Former NFL receiver Brandon Stokley has been saying plenty lately about one of his former teammates, Peyton Manning. And they’re all incredibly positive.
“Just seeing him work out, seeing him make all of the throws like I said, to me he’ll step right in,” Stokley told NFL Network on Wednesday. “I believe he could play in a football game tomorrow and play at a high level.“
Stokley has seen Manning throw during rehab sessions at Duke. Also, while Manning was in Denver last weekend, Stokley caught passes from Peyton at a park near Stokley’s home.
“He could make all of the throws – on the run, in the pocket, deep throws, comeback,” Stokley said. “Any throw out there he was making. And then when he came out to Denver we had a little throwing session on Saturday morning and he looked even better. I think he had had three or four days off dealing with all of the free agency stuff and all of the things that were going on, so he looked even better to me then than he did at Duke. So, to me I don’t see any questions with him throwing or making any throws on the football field.”
It all sounds great. But it makes the fact that Manning has yet to throw for any interested teams even more confusing.
And while Stokley has plenty of insight about Manning’s current physical abilities, Stokley has no knowledge about Peyton’s plans.
“I know he’s had some good visits and I think he’s just waiting,” Stokley said.
Waiting for wait, exactly? Some think he’s waiting for the right financial offer, which simply hasn’t come yet.
So while Peyton supposedly could play at a high level tomorrow, it would still be an upset if he has a new team by tomorrow.