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Peyton Manning’s arm looks fine

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Peyton Manning has taken his first snaps as the Denver Broncos’ quarterback, and his arm looks fine.

Manning didn’t throw any deep passes in his first drive of the preseason Thursday night at Soldier Field in Chicago, but he threw well enough to drive the Broncos down the field before the drive ended when a pass over the middle was deflected and intercepted.

Manning’s first pass was a short one to tight end Jacob Tamme, his old Colts teammate, and it was a good pass right on the money — but Bears linebacker Lance Briggs did a great job in coverage of sticking his hand in and knocking the ball away. Manning’s second pass was a bad one that should have been intercepted — it bounced off the hands of Bears defensive end Geno Hayes — but on the deflection it went into the hands of Tamme for a first down.

After that, Manning threw some solid passes to Eric Decker. One came after the Broncos’ line gave Manning plenty of time to go through his progressions, eventually allowing him to find Decker along the sideline for a first down. Another went over the middle to Decker for 19 yards on third-and-17.

The drive-ending interception was a little behind the intended receiver, Brandon Stokley, although Stokley did get a hand on it before it was tipped into the air by Chicago’s D.J. Moore and picked off by Major Wright.

Manning’s one and only drive of the night doesn’t tell us a whole lot — he never really aired it out on a deep ball, and he didn’t take any hard hits — but the Broncos have to be satisfied with the way his arm looks.

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61 Responses to “Peyton Manning’s arm looks fine”
  1. luthierjr says: Aug 9, 2012 9:04 PM

    Arm looked fine?

    Obviously we weren’t watching the same game. I’m watching the one with him in a bronco uni not a Colt one.

    He looked fine… well maybe just fine, but it was not the old Manning. I’ll cut him some slack it’s been a year for him, but he is clearly not his old self right now.. But I guess we shouldn’t expect him to be right now.

  2. frankrizzo51 says: Aug 9, 2012 9:06 PM

    But who doesn’t look good against Lovie’s cover zero defense.

  3. crippled4life says: Aug 9, 2012 9:07 PM

    They were all 15 to 20 yard passes. Let’s see if he can throw the deep ball.

  4. jaylaw01 says: Aug 9, 2012 9:11 PM

    Tebow throws a pick and he’s the worst ever. How can Manning throw a pass “right on the money” and then another that ” should have been intercepted” but looks just fine? Yep, no bias here!

  5. villa41 says: Aug 9, 2012 9:12 PM

    Manning’s arm isn’t the problem, the rest of his team is. Overrated defense including a poor D-line and bad run defense, a below average O-line and old, used up (McGahee) or just plain bad running backs.

    This team isn’t making the play offs or winning the West.

  6. blueintown says: Aug 9, 2012 9:16 PM

    But how does his neck look?

  7. hulkhogansays says: Aug 9, 2012 9:17 PM

    RG3 didn’t throw an INT brother.

  8. scyankee9999 says: Aug 9, 2012 9:17 PM

    So without the missed int that was a completion, Manning would have been 3/7 32 yards and 2ints. Doesn’t remind me of the old manning at all.

  9. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 9, 2012 9:20 PM

    Man… He looked pretty good for being off the field for a year and a half.
    The Broncos might be a handful in the AFC west.
    As a Raider fan, I’m not pleased….

  10. jfibertkc says: Aug 9, 2012 9:20 PM

    Yeah, and Matt Cassel’s arm is “fine” too. KC has the West in the bag.

  11. tecmobowl34 says: Aug 9, 2012 9:23 PM

    He had two passes tipped, one pick, and another fluttered pretty bad. I don’t think he looked fine.

  12. professorcolumbus says: Aug 9, 2012 9:26 PM

    since when is Geno Hayes a DE? The dude is small even by LB standards.

  13. atrophiedambitions says: Aug 9, 2012 9:28 PM

    It’s still a tasty cheeseburger but it doesn’t have nearly as much mustard as it did before.

