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Manning makes his official practice debut with Broncos on Monday

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It’s OTA time in the NFL, and the team that has undergone the biggest offensive makeover finally gets its chance to put the pieces together in a setting that, if you squint your eyes just right, almost resembles football.

As Mike Klis of the Denver Post explains it, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and the rest of the team will start their offseason non-practice practices on Monday.  They’ll have three sessions this week, three next week, four the following week, and finally a three-day mandatory minicamp starting on June 12.

It’s technically Phase 3 of the offseason program, with 10 OTA sessions.  From the CBA:  “No live contact is permitted.  No one-on-one offense vs. defense drills are permitted (i.e., no offensive linemen vs. defensive linemen pass rush or pass protection drills, no wide receivers vs. defensive backs bump-and-run drills, and no one-on-one special teams drills involving both offense and defense are permitted).  Special teams drills (e.g., kicking team vs. return team) are permitted, provided no live contact occurs.”

The limitations for OTAs aren’t substantially different than they were in past years.  In past years, however, teams routinely ignored the rules and allowed live contact on the line of scrimmage, with linemen banging against each other even though they were wearing no pads to protect them from the helmets all players wear.  Likewise, bump-and-run coverage was a common occurrence, even though it was expressly prohibited.

While it’s likely that the issue of OTA  contact will be more closely policed under the new CBA, the fact remains that each team has up to 90 players who are competing for 53 roster spots.  And so the players who are trying to make an impression on the coaching staff may make an impression, literally, on the bodies of their opponents with the crowns of the helmets they’ll be wearing.

So that’s the next step in this new wave of player safety.  Will teams ensure that OTAs under the new CBA won’t entail contact, and what will happen if they don’t?

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36 Responses to “Manning makes his official practice debut with Broncos on Monday”
  1. mjbulls45 says: May 21, 2012 10:32 AM

    raiders go for the neck

  2. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: May 21, 2012 10:36 AM

    POP! Goes his achilles.

  3. mybrunoblog says: May 21, 2012 10:40 AM

    Yawn….Next few headlines…”Manning, thirsty after workout, drinks water”…..”Manning drives himself home after first workout”…..Manning, clearly hungry, stops at local diner and picks up lunch”…….

  4. jeziyo247 says: May 21, 2012 10:40 AM

    What is a non-practice practice? Anyways, nice to hear that manning is gonna be practicing again and getting the players on par. Every OTA session is crucial for the broncos, totally new offense Peyton Manning style and loads to learn before the season

  5. bumbler19 says: May 21, 2012 10:42 AM

    He is going to make Decker and Thomas top WRs this year.

    Decker with Orton last year averaged 12.25 points per game through week 4. Minus week 1 punt return TD.

    Over 16 games that’s 196 points. Old Manning coming off injury is easily better than Orton anytime.

  6. bozosforall says: May 21, 2012 10:50 AM

    yssupasigninnamnotyep says:
    May 21, 2012 10:36 AM
    POP! Goes his achilles.

    __
    Only losers wish injury on any player.

  7. objectivenflfan says: May 21, 2012 10:53 AM

    Lol… It’s actually pretty funny how fans of teams who play the Manning lead Broncos this year – or fans of teams that Manning decided against are openly praying he goes down with any injury.

    Classy.

  8. denverdave3 says: May 21, 2012 11:05 AM

    The title is deceptive. This article is mostly about practice issues, not Manning and the Broncos

  9. CKL says: May 21, 2012 11:15 AM

    objectivenflfan says: May 21, 2012 10:53 AM

    Lol… It’s actually pretty funny how fans of teams who play the Manning lead Broncos this year – or fans of teams that Manning decided against are openly praying he goes down with any injury.

    Classy.
    ________________________________
    Agreed. I despise him, and I would never ever wish any injury on him.

    Besides, it’s more fun to wish that a guy I dislike is out there completely healthy and flails around and plays poorly.

  10. bozosforall says: May 21, 2012 11:52 AM

    Can’t wait to see the return of the best QB in the NFL. With a real defense on the other side of the ball this time.

  11. chadmurdigan says: May 21, 2012 12:27 PM

    Rules are made to be broken. Bring on the hitting!

  12. jjackwagon says: May 21, 2012 1:11 PM

    @ bozo I am confused by your comment. Are you saying that the AFC South doesn’t have any real defenses or that the AFC West just has better “real” defenses than Manning is accustomed to?

  13. stonedwhitetrash says: May 21, 2012 1:28 PM

    Manning states “I know that I can’t replace Tebow, but I will give it my best shot.”

  14. djflav303 says: May 21, 2012 1:34 PM

    He’s saying that Denver has a real defense

  15. jeziyo247 says: May 21, 2012 1:39 PM

    Haters only want manning to get injured because they know when he plays their sorry excuse for a team, he’s gonna light them up.

  16. skishred12 says: May 21, 2012 2:00 PM

    Most anticipated season in years in Denver…we’ll take all the Peyton OTA updates we can get.

