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Peyton “looks normal” after first practice in pads

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws a pass during the third day of training camp at the Dove Valley headquarters in Englewood, Colorado Reuters

Back in March, the constant gushing by free-agent receiver Brandon Stokley regarding free-agent quarterback Peyton Manning seemed more than a little incredible, especially since the prior months consisted of gloom and doom coming from a Colts franchise that surely would have preferred Manning to play neither for them nor for anyone else.

Now that both men play for the Broncos, Stokley’s words after the team’s first practice in pads seem more consistent with reality.

“To me, he looks great,” Stokley told the media on Saturday.  “I said that when I was working out with him six months ago. . . .

“He looks like he’s just gotten better and better.  He looks normal.  That’s kind of not even a topic of discussion with us anymore.”

Coach John Fox was more succinct, but no less glowing.  “Excellent,” Fox said of Manning.  “The guy comes to work every day, whether it’s in that building or on that field, he attacks it like no other.”

Last year, the 8-8 Broncos made it to the final eight with Tim Tebow.  This year, with the team basically the same and Tebow swapped out for one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, there’s a chance that on the first Sunday in February Colts owner Jim Irsay will be tweeting the blues from under his bed.

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37 Responses to “Peyton “looks normal” after first practice in pads”
  1. randallflagg52 says: Jul 28, 2012 9:32 PM

    So does Manning look like “normal Manning” or like a normal human being? Are there bolts protruding from his neck and a big scar on his forehead?

  2. christhefish says: Jul 28, 2012 9:33 PM

    Looks normal? Did he get forehead reduction surgery?

  3. jomochiefsfan84 says: Jul 28, 2012 9:39 PM

    So tired of listening about peyton manning & so he had on pads it’s not like they were doing an all out blitz putting manning in the dirt. Im sure there won’t be a finger laid on him during any practices.

  4. htimsr40 says: Jul 28, 2012 9:40 PM

    “To me, he looks great,” Stokley told the media on Saturday. “I said that when I was working out with him six months ago. . . .“He looks like he’s just gotten better and better.”

    He looked normal six months ago … but he’s gotten better and better. What doesn’t fit here? He clearly was NOT “normal” six months ago … and so we know Stokley can not be trusted.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 28, 2012 9:45 PM

    Of all the accolades Peyton has received in his life, nothing comes close to being described as “looking normal”. He’s over the clouds about this.

  6. Henry says: Jul 28, 2012 10:02 PM

    When they showed footage of Manning at the 1st Broncos practice, the first though that came to my mind was “Happy Feet”!
    Same old Peyton, dancin’ around more than he has to. And just as ugly as ever with his helmet off.
    But I do wish him “luck” this season, no pun intended. ;)

  7. captaincanoe says: Jul 28, 2012 10:03 PM

    First Sunday in February? Are you predicting the Broncos to go to the SB? Jeez, slow own.

  8. kacapaco says: Jul 28, 2012 10:06 PM

    I wish PM all the best, but truth is he is an aging injured star in NEW team with #1 WR who said ‘I haven’t run a route’. Good luck for him but I just have the feeling Broncos r not going to play postseason.

  9. croghan1919 says: Jul 28, 2012 10:08 PM

    Probably not many remember Jaworski saying a few years ago that it looked like PM was losing “it”. It was big news here in Indy.
    I’d liked to hear Jaws opinion now.
    Nerve damage like he took in ’06 vs Wash are like that. They creep up on you. If PM’s healed and good to go I wish him a few more SB’s before he hangs ‘em up. It WAS NOT meant to happen for him in Indy.
    Go Colts!

  10. metalhead65 says: Jul 28, 2012 10:14 PM

    can we wait untill he plays in a regular season game when people are actually trying to break his neck before we talk about how great he looks? anything less than a superbowl win will be considered a failure for all the hype signing him has brought this team. actually anything less than winning the division and 2 playoff games will be a failure in my book. not a colts fan but it is not irsay’s fault manning is not with the colts anymore. he said it was not about the money then took the biggest offer out there. irsay was smart not to mortgage the future to keep him.

  11. mjkelly77 says: Jul 28, 2012 10:50 PM

    “Last year, the 8-8 Broncos made it to the final eight with Tim Tebow. This year, with the team basically the same and Tebow swapped out for one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time …”
    _________________________

    The 2004 Manning was one of the greatest quarterbacks. The 2012 manning? Not so much. He’s done.

