Receiver: Manning 'leading everything'

April, 19, 2012
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If anyone has any questions of whether Peyton Manning has yet to take control of the Denver Broncos’ offense, rest easy.

Check out the words of new Denver receiver Andre Caldwell, in comments distributed by the team Thursday: “He’s literally leading everything. He’s setting us up, putting us in the right positions. He’s not running the drills — definitely he and [Eric] Decker go hand-in-hand with that — but he’s pretty much the leader in everything else.”

Caldwell is loving what he has seen from Manning, who missed all of last season with a neck injury. However, Caldwell has echoed the sentiment of so many other people who have worked out with Manning or watched him work out recently: The man’s on point.

“He looks great,” Caldwell said. “He looks ready to go. I’d go to war with him any day right now, so he looks fine and healthy to me.”

Caldwell signed with Denver as a free agent from Cincinnati. He noted the difference between starting the season with a veteran like Manning as opposed to rookie Andy Dalton last season with the Bengals.

“It’s a big difference,” Caldwell said. “The quarterback had to get adjusted to us [last year], but instead, Peyton is leading us. He’s showing us all the drills we need to do. He’s ahead of everybody, and he’s just our leader. Being with a rookie last year, our leader was on the O-line. This year it’s the quarterback. He’s leading everything that he does.”

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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