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Demaryius Thomas: Peyton Manning’s arm is significantly stronger

Broncos' Manning congratulates Thomas after his touchdown reception against the Chiefs during their NFL football game in Denver Reuters

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was awfully good last year. Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas says Manning is noticeably better this year.

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.

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29 Responses to “Demaryius Thomas: Peyton Manning’s arm is significantly stronger”
  1. preludeoflight says: Sep 4, 2013 3:46 PM

    Not to mention that now he has more targets than a shooting range; The old man is gonna light it up like a Christmas tree in New York City!

  2. raqaiw says: Sep 4, 2013 3:47 PM

    Now he’ll zip the ball to the defense even faster when January rolls around.

  3. thepftpoet says: Sep 4, 2013 3:47 PM

    Those legal substances up in Denver must really be helping with that arm strength…

  4. berniemadoffsides says: Sep 4, 2013 3:49 PM

    51 TD’s…?

  5. dickjagger says: Sep 4, 2013 3:53 PM

    I love it how the media exploits the fact (and goes along with) people making excuses for players. Romo and Manning especially! Like they blame the Ravens victory on Rahim Moore (that TD only tied the game) when there was still almost two quarters left to play. No mention of Mannings picks!

  6. dirtybird70 says: Sep 4, 2013 3:53 PM

    So he can throw 3o yd hail marys now?

  7. davikes says: Sep 4, 2013 3:53 PM

    If they stay as up tempo as they were in the first half of preseason game three, they will be the highest scoring offense in the league. No one else has the qb/wide receiver set to compete. Brady and Pats before injuries could have. Ryan and the Falcon’s WR’s are really good, but I don’t think Ryan can call plays, at least not the way Manning can. Eagles scheme matches up, but not their players. Who else? Also, their division is weak, which will increase their point total.

  8. dirtybird70 says: Sep 4, 2013 3:55 PM

    All this means is that the ball will reach defender in criticial moments much faster now.

  9. somethingsmellsrotten says: Sep 4, 2013 3:57 PM

    Blah, blah, blah…yeah, all the teams are so scared. So sick of the MegaHead slurp-fest from this site…let’s actually see some games first.

  10. baltimoremikeg says: Sep 4, 2013 3:58 PM

    Despite all the stats, Peyton Manning couldn’t even throw the ball further than 10 yards past the line of scrimmage in the playoffs last year and that’s a fact.

  11. captainwisdom8888 says: Sep 4, 2013 4:01 PM

    Peyton has some serious weaponry at his disposal, adding Welker to an already potent 1-2 punch of Thomas and Decker. On top of these guys, Denver is working on their own version of Antonio Gates…a former basketball player-turned NFL tight end named Julius Thomas who is slated to be their starter. I see Denver squaring off against Houston for the right to represent the AFC in this year’s Super Bowl…

  12. unkrautsalat says: Sep 4, 2013 4:02 PM

    “Like they blame the Ravens victory on Rahim Moore (that TD only tied the game) when there was still almost two quarters left to play.”
    Um, yeah. Try 31 seconds. But close. Real close.

  13. badmude says: Sep 4, 2013 4:09 PM

    One blindside hit and he won’t be able to grip anything.

  14. trannesotabiqueens says: Sep 4, 2013 4:10 PM

    He’s lucky he dueled against the undeniably efficient sexy Rexy Grossman in the super bowl, any other qb in the league at that time, with the bears defense would have stomped on the colts. Which reminds me, talking about crappy QBs, Vikings suck.

  15. youngdru88 says: Sep 4, 2013 4:13 PM

    Stronger arm.. I think his head might have grown one size bigger too… gotta store that knowledge somewhere right?

  16. dmnirican says: Sep 4, 2013 4:13 PM

    dickjagger says:
    Sep 4, 2013 3:53 PM
    I love it how the media exploits the fact (and goes along with) people making excuses for players. Romo and Manning especially! Like they blame the Ravens victory on Rahim Moore (that TD only tied the game) when there was still almost two quarters left to play. No mention of Mannings picks!

    No one in CO left Manning off the list of people to blame for that loss- his final pick in OT sealed the deal. Plenty of people around here were pissed at that.

    But your description of the Rahim Moore play makes me wonder if you actually watched the game or just went off of some random info you got from hearsay. The “two quarters of play” you mentioned that happened afterwards: OT and double OT. They don’t happen if Moore was in position to knock away an under-thrown ball. That play happened in the final two minutes on third-and-long of a game that Denver was leading by 7.

    Bottom line: Moore had the biggest and most noticeable mistake of the game for the Broncos, but he was hardly the only one to get “blame” for the loss.

    Make sure your critiques make sense before throwing them out there.

  17. hotep999 says: Sep 4, 2013 4:27 PM

    HGH = Illegal
    Bone Grafting = legal
    just sayin’

  18. denverwally says: Sep 4, 2013 4:32 PM

    Once again, warm weather/dome QB will light up the scoreboard until the first cold snap. Too bad he can’t get the Bronco’s to play their playoff games in their practice bubble.

  19. praetorian12 says: Sep 4, 2013 4:43 PM

    Raise your hand if you thought Thomas was going to say any different about Peyton Manning’s arm strength.

  20. farvite says: Sep 4, 2013 4:48 PM

    I thought the neck injury would cost Peyton the passing records.

    Slightly premature, but congrats Peyton, you deserve them!

  21. bullcharger says: Sep 4, 2013 4:53 PM

    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.

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    He had arm strength in his prime and Harrison and Wayne at receiver, among others. He had some worse years with that team then he did last year. Arm strength won’t matter too much with the exception that he will get off to a much better start then he did last year.

  22. malvaren18 says: Sep 4, 2013 4:56 PM

    5th MVP, AFC Champions, and Super Bowl Win.

  23. war71 says: Sep 4, 2013 4:57 PM

    And his 40 acre forehead is significantly prominent.

  24. gooboy6 says: Sep 4, 2013 5:02 PM

    lets see how strong that arm is after he turns 38 and that cold wind is blowin in Dec…

    very glad my CHIEFS play them later in the year…

    GO KC

  25. deathonwings410 says: Sep 4, 2013 5:55 PM

    What does Arm Stregnth have to do with being a playoff choke artist?

  26. mrsingh24 says: Sep 4, 2013 6:15 PM

    I wonder if this time, Corey Graham will drop the interception…

  27. beerbudsnbevo says: Sep 4, 2013 7:29 PM

    AFC will be interesting this year…

  28. titansbro says: Sep 4, 2013 7:35 PM

    Peyton Manning > Tom Brady. No Belichek & no defenses like Brady.

  29. frostymugobeer says: Sep 4, 2013 8:13 PM

    ” the rest of the league should be worried about what Manning can do in the Broncos’ offense now ”

    nuff said !

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