Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has been working with RB Montee Ball after organized team activities and said Ball has been learning the playbook. Manning said the team will be counting on Ball a lot this season. 'We're just kind of going through plays, going through games, getting him comfortable hearing audibles at the line of scrimmage. Because we are going to count on him in a big way this year,' Manning said. 'He's a rookie, but [head coach John Fox] isn't going to bring him along slowly.'
5.30.2013 8:58:06 AM EST
Denver Broncos WR Eric Decker said QB Peyton Manning has more 'zip' on his passes this year. 'I think (the ball) coming to you quicker can be his reads and comfort level with the receivers, too,' Decker said. 'But I think some of those throws that he fits in the holes, you feel a little more zip on it and he is getting it to you quicker.'
5.28.2013 9:39:53 AM EST
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning said he feels more comfortable than he did last year. 'Not that I feel as comfortable as I did in my eighth year in Indianapolis, but it's a heck of a lot more comfortable than I was last year,' Manning said.
5.21.2013 12:36:38 PM EST
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning already feels like he has some chemistry with WR Wes Welker. 'There's certain guys you just feel like you have timing with right away,' Manning said. 'He's a guy that has a great feel for how to get open, and understands route concepts and, of course, he played in such a sophisticated offense there in New England, so he's a smart player.' The Broncos used three-receiver sets 64 percent of the time last year, but expect that to increase dramatically as they look to create mismatches in the opposing defenses.
5.21.2013 12:28:44 PM EST
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker knows that with WRs Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker in the picture on his new team, he won't be averaging 112 catches in 2013 like he did in his career with the New England Patriots. 'If I have to catch 112 balls, that probably means we're in trouble,' Welker said. During organized team activities Monday, May 20, QB Peyton Manning showed excellent chemistry with Thomas and Decker, but he also involved Welker some. Welker is on board with having a smaller workload, but Manning knows the benefit of adding Welker to the offense. 'He's just been an extremely difficult guy to cover one-on-one, and then you can tell by watching him on film he's an extremely smart player,' Manning said. 'He has an excellent feel for zone coverage. This is just the beginning stages of him getting comfortable in this offense, and he and I getting on the same page.'
5.20.2013 7:48:26 PM EST
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning praised free-agent CB Charles Woodson, saying he would like to have him join the team. Were always looking to add great players, Manning said. That has been pretty evident since the time Ive been here that management is always looking to add excellent football players through the draft or via free agency. I had a chance to visit with Charles when he was here last week and certainly, thatd be a great addition to our team. I know there is the business side of it that comes into play, but theres no question that any time you can add good football players at any position, I think thats always a good thing.
5.20.2013 7:08:27 PM EST
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker is already making an impression on the Denver Broncos as he is trying to get on the same page with QB Peyton Manning. Wes and I will continue to work and try to get on the same page, Manning told reporters on Monday. I thought we had excellent production last year at the slot out of [WR] Brandon Stokley and adding Wes as a new playerwere looking forward to getting on the same page.
5.20.2013 12:44:23 PM EST
The Denver Broncos gained some salary cap flexibility over the next two seasons after they made some changes to QB Peyton Manning's contract late last week. The team insured themselves against have to pay Manning's $20 million salary in 2014 in the event that he won't be able to play because of a non-neck injury that might be suffered in 2013. Under the new deal, Manning will receive a $10 million salary advance in exchange for his base salaries in 2013 and 2014 being lowered to $15 million each year. The $10 million advance will be treated like a signing bonus and will be prorated over four seasons. As a result, Manning's cap number will be lowered by $2.5 million in both 2013 and 2014, but then rises by $2.5 million in 2015 and 2016.
5.17.2013 8:32:21 AM EST
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning signed a 'renegotiated' contract, but sources with knowledge of the deal said the new terms don't change his compensation. The contract, according to the source, adds an insurance clause, which reflects that the team has purchased an insurance policy in the event Manning suffers a serious injury. The insurance would both compensate the Broncos and provide a cap credit in the event Manning can't play. Manning will earn $40 million guaranteed over the next two seasons, in $20 million chunks for 2013 and 2014, respectively. The Broncos can avoid the $20 million payment in 2014 only if Manning suffers injury to the same area of his neck that kept him from playing in 2011.
4.21.2013 7:57:38 PM EST
The Denver Broncos are poised to use one of their picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, likely a third-day pick in the draft weekend, on a quarterback. Executive vice president of football operations John Elway wants three quarterbacks on the depth chart with QB Peyton Manning in a meeting room with two young, developmental players.