Wide receiver Eric Decker has been working out with new Denver Broncos teammate Peyton Manning for about three weeks now, and he has nothing but compliments for the quarterback's arm strength -- and praise for his work habits.
"The guy's still throwing the ball a long time, throwing it great, hitting you in the right spot," Decker said Monday on ESPN Radio. "He's such a perfectionist. If he hits you in the belly button, he gets mad at himself for not hitting you in the chest. It's unbelievable to be around a guy who has those standards for himself."
Manning missed all of last season following surgeries on his neck, but the four-time NFL MVP reportedly looked good in throwing sessions at Duke University during a highly publicized free-agent courtship that ended when he agreed to a five-year, $96 million contract with the Broncos last month.
"He's so precise with everything he does, and there's a reason for everything he does do," Decker said. "In workouts, in the weight room -- I mean the guy's jogging from station to station. He's working like he's a 23-year-old free agent coming out of college. The way he talks about football, the way he runs drill work, routes, everything's got to be perfect and there's no gray area. I think that, as a receiver, (is) the best thing about it. You got a leader that demands the best out of you because he gives the best he's got."
Decker had 44 receptions for 612 yards and eight touchdowns last season, his second in the league.