  17. mrmarcus55 says: May 21, 2012 2:02 PM

    Nobody is scared of Peyton Manning or the Broncos or their defense…I like it all the focus is them while the chargers and cheifs will be the real contenders.

  18. gil310 says: May 21, 2012 2:03 PM

    Come on haters relax manning is Back

  19. infectorman says: May 21, 2012 2:13 PM

    jjackwagon says: May 21, 2012 1:11 PM

    @ bozo I am confused by your comment. Are you saying that the AFC South doesn’t have any real defenses or that the AFC West just has better “real” defenses than Manning is accustomed to?

    **********

    JJack:

    You’ll have to excuse Bozo-the-4th-grader,
    Not only is he an idiot, but he mixed Peyton manning up with Brady, Rodgers AND Drew Brees, when referencing the best QB in the NFL.

    Peyton-who didn’t even play last year- is a FAR CRY from the best QB in the NFL.

    He’s gotta go out an prove it…..again.
    2010 might as well be 20years ago, BlowKoBEHard, frE8kin’ Moron!!!!

  20. mtrhead269 says: May 21, 2012 2:22 PM

    Ok I’ll bite.

    Manning is back

    Back at what practice in shorts?

    Chris Simms looked good in shorts.

    Back throwing the football like he did last summer for a couple of days what does that prove?

    You won’t know if Manning is really back and to what extend until week 6 at the earliest. And if he’s back great a good pickup. If he’s not they your team is set back at least three years.

  21. jagsfanugh says: May 21, 2012 2:28 PM

    I wish Manning well and glad he is out of the AFC South. He led his team to total dominance while in that division.

  22. winningisabrees says: May 21, 2012 2:28 PM

    Yeah I’m “hating”

    Anyways, the guy has ONE ring and he beat the sorry a$$ Bears in 06 for that ring.

    The guy is 9 -10 in the postseason. He is your typical regular season ace, then folds in the post season.

    You people just hate the facts. And he hasnt been hit in live action in 16 months. Denver better get ready for some growing pains.

  23. maxinquaye7 says: May 21, 2012 2:35 PM

    @mrmarcus55 says: May 21, 2012 2:02 PM

    “Nobody is scared of Peyton Manning or the Broncos or their defense”

    i bet the teams on the Broncos’ schedule are showing them a bit more respect than you seem to be.

    nobody is scared of…

    Peyton Manning – really? if (and i realize there’s a big ‘if’ here) he comes back at say 90% of what he was, you don’t think teams might be a bit concerned? last time he played, he was pretty good.

    the Broncos – put as many asterisks against it as you want but they are defending AFC West champions and they won a playoff game last year.

    their defense – you mean the defense that kept them in games through 3 quarters whilst the offense struggled allowing Tebow, Prater and co to pull it out in the 4th? couple of solid additions through the draft and free agency and a big improvement with Jack Del Rio at DC. i think they’ll do OK.

  24. spellingcops says: May 21, 2012 2:41 PM

    bozosforall says: May 21, 2012 10:50 AM

    yssupasigninnamnotyep says:
    May 21, 2012 10:36 AM
    POP! Goes his achilles.

    __
    Only losers wish injury on any player.
    ——————————————————
    That’s a Raiders fan for you. Ever notice it’s the same 3 or 4 delusional idiot Raider fans that post all the negative crap about Manning? At least those pukes are smart enough (barely) to be worried about him.

  25. bozosforall says: May 21, 2012 2:42 PM

    jjackwagon says:
    May 21, 2012 1:11 PM
    @ bozo I am confused by your comment. Are you saying that the AFC South doesn’t have any real defenses or that the AFC West just has better “real” defenses than Manning is accustomed to?

    __
    I’m saying that HIS old team, the Colts, had such atrocious defenses over the majority of his career that it will be nice to see what he can do when the offense doesn’t have to carry the team for the vast majority of the time. So neither of your interpretations were what I meant. Sorry for the confusion.

    As for AIDSinfectedman…I OWN YOU.

  26. jagsfanugh says: May 21, 2012 2:43 PM

    “winningisabrees says:
    May 21, 2012 2:28 PM
    Yeah I’m “hating”

    Anyways, the guy has ONE ring and he beat the sorry a$$ Bears in 06 for that ring.

    The guy is 9 -10 in the postseason. He is your typical regular season ace, then folds in the post season.

    You people just hate the facts. And he hasnt been hit in live action in 16 months. Denver better get ready for some growing pains.”

    It is a team sport. You are a moron.

  27. bozosforall says: May 21, 2012 2:43 PM

    djflav303 says:
    May 21, 2012 1:34 PM
    He’s saying that Denver has a real defense

    __
    Good to see that at least one person understood what I was getting at.

  28. bozosforall says: May 21, 2012 2:45 PM

    infectorman says:
    May 21, 2012 2:13 PM
    jjackwagon says: May 21, 2012 1:11 PM

    @ bozo I am confused by your comment. Are you saying that the AFC South doesn’t have any real defenses or that the AFC West just has better “real” defenses than Manning is accustomed to?

