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Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson said the lockout may actually have worked in the favor of teams that changed coaches because the other teams didn’t get any offseason instruction, either, leveling the playing field for everyone.

“It’s a learning curve for everybody,” Vickerson said. “If you knew it from last year, you still have to refresh it in your mind. If you’re in college, coming in as a rookie, you still have to learn the schemes.

“It’s more classroom time now anyway, with the two-a-days eliminated, a lot of walkthroughs. This learning curve will be cured real fast.”

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AP Pro Football Writer Jaime Aron and AP Sports Writers Teresa Walker, Tom Withers, Pete Iacobelli, Josh Dubow, Jon Krawczynski and Janie McCauley contributed to this report.

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