Peyton Manning checked down. Moved the running back into the right spot. Yelled "Omaha! Omaha!" and a few pitter-patter steps later delivered a strike to Demaryius Thomas.
Tuesday, all seemed right with the Broncos world as he floated a touchdown to the left to Thomas as practice resumed at Dove Valley. Denver ran through drills crisply, with Manning leading the way.
The Broncos continue to attempt to put 2013 in the rearview mirror. They took one last glance back on Monday as they received their AFC Championship rings. Coach John Fox, former Broncos great Tom Jackson and Manning, at Fox's request, were among those who spoke to the team about their accomplishment and the importance of completing the journey this season.
"We talked about the things that were positive about it and we talked about how we still want to go a step further," Manning said.
"We had a good healthy meeting and everybody's on the same page. We did a lot of good things last year and we need to build on those things. You just don't go out and go a step further because you went that far last year. It's why did we get that far last year? It's because we put a lot of hard work in and we had a great offseason and a great training camp. We're off to a start that way as well but we have to go out and do it again and then try to find a way to finish it."
Manning was asked if he planned to wear his AFC Championship ring. Without hesitation, he said, "Probably not."
The Broncos survived a scare when receiver Emmanuel Sanders collided with rookie cornerback Bradley Roby near the end of practice. Neither player was hurt. Roby apologized, and Sanders accepted, saying it was nobody's fault.
"It was the right route. It's all good. It's football. When I signed up for football, I knew what I was getting into," Sanders said. "I told him not to worry about it. We are all out there competing."
The Broncos' offense featured their tentative starting lineup up front with Orlando Franklin at left guard and Chris Clark getting reps at right tackle. Those positions remain under discussion, and likely won't be settled until the players work in full pads, according to general manager John Elway.
As is typical this time of year, there were multiple players getting different looks on defense. The Broncos have downplayed the need for an every-down middle linebacker because of safety T.J. Ward's versatility. He moved into a backer position on some sets, responsibility he's capable of taking on with his size and tackling ability.
With Von Miller (knee) still limited to individual drills, Lerentee McCray received some extra reps.
In other notes:
— Rod Woodson and Ricky Manning were among the guests of the Broncos as part of the NFL's minority internship coaching program. Woodson looks like he could still play.
— The Broncos practiced punts.Those receiving the kicks included Isaiah Burse, Wes Welker and Emmanuel Sanders.
— Third string quarterback Zac Dysert looked sharp in limited snaps, snapping off a pair of touchdowns.
— Cornerback Kayvon Webster, who could end up fighting first-round pick Bradley Roby for playing time in some packages, made a nifty interception in a goal-line set.
— Kicker Matt Prater, who was not present during media viewing sessions at previous practices, attended the workout. He missed time with an undisclosed illness.