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Wednesday, June 13, 2012
More minicamp chatter

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

ENGLEWOOD, Co. -- More thoughts from Denver’s minicamp as well as some thoughts from around the division:

Manning
Denver quarterback Peyton Manning looked top notch Wednesday. Observers said it was his best offseason practice that the media has been allowed to watch this offseason.

Manning was impressive in front of his former Tennessee teammate and close friend, Todd Helton, the first baseman of the Colorado Rockies. Manning and Helton have spent a lot of time together since Manning has signed with the Broncos.

New Denver cornerback Tracy Porter’s thoughts of playing opposite of sure Hall of Famer Champ Bailey: “I’m in awe of playing with Champ.” By the way, Porter looks good and the Bailey-Porter combination should be a good one.

In other AFC West notes:

Oakland rookie linebacker Miles Burris was working with the first team with Aaron Curry nursing an injury. Burris getting work so early is a good sign. I expect him to be a special-teams contributor early, but it is clear the coaching staff thinks he is going to be getting significant early work.

San Diego tight end Antonio Gates is getting in better shape as he enters the twilight of his career.

While fifth-round pick Juron Criner has been an offseason star for Oakland, free-agent rookie Rod Streater, who is from Temple, is getting in good work as well. Oakland has a crowded receiving group.

The Chiefs are putting tight end Martin Rucker on injured reserve with a torn ACL. He was a long shot to make the team.