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Published on 05/02/2012 at Wed May 02 16:04.
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Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning works out in Denver outside Dove Valley shortly after signing with the Denver Broncos. (John Leyba/The Denver Post)

With the 2012 draft complete, the Denver Broncos moved into the second phase of their 2012 offseason program Wednesday — organized workouts at the Broncos facility.

That’s right folks, we’re talking about practice. Almost.

And even though the Broncos are without pads and can’t even square off offense vs. defense at these workouts, it’s pretty damn exciting. Peyton Manning is in the building, people.

Until now, Manning has had to work offsite and without the involvement of any coaches employed by the Denver Broncos Football Club. Now, the free agent quarterback can work at Dove Valley and be monitored by said Broncos employees. He can throw in individualized drills to his wide receivers. Coaches can discuss plays and the playbook, and film work can begin.

“It was great, it felt like a practice almost,” wide receiver Brandon Stokley told The Denver Post Wednesday. “You’re kind of able to start realizing what you have as a group. It’s nice to have [the coaches] out there.”

I’m sure the feeling is mutual from John Fox and QB Coach Adam Gase. They each must have been chomping at the bit to get some actual work done with Manning these past six weeks.

Mini-Camp and OTA’s

UPDATE: The Denver Broncos have announced their 2012 mini-camps and OTA’s schedule.

“Practice almost” is nice, but “Practice for reals” is just around the corner. On May 21, the Broncos can being Phase Three of their offseason workouts — Organized Team Activities (OTA’s). These are still held without pads, but the workouts can include team drills. These practices last four weeks, according to the Chiefs website:

  • Week One (beginning May 21) – Up to three practices.
  • Week Two – Up to three practices.
  • Week Three – Up to four practices.
  • Week Four – Mini-Camp. Three mandatory practices.

A special mini-camp for rookies can be held before OTA’s begin, but otherwise these workouts are restricted to veteran players under contract.

It feels good to have a real NFL offseason again. It feels even better knowing your quarterback is the type of player who won’t miss a single voluntary workout, and the type of leader where that work ethic trickles down.

  • Legion of Doom

    Broncos players HAVE been able to work at the team’s facility up until now. According to the new CBA, “Stage One covers the first two weeks. Players are limited only to strength and conditioning, or injury rehabilitation. Strength coaches are the only coaches allowed to watch or otherwise be involved during this period. Quarterbacks can throw passes to receivers during this phase, but no defense is permitted. Otherwise, no footballs are allowed on the field. Players cannot wear helmets. All drills must be dead-ball drills.” …at Dove Valley.

  • Legion of Doom

    All Broncos rookies report to Dove Valley May 10. Rookie ( 
    and other guys w/out an accrued season, like Adam Weber) minicamp is May 11-13.

  • Monty

    Right. Practicing with coaches starts now. I didn’t feel like getting into the nitty gritty, but the fact remains — this is the first time Broncos coaches have been allowed to work with Manning on the field since he became a Denver Bronco.

  • Monty

    Thanks for this clarification.

  • Anonymous

    Man I don’t want summer to go by fast but I cant wait for this to get going either. I have not been this excited about an upcoming season in quite a while. Of course I always look forward to Broncos football but this, I believe, is going to be special.

  • Jon