Denver's Peyton Manning is sharp during mini-camp

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What Tom Moore saw this week was oh, so familiar. Short or long, the throws were potent and precise, smacking sternums with both authority and a loud thwack.

First-year Denver QB Peyton Manning's work this week during mini-camp impressed Tom Moore, his ex-coordinator.  DAVID ZALUBOWSKI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
DAVID ZALUBOWSKI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
First-year Denver QB Peyton Manning's work this week during mini-camp impressed Tom Moore, his ex-coordinator.

Peyton Manning is most certainly back.

The Denver Broncos wrapped up their three-day minicamp that capped their off-season work Thursday with another spirited practice marked by precision and power from their new 36-year-old quarterback.

On hand as a guest all week was Moore, Manning’s offensive coordinator for all but one season when the two were in Indianapolis.

“Watching these three days, he looked excellent to me,” Moore said.

Manning has shown no ill effects of the nerve issue that caused weakness in his throwing arm last year, required four neck operations, forced him to miss the entire 2011 season and led to his release from the Colts.

PANTHERS: Rookie wide receiver Jared Green learned quickly that his father is smarter than he is.

He laughs and says, “There’s a small percentage of kids who learn that, but I learned pretty early.”

Of course, not every child has a father who’s a Hall of Fame cornerback that played 20 seasons with the Redskins like he does.

Darrell Green, who went to seven Pro Bowls, has tried to install many of the qualities it takes to win in his son.

Unlike his father, a first-round NFL draft pick in 1983, Jared Green went undrafted out of Southern and faces an uphill climb to the make the Carolina roster.

BROWNS: Mike Holmgren plans a major change in his third season as team president.

Aware of outside criticism that he’s been detached since coming to Cleveland and sensitive to questions about his commitment to the franchise, Holmgren vowed to be more available to the media and fans than he has been since joining the Browns in 2010.

“I want it to help,” he said. “I do not want it to be a burden on the coach or our general manager. And if I can help and open things up and make some things a little clearer for our fans, that’s my goal and that is my only goal.”

AWARD WINNER: Paralyzed Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand has been selected to receive the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYS in July.

LeGrand suffered a spinal cord injury in a game against Army in 2010. Initially told he would be a quadriplegic and would remain on a ventilator, the defensive tackle is now breathing on his own and can stand upright with the aid of a metal frame.


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