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Broncos Back at Dove Valley
Champ Bailey, Eric Decker, Peyton Manning and Von Miller talk about the team's offseason program, their health and the new strength and conditioning staff.

Building a Foundation
On the first day of the team's offseason conditioning program, quarterback Peyton Manning stressed the importance of working hard in April to have success come September.

Jovial Mood at Dove Valley "
"What are you up to?" That was the first question asked of Peyton Manning as Monday’s press sessions kicked off. And right from the start it was clear everyone’s in a good mood with the Broncos’ offseason conditioning program now underway.

Denver Broncos Videos

Peyton Manning Press Conference
Peyton Manning talks about the start of the team's conditioning program and throwing with his teammates.

Champ Bailey Press Conference
Champ Bailey talks about having Peyton Manning as a new teammate and getting workouts going.

Eric Decker Press Conference
Wide receiver Eric Decker talks about workouts starting and catching passes from Peyton Manning.

Von Miller Press Conference
Second year linebacker Von Miller talks about getting workouts started and being back at Dove Valley.

Gruden's QB Camp - Kellen Moore - ESPN Video - ESPN
Kellen Moore talks with Jon Gruden about his accuracy, experience and anticipation.

Gruden's QB Camp - Ryan Tannehill - ESPN Video - ESPN
Ryan Tannehill talks with Jon Gruden about his transition from wide receiver to quarterback and leading the team.

QB Camp: Kirk Cousins - ESPN Video - ESPN
Kirk Cousins talks to Jon Gruden about being a three-time team captain at Michigan State and throwing a fade to the end zone.

Manning Throws - ESPN Video - ESPN
Peyton Manning throws to teammates in offseason workouts.

Peyton's Role In Denver - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mark Schlereth talks about the role Peyton Manning will play in the Broncos' offseason workouts.

Anthony Bourdain Takes In K.C. Tailgating - ESPN Video - ESPN
Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, for the first time ever, checks out football tailgating a few months ago. The episode of "No Reservations" on Travel Channel airs Monday night.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Back in the Gym
The Broncos started offseason conditioning Monday and players talk about the new look weight room and the importance of April work.

2012 NFL Draft Preview: Quarterbacks
A look at some of the top quarterback prospects leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft.

Running backs falling out of first-round favor in NFL draft - The Denver Post
With 228 pounds of evidence in his favor, Trent Richardson is accustomed to running over concerns, questions and tacklers.

Big help for Broncos at running back can come in smaller size - The Denver Post
Often when Broncos head coach John Fox talks about the ways and means of pro football hell often by-pass the four-letter words for a three-letter one.

Defensive tackle no lock for Broncos with 25th pick - The Denver Post
As a personnel evaluator, John Elway is about impact players, about speed, about taking the best player available when the teams pick rolls around, regardless of position.

Peyton Manning gets first Broncos workout, says "old school" can win - The Denver Post
Peyton Manning joined a group of at least 30 teammates on the practice field at Dove Valley today for the first official team workouts since Manning became a Bronco March 20. - VIDEO

Broncos haven't kept recent picks - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Denver has kept just 48.6 percent of its picks since 2008

Von Miller says thumb is "85 percent" healthy | First-and-Orange
Broncos linebacker Von Miller had to play the final six games of last season with a heavy brace protecting his injured right thumb.

MaxDenver " Workouts Begin With Dawkins’ Status Still Undecided
Attendance was apparently solid for the first day of team-organized — but still voluntary — workouts, with "35 to 40″ of the offensive players showing up for the sessions, according to wide receiver Eric Decker. But Brian Dawkins wasn’t there.

MaxDenver " Too Much to Tweet: Remember Mark Dell?
I seem to remember Mark Dell having a pretty good camp before his injury as well. Yes, he did. But as a general rule, no group of position players is more likely to jump out — but less likely to have it translate to actual, full-contact, full-speed work — than wide receivers. news: Peyton Manning among first to report for Broncos workouts
Read Discuss New Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was one of the first players to report for the team's voluntary workouts on Monday. news: Peyton Manning: New CBA rules 'more of a challenge'
Peyton Manning stepped to the podium Monday in Denver dressed head to toe in Broncos gear. It's going to take some time before that looks normal.

