New coach Gary Kubiak is tapping an old reliable source to replace departed tight end Julius Thomas.
Daniels, 32, has spent his entire nine-year career catching passes in Kubiak's offense. While he's no longer the run-after-catch threat that he was in his Pro Bowl seasons of 2008 and 2012, Daniels still moves the chains as a security blanket.
He has caught at least one pass in 103 consecutive regular-season games dating to his rookie year, tied with Jason Witten for the longest active streak among tight ends.
With Kubiak installing his trademark zone-blocking, stretch-run scheme, Manning will oversee more of a ball-control offense -- just as he did down the stretch last season.