If receiver Brandon Stokley thinks he’s doing quarterback Peyton Manning a favor by gushing about Manning’s abilities, Stokley needs to think again.
Manning doesn’t like it.
“I hate it,” Manning told Peter King of SI.com.
Manning hates it because he thinks he isn’t close to 100 percent yet. He thinks he isn’t close to 100 percent yet not because of his surgically-repaired (four times) neck, but because of the regeneration of the nerves that lead to his throwing arm.
And so the question remains when, and if, he’ll be able to throw it deep. Still, a former Manning coach (but not Tony Dungy) told King that Manning will be fine: “If I were a Denver fan, I wouldn’t be worried about Peyton physically, because if he can’t zing the ball the way he used to, he’ll figure out a way. He always does.'”
On Monday’s Dan Patrick Show, hosted by a certain Internet hack with whom you may be familiar, Dungy said that Peyton had been dealing with his neck problems for years — but that after missing all of 2011 he may end up playing more in the preseason.
And that’s when we’ll start to get an idea as to whether Manning can still get it done. We’ll have a much better idea on the evening of September 9, when the Broncos host the Steelers to cap the first Sunday of the regular season.