DURHAM — Peyton Manning threw his first passes to new Broncos teammate Wes Welker during a workout Wednesday at Duke.
Welker and Broncos receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker joined the veteran quarterback, working with Duke coach David Cutcliffe, who was Manning’s quarterbacks coach at Tennessee and oversaw much of the quarterback’s work when he was recovering from his neck surgeries.
Welker left the Patriots and signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Broncos this offseason.
Manning said in an ESPN interview, “There are certain guys you feel like you need it to happen with right away. He’s a guy who has a great feel for getting open, understanding route concepts. He played a sophisticated offense in New England. He’s smart.”
Utah’s Lotulelei declines draft-day invite
Utah’s Star Lotulelei has declined an invitation to attend the NFL draft in New York.
Lotulelei issued a statement Wednesday through his agent saying he prefers to be in Salt Lake City surrounded by family and friends when his name is called. The defensive tackle was projected by some to be the top overall pick until a medical exam during the NFL combine raised questions about his heart function.
Around the league
Houston: The Texans agreed to a one-year deal with Tim Dobbins, a 6-foot-1, 236-pound linebacker who played in 14 games last season and started five after Brian Cushing sustained a season-ending knee injury in October. He was also a special teams captain and made 43 tackles and intercepted a pass in 2012, his second season with the Texans.
New England: The Patriots signed former Oakland defensive lineman Tommy Kelly.