  12. randallflagg52 says: Jul 28, 2012 10:54 PM

    metalhead65 says:Jul 28, 2012 10:14 PM

    can we wait untill he plays in a regular season game when people are actually trying to break his neck before we talk about how great he looks? anything less than a superbowl win will be considered a failure for all the hype signing him has brought this team. actually anything less than winning the division and 2 playoff games will be a failure in my book. not a colts fan but it is not irsay’s fault manning is not with the colts anymore. he said it was not about the money then took the biggest offer out there. irsay was smart not to mortgage the future to keep him.

    ==================================

    Anything less than a superbowl win will be a complete and total failure. You don’t bring in Peyton Manning and spend 100 mil on him if you want to win the division and a playoff game or two. John Elway should have gone all in with Peyton, instead he spent draft picks on projects and “players of the future” like Brock Osweiler in round 2.

  13. sundayisthebestday says: Jul 28, 2012 11:03 PM

    Metalhead, Denver did not offer Manning the most money. Tennessee offered quite a bit more. Get your facts straight.

  14. on2wheels247 says: Jul 28, 2012 11:07 PM

    Done? Really? Even with slightly diminishing physical skills, Peyton is better then a top 10 QB in the league. I’ll always take brains over brawn at his position…

  15. fast16racer says: Jul 28, 2012 11:11 PM

    ” he said it was not about the money then took the biggest offer out there.”

    Um, no. Several places, including PFT, has reported Bud Adams & the Titans’ offer was MUCH more than the Broncos.

  16. ncarolinarn7 says: Jul 28, 2012 11:14 PM

    I am amazed at the shallow heartedness of so many of the negative posters here. Sound like 19 year olds who have the world figured out and that are experts at everything. I wish Peyton and others a great and healthy season. I don’t want players wounded I want them at the best. More entertaining that way.

  17. jomochiefsfan84 says: Jul 28, 2012 11:15 PM

    Another thing I’m tired of hearing from you broncos fans is your team went 8-8 with Tim Tebow! Tebow won more than half of those games as your QB & he was a God now he was trash in yours eyes after manning. The division was broken Phillip Rivers played a horrible season, which I expect him to rebound from. The raiders lost McFadden & their starting QB Jason Campbell & the Chiefs lost 4 of their best starters. This season will be much tougher than you think & if your defense was so good why did they get torched by the patriots in the playoffs? Oh I suppose you blame all that on Tim Tebow as well! SMH!!!

  18. metalhead65 says: Jul 28, 2012 11:16 PM

    so your saying if the broncos do not equal last years record or better it,when they had according to some people one of the worst qb’s ever with one of the greatest qb’s this year the season is not a failure?

  19. xli2006 says: Jul 28, 2012 11:17 PM

    Doom and gloom from the Colts??? What are you talking about? The Colts were quite silent during the Manning situation. You were one of the main protaganists during that whole saga, not the Colts.

    For starters, the Colts and Colts Fans were, are, and will ALWAYS be huge supporters and fans of Peyton even as a Bronco and on into retirement.

    With that said… The situation was obvious: 4 neck procedures in less than 2 years with another probable at some point in the future, a ballooning 20 million dollar salary for a Cap strapped aging team, injury prone vets all piled up. With the #1 Pick and the need to get younger and cheaper to try to recreate the Manning Formula with Luck.

    Doom and gloom??? If I wanted revisionist sports “journalism” I’d just go read Stampede Blue (or better yet no, I think I’ll pass on that).

  20. blue18hutthutt says: Jul 28, 2012 11:31 PM

    Looks like all the Manning haters have nothing better to do on a Saturday night

  21. jbaxt says: Jul 28, 2012 11:53 PM

    Good thing 1 teams WR said his QB looked normal. 31 other teams WRs said their QBs all look like a piles of dung. Put this article in the”what do you expect the guy to say” file. This breaking news is great info for us.

  22. rmavs says: Jul 29, 2012 12:10 AM

    All comments have their fun…as a vikings fan, who has seen the AARP quarterbacks cycle through my team, Manning is the one I wish the Vikes had obtained. Different times, I guess. Manning will prove in Denver, once again, that he is elite. For the first time in his career, he is finally backed by a solid defense. Tebow had success because the Denver D had his back. Close games…the ridiculous fourth quarter come backs…that D with Peyton tossing the rock…please…Love my Vikes, but its getting real in Denver.

