Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/10/12

The 10-snap cameo appearance that Peyton Manning made in his return to the field on Thursday night demonstrated that the four-time Most Valuable Player hasn't lost his sense of timing or his feel on short and intermediate routes.

But it did show that the Denver wide receivers still have some work to do in matching Manning's nonpareil precision, even after a summer of working with him on some of the finer points he demands of his pass-catchers. Manning termed the return "a big step," but there were some missteps by his wide receivers, or his comeback might have been even better.

On at least three of Manning's attempts - he was 4-for-10 for 44 yards with a long completion of 19 yards and didn't really challenge the Chicago defense with the deep ball - Denver receivers either throttled down on their routes, made wrong route conversions or ran sloppy patterns, one Broncos coach said on Friday morning.

Those are the kinds of errors that Manning, who expects everyone to play up to his level of preparedness and proficiency, doesn't well reconcile.

On one of the routes, the coach relayed, wideout Demaryius Thomas slowed his gait just enough that the timing was off, and the pass was incomplete. On the next play, Manning threw slightly behind Brandon Stokley, who has previous experience with the quarterback in Indianapolis, and the ball was tipped and intercepted. Stokley allowed after the game that he ran a poor route.

On a whole, the coach said, the staff was pleased with Manning's performance and the way in which he moved the Broncos, but the receivers still have some work to do in not only matching up with his expectations, but also synchronizing routes.

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