  14. andrewproughcfe says: Aug 9, 2012 9:37 PM

    … so you are saying his arm looks good enough to toss the ball to Tracy Porter again?

  15. scoobaj says: Aug 9, 2012 9:46 PM

    You just said he didn’t throw any long or rocket passes, how do u know It’s fine then?

  16. demolition510 says: Aug 9, 2012 9:49 PM

    So his drive doesn’t tell a whole lot but his arm looks fine. Got it.

  17. bleedcoltsblue says: Aug 9, 2012 9:54 PM

    The deep ball was never a huge part of his game….

    Some people are just clueless.

  18. eeerockski says: Aug 9, 2012 9:58 PM

    The guys been on this team for a few months guys. Of course hes not gonna look like the old peyton manning.

    But all the haters are gonna have to wait a whole week now that manning didnt break his neck on his first shot. Poor guys.

  19. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 9, 2012 10:07 PM

    Hulk needs his meds…brother!!!

  20. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 9, 2012 10:10 PM

    90 million dollar arm

  21. racerx1225 says: Aug 9, 2012 10:12 PM

    He looked a lil shaky. No sign of arm yet.

  22. kcrobert10 says: Aug 9, 2012 10:13 PM

    I agree I hear everyone say he look fine but I watched him and he didn’t have that elite zip u would expect. Other than that he made his usual good reads but the bears weren’t exactly pressuring him or mixing up coverage. I say it was a good 1st outing but ill need to see a lot more before I start to buy that he is back to his old self.

  23. coachhowi says: Aug 9, 2012 10:15 PM

    I can’t wait for the failure that is heading the Bronco’s way!!! Manning is one guy on a crappy team. Enjoy the playoffs from the slopes of Steamboat!!!!

  24. jomochiefsfan84 says: Aug 9, 2012 10:46 PM

    His arm may have looked fine but that o-line looked like they were on their heels I see a lot of holding penaltys against #78 Ryan Clady in the future! They are not going to be as good as they are portrayed to be IMO.

  25. elrock7 says: Aug 9, 2012 11:07 PM

    Clueless hacks! Pay attention, Manning will be fantastic this season, and if you dont think he has a team around him you havent been paying attention.

    O LINE WILL BE JUST FINE, and is above average, wait and see!

  26. yahmule says: Aug 9, 2012 11:13 PM

    Manning will dominate. Brock Osweiler looks good, too. I pity any team that doesn’t have John Elway calling the shots.

  27. castleofcheese says: Aug 9, 2012 11:15 PM

    Manning looks weird in navy and orange.

  28. atwatercrushesokoye says: Aug 9, 2012 11:17 PM

    jomochiefsfan84: How did they look on their heels? There wasn’t a Bear within 3 yards of him on any of their pass attempts, and as for Clady are you judging that based on the hold call that both the Bears home announcers and NFL netwrok guys said wasn’t a hold?

    It’s funny listening to everyone, he threw a sharp pass from the right hash all the way back to the left sideline (10 yards upfield) and it had plenty of zip on it. He threw a nice pass to Thomas on the play where the questionable hold was called, and he threw a terrific strike up the middle to Decker on 3rd and 17 for the first down. Add to that he was looking to go deep on a couple of plays but they weren’t there so he checked down, something we didn’t see from the fullback last year.

    For all you Chef fans who seem to be the loudest detractors, I think every one of us would rather have Peyton Manning at 50% than Matt Cassel at 100%.

  29. souldogdave says: Aug 9, 2012 11:28 PM

    He looked shaky, the o-line is suspect. Cassel is a goof, and Ryan Matthews went down already. Go RAIDERS!!

  30. mrcogburn says: Aug 9, 2012 11:33 PM

    It’s a little early to pronounce Manning “fine,” I think. He looked Billy Kilmerish to me.

  31. thelastpieceofcheese says: Aug 9, 2012 11:37 PM

    Peyton did not look like the old Manning, he looked like an old Manning!

