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Broncos, Briefly: Friday, December 23, 2016

NFL Odd Jobs: A day with the poop-scooping entourage of the Broncos’ mascot (Robert Klemko, MMQB)*
If they only knew this was all for a horse. *

One more time from Broncos' locker room: There is no divide (Mike Klis, KUSA)
"The way I've always approached it is, our defense has to play better than the other team's defense,'' Phillips said.

Broncos face a tall challenge in Chiefs’ 5-foot-10 receiver Tyreek Hill (Nicki Jhabvala, Denver Post)
On a free kick Hill cradled the ball and darted to the opposite sideline, evading three tackles before meeting fellow wide receiver De'Anthony Thomas 80 yards upfield for a high-five as they trotted into the end zone together.

After almost two seasons, the time is now for Heuerman (Jeff Legwold,
"There's moments in guys' careers where they get opportunities and they don't ever give them back," Kubiak said after Thursday's practice. "Hopefully this is one of those moments for him."

McManus brings holiday cheer by giving teammates onesies (Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press)
DeMarcus Ware wore his blue snowflake onesie to the podium for his weekly news conference.

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Five Broncos things you should know: Punt returns, dealing with Tyreek Hill, and more (Andrew Mason)
"You can't give him the same ball all the time," DeCamillis said, "and we just have to do a great job with our leverage, with our tackling, and hopefully take some of those balls away."

BMW Ultimate Performance: Numbers show how pass defense sets the pace (Andrew Mason)
While the Broncos' run defense has been off its pace of last year, by some measurements, its pass defense has managed to surpass its work during its memorable run to Super Bowl 50.

Broncos Injury Report: Wolfe among players still sidelined (Andrew Mason)
Matt Paradis received a rest day typical of the last two months.

Dog days of winter: Von meets puppy look-a-like (Aric DiLalla)
Von Miller has a puppy twin, and they met on Thursday at UCHealth Training Center.

Almost to Arrowhead: Thursday practice (
Just three days remain before a critical game in KC.

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