ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Broncos return to work Monday morning for their offseason conditioning program.
With championship expectations, most of the players are expected at Dove Valley on Monday morning, including quarterback Peyton Manning.
It has been 2 1/2 months since the Broncos lost 43-8 to the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. But the road back to the title game begins Monday.
The first two weeks of offseason workouts at Dove Valley are limited to strength and conditioning. On-the-field instruction won’t begin until after the two-week period.
For now, the only players allowed to touch the football are quarterbacks and receivers. And with some new additions to the team, finding chemistry starts now.
"I feel like I have a responsibility to the team to be on top of my game,” Manning said. “That's what I think about every day when I go to work. And lift weights and throw with my receivers. It’s doing my job to help the Denver Broncos."
"To have everybody back, to get the receivers in there, get that chemistry going, I'm anxious for it,” linebacker Von Miller said.
Miller is still recovering from ACL surgery, but he is expected back by the time the season begins in September. Gone are veterans and fan favorites including Champ Bailey, Eric Decker and Knowshown Moreno.
Their departures made room for Aqib Talib, T.J. Ward and Demarcus Ware.
And while offseason officially begins today, Manning has already worked out with some of his targets at Duke University, most notably Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Wes Welker.