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Broncos, Briefly: Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Davis wants to go from special-teams star to defensive leader (Troy Renck, Denver Post)
[Todd] Davis likes to study. He watches film. With a chance to realize his dream, starting in the NFL, Davis has left nothing to chance. He chose to live in Denver this offseason to avoid an altitude adjustment in training camp. But his mental conditioning is where he hopes to gain an extra step through proverbial mouse clicks.

Harris Jr. to accept Super Bowl 50 tribute from the Colorado House of Representatives (Nicki Jhabvala, Denver Post)
Broncos cornerback Chris Harris will be at the state Capitol on Wednesday to accept a Super Bowl 50 tribute from the state and the Colorado House of Representatives for the team's world championship and its contributions to the city of Denver.

Mike Klis participates in a media training session with the Broncos rookies (Mike Klis, 9News)
I asked [Paxton] Lynch if he thought he could become the starting quarterback by the time the Broncos open their season Sept. 8 against Carolina.

"I have confidence in my abilities, but I haven't done anything, yet," Lynch said. "I have to first earn the respect of my teammates."

Bad answer for the media seeking a headline. Good answer for a kid quarterback who understands he must defer to veterans Mark Sanchez or Trevor Siemian.

Broncos claim FB off waivers from New Orleans (Mike Klis, 9News)
Opurum joins sixth-round rookie Andy Janovick as the Broncos' two fullbacks. Opurum played his college ball at Kansas then spent most of his pro career on practice squads for Kansas City, Houston and New Orleans. He played in two regular-season games for the Saints last year.

*Denver has reaped the benefits of trusting its medical team in drafts (Jeff Legwold,
But in the six drafts with John Elway as the team's chief football executive, the Broncos have also tried to predict the medical future. Elway has selected players whose final college season didn't end with awards and bowl games, but rather crutches and surgeries.*

Can the Broncos repeat comes in at No. 1 on some of the league's biggest storylines (Nate Davis, USA Today)
Denver's bid to go back-to-back will be complicated by an additional hurdle: The Broncos are the first champions to enter the following offseason without their previous starting quarterback (or his backup) since the 2001 Baltimore Ravens.

Some of the league's elite quarterbacks grew up together in camps around the country (Robert Klemko,
From California to Louisiana, parents of quarterbacks who make it this far are often described by people using the same words: devoted, intense, and very supportive. The high school coach of former Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch, a first-round pick of the Broncos, describes David and Stacie Lynch as having been "very involved."

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The Broncos visit Buckley Air Force Base (Video)*
Ten Broncos players took time on Tuesday afternoon to visit Buckley Air Force Base to thank the men and women that serve there everyday. *

Special Teams Coordinator Joe DeCamillis was wired at practice yesterday (Video)
Go behind-the-scenes at Broncos practice during the offseason program, as Special Teams Coordinator Joe DeCamillis was wired for sound.