ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Though his physical condition is no longer a big question mark for Peyton Manning, when he looks around at training camp, he must feel like he’s starting over again.
Manning lined up for his first snaps Thursday behind an offensive line that has been shuffled, in front of a running back who took only about 25 percent of the snaps last year and looking down the line at some pass catchers, who 12 months ago, were either bit players or playing somewhere else.
The quarterback who thrived on the familiarity of playing with the same receivers and backs year after year in Indianapolis, is now having to adjust to a revamped offensive roster to start his third year in Denver.
Bottom line: “Just because you did certain things last year means nothing as far as this upcoming season,” Manning said. “I’ve always felt the NFL does not owe you anything.”
But even by an NFL roster’s constantly shuffling standards, the Broncos did some major reorganizing around their franchise quarterback.
The line will be different with the return of Ryan Clady at left tackle and the shifting of Orlando Franklin from right tackle to left guard. Montee Ball will replace Knowshon Moreno at running back. Out wide, Emmanuel Sanders replaces Eric Decker at receiver.
“We’re certainly looking for continuity and chemistry with the new players,” Manning said. “Every year you have to establish that particular team’s identity.”