NFL notebook: Manning impressive as Broncos camp begins

2012-07-27T00:00:00Z NFL notebook: Manning impressive as Broncos camp beginsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 27, 2012 12:00 am  • 

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Peyton Manning says it's going to take him a while to settle into his new digs in Denver after spending 14 years in Indianapolis.

He looked right at home in his new duds Thursday, though.

Manning's passes on the first day of Broncos training camp were as powerful and precise as ever, delighting his coaches, teammates and the 4,371 boisterous fans who crammed into the team's Dove Valley complex for their first glimpse of Manning in orange and blue.

The biggest crowd for a non-stadium practice in team history watched Manning's first practice in front of fans in nearly two years.

"We had (Tim) Tebow last year and he brings out his own fan base," Champ Bailey said. "Just to see more people out here on the first day than I've seen in the past, it's great. I think everybody's starting to expect some good things from us."

Coach John Fox said Manning's work will be regulated during training camp and into the season, but he likes where his arm strength is.

"He didn't take the last five weeks off by any stretch," Fox said. "We're happy with where he is."

There were plenty of No. 18 jerseys this time, many of which Manning signed after practice.

"I look forward to training camp because that means football season is getting closer and I do think this is important work for us," Manning said.

"It's certainly important for me, in the two-a-days and getting multiple plays and multiple looks run against our defense."

Cards sign Hochstein

FLAGSTAFF - The Arizona Cardinals have signed 11-year NFL veteran guard Russ Hochstein.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pound lineman played the last three seasons with the Denver Broncos. Before that, he played nearly seven seasons for the New England Patriots and one-plus season with Tampa Bay.

During his long career, he has made starts at center, guard, tight end and fullback. He has two Super Bowl rings he won as a member of the Patriots in 2003 and 2004.

Wellness program starts

NEW YORK - In an offseason marked by Junior Seau's suicide and scores of lawsuits over brain injuries, the NFL on Thursday launched a comprehensive wellness program for current and retired players - including a confidential mental health phone line.

"There is no higher priority for the National Football League than the health and wellness of our players," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in an email Thursday to more than 11,000 players announcing NFL Total Wellness.

Vilma hearing concludes

NEW ORLEANS - A hearing in federal court for suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has wrapped up without an immediate decision about whether he can temporarily return to work.

Vilma, former teammates and New Orleans assistant head coach Joe Vitt testified Thursday that Vilma never put up cash for tackles that injured opponents.

Extra points

• Jets All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis reported for training camp Thursday.

Revis said last month during minicamp that he was unsure if he would report for training camp while looking for the Jets to rework the $46 million, four-year deal he signed in 2010.

• The Seattle Seahawks added depth to its unproven wide receiver unit by signing veteran Antonio Bryant.

The team announced the signing on Thursday night. The Seahawks report for training camp today with the first practice scheduled for Saturday morning.

• The New York Giants placed wide receiver Hakeem Nicks and defensive lineman Chris Canty on the physically unable to perform list to start training camp.

• Dashon Goldson signed his $6.2 million franchise tender and reported to 49ers training camp Thursday, settling the franchise's only outstanding contract issue on the last day all players were due to arrive at team headquarters.

• Minnesota signed tackle Matt Kalil, their top draft pick and the last player from their 2012 draft class to reach a contract.

• Tampa Bay traded defensive tackle Brian Price to the Chicago Bears for a draft pick next year.

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