REPORT DATE: July 25th
SITE: Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre, Englewood, CO
CAMP OBJECTIVES: Tebow Time may have run out in Denver, but Manning Mania will officially commence when the Broncos hit the practice fields for their second training camp under John Fox. Peyton Manning's arrival in the Mile High City -- and comeback from a career-threatening neck injury that sidelined the future Hall of Fame quarterback for the entire 2011 season -- will be one of the most followed and discussed storylines of this preseason, and how the reigning AFC West champions handle the additional media scrutiny could have a big say in their chances for a repeat. Of course, Manning's health will be the biggest factor in determining Denver's 2012 success, and the four-time league MVP will need to develop a rapport with young receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker during the summer prep sessions. Also keep an eye out for rookie running back Ronnie Hillman, a third-round pick in April's draft who could push disappointing former first-rounder Knowshon Moreno off the roster as well-worn veteran Willis McGahee's handcuff. Defensive tackle will be a position to watch as well, with projected starter Ty Warren trying to overcome hip and tricep injuries that have kept him out two straight years and 2012 second-round choice Derek Wolfe attempting to nail down a spot in the rotation. Second-year players Quinton Carter and Rahim Moore will compete to replace the retired Brian Dawkins at strong safety, while Wesley Woodyard will get plenty of reps at weakside linebacker with starter D.J. Williams set to serve a six-game suspension to begin the season.
PRESEASON SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern):
Aug. 9 - at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Aug. 18 - vs. Seattle, 9 p.m. Aug. 26 - vs. San Francisco, 4 p.m. Aug. 30 - at Arizona, 10 p.m.