The Broncos spent their bye week having their starting offense square off against their starting defense, and Woodyard said that when Manning scored on a sneak Wednesday, he spiked the ball and talked a little trash.
“Peyton comes to work excited about being here,” Woodyard said. “He’s excited about a shorts practice and I’ve never seen a quarterback like that, amped up every day, getting guys better.”
To be sure, some of the uptick in so many players’ games is a natural progression as they gain experience. Some of it is because of the way the focused Broncos have had their blinders on all season, never looking beyond the day’s work or the next opponent.
Manning, though, sits atop the credits.
“I think there’s a direct correlation because when you have a guy of that caliber, he gives everybody confidence,” Fox said. “Not just the guys on offense, the guys on defense. And that’s where I’m talking about him raising all boats.”
Notes: The Broncos’ season home attendance of 613,062 was the highest in the team’s 53-year history. ... Left tackle Ryan Clady didn’t practice all week, but the team isn’t required to give an injury report until Tuesday. Clady has dealt with a bothersome hamstring of late but has never missed a game in his career.
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