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Manning takes on teaching role at Broncos' OTAs

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By Eli Kaberon

Peyton Manning already is having a great impact on the Broncos, though more so as a teacher than as a quarterback.

Even though this is Manning’s first season in Denver, we hear he didn’t spend his first OTAs the way most incoming free agents do, which is learning the ins and outs of the organization. Instead, he was busy educating his teammates on how he operates as the leader of team. The Broncos' offense is evolving into something very similar to what Manning ran much of the past decade with the Colts, going out of the shotgun with receivers and tight ends split wide, one running back in the backfield and using the no-huddle much of time. Manning has tried to make sure all of his teammates are on the same page, so that the offense runs smoothly when the season begins.

WRs Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas, who figure to be Manning’s top targets this season, both said in interviews that the new offense will require a great adjustment from what the team ran in the past, a reason why Manning believed instructing them so early in the offseason was important.

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