May 20, 2013; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) talks to teammates Demaryius Thomas (88) and Eric Decker (87) during organized team activities at the Broncos training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos Wide Receivers Say Peyton Manning's Arm is Getting Stronger


Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is still trying to get back into pre-neck surgery form, and it looks like he is finally doing so. Broncos receivers Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas, the top two wideouts from last season, said that they have been noticing an improved Manning during offseason workouts and OTAs.

“We worked out at Duke in March or April and I definitely felt like he had more zip on the ball,” Decker said. “I think he’s come back stronger. . . . I think some of those throws that he fits in the holes, you feel a little more zip on it and he is getting it to you quicker.”

Decker isn’t the only Broncos wide receiver to notice the added zip. Thomas also noticed some added pop from the future Hall of Famer.

“I think he’s gotten a little stronger, but I can’t really say, because it’s my first time playing with a quarterback like Peyton,” Thomas said. “It was fun this past year, because I’d never had balls come at me like that — on time and stuff like that.”

That last note by Thomas was definitely a shot at his previous quarterbacks (we are looking at you Tim Tebow), but it really is the harsh truth.

The fact that Manning is regaining his arm strength heading in to the season is a great sign for the Broncos, who are looking to make a deep run in this year’s playoffs.

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