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Decker says there’s “no question” Peyton’s arm is fine

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Three weeks ago, quarterback Peyton Manning decided to join the Broncos amid questions regarding his arm strength.  Receiver Eric Decker now says that Manning’s arm is plenty strong.

Decker told ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd that there’s “no question” Manning has the arm strength to play in the NFL.

“The guy’s still throwing the ball a long time, throwing it great, hitting you in the right spot,” Decker told Cowherd.  “He’s such a perfectionist.  If he hits you in the belly button, he gets mad at himself for not hitting you in the chest.  It’s unbelievable to be around a guy who has those standards for himself.”

Decker has been working out with Manning, something that players are permitted to do before the start of the formal offseason program.

“When I got to meet him face to face, the guy is just a class act,” Decker said of his first encounter with Manning.  “A different person.  [It’s] special to be around a guy of that stature and his ability to play football.”

Decker raved about Manning’s work ethic.  “In workouts, in the weight room — I mean the guy’s jogging from station to station.  He’s working like he’s a 23-year-old free agent coming out of college.  The way he talks about football, the way he runs drill work, routes, everything’s gotta be perfect and there’s no gray area.  I think that, as a receiver, [is] the best thing about it.  You got a leader that demands the best out of you because he gives the best he’s got.”

It’s hard not to view the words of Decker and any other member of the Broncos through the Tebow prism.  Though no one is insulting the team’s former quarterback, the raving about Peyton implies a certain level of discomfort with his predecessor.  Or possibly more comfort with the four-time MVP who will now be throwing the ball far more accurately than Tebow ever did.

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69 Responses to “Decker says there’s “no question” Peyton’s arm is fine”
  1. vanmorrissey says: Apr 9, 2012 8:46 PM

    Arm, OK, workouts, OK, but it’s the neck and the bolts holding it together you need to worry about. One hit and it could be all over, don’t forget that.

  2. maxinquaye7 says: Apr 9, 2012 8:47 PM

    wow man, you almost made it… right to the last paragraph… then boom! Tebow reference.

  3. talkintrashallday says: Apr 9, 2012 8:47 PM

    what did you THINK he was gonna say??

  4. truthfactory says: Apr 9, 2012 8:49 PM

    Here’s a crazy thought…. Maybe he WASN’T tryin to take a shot at Tebow. Maybe he was asked about what Peyton Manning is like, and he just answered it honestly…

    Nah… Thats not a juicy enough story…. Better take a subtle shot at Tebow…

  5. axtionsaxon says: Apr 9, 2012 8:52 PM

    Ask Champ Bailey about Tebow’s work ethic… there is no slight against Tebow in Decker’s comments.

    He is thrilled to be working with Manning. What receiver wouldn’t be?

  6. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 9, 2012 8:54 PM

    Decker has some pretty high standards too, judging by his fiancee.

  7. bearsstillsuck says: Apr 9, 2012 8:56 PM

    That’s true for everybody, surgery or not.

  8. iplaybad says: Apr 9, 2012 8:57 PM

    Peyton Manning is no dummy. If he were at an elevated risk for paralysis or other substantial neck injury, he never play football again. His neck is in great shape according to the medical professionals who have actually examined him. Fortunately, the hacks who comment gibberish on PFT don’t count for expert medical analysis.

    As PM gets stronger, he will be even more precise in his throws, which is scary considering that he was throwing well over 60% in years when he was “falling off”. TRT in his finest hour was in no danger of surpassing a 60% completion rate.

    Denver will be in the tournament.

  9. mrvikings says: Apr 9, 2012 9:00 PM

    Of course his arm is fine eric is use to a no talent qb, now with the Jets, throwing him the ball

  10. soforizo says: Apr 9, 2012 9:01 PM

    Great article until you talked about freaking Tim Tebow. You’d think the internet would collapse if he isn’t mentioned daily.

  11. pat940 says: Apr 9, 2012 9:03 PM

    I thought the Dr’s said his neck is no more likely to be injured that anyone else. Wasn’t his neck cleared, and the question arm nerve regeneration?

  12. cjforpresident says: Apr 9, 2012 9:06 PM

    Seriously… you’re going this route with this story? Did anyone with a brain ever question whether Tebow was in the same league as Manning, I mean other than the NFL… but no… he’s not been – never will be – so drop that. You’re reading WAY too much into this… This is about Manning, not Tebow, you media twit!

