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Stokley says Peyton is throwing like “six years ago”

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During Peyton Manning’s visit to Denver, he threw some passes, after all.  Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that Manning threw roughly 50 passes to former teammate Brandon Stokley.

Klis says that the pitch-and-catch session, which no one from the Broncos attended, occurred in a small park on Saturday morning.

Stokley also saw Manning throw passes in North Carolina, presumably at or about time that grainy Zapruder/bigfoot film was shot.  “I saw him for three days at Duke and he was the only quarterback and he threw a ton of balls for three straight practices and the guy looked to me like he did when I was there six years ago,” Stokley said.

Saying that Peyton looks like he did “six years ago” is one hell of a statement, meaning that he’s not only 100 percent but also that he has found a way to turn back the hands of time.

Klis also reports that Manning’s workout at Duke was filmed and distributed to teams last week.

“People who say the Broncos are crazy for not watching his balls fly, or what are they doing?  Those people are dead wrong,” Stokley said.  “I’ll put whatever reputation I have on the line behind that guy right now.  He looks great.”  (Is that sort of like when Mike Shanahan put his reputation on John Beck and Rex Grossman?)

Fine.  But how can anyone expect any team to pay Peyton millions of dollars of guaranteed money based on “whatever reputation” a former teammate has and a mass-produced video?  Multiple league sources have told PFT in recent that there’s no way Manning should be offered a contract in light of his recent medical history without demonstrating his arm strength, in person.

Indeed, if Manning was able to do it with Stokley in a small park on Saturday morning, why couldn’t Manning do it at the Broncos’ facility on Saturday afternoon, the Cardinals’ facility on Sunday afternoon, or any other team facility this week?

We realize that the rabid pursuit of Peyton permits the player to dictate terms.  But if he truly looks like he did six years ago, wouldn’t he be showing it off?  It would drive his price even higher.

For more on the throw/not throw issue, here’s a little something from today’s PFT Live.

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37 Responses to “Stokley says Peyton is throwing like “six years ago””
  1. livebyfaithnotsight says: Mar 12, 2012 5:24 PM

    Everything is hearsay and speculation, but the bottom line for me is that I wouldn’t bet against Peyton Manning. As long as he doesn’t suffer any setbacks, I expect him to have a great comeback year; regardless of what team he winds up with.

  2. maddenisfordorks says: Mar 12, 2012 5:24 PM

    This is getting worse than Favre watch.

    The sad thing is that I still read the articles.

  3. tos420 says: Mar 12, 2012 5:25 PM

    Please pick a team soon. These conflicting reports every five minutes of who the front runner is to get him are annoying.

  4. caseyanthonymunoz says: Mar 12, 2012 5:28 PM

    Great. So he’ll put up decent numbers in a dome then get knocked out in the first round of the playoffs. How original of him.

  5. livebyfaithnotsight says: Mar 12, 2012 5:30 PM

    For those people saying how annoying all these reports are: stop keeping tabs then. It’s a big story; no QB like Manning has ever been a free agent like this. He should be taking his time with the decision; and because of the media, of course we’re going to hear something every hour. What’s the big deal? If it you’re not intrigued by the situation, why are reading these reports? Comparing Manning to Favre is so ridiculous that it doesn’t even deserve a retort.

  6. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 12, 2012 5:31 PM

    You don’t question Peyton Manning. Peyton Manning questions you. C’mon, you know that.

  7. davikes says: Mar 12, 2012 5:31 PM

    Why should he throw for every team? He’s picking the team, they’re not picking him. When he picks his team, maybe then he’ll throw. Or maybe they’ll just take his word for it. He does have a rep for being a standup guy, doesn’t he?

  8. FinFan68 says: Mar 12, 2012 5:32 PM

    “I saw him for three days at Duke and he was the only quarterback and he threw a ton of balls for three straight practices and the guy looked to me like he did when I was there six years ago,” Stokley said.
    _______________
    This makes me doubt that video. Why mention, unprovoked, that Peyton was the only QB? Other QBs would not matter unless there might be something to hide. I agree that if he were throwing like he used to, it would be exploited. There is no reason to hide ability unless it is not up to par. If he truly could have, Peyton would have stepped off the plane in Miami and launched a 60 yard bomb down the tarmac while all the media watched.

