OTAs are in full swing around the league. Here's a quick look at some of Monday's news.
Peyton Manning has been trying to squeeze every ounce out of the limited time he gets under the new collective bargaining agreement to continue his recovery from neck surgery and practice with his new Denver Bronco teammates. Manning has been focusing on a point of emphasis daily, and on Monday that included working on deep passes downfield.
"It's good to do that," Manning said of testing his arm strength. "It's something we continue to work on. Obviously you have to work on it from my standpoint, from a rehab standpoint, and you want to try to work on it from a timing standpoint with your receivers."
Coach John Fox also had the team simulating game-line situations in the two-minute drill and working at the goal line. He was also pretty impressed with what he saw from No. 18.
"I think he's doing tremendous," Fox said of Manning. "Physically, he looks the same to me as he's always looked. Whenever you get a new player out here, it's a new language, and he's making adjustments to that. Just like everybody else, we're hoping they get better every day."
The Broncos are set at +1400 to win the Super Bowl.
Talk the talk
No one has ever rushed for 2,000 yards in a season two times in NFL history. But at just 26 years old, set to turn 27 only a couple weeks into the season, Chris Johnson is aiming to become the first.
"I think it can be done," the Tennessee Titans' star tailback reiterated to The Tennessean newspaper recently.
And, history aside, it probably can be. But only if the Titans' offensive line, previously a model of stability and performance, plays better in 2012 than it did last season. And, too, if it comes together after an offseason of change.
Much of the culpability for Johnson's dropoff the past two seasons, after becoming only the sixth player in league history to run for 2,000 yards in 2009, has focused on the four-year veteran back. And, arguably, deservedly so, especially after a lengthy holdout in 2011 that followed the lockout.
Johnson dropped from 2,006 yards in '09, to 1,364 yards in 2010, and to a career worst 1,047 yards last season. His average per carry, just 4.0 yards, was also the lowest of his career. And only two seasons after posting seven runs of 40 yards or more in '09, he registered only one.
Tennessee's season win total is at 7 (over -139)
Defensive end Osi Umenyiora was back with the Giants on Monday after agreeing to a restructured contract last week.
He had skipped the team's offseason program until now, but still has three OTAss and a minicamp before the Giants break until training camp.
"There is never any question about Osi preparation-wise," coach Tom Coughlin said. "He is a tremendous studier of the opponent. He knows exactly what his thoughts are going into the game and how the game plan fits. He will always do that, but to get back into a football frame of mind - and a positive one at that - it is a very good thing."
Umenyiora, 30, has 69.0 career regular season sacks, fourth on the Giants' all-time list.
The Giants' season win total is set at 9.5 at most books.
Odds courtesy Sports Interaction.