  13. doggz109 says: Apr 9, 2012 9:07 PM

    Oh come on…..nothing he said was a slap at Tebow.

    As we have all said…..its Payton Freakin’ Manning. There is a reason to be impressed.

  14. nathanbetz91 says: Apr 9, 2012 9:07 PM

    Even if Manning was only hitting recievers in the shins, he’d still be doing better than tebow was

  15. electionconfidential says: Apr 9, 2012 9:09 PM

    It doesn’t necessarily denote any problems the team had with Tebow or Orton. Peyton might just be the best QB they’ve ever played with… Let’s face it… he was VERY good in 2010 and he only missed a year. Geez… Mario Williams missed most of last year too and he has NO doubters that I’ve spotted.

  16. bigwinintx says: Apr 9, 2012 9:13 PM

    One on One drills are one thing, having to look for an open receiver with a 269# linebacker barreling in on you with a blown blocking assignment is another thing.

    We’re all hoping the guy comes back and can do it again, but we all know the inevitable; one lick and he’s down forever.

  17. geo1113 says: Apr 9, 2012 9:15 PM

    It’s hard not to view the words of Decker and any other member of the Broncos through the Tebow prism.
    ———————-

    Actually, it is considering I didn’t give Tebow a thought until you brought it up. And I went to Flroida!

  18. thetruth845 says: Apr 9, 2012 9:16 PM

    vanmorrissey says: Apr 9, 2012 8:46 PM

    Arm, OK, workouts, OK, but it’s the neck and the bolts holding it together you need to worry about. One hit and it could be all over, don’t forget that.

    —————————————————————————————————————————–

    Sorry. I know you must have missed every single article written on his neck so Ill help you out. His neck is stronger than it was before. Bone fusion, when it takes, bolsters the strength of the area. He is LESS likely to injure the structure of his neck than a player without fusion. Aside from that, its his nerve that was the issue not the cervical spine itself.

  19. joeg4343 says: Apr 9, 2012 9:20 PM

    Maybe he was taking a shot at Adam Weber, career leader for QB losses in NCAA Division 1 football history, ex-Gopher and current Broncos backup QB.

  20. jameslongstaffe says: Apr 9, 2012 9:20 PM

    Of course his arm strength is fine in practice. I should hope so, or it would not even be a consideration. Everyone seems to be missing the point, it is what happens to his symptoms after he gets hit & throws, game after game that will matter. His injury involves nerves, not the spinal cord, so paralysis is unlikely, but muscle weakness & neurologic pain are a possibility. He has early arthritis of his cervical spine as a result of football, that is evident. I hope for Peyton Manning the best, because he deserves a shot to play:) I want him to play Philip Rivers this year!

  21. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Apr 9, 2012 9:26 PM

    If you were looking for a shot at Tebow, here was your quote:

    “I think we really understand that it’s all about reading defenses, being smart, finding the open zone and just hitting the passes on third down and converting because that’s what keeps drives going, that’s what keeps you in ballgames.”

  22. ivibaileyivi says: Apr 9, 2012 9:30 PM

    Who dat nation? You a Cheating, Sorry a@# nation AINTS. It keeps getting better!!

    ***2009 SuperBowl ChUmpions New Orlean AINTS***

  23. ProDolphinsTalk says: Apr 9, 2012 9:32 PM

    Andrew Luck sure wishes he was replacing Tim Tebow. Good luck kid…good luck.

  24. mataug says: Apr 9, 2012 9:37 PM

    Decker finds Peyton Manning to be a better passer than Tim Tebow – no sh*t Sherlock!

  25. liddogg33 says: Apr 9, 2012 9:39 PM

    So sick and tired of hearing about Manning!! The Broncos are not near as good as people are making them out to be and all its gonna take is for Manning to get hit the wrong way and its GAME OVER!!! Elway bet the farm on number 18’s neck and he is about to FORECLOSE!!! Even gave up his only backup in the sweepstakes!!

  26. akd1287 says: Apr 9, 2012 9:40 PM

    Tebow is a joke. I know bag boy’s at the supermarket that can throw a football better than him.

  27. caseyanthonymunoz says: Apr 9, 2012 9:45 PM

    The guy is below .500 in the playoffs. He’s a choker regardless of how his neck/shoulder responds.

