ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Peyton Manning’s two biggest targets are a pair of promising young receivers who have already made their mark in the NFL despite spending lots of time on the sideline.
Neither Demaryius Thomas nor Eric Decker has put together a complete season in the NFL — or, for that matter, a full offseason. Both missed much of the lead-up to their rookie year in 2010 with foot injuries. Last year there was the lockout, plus another injury for Thomas.
Decker shined for two months last season but faded after Tim Tebow took over at quarterback for Kyle Orton. Thomas missed the first half of the season with a torn Achilles tendon and a shattered thumb but was unstoppable down the stretch.
Now they’re building a rhythm and rapport with Manning.