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Peyton still not dialing it up deep

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Broncos fans welcomed Peyton Manning to his first training camp in Denver with record attendance and all kinds of excitement. He has energized the organization and its fan base. But as we alluded to in our Denver Broncos season preview, unanswered questions about the 36-year-old quarterback remain.

Manning, who underwent four separate neck surgeries between March 2 of 2010 and September 9 of 2011, didn’t do a whole lot of deep-ball passing in OTAs and minicamps. In early July, Mike Klis of the Denver Post guessed Manning was 85 to 90 percent healthy, before suggesting Peyton might never rediscover the remaining 10 to 15 percent. Manning’s arm strength is a question mark, and he hasn’t answered it yet in training camp.

“Manning has looked better than most people believed he would so far,” ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported on SportsCenter Monday morning. “But here is a little bit of context: Yes, he’s looked good at the line of scrimmage. His balls have had zip. And the majority of them have been caught. But most of those balls have been short and intermediate, with only a handful of them long.”

Manning is on a pitch count in camp, and it sounds like one of his limitations is a cap on deep-ball tries. So while the entirety of Denver is thrilled with its new quarterback, fans and league observers may not know the extent of what remains in Manning’s tank until he plays extensively in a preseason game.

The Broncos’ exhibition opener is set for Thursday, August 9 at Chicago.

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26 Responses to “Peyton still not dialing it up deep”
  1. squatro73 says: Jul 30, 2012 8:23 AM

    He lost his deep ball before he got injured, luckily he doesn’t have to throw deep all game to win games this season cuz he’s Peyton Manning. He will find a way to win.

  2. nflofficeadmin says: Jul 30, 2012 8:24 AM

    Makes you appreciate the fact that Favre was still throwing those 70 yard bombs even on his last game… say what you want about the short bomb he sent via his final texts.. #onlyhuman

  3. izlye says: Jul 30, 2012 8:28 AM

    Well, as a fan of 1 of the other 31 teams….any bad news regarding Manning, is good news for us.

  4. andyr2120 says: Jul 30, 2012 8:32 AM

    A bigger question is how he will handle being sacked. There’s no way he will have the chemistry and the system mastery that he displayed in Indy. While he is working out the kinks, he is going to get hammered – a lot.

  5. ty46 says: Jul 30, 2012 8:44 AM

    “But most of those balls have been short and intermediate, with only a handful of them long.”

    Sounds like what 31 other starting QBs do.

  6. broncobeta says: Jul 30, 2012 8:48 AM

    Also, as a person who you know, was actually there to watch and not try to make a story of it, Peyton has thrown deep balls.

    No, he hasn’t thrown many, but it’s early and camp and they’ve all been completions.

  7. raiderlyfe510 says: Jul 30, 2012 8:54 AM

    Manning’s arm strength was a question mark in 2010 before the injury. This isn’t Joe Montana or QBs who played in balanced offenses well into their late 30′s.

    This is a Dan Marino type QB, Donavan McNabb. There’s a lot of mileage on that arm. When they approach their mid 30′s, they’re done.

  8. Lev says: Jul 30, 2012 9:05 AM

    John Fox should be fine with this. After Delhomme had Tommy John surgery, his deep ball was non-existent. Just gotta bolster that run game and lean on the Tight Ends

  9. jbaxt says: Jul 30, 2012 9:14 AM

    Well, too bad for Manning but with exception to Rivers the AFC west is full of soft arms. It will be about defense, and that’s where the Chiefs and Raiders have the better chance.

  10. ravenseattheirownpoop says: Jul 30, 2012 9:33 AM

    James Harrison can’t wait to test that neck out in week one!!

  11. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Jul 30, 2012 9:34 AM

    maybe they should trade for tebow. remember the story about half of the state preferring hom to manning?

  12. jacobslatter says: Jul 30, 2012 9:38 AM

    Peyton Manning is suffering from the dreaded Mattryanitis.

  13. Kelly's Chronicles says: Jul 30, 2012 9:58 AM

    Of course Denver is thrilled. They went from Tebow to Manning. Like going from a Ford Maverick to a BMW. Who cares if he lost a little on the deep ball. Its still going to be a big improvement…

  14. homelanddefense says: Jul 30, 2012 10:51 AM

    I was wondering if they were letting him toss it deep yet. All I heard were rave reviews about how great he looked in camp on ESPN this weekend. But all the vids were of him throwing check downs to RBs 5 yards away.

  15. ufanforreal says: Jul 30, 2012 11:32 AM

    guessed Manning was 85 to 90 percent healthy….which is 99.9 percent better than 99.9 percent of the remaining QB’s in the league

  16. mjkelly77 says: Jul 30, 2012 11:47 AM

    I don’t think manning can throw deep anymore. He started losing it two years ago.

  17. whatnojets says: Jul 30, 2012 12:01 PM

    He’s all washed up! Should have stayed in Indy

  18. thelastpieceofcheese says: Jul 30, 2012 1:07 PM

    Peyton Manning is on a rapid decline.

    The sign of a declining quarterback is his inability to connect on the long pass.

    Unfortunately, this bombastic egomaniac – who is a hit away from oblivion – bamboozled the Broncos into paying him a ton of money.

    Poor Bronco’s fans.

  19. jjackwagon says: Jul 30, 2012 1:08 PM

    It’s been 20 months since he threw a pass in a real game. His QB rating has been in a steady decline since 2004. He is 36 years old. He has the mobility of a tortoise. Good luck with that.

  20. scandinaviansausage1974 says: Jul 30, 2012 1:15 PM

    As a Chiefs fan I must admit it pains me a little to acknowledge that 85% or 90% of Peyton Manning will usually be better than 100% of any other QB not named Brady or Brees.

  21. scandinaviansausage1974 says: Jul 30, 2012 1:32 PM

    BTW, am I missing something or is virtually everyone ignoring the elephant in the room??
    Won’t this season be considered a huge failure for Manning if he does not lead the Broncos to at least the AFC championship game—you know, since Tebow (whom most NFL pundits rightly consider an inferior QB talent) led the Broncos to the divisional round of the playoffs last year?

  22. thevelvetglove says: Jul 30, 2012 1:41 PM

    This is hiliarious.

    They run Tebow out of town for a hospital bed and now people are worried if he can throw the deep ball.

    Manning is a joke who can’t play anymore because hes old and broken down. They better sign McNabb to back him up, thats all that left out there.

    Wait a second, is Jeff George still in shape?

  23. broncfanor says: Jul 30, 2012 3:33 PM

    Does anyone do any research before they post on here or publish articles?

    I can tell you there have been at least three references to Manning making DEEP throws including two I believe for TD’s in training camp.

    This is nothing more than uninformed tripe designed to stir controversy.

    If you want news on the Broncos don’t read it here go to the Denver Post.

  24. leftyguns21 says: Jul 30, 2012 4:31 PM

    i saw him drop some deep bombs on the money during training camp. not sure who everyone else was looking at.

  25. phillyphan72 says: Jul 30, 2012 9:29 PM

    He’s washed up

  26. broncogang says: Jul 31, 2012 9:23 PM

    Haha… Even if he’s 60% of what he was that’s still better than 26 of the NFL’s starting QBs. Do any of you remember a guy by the name John Elway who won 2 Super Bowls at 37 and 38? And if he doesn’t stay healthy we cut him just like the contract reads. I saw him and he looks amazing.

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