  32. broncosnative says: Aug 10, 2012 12:10 AM

    Why we gotta deal with the haters everyday? Time after time after time, your visions are blur. You only see what you want to see in your own little worlds. You want to see failure so bad probably because y’all are failures yourself and hate to see people succeed. Peyton looked pretty damn good for a guy who hasn’t played in 20 months. The o line held up solid, bears defense didn’t even get close enough to sniff manning’s jersey. A real QB reads a defense and makes adjustments before hiking the ball, and then you have those like tebow who just hikes it and wing it. I was mad when they pulled manning after one series but I understand you can just rush a guy in after neck surgeries, you have to take it slow, get his feet wet again, get those tires broken back in. Defense looks solid, im liking wolfe and brock is promising. Bears didn’t even play their QB, don’t want him to get knocked out by our D. AFC is gonna be tough to win but with manning and company, we have a great chance. You haters can hate all you want but we’ll see who gets the last laugh come january.

  33. fan73 says: Aug 10, 2012 12:24 AM

    his arm looks fine but they still need to fix that big a$$ head….dont know how he doesnt fall over..thats what hurt his neck, holding up that mutant head

  34. tsizzlehotpiss says: Aug 10, 2012 12:29 AM

    All of you are missing what is the obvious kink in his passing game – he literally cannot throw to the right. Sure, he didn’t throw a deep pass, and that is also a big question mark, but didn’t anybody else notice that he did not throw a SINGLE pass to the right side of the field? Like, not one anywhere except directly in front of him or to his left. That’s because his neck is still SUPER messed up. The guy can’t throw right, and guys like Belichik and other good, or even decent defensive coaches are going to overload the left side of their line and force him to throw right of center.

  35. vietnambob2473 says: Aug 10, 2012 12:34 AM

    anyone who has been watching Peyton throw in training camp knows that his arm is just fine.

  36. texmexdeux says: Aug 10, 2012 12:46 AM

    His arm did not look fine.

  37. yahmule says: Aug 10, 2012 12:57 AM

    Hey, Chief fans, Dontari Poe is running behind a practice squadder and looking every bit the bust many predicted he would be. Meanwhile, Derek Wolfe with two sacks and tons of penetration tonight.

  38. atwatercrushesokoye says: Aug 10, 2012 1:04 AM

    He can’t throw to the right? Except for the perfect fade he threw in the red zone where Thomas didn’t take a proper angle? You need to quit listening to John Clayton, Manning has thrown all of the passes in practice, he can throw left, right, middle…he’s fine!

  39. proof303 says: Aug 10, 2012 1:27 AM

    DENVER BRONCOS… Super Bowl Champs baby!! Get use to it… He’s a damn good qb. Despite missing 1 year. But he sure aint no slouch like people say. Besides, Id like u nay sayers to get your ass in a real game after surgery and have a perfect out come. Bottom line is, he is the best quaterback we have had since John Elway..

  40. montjamz says: Aug 10, 2012 1:50 AM

    he’s in orange n blue a bronco theres a lot of the old Manning lost … Give the guy time , he’s gonna do his part n it will all come back .. Big P is a gamer.

  41. pongonfl says: Aug 10, 2012 2:05 AM

    He has some good starts in his career, but he is way better known for what he does in the 2-4th quarters.

  42. fan73 says: Aug 10, 2012 2:31 AM

    his arm looked fine…. the question is his accuracy, and his anticipation and decision making……for a QB, thats a long time to not be playing and he may not be as sharp as he used to be….not to mention his age….we will see soon enough though

  43. blackout81 says: Aug 10, 2012 2:32 AM

    I look for the broncos to do really good this year but I just hope the raiders can beat them both times. Raider til I die!!

  44. osiris33 says: Aug 10, 2012 2:39 AM

    I seriously don’t know what game you were watching. His velocity looked to be about 70% of Peyton Manning 2007. He looked weak and the ball came out slow. Probably still a top 15 guy but not even close to elite. Maybe he’ll be stronger by week 1, but man he looked bad.