  23. jchap00 says: Jul 29, 2012 12:15 AM

    Florio – Why do I have a feeling that your comment about Irsay stems from the fact that you guys don’t like each other. By the way, Irsay does look like a piss drink 24/7!

  24. pmastersonl says: Jul 29, 2012 12:33 AM

    You kilt it HENRY! Lol

  25. firedup1 says: Jul 29, 2012 12:39 AM

    Denver is not even the best team in the AFC West.

  26. tate53 says: Jul 29, 2012 12:49 AM

    Metalhead, actually he past up the biggest offer from the titans for 25mil per year, which would have been a record contract. Turn on ESPN every now and then before u post

  27. horn420 says: Jul 29, 2012 12:50 AM

    Who cares what he wins loses or if he’ll get hurt, just enjoy one of the best students of the game taking the field again.. Go Peyton, Go Colts

  28. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Jul 29, 2012 12:53 AM

    How can anyone look normal wearing the ugliest uniform in the NFL?

    The only place MegaHead will lead the Donkeys is to a playoff-watching berth from the couch.

  29. suqmadirk says: Jul 29, 2012 12:53 AM

    Overrated Defense and O line… With a qb whose one hit away from getting paralyzed. Lawd help em cuz they aint going nowhere

  30. halfcourthero says: Jul 29, 2012 1:33 AM

    Peytons neck is gonna look like one of the alien kids from that show falling skies with the spikes coming from his neck when james Harrison gets done with him lol

  31. wadinmypants says: Jul 29, 2012 3:22 AM

    He looks normal?

    LOL, they don’t call him chicken neck for nothing.

    What I want to know is, has he finally gotten rid of the 365 day a year congestion ie. talks like he’s full of backed up snot in his sinus canal?

  32. jimbo75025 says: Jul 29, 2012 4:13 AM

    Eh, PM even at 75% is still an upgrade over most of the QB’s in the league. As a non Colts fan, I used to dislike him only because he made everything look so easy-in complete control. Their defense would give up 30 pts a game, but his offense would hang 40. If PM can muster a Favre-ian like 2009 season with even a decent defense, the Broncos could be in for a ride.

  33. staffordsyear says: Jul 29, 2012 6:37 AM

    Ive never thought peyton manning “looked normal” but i do believe he has a few good years left if the oline can keep him upright.

  34. peytonsneck18 says: Jul 29, 2012 9:39 AM

    I wish peyton the best…but colts did the right thing by releasing peyton

  35. electionconfidential says: Jul 29, 2012 10:25 AM

    Denver is in a very winnable division as we saw last year. If you win the division you go to the playoffs, so, are they a playoff team? Yes. I think so.

    I’m a Manning fan, but I have to agree that the assessments are way out of hand. You can’t be back to normal and also making tremendous strides every day for two months. But the preseason is upon us… we’ll see soon enough.

  36. rayguyreturns says: Jul 29, 2012 11:36 AM

    Here are the facts. Denver’s only chance at winning is Manning. Manning is 38? He also has a serious neck injury that no matter what anyone says will never be “fine” or “o.k.” . It’s one wrong hit away from retirement, which would be a shame as he is a GREAT QB.
    So Denver fans, I hope you have a great offensive line, because you’ve pinned all of your hopes on one player and you’ve mortgaged the franchise on someone 38 years old.

    Jerry Rice was a great WR. He just didn’t know when to retire, just like Manning.

  37. murf17 says: Jul 29, 2012 7:36 PM

    Can we please stop comparing Tebow’s season to Manning’s upcoming season. First thing is the Broncos schedule is brutal and if they go 8-8 or 9-7 that should get them to the dance. Secondly does any smart football fan think that Tebow could get to 7,8 or 9 wins with the Broncos schedule this year. He is not even starting in NY. You cannot say that nothing less then 2 playoffs wins is a failure. Just remember there are only 6 active QB’s with rings and Peyton is one of them. Finally for the Raiders fans that are posting on here and it is blatantly obvious who you are, the sheer thought of you hanging your hopes on Carson Palmer is a joke. I live in Cincy and I have seen way more of his games than you have so good luck with that one. Manning in a neck brace is more dangerous than Palmer healthy

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