Peyton Manning hit the field in a Denver Broncos uniform for the team's first OTA practice Monday, and unsurprisingly, there were a lot of fascinated reporters and bloggers. Monday's workout was the the first time members of the media had seen Manning throw since 2011 training camp. According to reports, he apparently looked like the Manning of old, throwing with plenty of zip and accuracy.
Manning sounded happy with his performance after the workout.
"It felt good to be out there. I haven't really been out there like this for a year and a half. It's a day I've been waiting on for a long time," Manning said. "I've always believed you develop your timing for the passing game in the offseason. You can't just show up in September and expect to be on the same page. Offseason workouts, it's a great time to make an impression on the coaches. Coaches are always evaluating, so there are a lot of benefits from this work."
Manning apparently wasted no time taking command of the offense. He was reportedly directing his receivers, backs and linemen throughout the practice. Head coach John Fox was pleased.
"He's getting better every day. His progress has been outstanding. We're excited where he is. I think he's pretty good right now, and we think he'll get better. He definitely raises all boats, that's for sure. That's not just with the young players, but with the veterans."