The Denver Broncos have a full week of organized team activities this week.
It’s a week full of installing plays which means running through each play once against different coverages. The Broncos did a lot of goal line, two-minute, and red zone work Monday. They also gave Peyton Manning a chance to throw some deep balls, which has put the arm strength questions to rest.
“Physically, he looks the same to me as he’s always looked,” John Fox said after practice.
Manning reportedly connected with Brandon Stokley on a deep ball from the 5-yard line to close out practice.
“As they always say in the game, if you throw five deep balls and you complete one of them that’s actually a great thing,” Manning said. “You’re taking a shot and trying to send a message to the defense to hopefully back them off, and that’s something we’ll continue to work on.”
Manning said that he prefers to work on a play ten or so times before moving onto the next play so that he can master it. Thus, the Broncos install week is a little different for him.
The Broncos medical staff and trainers have come up with a plan to limit the number/type of balls that Manning throws in practice to preserve his body. Team trainer Steve “The Greek” Antonopulos and Manning have come up with a plan that makes all parties happy.
“It’s something that we’ve held to, and I think we’ll continue to hold to throughout these OTA’s and minicamp, and even into training camp, and even during the season,” Manning said. “I think that will play a role though out the entire season.”
Just because Manning’s arm looks strong, it doesn’t mean the team can’t take precautionary measures on their $96 million investment. Even Manning knows that he still has work to put in.
“I still have work to do in my rehab,” Manning said. “That’s the good thing about these OTA’s. You really see where you are on certain plays because you are making different types of throws.”
This is precious time indeed for one of the league’s most valuable quarterbacks.