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Duke student paper says Manning had 16-minute throwing window

Peyton Manning, John Elway AP

On Friday afternoon, the student newspaper at Duke university reported via Twitter that Peyton Manning threw no passes during his “workout” for the Broncos.

The Chronicle has since clarified its contention, piecing together a timeline based on information from three reporters who staked out the Duke football complex during Manning’s visit.

The timeline reflects a 16-minute window after Broncos officials arrived at the Duke indoor practice facility (at 1:49 p.m. ET) and Manning and Broncos officials moved to another building that does not have a practice field (at 2:05 p.m. ET).

The Chronicle bases its assumption on the whereabouts of the Duke players who apparently showed up to catch passes from Peyton.  The players, believed to be tight end Cooper Helfet and receiver Austin Kelly, arrived at 1:25 p.m. ET, did not accompany Manning to the other building at 2:05 p.m. ET, and later gathered at the outdoor practice field at 2:14 p.m. ET.

Though not expressly stated in the timeline, the account implies that Manning at no point joined Helfet and Kelly on the practice field after 2:14 p.m. ET, and that the trio at no time re-entered the indoor practice facility.

According to the Chronicle, Duke coach David Cutcliffe said on ESPN2′s NFL32 that Manning threw 60 passes on Friday.  It’s theoretically possible that all 60 were thrown during that 16-minute window.  It’s possible that some were thrown before Broncos officials arrived at 1:49 p.m. ET.  Regardless, the Chronicle pegs the duration of the time that Broncos officials, Manning, and the receivers were together in the indoor practice facility at 16 minutes.

Though that’s 15-and-a-half minutes more than that grainy bigfoot-sighting video that appeared on YouTube two weeks ago, 16 minutes of workout time seems a little light for a deal that reportedly will average $18 million annually.

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29 Responses to “Duke student paper says Manning had 16-minute throwing window”
  1. charly0418 says: Mar 16, 2012 8:22 PM

    Dook sucks

  2. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 16, 2012 8:23 PM

    “throw-gate” something smells fishy!!!

  3. rantfire says: Mar 16, 2012 8:23 PM

    I love how this is written like a grand jury report. Manning must have done some bad stuff.

  4. rollteal says: Mar 16, 2012 8:25 PM

    I will be happy when this $hīt is over with.

  5. chawk12thman says: Mar 16, 2012 8:27 PM

    That’s 16 minutes longer than needed for someone to sign him…….It has taken on a “who wins the Manning sweepstakes” and a PR move rather than what value he brings right now to a team and what makes sense from a football view and what will makes sense from a business/PR point of view.

    Not bitter that he didn’t even give the Hawks a chance to make a pitch; glad they weren’t distracted by this circus.

  6. edusregis says: Mar 16, 2012 8:30 PM

    Manning is being courted, not vetted. Perhaps you have missed the fact that 1/4 of the NFL wanted to meet him?

  7. clavette says: Mar 16, 2012 8:31 PM

    its possible all they needed to see was a few passes to know that hes completely healthy and his arm strength is either 100% or close to it.

    just my thoughts

  8. squabbbler says: Mar 16, 2012 8:32 PM

    He threw for 16 minutes? On 03.16? And he wore 16 at Tennessee? It’s a sign. Book it.

  9. 49erjohnny says: Mar 16, 2012 8:33 PM

    He can’t hold up. He’s just trying to get some idiot team to pay him another 20 million dollars to hold a clipboard like he did last year.

  10. mark0226 says: Mar 16, 2012 8:34 PM

    Did Manning throw and when did he throw? That is the question.

  11. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 16, 2012 8:35 PM

    Peyton was throwing 70 yard no look bombs to the guys in the parking lot, from a fifth floor meeting room. Through a tiny “window of opportunity” which was left open specifically for that purpose. As well as to let in fresh air.

  12. ken0west says: Mar 16, 2012 8:36 PM

    We’re not rivals.

  13. pdxbolt says: Mar 16, 2012 8:41 PM

    Dear God……please let this end soon.

  14. damnsureis says: Mar 16, 2012 8:42 PM

    i don’t know. If he can throw 60 passes in 16 minutes I would thibk he can throw 40 in 3 hours.

  15. mjkelly77 says: Mar 16, 2012 8:46 PM

    rantfire says:Mar 16, 2012 8:23 PM

    I love how this is written like a grand jury report. Manning must have done some bad stuff.
    _____________________

    Actually, manning did. He hid a surgery (at least one) from his team and stole $24 million from Irsay because he knew he couldn’t throw. He knows he can’t throw now and is trying to steal more from whomever will guarantee him the most money. Greedy Swamp Boy. You’ll see.