    **********

    JJack:

    You’ll have to excuse Bozo-the-4th-grader,
    Not only is he an idiot, but he mixed Peyton manning up with Brady, Rodgers AND Drew Brees, when referencing the best QB in the NFL.

    Peyton-who didn’t even play last year- is a FAR CRY from the best QB in the NFL.

    He’s gotta go out an prove it…..again.
    2010 might as well be 20years ago, BlowKoBEHard, frE8kin’ Moron!!!!

    __
    You forget to take your meds, AIDSinfectedman?

    I OWN YOU

  29. blackheld says: May 21, 2012 2:52 PM

    Six of the Broncos’ first 8 games this year are against teams who made the playoffs last year.

    The other two games are the Raiders and Chargers.

    Denver, even with Peyton Manning playing well, could easily be 2-6 halfway through the season.

    Who wants to say they saw that coming?

  30. bigshadetree says: May 21, 2012 3:45 PM

    Tomorrow’s headline, “Manning displays rocket arm under zero pressure at first ota”

  31. bozosforall says: May 21, 2012 3:47 PM

    winningisabrees says:
    May 21, 2012 2:28 PM
    Yeah I’m “hating”

    Anyways, the guy has ONE ring and he beat the sorry a$$ Bears in 06 for that ring.

    The guy is 9 -10 in the postseason. He is your typical regular season ace, then folds in the post season.

    You people just hate the facts. And he hasnt been hit in live action in 16 months. Denver better get ready for some growing pains.

    __
    W-L records are a TEAM stat.

    Try this one on for size;

    Career Postseason QB rating (an individual stat):

    P. Manning – 88.6
    E. Manning – 88.0
    T. Brady – 86.0

    Looks like the QB who folds the most in the postseason is Tammy Brady.

  32. flash1283 says: May 21, 2012 4:15 PM

    bozosforall says:
    May 21, 2012 2:45 PM
    infectorman says:
    May 21, 2012 2:13 PM
    jjackwagon says: May 21, 2012 1:11 PM

    @ bozo I am confused by your comment. Are you saying that the AFC South doesn’t have any real defenses or that the AFC West just has better “real” defenses than Manning is accustomed to?

    **********

    JJack:

    You’ll have to excuse Bozo-the-4th-grader,
    Not only is he an idiot, but he mixed Peyton manning up with Brady, Rodgers AND Drew Brees, when referencing the best QB in the NFL.

    Peyton-who didn’t even play last year- is a FAR CRY from the best QB in the NFL.

    He’s gotta go out an prove it…..again.
    2010 might as well be 20years ago, BlowKoBEHard, frE8kin’ Moron!!!!

    __
    You forget to take your meds, AIDSinfectedman?

    I OWN YOU

     —

    And AGAIN Blowsforall tells us all how he likes “OWNING” other dudes.

  33. flash1283 says: May 21, 2012 4:22 PM

    @Blowsforall

    Oh, and if W-L is a “team stat” then why does the NFL have an official stat for QB W-L record????

  34. bozosforall says: May 21, 2012 5:48 PM

    flash1283 says:
    May 21, 2012 4:15 PM
    bozosforall says:
    May 21, 2012 2:45 PM
    infectorman says:
    May 21, 2012 2:13 PM
    jjackwagon says: May 21, 2012 1:11 PM

    @ bozo I am confused by your comment. Are you saying that the AFC South doesn’t have any real defenses or that the AFC West just has better “real” defenses than Manning is accustomed to?

    **********

    JJack:

    You’ll have to excuse Bozo-the-4th-grader,
    Not only is he an idiot, but he mixed Peyton manning up with Brady, Rodgers AND Drew Brees, when referencing the best QB in the NFL.

    Peyton-who didn’t even play last year- is a FAR CRY from the best QB in the NFL.

    He’s gotta go out an prove it…..again.
    2010 might as well be 20years ago, BlowKoBEHard, frE8kin’ Moron!!!!

    __
    You forget to take your meds, AIDSinfectedman?

    I OWN YOU

    And AGAIN Blowsforall tells us all how he likes “OWNING” other dudes.

    __
    I OWN YOU as well, flushedturd1283. Just not in the way that your limp-wristed mind wishes it was.

  35. bozosforall says: May 21, 2012 5:50 PM

    flash1283 says:
    May 21, 2012 4:22 PM
    @Blowsforall

    Oh, and if W-L is a “team stat” then why does the NFL have an official stat for QB W-L record????

    __
    Tracking it and it being a reality (that a QB could ever win or lose a game all by himself) are two totally different things. Anyone with a brain knows that the QB needs to have a good team surrounding him if he is going to have a chance to win games. It’s painfully obvious that you don’t have a brain, flushedturd1283.

  36. siaaa says: May 22, 2012 2:23 PM

    it’ll be interesting to see if he can start beating the chargers for a change. not sure if it was the Colts or him that always came up short against San Diego.

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