Thomas said in an interview on ESPN that in his first season with Manning last year, he thought Manning’s arm was fine in 2012. But Thomas says he now realizes that Manning hadn’t completely recovered from his 2011 neck surgeries last year, and Manning throws the ball much better now than he did during the 2012 season.
“The biggest difference is his arm strength,” Thomas said. “I never thought anything was wrong with him my first year, but coming back to OTAs and minicamp and seeing the strength he’s got, the zip that’s on the ball, it’s a big difference. I think he got a lot of strength back that he didn’t have last year.”
Manning completed 68.6 percent of his passes last season, while throwing for 4,659 yards, with 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. If he was doing that without his full arm strength, the rest of the league should be worried about what Manning can do in the Broncos’ offense now that he’s completely healthy.