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Julius Thomas made his debut atop the Broncos' depth chart at the tight end position in the team's first unofficial depth chart of the season. On the other side of the ball, Duke Ihenacho, who didn't play on defense at all as a rookie in 2012, was listed as the starting strong safety.

12) Broncos Add College Free Agents, April 27, 2013

Following the 2013 NFL Draft, the Broncos' personnel staff took to the phones, adding 16 college free agents to the roster. Denver entered the 2013 season with a nine-year streak of at least one CFA making the team's Week 1 roster. That streak was pushed to double digits this year as running back C.J. Anderson made the club's opening-day roster.

11) Broncos Trim Roster to 77, Aug. 25, 2013

After three preseason games, with the NFL's deadline to cut the roster to 75 two days away, the Broncos announced 11 transactions take the roster from 88 to 77. Of the players waived, cornerback Mario Butler was the most tenured player. The other 10 players were either rookies or first-year players.

Three days after the Broncos' 2012 season came to an end, Broncos Owner and CEO Pat Bowlen wrote a letter to Broncos fans. The letter covered his thoughts on the 2012 season, thanked the fans for their support and looked forward to 2013.

9) Manning Updates Health, Nov. 11, 2013

Late in the fourth quarter, quarterback Peyton Manning took a hit on a play in which he completed a 9-yard pass to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas for a first down. Manning was hit low and stayed down for a bit after the hit. After the game, Manning said that he was "pretty sore" and that while he would get an MRI the following day, he "certainly planned" on being availble for the next game.

The Broncos made 22 transactions to take their roster from 75 to 53 in advance of Week 1 of the 2013 season. Five veterans were released, 13 players were waived, three went on injured reserve and one was placed on the reserve/suspended list.

7) Preseason Schedule Finalized, April 4, 2013

A few weeks before the regular-season was announced, the NFL released the finalized preseason slate. Denver's four games all came against NFC West opponents with trips to San Francisco and Seattle preceding home games against St. Louis and Arizona.

6) 2014 Opponents Finalized, Dec. 26, 2013

The end of the 2013 season meant Denver's 2014 opponents were finalized. Along with the AFC West, the Broncos will face the entire AFC East and NFC West, along with AFC North-champion Cincinnati and AFC South-champion Indianapolis.

During the Broncos' bye week, Manning taped an interview with Ron Burgundy in advance of the Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues release. The interview was done on behalf on ESPN's SportsCenter.

After safety Rahim Moore underwent surgery for a condition known as lateral compartment syndrome, he was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return. The same day, the Broncos signed eighth-year safety Michael Huff, who began the season with the Ravens.

3) Manning the Multitasker, Dec. 11, 2013

Even when Peyton Manning's ankle injury kept him from participating in practice, he still found a way to stay involved in the session. A photo of Manning soaking his right ankle in the cold tub, while watching film on an ipad with his helmet on was broadcast on CBS and then made its rounds on the internet. The explanation behind the photo: Manning was listening to Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase's calls to backup quarterback Brock Osweiler while watching film, while rehabbing his ankle.

CBS' cameras found Knowshon Moreno with tears streaming down his face at the end of the National Anthem that preceded the Broncos' Week 13 game at Kansas City. When slow motion effects were added, it made for a shot that went viral. Moreno explained that he gets emotional before most games and that the slow motion effects made it look a lot worse than it was.

1) 2013 Denver Broncos Schedule, April 18, 2013

After months of anticipation, the NFL unveiled the Broncos' 2013 schedule. The original slate had the Broncos playing five primetime games, but with Denver's Week 11 game vs. Kansas City getting flexed to Sunday Night Football, that number ended up at six.

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