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Peyton Manning embraces Broncos iPad playbook

In late April, "Around the League" pointed out how the Denver Broncos were among a growing list of teams scrapping their monster-sized playbooks for the iPad.

Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams was even kind enough to show the Internets the playbook function of the device, much to the chagrin of coach John Fox. The Broncos now are three months in, and the change has received the stamp of approval of their biggest offseason acquisition, quarterback Peyton Manning.

"Peyton loves it," Broncos video director Steve Boxer told in a Thursday report. "He was one of the first guys I dropped video into an iPad for."

Manning mentioned to reporters during OTAs that the ability to study both the playbook and game film on one device eliminates excuses for a lack of preparedness. Considering how the iPad can be so versatile and portable, and how it can be programmed to block certain web sites and scrubbed remotely if lost or stolen, it would not be a surprise if all 32 teams had some form of tablet technology by 2013. Rules now allow the devices to be used in locker rooms right up until kickoff, so there's no sense in wasting resources on paper playbooks.

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