Manning airs it out in Broncos practice

OTAs are for installation and working on certain types of plays, and for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, Monday was about the deep ball.

Given the question of Manning's arm strength following missing all of last season following neck surgery, this was bound to be a day that attracted some attention in Denver and around the NFL.

Manning tells the Denver Post that he still has some rehab work to do, but appeared fine in throwing the football long on Monday.

"It's still an ongoing for me, it still is. I still have work to do in my rehab, and that's the good thing about these OTAs — you can really see where you are on certain types of plays, and you're learning a lot.

"Every day, you have a point of emphasis, whether it's a screen day or a play-action day, goal-line, red-zone, so today was kind of a deep ball, shots down the field. I wish we could have more of these OTAs, but the limited practice time we have together, you've got to take advantage of it. It's only going to make us better."

John Fox said the Broncos' passing game is far ahead of schedule and where it was in 2011. Without naming names, that sounded a bit like he was, well, less than thrilled with the passing offense under Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton a year ago.

Fox said Manning was "doing tremendous. Our passing game is way far along than it was last year, obviously, because we weren't even here."

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