  28. fumblenuts says: Apr 9, 2012 9:54 PM

    “If he hits you in the belly button, he gets mad at himself for not hitting you in the chest. It’s unbelievable to be around a guy who has those standards for himself.”

    More NFL QB’s could learn from that…………….

  29. paochow says: Apr 9, 2012 9:58 PM

    Decker and Thomas are going to post some big numbers in 2012.

  30. cuda1234 says: Apr 9, 2012 10:13 PM

    More proof that Tebow’s not all that the media makes him out to be. Everyone knows he can’t throw and now there’s another teammate questioning his leadership – one of the core tenents of the urban legend.

    Don’t forget the comments from UF wr Deonte Thompson in the first post-Tebow practice about how nice it was to catch balls from someone who could actually throw. Expect more of those from Denver also.

  31. hooterdawg says: Apr 9, 2012 10:14 PM

    IMO all this hype about Manning will come to a crashing halt once the games begin. I won’t be surprised to see medicore performance that will be blamed on his supporting cast – when the real problem is Manning.

  32. vikescry1 says: Apr 9, 2012 10:15 PM

    iplaybad says:
    Apr 9, 2012 8:57 PM
    Peyton Manning is no dummy. If he were at an elevated risk for paralysis or other substantial neck injury, he never play football again. His neck is in great shape according to the medical professionals who have actually examined him. Fortunately, the hacks who comment gibberish on PFT don’t count for expert medical analysis.

    As PM gets stronger, he will be even more precise in his throws, which is scary considering that he was throwing well over 60% in years when he was “falling off”. TRT in his finest hour was in no danger of surpassing a 60% completion rate.

    Denver will be in the tournament.
    ——————————————————————————————————————————————— Denver will be in the tournament… yeah if there defense can stop the runs…… oh and if peyton can win in the cold outdoors.

  33. hooterdawg says: Apr 9, 2012 10:15 PM

    “Tebow is a joke. I know bag boy’s at the supermarket that can throw a football better than him.”

    Would that be your father?

  34. rmc1995 says: Apr 9, 2012 10:20 PM

    I think the writer misinterprets Decker’s words to take a swipe at Tebow as much as the same writer misinterpreted a Gospel verse to take a swipe at Tebow’s Easter appearance. These swipes seem to be becoming personal rather than professional.

  35. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 9, 2012 10:21 PM

    just wait til paeyton gets his happy feet with linemans coming at him and hes woried about that neck, then lets see if the accuracy is still there, any qb is accurate in sweats playing toss and not with a playbook, heck im accurate too

  36. uglysamoan says: Apr 9, 2012 10:22 PM

    I’m sure his arm is fine, Idk bout that neck though.

  37. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 9, 2012 10:27 PM

    i get mad when i money shot on my womans cheast and not her belly button too

  38. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 9, 2012 10:33 PM

    Decker gets hurt the instant the offense starts to depend on him. it goes back to each year as a gopher too. he puts up big numbers early, then the defenses either start to cover him and he vanishes, or he just gets hurt.

  39. elrock7 says: Apr 9, 2012 10:39 PM

    liddogg says Elway bet the farm on Manning. What kind of farm I wonder, didnt cost him anything but money, well protected money at that. Sounds like a no-brainer!

  40. blue18hutthutt says: Apr 9, 2012 10:40 PM

    Is this really a surprise to anyone? Manning’s work ethic is phenomenal ..he is what you call a force multiplier.

    Broncos might not have top-tier talent but you can be sure Manning will get the most out of them and make them better than they are

  41. mikelitoris1 says: Apr 9, 2012 10:46 PM

    …. and almost one year ago, there was no question in Larry Fitzgerald’s mind that Kevin Kolb’s arm was fine.

  42. jimmyhaffa says: Apr 9, 2012 10:47 PM

    TEBOW TEBOW TEBOW! I can’t wait for 3 years to pass by when he’s out of the NFL and in some other country helping kids. Great guy, horrible NFL player. I don’t wanna hear about what he’s eating for breakfast and how he feels about it.

  43. geo1113 says: Apr 9, 2012 11:04 PM

    akd1287 says:
    Apr 9, 2012 9:40 PM
    Tebow is a joke. I know bag boy’s at the supermarket that can throw a football better than him.

    ———————-

    So why are they bag boys!!!

