Denver will get its first taste of the Peyton Manning era on Thursday when the Broncos meet the Chicago Bears at Solider Field in the preseason opener. Manning has spent his entire career as a member of the Indianapolis Colts up to this point, but missed all of last season with a neck injury before agreeing to a lucrative free agent contract with the Broncos this spring.
The Denver Post projects Manning to take between 10-12 snaps on Thursday based on how the Broncos have treated their first preseason game historically. The Post says Caleb Hanie will replace Manning and play most of the second quarter until rookie Brock Osweiler takes over. Adam Weber is expected to play quarterback in the fourth quarter.