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Good Morning, Broncos fans! Still reporting from the 17th annual Manning Passing Academy, Mike Klis details some of the family dynamics between father Archie and his three sons Cooper, Peyton, and Eli. The four are sharing a hotel suite throughout the camp; Eli calls Peyton his best friend and says he appreciates having a brother he can turn to for advice to help him in his own career.

Klis, who had told PFT that Peyton was throwing at 85-90% a couple weeks ago, today says that "based on zip, length and accuracy, Peyton Manning can’t throw the ball any better than he did here Saturday night," for whatever that's worth.

Wyoming's Brett Smith is one of the 40 college QBs serving as coaches at the camp, while Syracuse's Charley Loeb won a competition among them yesterday.

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In exchange for admission to his football camp, Syd'Quan Thompson asked participants to donate canned food to help feed the hungry.

According to John Clayton, the Broncos have 10 presumed starters who will hit free agency in the next two years. However, this count likely includes several aging vets like Mike Adams, Justin Bannan, and Ty Warren, plus guys we may not want back anyway, like D.J. Williams, J.D. Walton, and Zane Beadles. Of greater concern are the statuses of Ryan Clady, Britton Colquitt, and possibly Eric Decker.

As Jeff Legwold points out, the AFC's representative in each of the past nine Super Bowls has been quarterbacked by either PMFM, Tom Brady, or Ben Roethlisberger. Legwold figures the Broncos will win 10 or more games and take the rest.

Mark Kiszla is ready to declare that Denver's front seven will prevent them from being SB contenders this year. Remember this.

During Denver's Week 7 bye week, Peyton will head to Knoxville to help honor his college coach Phillip Fulmer.

Trimmings

S Tyvon Branch's new four-year deal with Oakland includes $17.6M in guarantees and a max value of $28M.

It's looking like Wes Welker won't get a long-term contract in New England prior to tomorrow's deadline. Meanwhile, the Pats have reportedly told TE Rob Gronkowski to turn his focus back to football.

According to Albert Breer, Browns supplemental pick Josh Gordon failed three drug tests in college; Gordon claims he never failed a test.

Texans CB Johnathan Joseph says the Brown family's cheapness makes for a lesser experience for players in Cincinnati.

King Hill, the first-overall pick of the 1958 Draft, passed away yesterday at 75.

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Khaled Elsayed reviews three years of pass-blocking data for running backs and tight ends, with Knowshon Moreno ranking poorly in terms of hurries, while Joel Dreessen and old friend Daniel Graham grading out among the best.

Chase Stuart's trivia question for the day is a brutal one involving running backs who ended their careers on a high note.

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Jay Cutler sang "Take Me Out To The Ballgame," at Wrigley, and he was terrible.

Tebowites are preparing to infest flock swarm converge upon Jets training camp.

Naturally, Doug Farrar reacts with a measure of incredulity to Charlie Weis's claim that Brady Quinn would have been a successful starting NFL QB under his guise.

Now that the Freeh Report has shown Joe Paterno to be a fraud of a human being, Rick Reilly fully regrets not having heeded a PSU professor's warning from 26 years ago. Andrew Brandt, who is spending more time at ESPN instead of NFP nowadays, expresses his disgust at Paterno and the school's handling of the situation. Of course, the board at PSU still doesn't get it, because they are worried about offending delusional alumni by taking down Paterno's statue.

A petition on Change.org helped firefighters battling wildfires in Colorado and elsewhere to gain health care from the federal government.

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

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