  44. denverbronconj says: Apr 9, 2012 11:14 PM

    Nobody works harder than Tim Tebow?…umm..his name is Peyton Manning..in case you forgot his name…perfectionist, pro bowler, superbowl champion, MVP, philanthropist without anybody noticing.

  45. raiderinva says: Apr 9, 2012 11:21 PM

    “Peyton implies a certain level of discomfort with his predecessor. Or possibly more comfort with the four-time MVP who will now be throwing the ball far more accurately than Tebow ever did.”

    Yes…. and the Broncos won with this daily reminder of a hap hazard QB because of the Defense. Thank you Dennis Allen.

  46. bozosforall says: Apr 9, 2012 11:38 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Apr 9, 2012 9:45 PM
    The guy is below .500 in the playoffs. He’s a choker regardless of how his neck/shoulder responds.

    ___
    As usual, caseyanthonymoron shows his ignorance.

    Career postseason QB rating:
    Peyton Manning – 88.6
    Tom Brady – 86.0

    Career postseason W – L record is a TEAM statistic.

    Manning > Brady

  47. voxnovo says: Apr 9, 2012 11:38 PM

    Wouldn’t Peyton Manning be an obvious upgrade over virtually ANY predecessor QB?

    No point in singling out Tebow for denigration — unless one has a toxic, gratuitous axe to grind. Tebow took Denver to the playoffs, and then to a playoff win. Deserves respect for that.

  48. chibears187 says: Apr 9, 2012 11:43 PM

    The Denver Broncos are one of the dumbest organizations in the league. (By the way thanks for Jay Cutler). Peyton Manning is one hit away from looking like Timmy from South Park. Are you that desperate to win that you take a chance on watching him being airlifted out of Mile High? Another year in that system for Tebow and a full offseason would have worked miracles for Tebow. People seem to forget what he did at Florida. Tamba Halo and Richard Seymour get to meet Peyton twice a year…Good Luck

  49. buckybadger says: Apr 9, 2012 11:52 PM

    Tebow’s idea of hard work was running the win springs after practice hard then going on a book tour. Sure he hits a camp this year while making personal appearances but IMO never really understood what these other guys did for their “hard work”.

  50. buckybadger says: Apr 9, 2012 11:55 PM

    @chibears187, another year and that pathetic excuse for an offense would have been completely sniffed out by every D coordinator just like the Wild Cat was years ago. Tebow will be out of the league in 2 or 3 years.

    Manning is at his end but his neck is better then you think. Also you can have Cutler. Guy is a mental midget.

  51. xx4zu1 says: Apr 10, 2012 12:09 AM

    I heard the best one about Tebow tonight. It was said that “Tebow is gods quarterback but I guess the broncos have a higher standard than god” :) LOL damn good laugh.

  52. rmavs says: Apr 10, 2012 12:28 AM

    Manning is going to be fine. Broncos fans should be happy as hell to have the caliber of QB that Manning is! Tebow aint s@;t as a NFL QB, and most NFL fans know that. Yes, it was exciting what Tebow did last year, but the coaches had to change everything for it to possibly work. His last three games in the regular season were horsesh@t! Peyton Manning will blow away the Tebow mist lingering in the rockies in his first start…GO VIKES!!!!

  53. bspurloc says: Apr 10, 2012 12:51 AM

    .
    isnt the correct comment to say….
    “ANYONE would seem to be throwing the ball good compared to TEBOW”

    Tebow could take a hit though… Manning spent his career mostly untouched… we dont even know how he got injured… My guess he got injured leaning down to get into someones corvette

  54. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Apr 10, 2012 1:16 AM

    Say all you want Donkey fans…you will still end up with an 8-8 record.

  55. jjbadd says: Apr 10, 2012 2:07 AM

    As a Broncos fan I just wanna say that I have no problem saying Peyton is miles ahead of Tebow. But I also believe at some point, Tebow will redeem himself. Tebow is a great player, no question. He got slammed all year, how did he respond? He won football games! I’m very interested in seeing Tebow this upcoming season, as well as my Broncos. I hope it don’t come down to the Jets/Broncos in the playoffs..I’ve been on the other side of Tebowmania!

  56. latenightroach says: Apr 10, 2012 4:01 AM

    For $96,000,000.00 his arm better be fine.

  57. TheWizard says: Apr 10, 2012 4:44 AM

    All I know is the Broncos need to make the playoffs and win 2 games to improve on last year.

