraham, who visited them on Wednesday.

A decision by Niners corner Tarell Brown to work out on his own this offseason voided a $2M salary escalator he had earned.

San Diego placed LB Melvin Ingram and S Brandon Taylor on their preseason PUP list; Philadelphia claimed RB William Powell off waivers from Arizona; Tennessee added former AFCW players RB Jackie Battle and TE DeMarco Cosby; Dallas is expected to sign defensive linemen George Selvie and Landon Cohen; Cleveland signed LB Justin Cole and FB Brock Bolen; the Jets added DL Leger Douzable; Carolina restructured the contract of LB Jon Beason.

Bears GM Phil Emery says the team will not entertain contract extensions for any of its pending free agents - including Jay Cutler, Charles Tillman, and Henry Melton - until after the season; Brandon Marshall arrived at camp via Segway.

Aaron Hernandez

During a court appearance for Aaron Hernandez on Wednesday, police delivered a search warrant to Hernandez's cousin, Tanya Singleton, before seizing her cellphone and scouring her residence. Singleton is the widow of the man who died in a single-car crash while police were seeking to question him in the Odin Lloyd case.

Greg BedardJarrett Bell, and Dan Wetzel react to Bill Belichick's discussion of the Hernandez saga.

Bucky Brooks hears NFL teams are planning a few changes to how they research prospects' backgrounds, but it sounds like the heavy lifting will fall to the scouts, and aren't their jobs hard enough? Asking talent evaluators to take on the question of whether players are also good enough people to become quality NFL citizens seems a bit much for what are already overwhelming workloads.

Analysis

New Chiefs DE Austen Lane explains what it's like to be on the roster bubble and to get cut.

The SC guys consider the Giants' on-field and caponomic outlooks.

Robert Mays calls Eagles guard Evan Mathis one of the league's most underrated players.

As he embarks on his camp tour, John Clayton is eager to see how well teams convert to "the 3-4 scheme" on defense, and this is why one shouldn't turn to reporter types for on-field analysis.

Lists

Kevin Kaduk thinks Dennis Allen is among the coaches on the hot seat heading into 2013.

Looking at new head coaches, Gil Brandt thinks Andy Reid could get the Chiefs to a wild card, but doesn't see Mike McCoy extracting more than six wins out of the Chargers.

Obviously, no Broncos rank among PFF's list of the best seasons by inside linebackers since 2008.

Maths

According to FO's data, Denver got pressure on opposing quarterbacks more often than did anyone else, and only four teams got more out of their pressure than did the Broncos, at least as far as DVOA is concerned.

Chase Stuart studies the impossible task of predicting Coach of the Year winners and settles on Sean Payton for his guess.

Yuks

Mike Tanier appropriately addresses the idea of scouring the tattoos of NFL draft prospects.

PFT Commenter celebrates the peerless contributions of John Riggins to the cause of the white running back.

KSK captionizes the opening of training camps.

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

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