Demaryius Thomas played at 232 pounds last season, but wants to hit 222 pounds by September. (Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE)

Broncos' Stars Value Offseason Training Activities

The Baltimore Ravens have a lot of keys guys not participating in optional OTA’s this week. Ray RiceEd Reed, and Ray Lewis are sitting out to get more rest. They have the “been there, done that” mentality and see it as more beneficial to sit out.

In fact, key guys all over the league are not taking part in their respective team’s OTAs for the same reasons.

The great thing about Broncos’ OTA’s this week is the fact that the stars are out in full force. Of course, Peyton Manning needs the reps as he adjusts to a semi-new playbook and new receivers. Champ BaileyVon Miller, and Elvis Dumervil? They’re out there with smiles on their faces.

It’s a great thing to see this time of year.

“The excitement level is at an all-time high,” Eric Decker said after Wednesday’s practice. “Working with Peyton Manning is a dream come true in my mind.”

Even after OTA’s are over in mid-June, the Broncos receiving core plans to stick with their quarterback over the summer.

“We’ll get together as much time as he wants to throw wherever that may be,” Decker said. “That’s something that needs to be discussed.”

Fellow receiver Demaryius Thomas has already worked with Cam Newton and Calvin Johnson down in Georgia this offseason. It’s been the first offseason where he’s been fully healthy.

“It’s my first time really seeing DT in action, safety Mike Adams said. “I thought he was a tight end. Don’t tell him that. He’s a big boy and he’s got some nice soft hands to be big.”

Thomas wasn’t surprised to hear Adams’s remarks.

“A lot of people say that,” Thomas chuckled.

You can bet Manning and his receivers will get to know each other very well this summer. It’s the only way Manning knows how to work, and in turn, the Broncos are adopting his workhorse philosophy.

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