    Per my Latin teacher, Sister Dulcilia … Caveat emptor.

  16. bearsstillsuck says: Mar 16, 2012 8:48 PM

    I’m sad that wasn’t a real Bigfoot clip. But manning is a douche that only wants money. There’s no way that his career from here on out is successful.

  17. atwatercrushesokoye says: Mar 16, 2012 8:49 PM

    Don’t these Dook students have Lacrosse parties to attend? Cutliffe and Elway both said that he threw, I’ll take that over this crack staff who managed to be all over the 49ers visit…oh wait

  18. tiredofblatheringnflexperts says: Mar 16, 2012 8:51 PM

    Full disclosure I’m a Dolphins fan who never wanted Manning in the Aqua and Orange but realizes he made the organization I love look like damn fools again.
    All that said the Mannings are handling this situation like every other football situation like a business. Matter of fact the Mannings family business has been football for 30+ years. There cloak and dagger machiavellian awe shucks routine should fool no one. They are looking for maximum profits,  just 2 days ago the national media proclaimed Manning’s decision would not be based on finances today we learn he wants another ridiculous contract at age 36 after being CUTand having four, I said 4, that’s 2×2 neck surgeries. The Manning’s could teach Goldman Sachs a thing or two about snookering the public. I fear that karma will take the form of a blind side sack for Peyton. 16 minutes does not equate to being smashed like a atom by an all-pro linebacker. 

  19. mushroommike says: Mar 16, 2012 8:54 PM

    This is the same paper who completely missed the fact that Manning had a throwing session with the 49ers right under their nose.

  20. JP says: Mar 16, 2012 8:54 PM

    How am I supposed to sleep tonight with this uncertainty?

  21. 69finfan says: Mar 16, 2012 9:02 PM

    “Windowgate”

  22. maddenisfordorks says: Mar 16, 2012 9:12 PM

    And then the lacrosse team busted in with hormones blazing

  23. rcali says: Mar 16, 2012 10:00 PM

    I’m sure Belicheat had somebody from the Patriots organization taping it right?

  24. yogikenobi says: Mar 16, 2012 10:16 PM

    16 minutes is more than enough time. I saw a game where he threw 6 passes in 22 seconds.

  25. WestCoastVet says: Mar 16, 2012 10:21 PM

    “This is the same paper who completely missed the fact that Manning had a throwing session with the 49ers right under their nose.”

    That’s cuz the 49ers are ninjas.

  26. gmsalpha says: Mar 16, 2012 10:21 PM

    Remember, he doesn’t need to be 100%. Just needs to convince a team that he will be ready when the season starts.

  27. jimbo75025 says: Mar 17, 2012 2:15 AM

    tiredofblatheringnflexperts says:
    Mar 16, 2012 8:51 PM
    Full disclosure I’m a Dolphins fan who never wanted Manning in the Aqua and Orange but realizes he made the organization I love look like damn fools again.
    All that said the Mannings are handling this situation like every other football situation like a business. Matter of fact the Mannings family business has been football for 30+ years. There cloak and dagger machiavellian awe shucks routine should fool no one. They are looking for maximum profits, just 2 days ago the national media proclaimed Manning’s decision would not be based on finances today we learn he wants another ridiculous contract at age 36 after being CUTand having four, I said 4, that’s 2×2 neck surgeries. The Manning’s could teach Goldman Sachs a thing or two about snookering the public. I fear that karma will take the form of a blind side sack for Peyton. 16 minutes does not equate to being smashed like a atom by an all-pro linebacker.

    ___________________

    Dude, chill. I give you the fact that the Mannings are operating shrewdly (and always have), but when you step back and look at it, have they ever caused any major problems or lit up the crime blotter like a large percentage of NFL players? On the contrary, PM has done a ton of charity work and does not seem to have burned any bridges except with the Dolphins and Cards. Last time I checked, the Mannings had not had to beg or even ask anyone for a meeting to discuss Peyton playing for them.

  28. rushbacker says: Mar 17, 2012 3:24 AM

    He’s Peyton freakin’ Manning. How many passes does he need to throw, five-hundred? This isn’t the scouting combine or his pro day. As long as he can deliver the ball with velocity, he’s got a decade-and-a-half of film to show he can make all the throws.

  29. usuallysneeringatyou says: Mar 17, 2012 8:14 AM

    15 minutes is light? To see if Peyton F. Manning can throw the football well enough? What do you need to see, another whole body of work? Who’s looking, Elmer Fudd? Duh.

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