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Manning missed all of last season with a nerve injury in his neck that weakened his throwing arm. He has said he’ll continue his rehab work throughout the season but has quit “giving percentages” about his health.

Beginning with offseason workouts, Manning has looked sharper and he’s been even sharper during the opening days of training camp. Going against a live defense Saturday, he looked even better.

One of his best plays came when Decker found the slightest separation from perennial Pro Bowler Champ Bailey and Manning fit the pass right into the tight window, drawing the biggest ovation from the crowd of 4,443, which broke the two-day-old record for the biggest non-stadium training camp practice in team history.

Manning and Decker hooked up plenty of other times.

“As of right now, we don’t like those guys. I’m not on board with their show or whatever that is,” deadpanned defensive end Elvis Dumervil. “But those guys are good, give them credit. They’re going to make us better, so we’ve got to compete, and that will be good for us.”

Despite watching Manning pick apart his defense, new coordinator Jack Del Rio said it was nice to see his players in pads.

“I was one of the players that benefited from being in pads throughout my career. A lot of times I was beaten out in the spring and I’d take my job back in the fall when we put the pads on,” Del Rio said. “So, you can’t really settle too much until you get the pads on. This sport is played in pads.”

NOTES: RT Orlando Franklin missed the last 20 minutes of the morning practice with what Fox said was a crick in his neck. … The Broncos signed S Anthony Perkins from the University of Colorado, an indication that starting S Quinton Carter (right hamstring) might be out for a while.


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