  45. broncofan223 says: Aug 10, 2012 3:14 AM

    I’m pretty sure he threw one to DT on the right side of the field?

  46. exhelodrvr says: Aug 10, 2012 3:20 AM

    They have to say his arm is fine to validate their posts about why this was such a great move for the Broncos.

  47. electionconfidential says: Aug 10, 2012 5:10 AM

    I thought it was a mixed bag. He and the team moved the ball down the field almost effortlessly, but you hate to see 2 tipped passes when only 7 passes are thrown. I don’t think his strength necessarily looked suspect, but his accuracy spotty.

  48. normswifevera says: Aug 10, 2012 5:47 AM

    The most glaring pass was this long-ish one he threw to the sideline. Watching the NFL Network coverage, Rich Eisen and the others were like “Hey, a throw from one hash to the other. The arm strength is there.”

    Yeah, he had the arm strength to get the ball there. It didn’t flutter and die. Problem was, in the time it actually took the ball to get there, I showed, shaved, and read War and Peace.

  49. ebr362 says: Aug 10, 2012 5:59 AM

    WOW, who wants to be Peytons BFF!
    This is like saying the Olympic diver that did the back flop into the pool on his dive had nice full body extension when he hit the water! lol

  50. greyhawk9 says: Aug 10, 2012 7:59 AM

    Anyone who believes peyton looked fine needs to watch the footage again…I have watched peyton for years and he looks very jittery and his arm lacks zip. perhaps its just rust but with all the hype about how great he’s looked all off season OTAs and training camp i was expecting to see a little more of the peyton manning of old..but he looked more like an old peyton manning….perhaps its tebows fault like everything else.

  51. sj39 says: Aug 10, 2012 8:16 AM

    Think there is much anti-Tebow bias out there? At one point, after what could be called a pedestrian drive at best one of the announcers actually said “boy, you didn’t see this offense clicking like this last year” with the other giddily agreeing.

  52. tlmoon2112 says: Aug 10, 2012 8:24 AM

    Dont care much about his arm, that will come. CAN HE TAKE A HIT??? The Manningasm continues until he takes a hit.

  53. JeffreyAuburnDixon says: Aug 10, 2012 8:25 AM

    His arm looked fine? Do you even watch football?

  54. superbronco77 says: Aug 10, 2012 9:18 AM

    tsizzle……Did you not see the perfect fade to Thomas in back right corner of the endzone that nearly hit the pylon?? That wasn’t complete because Thomas didnt run the route properly? Peyton is BACK! Everyone else deal with it!

  55. DenverBroncosFan_NoMatterWhat says: Aug 10, 2012 9:47 AM

    tsizzlehotpiss says:
    Aug 10, 2012 12:29 AM
    All of you are missing what is the obvious kink in his passing game – he literally cannot throw to the right. Sure, he didn’t throw a deep pass, and that is also a big question mark, but didn’t anybody else notice that he did not throw a SINGLE pass to the right side of the field? Like, not one anywhere except directly in front of him or to his left. That’s because his neck is still SUPER messed up. The guy can’t throw right, and guys like Belichik and other good, or even decent defensive coaches are going to overload the left side of their line and force him to throw right of center.

    22 12 i
    ___________________________________

    Apparently you were watching a totally different game, because PMFM threw a pass to the right pylon at the back of the endzone to DT that DT didn’t read very well, otherwise it would have been 6.
    But then again, how can I expect anyone with “hotpiss” in their screenname to know anything about football.
    All this BS everyone is spewing about my Broncos is just absurd. PMFM looked rusty, but it is the first week of preseason, and every QB looks rusty at the start. Any real knowledgeable football fan is going to recognize that the timing between QB and his pass catchers is going to need some work this time of year.
    Peyton Manning’s neck is not “SUPER MESSED UP”, since he is able to go through all his reads from RIGHT to LEFT on the pass to Decker at the left sideline for the first down. And not every stinking pass needs to be a deep bomb, so “At ease!” with that. Peyton Manning is about “Death by a Thousand Cuts” on offense, as you could see by the Chicago D with their hands on their hips by the time Denver made it to the redzone.
    I know I’m a homer, but I am looking for PMFM to take his first sack/hard hit/QB pressure to see if he gets up and keeps going. The man’s neck is fine, as has been reported forever. The cervical nerve that powers his throws is the concern, but from all everyone could gather from one drive(!), the dude looks fine.
    But please, keep hating. Just re-educate yourselves before you make yourself look…well…nevermind.
    GO BRONCOS!!!!