Division News

What it would cost Chiefs to get Tannehill? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
There is increasing buzz that the Kansas City Chiefs might try to find a way to draft Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill. - Raiders re-sign S Giordano
The Raiders have re-signed S Matt Giordano, the club announced Monday night.

Checking in on the Raiders | ProFootballTalk
Plenty of Raiders fans have wanted more coverage of the Raiders on PFT Live. news: Joe Flacco reports for Ravens' workouts without extension
While Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was not expected to report for the start of the team's voluntary workouts Monday, another offensive star with an unsettled contract situation was there -- quarterback Joe Flacco.

Ray Lewis issued subpoena for Nate Webster’s sex trial | ProFootballTalk
It’s been well over a decade since Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis found himself sitting in the witness chair at a trial. This time around, his testimony comes from something he isn’t accused of doing.

Fujita "in New York" as Browns launch offseason program | ProFootballTalk
One of the leaders of the Saints defense during the team’s 2009 Super Bowl run now plays for the Browns. And as the Browns launched their offseason program for the 2012 season, linebacker Scott Fujita wasn’t present. - Bengals re-sign two special-teams standouts
The Bengals announced they have re-signed LS Clark Harris and S Jeromy Miles. - Steelers re-sign QB Batch
The Steelers announced on Monday they have re-signed QB Charlie Batch to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not announced.

NFL News

At N.F.L. Meeting, League and Union Have Much to Discuss -
With the N.F.L. still considering discipline for New Orleans Saints defensive players involved in the team’s bounty program, members of the players union’s leadership — including Saints quarterback Drew Brees, the former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita, whose name has surfaced in connection with the bounties, and the union executive director DeMaurice Smith — met with league officials Monday. news: Latest concussion lawsuit cites Saints' 'bounty' program
The four former NFL players who sued the league on Monday in a state court in Atlanta could be leading a wave of new lawsuits that cite the New Orleans Saints' bounty system for hard hits as evidence that pro football didn't properly protect its players from concussions.

Kolb struggled to recover from 2011 concussion | ProFootballTalk
If Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb was surprised by the team’s interest in Peyton Manning, he shouldn’t have been.

Vince Wilfork: NFL rules protect "wimpy" quarterbacks | ProFootballTalk
Add Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork to the legions of NFL players who aren’t in favor of all the rules designed to improve player safety.

How do players view the NFL schedule release? | National Football Post
We know the fans get excited for the release of new NFL schedule, but what do the players look for?

For young talent, the offseason program is crucial | National Football Post
Technique, film study should be a priority in offseason.

The Draft

How have QBs taken first overall in NFL Draft fared? | Indianapolis Star |
Here’s a breakdown of how quarterbacks chosen with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft have fared. news: Dontari Poe has emerged as a polarizing draft figure
At the NFL Scouting Combine, Poe looked like a future NFL superstar, a defensive tackle with the strength of an ox and the speed of tight end. news: Report: Browns split on Justin Blackmon, Ryan Tannehill
The Cleveland Browns are split on whether to take Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon or Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill with the fourth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Sports Illustrated reported Monday.

Brandon Weeden tells NFL teams to think of him as a 22-year-old | ProFootballTalk
Brandon Weeden, the 28-year-old from Oklahoma State who is expected to be the fourth quarterback taken in this year’s NFL draft, says that when he talks to NFL teams, he tells them that age is just a number.

SMU defensive end hoping to be drafted as a tight end | ProFootballTalk
College football offenses aren’t producing as many high-quality tight ends as the NFL wants, and so NFL teams are looking elsewhere. - Late-rising TE prospects
With four- and five-receiver offenses so widespread in the college game, visibility for tight ends has decreased. Injury, underutilization, production or small-school

Michael Floyd, Top-Ranked Receiver in 2012 Draft -
From the standpoint of on-field performance, I believe Floyd has the best all-around skills and talents among the receivers in this draft class.

Go Broncos!