Peyton Manning takes charge

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Denver Broncos practice. Monday, May 21, 2012.

Denver Broncos practice. Monday, May 21, 2012.

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The media focus was clearly on quarterback Peyton Manning as the Denver Broncos held their first “Organized Team Activities,” or OTA, workout Monday at Dove Valley.

For the first time, Manning led the offensive practice at team headquarters, throwing passes to coaches and wide receivers, and working with rookie QB Brock Osweiler.

”I felt good to be out there,” Manning told reporters after the morning session. “It’s been a while for me.”

Manning was released by the Indianapolis Colts in March after missing the entire 2011 season due to a neck injury. Two weeks later, the 11-time Pro Bowler signed a five-year, $96 million contract with Denver.

“It’s been about a year-and-a-half since I’ve been in uniform and organized practice,” Manning said. “Up until now we haven’t been able to go against a defense, so this will be great work for me.”

FOX31 Denver’s Raul Martinez said Manning showed no ill-effects from the surgery. “On the money every time,” Martinez tweeted as Manning completed pass after pass to his wide receiver corps, including Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas and former Colts teammate Brandon Stokley.

Broncos head coach John Fox said it was a good first day for Manning, and the rest of the team.

“As much as he’s accomplished on the field, the things he does off the field in the leadership role is tremendous,” Fox said. ““He does have great command. He understands the game.”

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