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“As we go into training camp, we do look good on paper and the first two weeks of training camp have been very good,” Elway said, noting that for the first time in eight years the Broncos didn’t have to adjust to a new defensive coordinator as Jack Del Rio is back and Manning’s transition to new offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who was his position coach last year, has gone smoothly.

The Three Amigos back in Elway’s playing days were Vance Johnson, Mark Jackson, and Ricky Nattiel. Welker’s addition gives the Broncos a sequel.

“I have to admit, I’m truly jealous of the weapons that Peyton gets to throw to,” Elway said. “I’m not saying that I didn’t have great weapons. But when you look at the weapons that Peyton has: Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker, and a young kid that we drafted a couple of years ago in the fourth round named Julius Thomas … there’s four weapons right there.”

Elway also said he had faith the banged-up offensive line would be OK by the time the season rolled around. Tackles Ryan Clady (shoulder) and Orlando Franklin (hip) will sit out Thursday night’s preseason opener at San Francisco, and the Broncos have already lost centers J.D. Walton and Dan Koppen to knee injuries.

“You hope you can get through the preseason without too many injuries, but you’re going to have them,” Elway said. “But the bottom line is we have to figure out how to deal with those and be able to move on.”

They also have to figure out how to deal with the potential absence of Miller next month.

“Hopefully everything goes good with Von Miller, we’ll know about that coming up,” Elway said. “But I watch him in practice every single day and I will tell you there’s not a more talented football player on offense or defense that I’ve ever seen than Von Miller.

“Watching him practice day in and day out, he’s amazing to watch, he’s fun to watch. And then I get to go watch him on film, too, and go back and forth and to watch the things that he does is truly amazing. So, we have a good football team. The anticipation is there, but we have to take it one step at a time.”


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