âHeâs literally leading everything. Heâs setting us up, putting us in the right positions," wide receiver Andre Caldwell said of Denver's voluntary workouts, according to ESPN.com. "Heâs not running the drills -- definitely he and (Eric) Decker go hand-in-hand with that -- but heâs pretty much the leader in everything else.â
This is hardly surprising given Manning's well-known lean toward the Type A side of things. But it does put into focus just how special a player Manning is. How many guys can join a new team and be the unquestionable leader the moment they walk into the room?
âItâs a big difference,â Caldwell said. âThe quarterback had to get adjusted to us (last year), but instead, Peyton is leading us. Heâs showing us all the drills we need to do. Heâs ahead of everybody, and heâs just our leader. Being with a rookie last year, our leader was on the O-line. This year itâs the quarterback. Heâs leading everything that he does.â
It's easy to imagine the gleam in Caldwell's eyes as he discusses the situation he's landed in. Dalton was a success as a rookie last season, but getting to play with Peyton Manning is the wide receiver holy grail.