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Broncos’ receivers say Peyton Manning’s arm is stronger

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Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was great last year, but his receivers say he can be even better this year.

Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas, Denver’s top two receivers a year ago, both say that they notice that Manning has a stronger arm now than he did last year, as he continues to progress from the neck injury that cost him the entire 2011 season.

“We worked out at Duke in March or April and I definitely felt like he had more zip on the ball,” Decker said. “I think he’s come back stronger. . . . I think some of those throws that he fits in the holes, you feel a little more zip on it and he is getting it to you quicker.”

Thomas said he senses Manning is getting stronger, too, although Thomas added that Manning was already so much better than any other quarterback he had ever played with that anything else is gravy.

“I think he’s gotten a little stronger, but I can’t really say, because it’s my first time playing with a quarterback like Peyton,” Thomas said. “It was fun this past year, because I’d never had balls come at me like that — on time and stuff like that.”

Save Thomas’s quote about never having a pass thrown to him “on time and stuff” and repeat it as needed for anyone who wonders about the continued unemployment of Tim Tebow.

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41 Responses to “Broncos’ receivers say Peyton Manning’s arm is stronger”
  1. Patriot42 says: May 30, 2013 7:54 AM

    Now is the season to hype up your team as everyone is going to the SB as everyone is amazing, fast and strong.

  2. johndont says: May 30, 2013 8:00 AM

    Peyton, strong arm are you kidding me, how many times has he thrown it into the stands. Bring back Tim Tebow he can throw it to the upper deck, now that’s a strong arm.

  3. iced107 says: May 30, 2013 8:02 AM

    Tebow couldn’t even out play Mark Sanchez…that should have said enough

  4. buffalomafia says: May 30, 2013 8:09 AM

    We will see! I’d like to see the Broncos get to the Super Bowl?!

  5. whodat318 says: May 30, 2013 8:11 AM

    Tim Tebow was Demaryius Thomas’ quarterback in Pee Wee, High School, and at Georgia Tech? I never knew that… The Tebow references are becoming redundant. I’m sure when Thomas made that comment he wasn’t just talking about Tebow… If he were talking about him at all. I’ll take the latter…

  6. thedoubleentandres says: May 30, 2013 8:23 AM

    I would happily let Peyton Manning key my car

    The best there is, best there was and the best there ever will be

  7. overratedsteelerhater says: May 30, 2013 8:27 AM

    wiat till the weather gets cold then we will see…
    going to start out 0-1 !!!!

  8. champ1118 says: May 30, 2013 8:30 AM

    Let’s not make too much if this. These are OTAs. He’s throwing pretty much for the first time this year. His arm is stronger because it’s rested.

  9. bathroombenlovemachine says: May 30, 2013 8:32 AM

    Peyton Manning is a classless stat chaser.

    Eagles will win Super Bowl 48.

    Bet on It.

    WU TANG

  10. shogunassasin30 says: May 30, 2013 8:40 AM

    “Save Thomas’s quote about never having a pass thrown to him “on time and stuff” and repeat it as needed for anyone who wonders about the continued unemployment of Tim Tebow.”

    Truest words ever spoken..

  11. barneyrumble says: May 30, 2013 8:46 AM

    “Save Thomas’s quote about never having a pass thrown to him “on time and stuff” and repeat it as needed for anyone who wonders about the continued unemployment of Tim Tebow.”

    Good point!

  12. capesquad says: May 30, 2013 8:47 AM

    I’m fairly sure Wes Welker will never go on the record and say which QB he prefers- but has anyone of his caliber ever played for two truly great QBs like Manning and Brady?

    What an experience.

  13. westampa says: May 30, 2013 8:47 AM

    The Broncos could win 12-14 games in that crappy division.

  14. alstottwastheman says: May 30, 2013 8:53 AM

    Isn’t this the same Demaryius Thomas who said he was still learning to run routes last offseason? Could that have had anything to do with Tebow having trouble getting him the ball?

  15. jjackwagon says: May 30, 2013 9:00 AM

    13-3 again and another early exit from the playoffs. That’s the P. Manning M.O.

  16. dexterismyhero says: May 30, 2013 9:03 AM

    Don’t bring up Tebow in a Manning article. Please!!!

  17. kwgator says: May 30, 2013 9:06 AM

    Strong in May …. In January, not so much

  18. barbasol11111111 says: May 30, 2013 9:07 AM

    Lets wait until it’s cold outside/he’s had a seasons worth of wear and tear/it matters

  19. broncosaddict says: May 30, 2013 9:11 AM

    Can we cease and desist with the Tebow bashing. I’m not even a fan of Tebow and I’m tired of it.
    You might remember he also played with Kyle Orton.

  20. wildbillesq says: May 30, 2013 9:15 AM

    I like how ou threw that cheap shot at Tebow in there. Even in an article about Peyton Manning…

  21. packerbackernj says: May 30, 2013 9:17 AM

    There’s always power in that arm in june…come january he seems to forget the pay the bill and the power goes off most of his career.

  22. r502 says: May 30, 2013 9:20 AM

    Broncos had better win it all this year. Strong arms are great, but Manning will need to be stronger mentally in the clutch come playoff time.

  23. plumbstupid says: May 30, 2013 9:24 AM

    That’s because he has become a cyborg. I understand that he now has go-go gadget legs, and a thumb that can light cigarettes.

