“I think for me it’s finding that right balance nutritionally, getting enough sleep, working and grinding in the weight room, because I did feel I lost some weight, lost some strength, mentally, it dragged on me a little bit because that was my first full season of playing a lot every game,” Decker said.
For once, they’re not sitting out the offseason.
“It’s been great,” Decker said. “Just the fact of having time to work your craft, to get in the weight room and focus on certain things that make you more explosive, that can help you on the football field and also just being able to catch balls every day and run routes and go against the defense … it makes it so much easier when training camp rolls around in August.”
“I think it’ll be a big impact just to come in healthy, go through OTAs and be able to go through minicamp,” Thomas said. “Just to see stuff and to get the reps. Because I was here, I saw it, but I never got the reps. And I think that will help me out.”
“The famous Peyton Manning,” Decker said. “It’s been great. He’s such an intelligent person, it’s unbelievable. He’s almost too smart for himself. He’s very communicative, so he digests and tells us what is rolling through his mind.”
Thomas also worked out this offseason at his alma mater, Georgia Tech, catching passes from Cam Newton and collecting tips from Calvin Johnson. Manning said it’s the Broncos‘ collection of experienced cover cornerbacks _ Champ Bailey and newcomers Drayton Florence and Tracy Porter _ who will really help Denver’s young receiving corps blossom.
It’s a mix he’s sure will pay dividends this season _ providing he and Thomas can stay healthy.
Reach out to AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton
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