There’s no bigger question heading into the 2012 season than the health of Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, but there’s no question in the mind of Broncos coach John Fox that Manning is ready to go.
Fox said today at the start of Broncos training camp that Manning, who sat out all of last year and had multiple neck procedures, has made big strides in the three months since he signed with the Broncos, and even since the Broncos finished their Organized Team Activities.
“I think, physically, he’s made tremendous improvement,” Fox said of Manning. “I’m not sure I’ve ever been around a player with as intense work ethic, both physically and mentally. So he’s worked very hard. He didn’t take the last five weeks off by any stretch. By all indications he’s made great progress and we’re happy with where he is.”
Fox added that the presence of Manning as the team leader has the Broncos pumped up heading into camp.
“Obviously we’re very excited, and Peyton’s done everything possible both physically and mentally to get ready for this,” Fox said. “I know he’s excited, the rest of our team’s excited. He’s a tremendous competitor and we’re very blessed to have him.”
It’s easy to see why Fox is excited. A healthy Peyton Manning in Denver is as big an addition as any team in the NFL has had this year.