  24. filthymcnasty1 says: May 30, 2013 9:25 AM

    Viking receivers just sigh with jealousy.

  25. eightysixisback says: May 30, 2013 9:39 AM

    Thomas made a lot of great catches to get denver in field goal range when Tebow was the QB. All the people with the blind Tebow-love don’t remember it that way. They insist it was Tebow that single-handedly took Denver to the playoffs that year and some even believe that Tebow is a better QB than Manning. I am pretty sure when a WR who has caught passes from both QBs tells us that Manning is the better of the two it kind of settles the arguement. Of course there will still be people who argue that Tebow is better though because hey, he is a great guy. I am interested to read the comments from all the Tebow fanatics on this one. Something tells me they will still be trying to convince us that Tebow is the best QB ever and that it doesn’t matter that thomas has caught passes from both, he just doesn’t understand the game like they and tebow do.

  26. miamimike1 says: May 30, 2013 9:49 AM

    Runningbacks get better over time after knee surgery. There is no reason Manning shouldn’t get stronger with another year of going through rehab. It might not ever get to the way it was but that is with any surgery. These guys have the money to spend on the best trainers and most have the drive to get back to playing at a high level. Each athlete is different and no one can say what will happen. So far Manning who was far from 100% last year didn’t do to bad so I don’t see why he should only play that much better this year. A year healthier an a another year with this new team. Yes he has to stay healthy but so does any player who had major surgery so don’t start on that again. Its acactually a stupid statement. I love when people say he is one hit away from being retired. So is every other player healthy or who has had surgery haha.

  27. hedleykow says: May 30, 2013 9:56 AM

    That last line was a slur. And besides, Tebow has a lot of potential as an NFL qb … for teams interested in obtaining the 1st overall pick in next years draft.

  28. malvaren18 says: May 30, 2013 10:08 AM

    I can’t wait for the first beating of the season it should a Stomping Bronco’s 37 – Ravens 13.

  29. shayeezy says: May 30, 2013 10:10 AM

    what champ1118 said. he’s 37, let’s see how his arm strength holds up for 16+ games.

  30. randomguy9999 says: May 30, 2013 10:12 AM

    johndont says:
    May 30, 2013 8:00 AM
    Peyton, strong arm are you kidding me, how many times has he thrown it into the stands. Bring back Tim Tebow he can throw it to the upper deck, now that’s a strong arm.
    —————————————————
    problem is, Tebow throws it to the upper deck when he’s aiming for the sideline

    Tebows a joke

  31. therealbleedcoltsblue says: May 30, 2013 10:16 AM

    If winning a bunch of regular season games and going out in the first round was ‘fun’ for D. Thomas, then as long as Peyton is there, He’ll have THE TIME OF HIS LIFE!!!!!

    #inevitablechoke

  32. bmaniac2013 says: May 30, 2013 10:32 AM

    As for the guy whodat318 hate to tell you pal but Tim tebow never player with Thomas until Denver. Thomas from Georgia tebow from Florida never happened

  33. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: May 30, 2013 10:58 AM

    Well, what do you know…another MegaHead story! That didn’t take long…can’t wait for this guy to be gone.

  34. racerx1225 says: May 30, 2013 11:28 AM

    Tracey Porter will have somethign to say about this as usual. Manning still has nightmares.

  35. lunchbox92 says: May 30, 2013 12:58 PM

    The last comment in the article about Tebow was unnecessary.

    Thomas’ comment was a positive comment on Manning, not a shot at others.

    The writer of this article, if he is sure it is a shot at other quarterbacks Thomas has played with, needs to explain why Kyle Orton is still employed in this league. Or did he have no idea that Thomas played with Orton?

  36. clarkd9100 says: May 30, 2013 2:51 PM

    The only people that don’t know its a shot at Tebow are the 9000 Tebowmaniacs that that disagree with all 32 NFL football teams and think Tebow can play

  37. mikev4410 says: May 30, 2013 5:45 PM

    westampa says:
    May 30, 2013 8:47 AM
    The Broncos could win 12-14 games in that crappy division.

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    They only play 6 games in that division are we talking about over a 2-3 year stretch?

  38. calcheesmo says: May 30, 2013 11:35 PM

    “I’m fairly sure Wes Welker will never go on the record and say which QB he prefers- but has anyone of his caliber ever played for two truly great QBs like Manning and Brady?”

    Donald Driver in GB, played with Favre while he was still top notch, and played with Rodgers.

    “They only play 6 games in that division are we talking about over a 2-3 year stretch?”

    I think they were saying, being in that crappy division, they could win 12-14 games (overall)

  39. yourweaksauce says: May 31, 2013 12:01 AM

    Unnecessary comment on Tebow not being able to throw a well-timed ball. Career playoff wins for Peyton Manning in a Broncos uniform: 0 Tim Tebow: 1. Lover or hater why bring him up? Fact is, Tebow accomplished far more as far as impact goes, than Peyton ever has (positive or negative).

  40. badintent says: May 31, 2013 3:17 AM

    Al Gore and his global warming machine will make sure that Denver stays warm ………. for the right price.

  41. delashmit says: May 31, 2013 11:45 AM

    Another Super Bowl for Peyton.

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