  9. kingdm8 says: Mar 12, 2012 5:33 PM

    Stokley also saw Manning throw passes in North Carolina, presumably at or about time that grainy Zapruder/bigfoot film was shot.

    It’s a good thing you write about football, because you’d fail miserably as a standup comic.

  10. slickmarine says: Mar 12, 2012 5:33 PM

    I think that most of us hard-core football fans know Mike Klis as more of a tabloid reporter than a true professional. Like the article says, if Peyton can throw, why not show?

  11. xxwhodatxx says: Mar 12, 2012 5:34 PM

    Do you think a team is actually gonna put cash in hand without seeing him throw in person? A name only gets you so far and all the talk about teams not seeing him throw is nonsense. He’s got awhile before he’s gotta do anything the media just loves stirring the pot.

  12. thepatriotsaregay says: Mar 12, 2012 5:37 PM

    this story is stupid. The controversy isn’t about his throwing ability. It’s about will he get up after someone cleans his clock?

  13. youdownwithjpp says: Mar 12, 2012 5:42 PM

    When I first looked at the headline i thought it read Peyton throws like a six year old.

  14. sullijo1 says: Mar 12, 2012 6:13 PM

    Has he even VISITED Kansas City yet? Has Clarky boy done anymore desperate appeals via the media?

    Maybe he could fly a banner over his house:

    Please, Please, Please go to prom with me.

  15. bucks12965 says: Mar 12, 2012 6:14 PM

    Since Stokley has lost about a third of his speed, he didn’t notice any difference in the slow balls Peyton was throwing.

  16. jgava19 says: Mar 12, 2012 6:19 PM

    Exactly. If he was slinging it like old, he’d be showing it off to get the biggest check. Stokely is full of it.

  17. mikehoncho79 says: Mar 12, 2012 6:33 PM

    Well Colt McCoy is throwing like he was 10 years ago!

  18. supremeomega says: Mar 12, 2012 6:34 PM

    Will he be allowed to wear a red no contact jersey?

  19. riles1008 says: Mar 12, 2012 6:49 PM

    He’s turned back the hands of time? Saying he looked the same as Stokley last caught balls from him doesn’t mean he’s “arm strength or accuracy.” just that manning still has that arm, it isn’t lost. Typical reading into the story

  20. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 12, 2012 6:54 PM

    Bs! !! Stokley is gonna get a cut of his new team money or wants to get signed there too, why not do like TO did and invite teams n media for a throwing session? Cba rules don’t prohibit that!!!

  21. gacoltfan says: Mar 12, 2012 6:54 PM

    He said in his press conference he wasn’t 100%, so why would he throw for teams now. That’s like telling a draft pick, “go ahead and the 40 eventhough we know you aren’t at full strength, we’ll still draft you knowing you will get faster”.

    Fact is even is they don’t see him throw before they sign him, it will be heavy with incentives and probably have an out to cut him before the season if he isn’t healthy. He will have minicamps, OTA’s, training camp, etc. to show his team how he is throwing before they have to commit much money.

  22. trojan33sc says: Mar 12, 2012 6:55 PM

    I smell “kick-back” !!

  23. The Prophet says: Mar 12, 2012 6:56 PM

    I’m glad someone has finally acknowledge how washed up Peyton has been in recent years.

  24. kungfubillysims says: Mar 12, 2012 6:57 PM

    You should try to make it through a few posts without throwing in a condescending comment just to see if you can do it.

  25. gacoltfan says: Mar 12, 2012 6:59 PM

    I doubt he is really throwing like he did 6 yrs ago, but if his initial injury happened in 2006 against the Redskins as speculated and his neck obviously got progressively worse which could hurt his arm strength, is it inconceivable that he will be stronger and throw better than he did the past couple of years?

  26. themonster49 says: Mar 12, 2012 7:00 PM

    That is great news if it is true!

    Wherever he goes, it’s gonna be awesome watching him play again.

  27. hatesycophants says: Mar 12, 2012 7:08 PM

    I’m going to lean more towards Stokley’s opinion. He is a professional athlete and you are a very poor writer. It’s really not that tough a choice.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  28. mjkelly77 says: Mar 12, 2012 7:16 PM

    Klis says that the pitch-and-catch session, which no one from the Broncos attended ….
    _____________________

    Right. Caveat emptor. Swamp Boy is done.

