A new teammate came to Mike Adams’ locker after Adams finished a workout one April afternoon.
The easily recognizable face of the Denver Broncos obviously didn’t need to tell the Paterson native his name, but the superstar quarterback’s introduction immediately made Adams realize they were going to get along great.
“He came up to me like I didn’t know who he was,” a laughing Adams recalled. “It kind of caught me off-guard. He said, ‘What’s going on, Mike? I’m Peyton Manning.’
“He’s like the most down-to-earth dude, especially for being such a high-profile player. He’s really humble. He knew more about me than I thought and told me he was happy to have me on the team.”
Manning happily has helped Adams during OTAs and minicamp practices as Adams acclimates to a new team and his seventh defensive system in his ninth NFL season.
Manning mostly has enabled Adams to develop a better understanding of tendencies quarterbacks attempt to exploit, which should help Adams adequately replace retired Brian Dawkins as the Broncos’ starting free safety.
After one deep completion, Manning informed Adams that a minor misstep made Manning realize he could connect with wide receiver Eric Decker on a pass he might not otherwise have thrown.
“Afterwards,” Adams said, “I asked him, ‘Hey Peyton, why did you throw that ball? I was there.’ He said, ‘I saw you false-step and once you false-stepped I knew you couldn’t get there, you couldn’t recover.’ I’m learning from him and it’s making me better.”