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With Manning running the show in Denver, the Broncos‘ tight ends will get a lot more action. Last year, Denver’s tight ends accounted for just 30 receptions and three touchdowns.

The Broncos brought in free agent tight ends Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme, who played with Manning in Indy, to go with promising second-year pros Julius Thomas and Virgil Green.

Tamme has 92 career receptions for 855 yards and five touchdowns. His best season was 2010, when he started eight games and set career highs with 67 catches for 631 yards with four touchdowns.

“In Indianapolis, the tight end has been a focal point,” Tamme said. “We’ve got a lot of guys around here that can catch the football. I think it should be a lot of fun. We’ll be able to do a lot of different things offensively.”

Dreessen, a former Colorado State University standout, has hauled in 110 passes for 1,364 yards and 13 TDs in six seasons with the New York Jets and Houston Texans. Last season, Dreessen caught 28 passes for 353 yards and six scores for the Texans.

Dreessen and the rest of the offense have been watching film of the Colts to see how Manning ran things in Indianapolis.

Most of the learning is hands-on, though, with Manning serving as both the coach and quarterback.

“The man is just a very gifted leader as far as organizing drills, organizing what we’re going to get done, being efficient with our time, moving at a fast pace,” Dreessen said.

Everybody’s curious about how Manning looks as the NFL’s only four-time MVP works his way back from a series of neck operations that sidelined him all of last year and led to his unceremonious release by the Colts.

“Outstanding,” Dreessen offered. “He’s putting it on the money.”

Tamme is the one Broncos player who has a baseline for comparison, having played in Indianapolis from 2008-2011. But he declined to share his opinion when asked how Manning has looked during workouts that are closed to the public and the media.

“Well, first of all, I’m pretty experienced with the Peyton question, so I’m going to let Peyton give updates on Peyton, but it’s been a lot of fun to get out there with him,” Tamme said. “I think everybody’s really enjoyed what we’ve been doing. This week has been a lot of fun to get out here on the field at the facility. Things are going well. I think it’s going to be a fun summer.”

Notes: The Broncos are also getting to know Jack Del Rio, the team’s seventh defensive coordinator in seven seasons. “Everyone’s excited about the Peyton Manning addition. I’m more excited about Jack Del Rio,” Mays said.


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