“What are you up to?”
That was the first question asked of Peyton Manning as Monday’s press sessions kicked off. And right from the start it was clear everyone’s in a good mood with the Broncos’ offseason conditioning program now underway.
“228, 229, somewhere in there,” Manning replied with a smile. “You?”
OK, maybe you had to be there, but it brought a laugh to the whole room. And that was just the start of the jokes from players as they made their way to the press room.
Next up was Eric Decker, who didn’t want to give away the location of the high school he, Manning and other receivers used where “people couldn’t find us.”
“We’d take a couple of car loads over to the local –” Decker said, pausing, “maybe distant — field, and get some work in.”
So it was either close or far away. Nice save.
Champ Bailey brought the most laughs as his press conference started out with a question about why he’s no longer sporting a beard.
“Look, everybody in the room is young now,” he laughed. “I have to fit in.”
Next, he was asked about his interactions with Manning so far, but due to the different schedules of offensive and defensive players, he had yet to officially meet the new Bronco.
“I saw him in the weight room, but he was on TV,” he smiled, referencing video of Manning from earlier in the morning.
Finally, Von Miller closed out the day with another one-liner about meeting Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio for the first time.
“He was nicer than I thought,” he laughed.
It might not seem like much, but it was clear on Monday that the team is excited to be back to work.