Peyton Manning and wide receiver Eric Decker are on the same page, which is a good thing for the quarterback and one of his top receivers with the Broncos. Both agree Manning's arm strength is getting better all the time.
Decker, who caught 85 passes for 1,064 yards last season, made that observation on Wednesday, and Manning concurred after another day of practice on Thursday.
"I think I've made some progress, definitely since last year at this time, and also since last season," said Manning, who is preparing for his second season in Denver after sitting out the 2011 season with Indianapolis because of a neck injury and subsequent surgeries.
Manning was plenty good his first season back, throwing for 4,659 yards and 37 touchdowns against 11 interceptions while leading Denver to an AFC West-best 13-3 record. With better arm strength and more familiarity with his receivers, Manning expects better things in 2013.
"When you know about the receivers you are throwing to and you've had more repetitions with each guy, that usually allows for more accuracy and more confident throws," Manning said, before pointing out new offensive coordinator Adam Gase is adding some wrinkles to what the team will do this year.