Broncos' Julius Thomas says he will be used more creatively in 2014 - Horse Tracks

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

It's Wednesday, two days before July 4th. Offices around the country are going into hibernation and, folks, news on the Denver Broncos is too. Chin up though, you have our permission to mail it in for the rest of the week. Everyone else is, so why not?

ORANGE JULIUS

Tight end Julius Thomas is going to be used more 'creatively' this season. Just what does that mean? I have absolutely no idea. I remember when Eddie Royal said the same thing a few years back when Josh McDaniels took over... and in Mike Shanahan's last year before that. Nothing really came of it then. Let's hope that something does this year with Julius.

NO WAY!

I know you'll be shocked to hear it, but the NFC West is 'definitely the toughest division.' Looking at the final 2013 standings, the NFC East's combined 42 regular season wins is indeed tops in the league (the AFC West had 37 combined wins). So, it's not exactly a profound revelation that this is the case. Everyone already knows, including Von Miller knows this, but because he's Von Miller, CBS Sports gets to write about it.

REBOUND

With the additions of Aquib Talib, Demarcus Ware, and T.J. Ward in free agency and Bradley Roby in the draft, ESPN says the Broncos are poised to rebound from the 'humbling Super Bowl loss.' Hey, at this point those additions couldn't hurt, right? Let's be honest here folks, that loss wasn't humbling, it filled us with the passion to get it done in 2014. At least that's the impression I got from John Elway's post-season press conference.

WARD

A man who normally hands out the bruises, Ward has been learning a variety of positions in Denver's system, as he lined up all over the field during OTA and minicamp practices...

Having the freedom to roam prior to the snap and hover near the line of scrimmage certainly helped Ward stuff the stat sheet last year. His 112 tackles were the third-most of any safety in the league, and he also chipped in 1.5 sacks and five passes defensed.

I'll level with you all, I'm starting to get excited about the Denver's new safety, T.J. Ward. If he can be versatile and lay the wood like he's supposed to, the Broncos secondary is going to be fun to watch in 2014.

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