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Peyton Manning's throw count being monitored

Based on most of the reports we've read regarding Peyton Manning's OTA performance, you almost wouldn't know that the guy is coming off a career-threatening injury.

The Denver Broncos are taking some precautions, though. The Denver Post noted Thursday that the team is monitoring the number of throws Manning is making in practice leading up to this defining season.

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This isn't exactly breaking news for an aging quarterback. The Boston Globe pointed out that Tom Brady threw only one pass in 11-on-11 drills Thursday, while Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett took most of the snaps. (Quarterback controversy!)

Manning isn't likely to give way to Brock Osweiler and Caleb Hanie in Denver that much, but he's been helping out where he can.

"Peyton is the first one to approach them and encourage them on the field," offensive coordinator Mike McCoy said.

McCoy spoke about what an incredible resource Manning can be for the younger quarterbacks. He encourages them to ask Manning questions. It sounds like the coaching staff and Manning have been asking each other a lot of questions, too, as they re-shape the offense.

"As coaches, our job is to do what our players do best," McCoy said. "Now, with Peyton here, we're going to do what he does best."

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