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Broncos, Briefly: Friday, May 27, 2016

Marshall attempting to show his commitment to the team through his offseason work (Jeff Legwold,
Marshall is so intent on helping the Broncos back to the Super Bowl, keeping his starting spot and helping the defense keep the No. 1 ranking, he is participating in the offseason program without a contract.

It's true, the Broncos defense can get better. Here's how:(Mark Kiszla, Denver Post)
"We were one of the legendary defenses of our time," Phillips said Thursday. But a tenet of his coaching is to give players a written action plan for improvement. That includes everybody. Phillips is unafraid to take a Pro Bowl defender aside to point out flaws in his game. Why?

Okung believes he may be a trend-setter in how players negotiate contracts (Nicki Jhabvala, Denver Post)
But like the startups he admires, his deal is a tremendous gamble — on himself.

Okung expected to be the starting left tackle once camp opens (Jeff Legwold,
Okung, who is expected to be the starting left tackle by training camp and one of the reasons Ty Sambrailo has been moved to guard, said the criticism that followed his contract didn't impact him much. He still believes the numbers bear out the confidence he has in the deal he signed.

Marshall hoping patience, perseverance pays off for him long-term (Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press)
The only thing Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall is practicing right now is showing plenty of patience as he awaits both a big payday and medical clearance to return to the field.

Manning reaffirms: I'm not coming back to play (Sean Wagner-McGough,
Speaking to student-athletes at the Middle Tennessee Sports Awards in Nashville on Thursday night (according to the Denver Post), Manning didn't exactly lend any insight into what he's planning for the fall, when he'll finally have open weekends for the first time in two decades, but he did shoot down two popular ideas.

Sanchez quietly doing everything that's asked, and then some (Jeff Chadiha,
The Denver Broncos can talk about a three-man quarterback race all they want. What they can't do is convince anybody that Mark Sanchez isn't going to be their best option under center come fall. He's the only signal caller on the roster with NFL experience and he was the first man in the door when the team's quarterback situation blew up nearly three months ago. He's also making all the right moves for a franchise that desperately needs him to raise his game.

Joe D excited for the competition on the special-teams units (Sam Cowhick, BSN Denver)
Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis is hoping, despite some free agent losses, that the path they finished on in February is seen as early this spring at UCHealth Training Center.

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Denver's D stands outs in Day 3 of OTAs (Andrew Mason)
A spirited two-hour session brought the Broncos' first week of OTAs in 2016 to a close. Notes from the practice follow ... It was a big day for the secondary, which finished with three interceptions.

Sly Williams wants to prove his worth in 2016 (Ben Swanson)
When Sylvester Williams was told that the Broncos would not pick up his fifth-year option, the fourth-year veteran was not disheartened. Conversely, he took their reasoning constructively, and devoted himself to improving further and proving that he could become more dependable during the 2016 season.

Rookies get schooled on financial literacy (Aric DiLalla)
As the "Financial Literacy Coach" began his speech on Wednesday about how to succeed in the financial world, he brought players to the front of the room to answer questions in front of their peers.