Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/28/12

Peyton Manning was back on the field Monday and looked like his old self.

A large media contingent turned out for the Denver Broncos’ first OTA session and Manning appeared to the throw the ball with authority.

“It felt good to be out there,” Manning said. “I haven't really been out there like this for a year and a half. It's a day I've been waiting on for a long time.

“I've always believed you develop your timing for the passing game in the offseason. You can't just show up in September and expect to be on the same page. Offseason workouts, it's a great time to make an impression on the coaches. Coaches are always evaluating.”

Manning said his recovery from neck surgery last year is still a work in progress.

“I try to get better every day,” he said. “That's my goal. I really need to use this time. I do think there's a difference when you are on the field, in helmets, going up against the defense. Up until now we haven't been able to go against a defense, so this will be great work for me.”

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