Manning and the first-team offense went into the no-huddle during one of the final periods of Monday's practice, and he wasted little time carving the defense, hitting Eric Decker on a 40-yard post route on the first play of the period.
"It was game simulation," said safety Rahim Moore, who along with cornerback Tracy Porter was beaten by Decker. "It also gets you ready for getting the calls in quicker from the coaching staff and relaying them to us and going out there and playing."
The defense gradually adapted. After Demaryius Thomas dropped a pass from Manning on the next play, Moore crushed running back Lance Ball in the right flat and jarred the football loose. Those represented Manning's only two incompletions in the hurry-up; he hit Decker, Knowshon Moreno and Andre Caldwell on his other no-huddle tosses.
"It's so smooth, man. He (Manning) rolls through it. 'Let's go, let's go, let's go,' and you look across the ball and see that the defense is tired. I love that," said Chris Clark, who worked as first-team right tackle in place of Orlando Franklin, who is out with a concussion.