  29. croghan1919 says: Mar 12, 2012 7:19 PM

    These teams DO NOT have to see PM throw.
    He’s a street free agent and no doubt, as has been pointed out elsewhere, has film of EVERY ONE of his throws for the past 2 months.
    He is free to show them every second of them.
    If recievers that have been catching his throws say things like Stokley said, as long as he passes a team pyhsical and they see non Zapruder type film, decision makers shouldn’t be afraid to pull the trigger.

  30. mjkelly77 says: Mar 12, 2012 7:20 PM

    Indeed, if Manning was able to do it with Stokley in a small park on Saturday morning, why couldn’t Manning do it at the Broncos’ facility on Saturday afternoon, the Cardinals’ facility on Sunday afternoon, or any other team facility this week?
    ___________________

    Manning didn’t because he can’t. He stole $24 million for the Colts and he’ll continue to steal if allowed to. Dude is done.

  31. naptownwarrior says: Mar 12, 2012 7:31 PM

    so how much is manning’s camp paying stokley to say this line of bogus garbage? like everybody else said, if manning’s arm was truly back, he would be slinging the ball in front of cameras at every destination he lands in. stokley must be desperate for cash

  32. bozosforall says: Mar 12, 2012 8:30 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Mar 12, 2012 5:28 PM
    Great. So he’ll put up decent numbers in a dome then get knocked out in the first round of the playoffs. How original of him.

    __
    Playoff wins are a TEAM stat.

    The REAL QB stat is career postseason QB rating:

    Peyton Manning – 88.6
    Tom Brady – 86.0

    Now cry yourself to sleep, loser Pats fan.

  33. nflcombineresultsseo says: Mar 12, 2012 8:41 PM

    All this doubting of Manning is crazy to me. He’s carried the Colts on that back for years and will do the same for his next team…for the next 4 or 5 years. And that is to say…he doesn’t even have to get back to 100% to make it happen…although there’s still a real chance he ends up better.

    As for all the money talk…how much is it really worth to an NFL team to be able to say “We’re clearly in the hunt for the Superbowl this year”…and be able to say that year in and year out. At least where I’m from, you don’t see alot of opportunities pass by where you have the chance to essentially flip your franchises entire game on its head.

    If you ask me, I think Dallas should be the top team interested…followed by Houston (holy crap with that running game), Baltimore, San Francisco, Jacksonville, Chicago, Minnesota, Denver, Arizona, Philadelphia and finally Miami.

    Anyway, I understand the move by the Colts. They now realize just how badly the team sucks…and there’s really no other option to rebuild at this point.

    As for these other teams, put Manning on any one of them and I think they join the real hunt. How much money is spent each and every year on options that never make any difference. The Cassel and Kolb signings…and on and on and on.

    I clearly have no idea how anyone would consider this a bad chance to take.

  34. tropboi11 says: Mar 12, 2012 9:06 PM

    Whoever takes the chance on PM is making a good decision, every team has paid to much for a player that hasn’t proven anything, this is PM were talming about, if it works out for a team they have a good chance of getting to the SB for the next 4 to 5 years, if it dosent work out at least you took the chance on one of the greatest QB’s of all time and you will make money by selling tickets and Jerseys, I wish the Bucs were in a position to go after him but we have a young Josh Freeman (not that he is anywhere close to what PM is) but the Bucs are just not in the right position to make that move cause we need much more than just a top QB and PM would never come here.

  35. tjjohnson98 says: Mar 12, 2012 9:13 PM

    Mike Klis of the Denver Post said Peyton just farted

  36. golonger says: Mar 13, 2012 10:41 AM

    R-I-G-H-T……if Manning was “the same” as he was 6 years ago…do you think for a minute he would be out of Indy????

    He may be throwing LIKE he was six years ago (hold football in right hand, hold behind ear, flick with arm) but he isnt throwing the SAME as six years ago…big difference!

  37. golonger says: Mar 13, 2012 3:17 PM

    tropboi11 – WRONG….your post is so ignorant….

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