Peyton Manning is working out with receivers Wes Welker, Eric Decker, and Demaryius Thomas in N.C.

Wes Welker and Peyton Manning work out together

RALEIGH, N.C. -    Peyton Manning was back at Duke University this week throwing passes to new receiver Wes Welker for the first time since the Broncos signed Welker as a free agent from New England.

  Manning told ESPN "Its a great time to work on the fundamentals. We start the offseason program April 15 (at Dove Valley.) Its been great work, great timing with the receivers this early in the offseason."

   Peyton is also working with receivers Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas, and Duke coach David Cutcliffe, who helped Peyton in his recovery from neck surgery last year. Manning knows Welker but this was the first time they will be on the same team.

  "I played in two Pro Bowls with Wes, but this is the first time we've thrown together," Manning said. "It was important to get my arm some rest. So i took some time off and gave my arm some rest.  But there are certain guys you just feel like you have timing with right away. He's a guy that just has a great feel for how to get open and understands route concepts. You can see why he's been such a productive player. He's intense, he loves to work. It's just been exciting for an old player like me to be around guys that love to work."
 
  ESPN's Chris Mortensen asked Peyton if he could help Welker transition to a new team, since Manning went through the same type of situation last year. "I can't speak for Wes. I haven't talked to him much about it but he's excited to be playing for Denver and we're excited to have him," Peyton said. "I know he's determined to be the same type of productive player with us and he'll make our team better."
 
  
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