It's hard-hat time in Denver

April, 16, 2012
4/16/12
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Peyton Manning -- who has one of the most respected work ethics in NFL history -- is officially at work in Denver.

Manning met the media Monday after the Broncos began their offseason program. ESPN broadcasted his media briefing and it was clear Manning is in full business mode. Gone was the suit he wore last month in his introductory news conference. Monday, Manning was dressed in a Broncos cap and workout clothes and spoke of the importance of taking advantage of all the time he can get with his new teammates. The theme of Manning’s media session was summed up when he said, “You can’t show up in September and expect to complete passes.”

Asked for his impressions of the Denver area, Manning said his time there has been “all business” and that he has been essentially living at the team’s facility.

Manning said he is getting in sync with Denver center J.D. Walton. The two, along with several other teammates, have been working out regularly together on their own.

Manning is clearly impressed with third-year receiver Eric Decker. Manning called Decker the “veteran” of the receivers group and spoke highly of him. Manning said the coaching staff wants to move Decker around and use him in several different ways. Decker and Demaryius Thomas are Denver’s starting receivers. Manning said the group, as a whole, seems to be a hardworking unit.

It is clear the ability to work hard is what the Broncos’ new leader is looking for from his new teammates.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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