  56. comeonnowguys says: Aug 10, 2012 10:06 AM

    Bronco fans, you can’t really fault the rest of the league for not buying into your optimism regarding Manning.

    You did just spend two years gushing over Tim Tebow.

  57. gacoltfan says: Aug 10, 2012 10:46 AM

    I don’t think most of you know how Peyton threw before. He never had a Brett Favre type arm. His ball actually fluttered quite a bit. That being said, it didn’t look quite as strong as before, but not far off. If you were to list all the qualities that made him a great QB, arm strength would be down on the list a bit.

  58. broncosnative says: Aug 10, 2012 1:31 PM

    Wow, 7 pass attempts and you haters have it all figured out, well when you put it that way, let’s compare manning’s performance to the other top QBs in week 1 pre-season.

    Big ben- 7-8 49 yards
    Vick- 3-4 6 yards
    Brees- 1-4 4 yards
    Brady- 4-7 30 yards 2 series
    Rodgers- 2-8 16 yards 1 int 3 series
    Rivers- 3-5 37 yards 1 int
    Manning- 4-7 44 yards 1 int

    I guess they all gonna have bad seasons base on their brief performances, get over yourselves people, its only the pre-season for godsake

  59. broncosnative says: Aug 10, 2012 1:40 PM

    Wow, 7 pass attempts and you haters have it all figured out, well when you put it that way, let’s compare manning’s performance to the other top QBs in week 1 pre-season.

    Big ben- 7-8 49 yards Vick- 3-4 6 yards Brees- 1-4 4 yards Brady- 4-7 30 yards 2 series Rodgers- 2-8 16 yards 1 int 3 series Rivers- 3-5 37 yards 1 int Manning- 4-7 44 yards 1 int

    I guess they all gonna have bad seasons base on their brief performances, get over yourselves people, its only the pre-season for godsake

  60. CKL says: Aug 10, 2012 2:40 PM

    normswifevera says:
    Aug 10, 2012 5:47 AM
    The most glaring pass was this long-ish one he threw to the sideline. Watching the NFL Network coverage, Rich Eisen and the others were like “Hey, a throw from one hash to the other. The arm strength is there.”

    Yeah, he had the arm strength to get the ball there. It didn’t flutter and die. Problem was, in the time it actually took the ball to get there, I showed, shaved, and read War and Peace.
    __________________________________
    Bingo…that was the exact throw I thought of when I read this headline. It looked like he had to put everything he had into it also.

    I think that arm strength alone isn’t the be all and end all and that he never really threw the prettiest passes (neither did Kurt Warner until he started wearing gloves in AZ). Supposedly Denver already knew when he signed that there were 4-5 throws he could never make again. So I would expect they wouldn’t ask him to make those. If that throw is one they expect him to make, the quality of it could be problematic. It’s ripe for being jumped by a DB, and you jump one out there it’s 6 the other way.

  61. hugoschtiglets says: Aug 11, 2012 4:08 PM

    I think he looked average, nothing special, nothing horrible, despite such a short body of work to go off of. Broncos fans want to over emphasize his performance because he is better than what they have seen for a long time and are optimistic, non broncos fans want to crucify the guy because he doesnt measure up to the mvp manning yet.. give it a rest people, is it fair to say his performance was average as one would expect during the first preseason game?

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