For the last few years, Opening Day means more than just baseball in Denver. It means the day when Broncos players turn the page and move forward for the upcoming season.
This is, in many ways, the real beginning of the year. Not in July, when training camp commences. Not in August, when the preseason opens. Nor is it September, after the primary roster has been pared down to 53 players.
Of course, unlike in those instances, the Broncos’ opening day will happen behind closed doors. The workouts are held in private. There’ll be no cameras watching, which has been the case the last few offseasons. The click-click of shutters will be replaced by the bark of strength and conditioning coach Rich Tuten, who for most of the next four months will have the Broncos players almost completely under his jurisdiction.
That doesn’t mean we won’t see them — in fact, this is the day when we begin sitting down with the players, to tell you their stories, which you’ll I know, I know, this means that some days you’ll click on the Web site, see a picture of an unfamiliar face and think, “Who is this guy, and why is he on the front of the site?” That’s precisely the point. You might ask, “Who is this guy?” We’ll give you the answer.
We’ve been busy, and we’ll continue to stay that way. For while today is opening day, and while many players haven’t been here often in the last three months, there has been — and will continue to be — no such thing as an offseason.
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