Welker tells Churchill Downs to shove it

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver opened its rookie minicamp on Friday, getting its first real look at its draftees and undrafted signees.

It's the players' first on-field action after a week of film work, position meetings, and playbook study.

A handful of last season's practice squadders are also participating.

Broncos

Videos: John Fox, Lamin Barrow, Matt Paradis, and Corey Nelson speak after practice; BTV sums up the day and focuses on former CSU Rams Kapri Bibbs and Shaq Barrett.

Eight players are working with the team on a tryout basis this weekend, including safety Charles Mitchell, whom the team recently cut.

Barrow says he packed on ten pounds' worth of muscle between the Senior Bowl and LSU's pro day.

Bibbs chose Denver over four other teams (Baltimore, Chicago, Atlanta, Tampa Bay), while Barrett was also pursued by Pittsburgh.

Ben Garland is working at left guard; Cody Latimer is being limited to allow his surgically repaired foot to heal.

Peyton Manning is #3 on PFF's list of the top 101 players of 2013. Wait, what?

Joan Niesen says Bradley Roby was the ideal choice for Denver at #31. 

Wes Welker says he's not giving back the money Churchill Downs claims they're owed, citing the indisputable point that they wouldn't be contacting him regarding an underpayment.

News

The NFLPA sent a letter to agents advising them not to send players to the Saints, who are trying to weasel out of paying workers' comp benefits.

Dallas signed DT Amobi Okoye; the Jets claimed RB Daryl Richardson off waivers from St. Louis; Philly cut WR Arrelious Benn.

Arizona GM Steve Keim admits the team was interested in Blake Bortles in the first round.

Michael Sam

The reality series planned by Michael Sam and the Oprah Winfrey Network has been postponed.

The NFL says it had no pre-draft knowledge of the pending series, contrary to what had been reported.

Samer Kalaf thinks the football media was hyprocritical in its reaction to news of the series.

Analysis

According to Robert Klemko, holding the draft later allows more time for con men to take advantage of draft eligible players expecting to cash in.

Mike Silver thinks the Browns are trying a bit too hard to keep Johnny Football under wraps.

Through the prism of Career AV, Chase Stuart finds the 1993 Draft was the best between 1970 and 2008. Unfortunately for Denver, only Jason Elam had a lasting impact on the team, with Dan Williams and Glyn Milburn each gone within four years.

Greg Gabriel reviews the drafts of the AFCN teams; Gil Brandt lists ten seniors he projects as high picks in 2015.

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