HC John Fox said Wednesday at the start of Broncos training camp that Manning, who sat out all of last year and had multiple neck procedures, has made big strides in the three months since he signed with the Broncos, and even since the Broncos finished their OTAs. “I think, physically, he’s made tremendous improvement,” Fox said of Manning. "He didn’t take the last five weeks off by any stretch. By all indications he’s made great progress and we’re happy with where he is." Reported by Profootballtalk.com
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As PFT's Michael David Smith suggested, there’s no bigger question heading into the 2012 season than the health of Manning. But Fox is clearly pleased with where the veteran QB stands now -- and equally pleased with what he's brining to the team. "I’m not sure I’ve ever been around a player with as intense work ethic, both physically and mentally," the coach said. Fox added that the presence of Manning as the team leader has the Broncos pumped up heading into camp. “I know he’s excited, the rest of our team’s excited. He’s a tremendous competitor and we’re very blessed to have him. ...” As Smith summed up, the excitement is understandable. A healthy Manning in Denver is as big an addition as any team in the NFL has had this year.