The NFL off-season was exciting in Denver as the team made moves to make this team better and that was after a year in which they surprised most experts and made the playoffs.
The team signed Peyton Manning to a five-year deal and they added some weapons for the veteran quarterback, but after missing a full season with a neck injury, concerns about his health are real. Manning has shown good arm strength in the recent OTAs, but until he takes some hits, this move is still a big question mark for the team.
Another question is the offense and how much will the league's top rushing team from last year transform into one that passes more often? Head coach John Fox is old-school and the move to a more wide open offense is intriguing. Manning ran the show with the Colts and how that carries over to the regular season could create controversy in the locker room, especially if the team has a bad start to the year.
The biggest concern for the team is the wide receivers on the roster. Demaryius Thomas showed flashes of brilliance last year, but the running game allowed him to play against man coverage, now he must prove that he can handle being 'The Man' and he will see more double-coverage in the 2012 NFL season. Another young receiver with promise is Eric Decker, but both young men have had trouble staying healthy and that could cause some problems in the upcoming year.
Denver has built a strong defense and with another year of experience this unit should improve upon last year. The offense is the biggest concern, but if Manning returns to his former self, this team could challenge in the AFC for a shot at the Super Bowl.