Baby steps, not giant leaps. That's how Peyton Manning is marking his comeback. So, he was glad to get his first game in 19 months out of the way and use it as a building block.
Manning was uneven in Denver's exhibition opener at Chicago on Thursday night even though he didn't have to contend with Julius Peppers or Brian Urlacher and had plenty of time to throw.
His first pass was broken up, his second toss tipped and his last throw picked off at the goal line.
In between, there were some very good signs for Manning and the Broncos, including a 19-yard completion to Eric Decker on third-and-17, good reads, nice runs and great protection.
All in all, not a bad day's work.