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Published on 05/21/2012 at Mon May 21 21:19.
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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) talks to a receiver during minicamp at the NFL team's football training facility in Englewood, Colo., on Monday, May 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

On Monday, the Denver Broncos kicked off their first official practices of the offseason with organized team activities (OTAs).  Perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey noted the intensity of day one following the team’s morning practice session.

“This was definitely one of the most intense first days of OTAs that I’ve had in a while,” Bailey said. “It felt good. I love to see the guys running as hard as they have been.”

Related:  Denver Broncos May OTAs (Day 1) Photo Album

Naturally, all eyes were on quarterback Peyton Manning–who signed with Denver as a free agent during the offseason–as he practiced with his new teammates for the first time.  When it comes to working in the offseason, nobody does it better than Manning.

“I just can’t tell you how important these OTAs are,” noted the veteran quarterback. “I think they’re important for everybody, but when you’re a new player on a new team coming off an injury, they take added importance. I thought today was an excellent start and I look forward to the rest of the time we’re here.”

As for Manning’s recovering neck (which has undergone several surgeries), Head Coach John Fox said that Manning’s progress has been “outstanding.”  “From what I see right now, the guy hasn’t missed a beat,” added Bailey.

The Broncos will continue practices tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday and three sessions next week and hold three more again the following week.  These practices are voluntary (and highly encouraged), the team will hold a mandatory mini camp from June 12th-14th.

We’ll have more coverage of OTA’s throughout the week.  Welcome back, football!

  • Steve Smith

    Does anybody have news about who DIDN’T show up today?

  • Jon

    D.J. Williams (DUI trial) and Derek Wolfe (CBA rules) are two confirmed no-shows. Kyle will have more on this later (hopefully up tomorrow).

  • Crimson Castillo

     Also Prater and Ty Warren no shows