Denver Broncos wide receiver Jordan Taylor, left, joins teammates to take part in drills during the team's NFL football training camp Friday, July 29, 2016 in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
David Zalubowski
July 29, 2016

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Peyton Manning's legacy lives on at Denver Broncos headquarters, the latest example coming Friday when second-year wide receiver Jordan Taylor made a ridiculous Odell Beckham Jr.-esque one-handed catch .

Taylor is a second-year pro who went from practice squad player to Manning's personal workout partner last season when the quarterback was recovering from a foot injury.

Taylor was tightly covered by cornerback Taurean Nixon when he spun around and stretched his 6-foot-5 frame, grabbed Mark Sanchez's 45-yard throw with his right hand and held on as he somersaulted out of bounds.

''Honestly, I just threw my hand up and thank God for these gloves, it kind of stuck in there,'' Taylor said after practice. ''I haven't seen it on film. So, I'll check it out here in a little bit.''

Taylor, nicknamed ''Sunshine'' because of his runway model looks and flowing locks, went undrafted out of Rice in 2015. He made several big catches at last year's training camp but was unable to crack the 53-man roster and ended up on the practice squad.

For more than a month Taylor would spend upward of an hour catching passes from Manning as he worked his way back to health, then go play wide receiver and safety on the scout squad during the regular practice.

For running himself ragged, the rookie was rewarded with a custom-made Super Bowl suit from Manning, who said he couldn't have gotten to the Super Bowl without Taylor's help.

Taylor credits Manning with helping him become a better player during all those 1-on-1 throwing sessions during Manning's six-week recovery.

''It was like having Einstein tutor you in math or Picasso teach you to paint,'' he said at the Super Bowl.

Almost six months later, that work is paying off as evidenced by that catch.

''Working with Peyton last year was priceless,'' Taylor said. ''The things he taught me during his rehab I'll take the rest of my career and definitely into this camp.''

Notes: NT Phil Taylor injured his left knee, threw his helmet and hobbled off the field Friday. He went for an MRI and missed the evening walkthrough. So did NT Sylvester Williams (shoulder) and RT Donald Stephenson (sprained ankle), who was replaced by Michael Schofield.

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