    Let’s see it.

  58. mrmarcus55 says: Apr 10, 2012 6:11 AM

    This is going be like Montana in KC….seems legit, but yeah. Denver defense sucks, oline and dline all underperformed, there interior dline had 4 sacks….all year from one guy that is suspend for ‘performance enhanceers’. Mayb peyton could play defense.

  59. CKL says: Apr 10, 2012 7:11 AM

    Yes the money is conditional every year but if he passes the physical every year, etc. he is making more over the next 4 years than any other player. ANY.OTHER.PLAYER. Even if the nerves are fully regenerated, I just can’t see paying a 36 YO player that kind of money (even what he’s getting just this year) when he’s coming off a year he didn’t play due to surgery.

    All I know is this, if things don’t go well in Den, not one iota of blame will ever be placed on PM by many people. But if they have success, he will get ALL the credit. It got old years ago.

  60. jgava19 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:10 AM

    Take a peak at Denvers schedule. Ravens, Steelers, Texans, Bengals, Saints…to name a few. Smash mouth defenses. Denver will be fortunate to go 8-8 this year.

  61. biggerballz says: Apr 10, 2012 8:26 AM

    maybe you have no questions decker but everyone else does

  62. steeelfann says: Apr 10, 2012 9:19 AM

    That is such a weak thing to do, that of bringing Tebow back into it and taking yet another pot shot at the young man.

    Here is possibly the best QB in the history of the NFL coming into a team. This new QB has ALWAYS been raved about regarding his standards, his work ethic, his detail, his intelligence, his manner in which he conducts himself.

    So the old QB is gone, a kid that was on the team a total of 2 years, and you are still finding ways to poke negative gestures his way. If Peyton Manning went to any team, the wideouts that have never played with him, would all say the same thing.

    Not very classy.

  63. steeelfann says: Apr 10, 2012 9:22 AM

    Oh, and whomever mentioned the shot Deonte Thompson of the Gators took at Tebow………….have you ever seen the balls Thompson dropped? I think they are trying him out at running back this year.

    Glass houses anyone…….

  64. q1ller says: Apr 10, 2012 9:45 AM

    You people that bitch about the content of almost every article are pathetic. If you don’t like this site, go elsewhere, it’s a big internet.

  65. bozosforall says: Apr 10, 2012 10:04 AM

    KL says:
    Apr 10, 2012 7:11 AM
    Yes the money is conditional every year but if he passes the physical every year, etc. he is making more over the next 4 years than any other player. ANY.OTHER.PLAYER. Even if the nerves are fully regenerated, I just can’t see paying a 36 YO player that kind of money (even what he’s getting just this year) when he’s coming off a year he didn’t play due to surgery.

    All I know is this, if things don’t go well in Den, not one iota of blame will ever be placed on PM by many people. But if they have success, he will get ALL the credit. It got old years ago.

    __
    You mean like your boy Brady gets all of the credit for the Pats defense winning those three Super Bowls? That got old before it even happened.

  66. bozosforall says: Apr 10, 2012 10:05 AM

    buckybadger says:
    Apr 9, 2012 11:52 PM
    Tebow’s idea of hard work was running the win springs after practice hard then going on a book tour. Sure he hits a camp this year while making personal appearances but IMO never really understood what these other guys did for their “hard work”.

    __
    Win springs? It’s blatantly obvious that you never played football on ANY level.

  67. pkrlvr says: Apr 10, 2012 11:11 AM

    You need to be intelligent to be a good qb in the nfl. It’s as much cerebral as it is physical. Manning’s a smart dude, Tebow is a die hard christian. No surprise there.

  68. devikesfan says: Apr 10, 2012 11:38 AM

    Even though I’m not a PM fan, I hope he does well with his new team and does not suffer any more injuries.
    With that being said, I don’t see PM winning a Super Bowl with the Broncos.
    IIRC, Craig Morton and Kurt Warner were the only QBs to lead two separate franchises to the Super Bowl. Neither one won it with both teams.
    Also, Joe Montana didn’t get the Chiefs to the SB, and Favre didn’t get the Vikings back to one.
    If history repeats itself, PM will not be winning any more Super Bowls.

  69. jeziyo247 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:01 PM

    Ask any broncos WR who they prefer to gave as QB, ask the former broncos WRs from last year who rather have as QB, they’ll all say manning

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