Think of the Heroes Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans. What can one say on a day like today, after horrors like we all saw yesterday?

Three are dead, including an eight-year-old boy named Martin Richard, whose mother and sister were seriously injured in the twin blasts at the Boston Marathon. More than 130 people were injured, and our thoughts go out to all those affected by this terrible tragedy.

It's not currently known who perpetrated this ghastly act, and there will be a time and direction for anger once that information is gleaned.

For now, let us remember that the world is mostly good, and we do know about some of Monday's heroes. We'll be sure to learn about more of them in the coming days and weeks.

Former Patriots guard Joe Andruzzi has been a hero for many years now, and he reprised that role on Monday.

Carlos Arredondo has experienced unspeakable pain in his life, but he again yesterday displayed the strength which has carried him through his personal tragedies.

There were the runners who finished a 26-plus-mile race and kept chugging, all the way to local hospitals to give blood.

Members of Team Hoyt have always been heroes; allow their courage and stamina to represent all Bostonians.

As always, there were those in public service who ran toward danger, and those who saved lives on the spot and in hospitals all over Boston.

Thank You, Heroes.

Broncos

Videos: Peyton Manning, Champ Bailey, and Demaryius Thomas spoke to the press following yesterday's opening of the offseason conditioning program, which was chronicled by Chris Hall and BTV.

Manning characterized last season as good but not great, while Demaryius Thomas thinks Peyton's arm is a bit stronger than it was last year; Champ says the Broncos are better prepared to succeed without Elvis Dumervil than they were in 2010, when he was lost for the season due to his torn pec.

Thomas and Eric Decker worked with Manning for two days last week at Duke, while Wes Welker stuck around for a third day of familiarizing himself with his new QB.

Mike Klis discusses the possibility that Denver drafts a corner at #28, while Jeff Legwold lists his top defensive back prospects and takes his crack at the changing look of NFL safeties.

John Clayton reminds us that even if Dwight Freeney doesn't eventually lower his price tag, the Broncos still have John Abraham as an available option.

News

Three Raiders signed their ERFA tenders, and owner Mark Davis says he understands that rebuilding his franchise will take time.

Baltimore is expected to sign QB Caleb Hanie, whom Denver released last month; Giants RB Andre Brown, formerly of the Broncos, hasn't signed his RFA tender yet, but signed an injury protection agreement with the G-Men so that he could attend their offseason workout program.

Detroit re-signed a slew of players, including WR Brian Robiskie a week after they released him, and they're reportedly nearing an extension with QB Matthew StaffordPhilly dumped QB Trent EdwardsNew Orleans added QB Seneca Wallace, who had said last week he was joining the Raiders; Cleveland added Texans kicker Shayne Graham, who joins his ninth team; St. Louis is expected to re-sign QB Kellen ClemensGreen Bay added former Furman wideout Sederrick Cunningham.

The intro song for SNF will be performed by someone other than Faith Hill, whose replacement hasn't yet been announced.

Draft

An Indianapolis hotel room occupied by two prospects at the combine was left trashed, and teams are asking the unnamed players about their roles in the pigsty.

Mike Tanier evaluates Oregon LB Dion Jordan and a bunch of quarterback prospects; Russ Lande compares RB prospects Eddie Lacy of Alabama and Giovani Bernard of North Carolina; Pete Prisco lists some prospects he says he likes better than most scouts do.

The Chiefs, Raiders, and Cardinals are said to be among the teams interested in Central Florida RB Latavius Murray, who's apparently big, fast, and a good dude.

Here are the sack projections for the 2013 rookie class, as per FO's SackSEER.

Nate Davis has Denver taking A&M DE Damontre Moore at #28 in his latest mock; the CBS guys have updated their mocks, with Denver taking FSU ends Bjoern Werner and Tank Carradine, OSU DT Johnathan Hankins, and Alabama DT Jesse Williams.

Analysis

Jason Cole suggests that given the status of his surgically repaired knee, any trade of Darrelle Revis will take some time, meaning he won't be dealt during the draft unless the acquiring team has been able to do its medical homework.

In his annual fantasy draft, Mike Silver has Von Miller going at #14 to Carolina, and John Elway again nabbing Peyton Manning, this time at #28.

Andy Benoit discusses the roster of the Panthers; Khaled Elsayed reviews the 2008-10 drafts of the Titans; Gordon McGuinness surveys the draft needs of the AFCN teams, while Sam Monson covers the AFCS squads.

Here's a pretty good explanation of why the Ultimate Teammate™ is likely to be without an NFL team in 2013.

Christmas Ape translates PK's MMQB column for us commonfolk.

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