Clanking weights.Â Running sprints.Â Meeting coaches, and of course, physicals.
Yes, Dove Valley is looking more like Dove Valley should in late-July.
With the lockout now a distant memory â€“ or as distant as it can be after a good nightâ€™s sleep â€“ Broncos players started arriving at Dove Valley even before it â€œofficiallyâ€ opened for business at 8:00 a.m.
Who was No. 1?
Tim Tebow was reportedly the first player to arrive, but The Denver Post reports center Jeff Byers, who spent last season on the practice squad, beat him by several minutes.
IKEAâ€™s Grand Opening line this ainâ€™t.
While Tebowâ€™s arrival number is disputed, his future as starting quarterback is becoming clearer.Â As reported this morning, Kyle Orton has gone from atop John Foxâ€™sÂ â€œas-it-stands-right-nowâ€ depth chart to Grand Central Station of Tradeville.
Possibly preparing for life after Kyle, the Broncos need to add quarterbacks to the roster.
Look no further than wide receiver Eric Deckerâ€™s college teammate.
This morning on Twitter, University of Minnesota quarterback Adam Weber tweeted:
The Broncos have yet to release a compete list of undrafted free agent additions, but here is an unconfirmed and incomplete list from CBSSports.com Rapid Reports:
- Brandon Bing; CB (Rutgers)
- Bryant Browning; OG (Ohio State)
- Mark Dell; WR (Michigan State)
- Mario Fannin; RB (Auburn)
- Chris Harris; FS (Kansas)
- Patrick Hill; FB (Miami)
- Deron Mayo; DE (Old Dominion)
- James Rogers; CB (Michigan)
- Marshall Williams; WR (Wake Forest)
- Colby Whitlock; DL (Texas Tech)
Honoring Derrick Thomas
If you ask Von Miller, today was â€˜surreal.â€™Â Thanks to the teamâ€™s official site, we can count the ways together:
“It’s all so surreal. Â Just getting on that plane this morning and coming out here was so surreal.  Just seeing the lockout get lifted yesterday was surreal.  I’m sure the experience on Thursday will be surreal , seeing the fans and actually being here. It’ll be an experience that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. Actually being on a pro team, this is all I wanted to do all my life. This is my dream, and to actually be able to live it, I really can’t explain it.”
Surreal Tally: 4
The second-overall pick in this yearâ€™s draft will wear #58 in tribute to a man who terrified Broncosâ€™ offenses for years:
“I’m a big fan of Derrick Thomas and hopefully I can get some inspiration from that. He’s my favorite player.”
The team announced three other jersey numbers for rookies today: safety Rahim Moore will wear #26; tight end Julius Thomas will wear #80; tight end Virgil Green will wear #86.
The Denver Post reports the Broncos will release running back Correll Buckhalter.Â Finding another running back is a top priority this free agent season.Â Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams is a strong candidate, as is Willis McGahee, who the Ravens plan to release.
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