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Mornin' MHR Friends! I've tried melding the old and new formats a bit; please let me know what you think, and have a great Thursday!

DB - Wednesday’s Practice Report
Gray Caldwell covers the highlights from yesterday's practice.

DB - Kicking with Confidence
Matt Prater has learned to preserve his leg, now that he's not competing for a job like he was a year ago. Josh McDaniels says it's too early to evaluate D-Linemen, he's impressed by Peyton Hillis' wide range of skills, and he'll continue to be hands-on with the quarterbacks.

DB - On Track - Broncos TV
Chris Hall reports from Wednesday's practice.

DB - Passing Camp: McDaniels - Broncos TV
Video of McDaniels meeting with the press; he plays down the absence of Brandon Marshall, who is rehabbing in Florida and covers plenty on the QBs, Peyton Hillis, Elvis Dumervil's absence and more.

DB - Passing Camp: Graham - Broncos TV
Daniel Graham met briefly with the press.

DP - Broncos coach puts QBs' mettle under his pedal
There's a steep learning curve for the QBs with bumps along the way. Not unexpected; I can't wait to see what the MSM does with this article..."John Clayton declares Cutler trade disaster because Kyle Orton is struggling. says Josh McDaniels doesn't know what he's doing, having acquired two QBs who can't figure out his system."

LTC - Broncos RB Jordan hoping for fresh start in Denver
Brian Howell profiles LaMont Jordan, who shares some very interesting thoughts; Jordan admits he's never really worked that hard in prior offseasons, that he's looking to lose weight this summer, and he grew up a Broncos fan rooting for Elway, Atwater and Dennis Smith!

IN - The secret life of Josh McDaniels
Hunter Ansley takes a walk on the bright side of the road. He admires that Josh McDaniels is looking to build a team, rather than a group of individual stars.

CSG - Rookie making big strides on the Broncos defense
Frank Schwab makes a big deal out of Robert Ayers practicing at first team in Elvis Dumervil's absence. Not so sure about that one...

DP - Broncos' McDaniels happy with NFL decision on Marshall
Another rehashing of McDaniels' quotes on BMarsh.

DB - Photos from Wednesday's practice

NFP - Wednesday Whys
Andrew Brandt explains why Brandon Marshall was not suspended this time, and why the Cowboys chose to release Greg Ellis.

CD - Zimmer, voice of CU football, earns prestigious honor
Old friend Larry Zimmer received the Chris Schenkel Award on Wednesday.

ESPN - Manuel is the Lions' latest FA target
The Lions signed former Bronco Marquand Manuel the other day.

KCS - Daily download: Waters should end rift with Haley
Kent Babb thinks it's up to G Brian Waters to hug it out with HC Todd Haley.

SDUT - Chargers recall playing with - and against - Harrison
Some of the Dolts offer recollections of the Dirtiest Player in NFL History.

SDUT - Developer scraps plans for Mission Valley stadium
Another Dolts stadium plan has been dumped.

NFP - Diner Morning News: Chiefs Defense
Mike Lombardi was perplexed by Scott Pioli's decision to hire Clancy Pendergast as the Chefs' DC and is curious to see how much scheming Pendergast will attempt in '09.

SFC - Raiders' Heyward-Bey remains on hold
Darrius Heyward-Bey is still dealing with hamstring issues, among other notes.

SFG - Raiders Silver and Black Blog : OTA notes and quotes

NFL - Westbrook To Undergo Surgery Friday
Iggles RB Brian Westbrook is having surgery on his right ankle tomorrow.

NFL - Young's agent downplays QB's play-me-or-trade-me comments
Major Adams is trying to clean up the mess his player made earlier in the week.

NFL - Dolphins' enviable QB situation also among NFL's most intriguing
Vic Carucci looks at the Dolphins' stacked depth chart at QB.

NFL - Titans would be wise to have some patience with QB Young
Bucky Brooks thinks Vince Young could still thrive in Tennessee.

NFP - Why VY & Leinart Will Sit In ‘09
Matt Bowen expects Vince Young and Matt Leinart to ride the pine once again.

MJS - Dungy: Bears not sure bet
Tony Dungy doesn't seem to impressed by the Bears' move to get Jay Cutler.

SI - New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers vie for team of decade
Don Banks ranks the NFL franchises by their performances this decade. Denver comes in at a surprising 8th despite only 1 playoff victory (and ahead of the Bucs, who won a Super Bowl?!) Now that is going to raise some ire in Tampa.

SI - Tom Brady's 2007, LaDainian Tomlinson's 2006 among NFL's best
Kerry Byrne looks at the best single-season performance at each position by players from this decade.

NFP - Coaches Day
Robert Boland thanks the coaches who've made an impression upon him.

NFP - Why The NFL Will Miss Harrison
Matt Bowen thinks The Dirtiest Player in NFL History will be missed. Sure, maybe by the guy who levies fines will miss him...

NFP - 2009 NFP Scouting Series: South Carolina
Wes Bunting looks at the senior Gamecocks.