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Denver Broncos start Phase 3 of OTAs today

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The Denver Broncos get back to work this week with Organized Team Activities (OTAs). This week we'll hear from players and coaches after practice May 24-26. Additional practices will be held on May 31, June 1-2, and June 13-16, with a mandatory minicamp from June 7-9. As noted in Horse Tracks yesterday, this will be Phase 3 of the offseason program. Though no live contact is allowed, the team can do 11-on-11 drills.

One key absence will be Von Miller, who is still without his long-term deal. The deadline for that is July 15, so his absence is expected by pretty much everyone. Only an idiot would risk injury with a $100 million at stake.

"We miss Von a lot and we support him," Shaq Barrett said. "We hope that everything gets worked out soon and we have him back pretty soon."

Barrett is someone who will enjoy getting the extra reps in, along with Shane Ray, both of whom figure to play a large role in keeping both Miller and DeMarcus Ware fresh for third down mayhem.

Of the seven things Andrew Mason will be watching during OTAs, I would consider Paxton Lynch-watch to be the top interest, followed closely by who will be replacing Malik Jackson inside and Danny Trevathan at linebacker.

Due to the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the practice sessions are incredibly light compared to pre-CBA regimens, so mostly we'll just have our biases either confirmed or slightly challenged.

The Afternoon Drive with Eric Goodman touched on OTAs briefly on Monday to talk whether the practice schedule should be even easier than they are now in order to keep players healthy, but Tyler Polumbus was quick to point out that any less than what they have now would only work to hurt players' ability to develop the necessary muscle memory for the regular season.