Our first look at Peyton Manning in Denver's new-look offense was far from a picture of pristine on-field play.
"I thought he operated fine," coach Gary Kubiak said of Manning's night, per the team's official website. "We didn't help him in a couple of situations. On third down, we had a couple of big drops on the three or four series that he played. But I thought he was sharp in running the group and running the no huddle for the first time out."
It's just one meaningless preseason tilt and Peyton has plenty of time to find his groove -- and he will -- but Saturday night was far from the fireworks we've come to expect from one of the AFC's top attacks over the past three seasons.
"We're going to have some growing pains, but we just want to watch them continue to get better," Kubiak said. "I'll go take a look (at the tape), but I think we did some things better tonight and obviously probably got a lot of things we need to improve upon."