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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Linebacker Von Miller is still limited to individual drills, and he probably won't line up with the entire Denver Broncos defense until training camp.

However, he and defensive end DeMarcus Ware, signed as a free agent in March after being released by the Dallas Cowboys, already bonded in the film room, and they set a collective statistical goal.

"Between two guys, we want to have as many sacks as one team," Ware said. "So that's a big goal that me and him have. There's not really a number, at the end of this year, we're just going to say, 'Hey, let's see where we've measured up.'"

Last year, that would have required posting at least 31 sacks. In 2012, they would have needed only 20 sacks to match the Jacksonville Jaguars, a figure that Miller and then-teammate Elvis Dumervil surpassed by 9.5 sacks that season.

"Me and Von talk all the time about, 'How many sacks do you want to get this year?'" Ware said. "He threw a number out there, and I said, 'At the end of the day, a number's only a result that people can judge.'"

Ware then counseled Miller to aim for something different.

"I said, 'But why not be the tandem out there that at the end of the day we can say the tandem that was best in the league ever,'" Ware added. "Me and Von, that's what you want. You want something bigger than that, that lasts forever."

Asked about the process of growing comfortable as a Bronco, Ware said, "When you first come into a new team, you just try to figure out the guys, the personnel and how you really fit in. But now it's getting toward that grind time. You've already been doing the workouts, you've done a little bit of the OTAs and now you're starting the minicamp and you really get into the steak and potatoes of everything."

--The Super Bowl winners usually receive their rings with fanfare.

The losing side takes theirs quietly, and many players will put them back in their boxes immediately after removing them to take a glimpse at their new jewelry.

When quarterback Peyton Manning was asked whether he would wear his AFC championship ring, he replied, "Probably not." He didn't want to talk his emotions receiving the ring, preferring not to discuss last season at all.

Some players, like cornerback Chris Harris, plan to wear the ring, despite the result of the final game. Others took a more balanced approach.

"I'm not a jewelry guy, anyways, so it will stay in the box," center Manny Ramirez said. "I'm very grateful because it shows what we're able to accomplish. But it's not the ring we wanted. Hopefully this year we're able to build on what we did last year."

--The Broncos were about six plays away from finishing their second minicamp practice Wednesday when a nearby lightning strike set off the alarms at team headquarters and sent them to the locker room, ending the day early.

"Our (second team) didn't get to go, and we were kind of working on some of our up-tempo stuff," offensive coordinator Adam Gase said. "It would have been nice to have been able to finish that period."

A day earlier, the Broncos closed with a similar move-the-ball period. Neither the first- nor second-team offense managed to score a touchdown, although each advanced into the defense's red zone.

In future years, the Broncos will have the option of retreating to an indoor practice facility, but the building is under construction.

--Although the Broncos' new indoor facility with extra locker rooms will not be ready until November, the team plans to host the Houston Texans for three days of practices prior to the team's Aug. 23 preseason game.

"It will be good exposure for us because it's a different defense than what we do and we're going to need that because we do play the Chiefs twice, 3-4 defense, getting that exposure," Gase said.

The Broncos players with the most to gain from those practices could be guard Orlando Franklin and tight end Julius Thomas.

Franklin, who moved to left guard from right tackle this offseason, likely will get a decent dose of J.J. Watt.

Thomas, who tried to work on his blocking against DeMarcus Ware during organized team activities, should get some repetitions against No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney.

"Going against those players, that pass rush especially, that will get us ready to go for the season," Gase said.
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