Peyton Manning ran the scout team during first practice back

AP

So yes, Peyton Manning practiced yesterday.

But it was unlike any practice he’s ever participated in before.

Via Mike Klis of KUSA, the future Hall of Famer ran the scout team during his first practice back after a month-long absence because of a foot problem.

And that’s something that was startling to the Broncos starter, Brock Osweiler.

It was a little strange to see Peyton take those scout team reps today,” Osweiler said. “But once again that’s something that’s out of my control. I was told to go to the first-team huddle and you’re the starter this week. And that’s what I did.”

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said yesterday that Manning would not be active this week against the Steelers, but declined to get into details about his progress as it pertains to the depth chart. That means rookie Trevor Siemian will back up Osweiler this week in Pittsburgh, though it could change prior to the following week’s home game against the Bengals.

Osweiler’s in a funny spot and he knows it, but he’s saying all the right things about starting for one of the top teams in the AFC and the possibility that he could be replaced by a legend of the game at some point.

“It was great to have him out there,” Osweiler said of Manning. “Out there throwing footballs with him, working on progressions. All the little things we do as quarterbacks on Wednesdays. Just to get him back on the field and working and having him beside you, it’s great to have him back out there. . . .

“That decision is not up to me, so I’m not going to worry about it. That has nothing to do with me. I think the coaches will do a great job of making that decision and Mr. [John] Elway will do the same thing. Like I said I’m going to show up and do my job each day.”

And Manning will show up for his, as he gets accustomed to running the scout team which simulates Steelers plays, instead of the ones he’s used to running.

25 responses to “Peyton Manning ran the scout team during first practice back

  1. Did he carry the water bottles as well?
    It’s sad when a player hangs on to long and looks like Manning does and it’s pathetic when the reason is to swoop up meaningless records, particularly in a game you’ve thrown 4 picks in.

  2. So while he was impersonating Big Ben, was Peyton shaking off 2-3 sacks per snap and chucking the ball 70 yards downfield?

  3. Osweiler’s in a funny spot and he knows it, but he’s saying all the right things about starting for one of the top teams in the AFC and the possibility that he could be replaced by a legend of the game at some point.
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    Its quite simple. This is a meritocracy and the player who gives them the overall best chance to win physically, mentally, and skills-wise plays. The only place where Peyton has an obvious edge is the mental.

    This team struggles to score period! That should be obvious by now.

  4. Denver needs to turn the page. Even if Peyton comes back, the chances of him taking Denver to the SB are slim to none. Hang it up Peyton, and thanks for the memories.

  5. goodguyattorney says:
    Dec 17, 2015 8:56 AM
    Other former franchise QBs play scout team safety.
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    But we have been assured by a certain illogical voice that is just a stepping stone to becoming SB MVP. Try though I might it was hard to envision Manning doing a Big Ben impersonation.

    Can’t help but wonder what a rested Manning might have in the tank if called upon. Hard to imagine Osweiler can put up enough points to come out of Pittsburgh with a win. KC has 2 very winnable games and then closes out at home with Oakland. Denver will probably need the last 2 to hold onto the division so it’s going to get interesting if Osweiler falters.

  6. If Manning hung it up this late in the season everyone would crush him for not being a team player.

    Manning stays around rehabbing and practicing with the scout team (to help he starters prepare for a game) and everyone crushes him for not hanging it up.

    So what is he supposed to do?

    I’m the first to admit he is not the same QB and has fallen off tremendously. I did see him look great throwing the ball around the field vs Green Bay and even in the loss to Indy (which he threw 2 INT’s). No one seems to talk about what would happen if Brock went down with an injury this late in the year? Do you want a undrafted rookie QB from Northwestern or an Old Hall of Famer?

    Manning being a team player, haters are hating.

  7. Despite all the comments above…something doesn’t feel right about this. I mean, I get why they did this to RG3. He was ineffective AND was only a 3rd year guy who had burned up all his equity. But Manning? Say what you want, but the Bronco’s are where they are right now because of him these past 3 years.

    Don’t get me wrong–I am not saying you HAVE to start him if isn’t ready. What I am saying is that you don’t take one of the GOAT and tell him to run the scout team. You tell him to practice as able and show up to all the QB meetings and participate as he is able…out of respect.

  8. slopes16 says:
    Dec 17, 2015 9:34 AM

    If Manning hung it up this late in the season everyone would crush him for not being a team player.

    Manning stays around rehabbing and practicing with the scout team (to help he starters prepare for a game) and everyone crushes him for not hanging it up.

    So what is he supposed to do?
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    It isn’t what he IS supposed to do that is the problem. It is what he WAS supposed to do. He was supposed to retire last year, before it became embarrassing and pathetic.

    Now he has given the impression, whether true or not, that he came back only for his personal records. He wasn’t going to retire 600 yards short of the all time passing yardage mark. People who love the game are offended he took that approach. I personally don’t care, I think it reveals what most of us already knew (Peyton is an egomaniac, and I’m ok with that). But Peyton has gone to great lengths to act as if he isn’t an egomaniac, which makes us all laugh and want to bash him.

    I think Denver is better off having a “healthy” Manning on the sidelines in case of injury to Osweiler. Manning, for the first time in his life, doesn’t give his team the best chance to win

  9. I’m a Raider fan but how can you not like Peyton Manning. He has earned the right to go out however he wants. Why would he retire after last season. He had a great year until late, why would he not come back this year?

  10. Could be that Peyton wanted to be on the scout team? He has enough experience to where he knows Pitts offense and can contribute.

  11. Why do so many Manning haters automatically assume that he came back for the sole purpose of personal records? I’m sure it was one of the items in the pro column when he made his decision to return, but Peyton is one of the most competitive men to ever play the game. He came back for one more shot at the Superbowl – one more shot to even up the score with lil’ Bro Manning.

    He was probably just as curious as the rest of us to see if the heavy running attack that helped Elway go out with back-to-back titles would work out for him. I think if he could magically predict the problems with the scheme, this gawdawful O-line, the mounting injuries, sure… He hangs ’em up. But you don’t know until you try.

    ::cue the rest of the Broncos haters who will now point out that Elway’s titles are strictly the result of salary cap chicanery::

  12. nepatriot1 says:
    Dec 17, 2015 6:27 AM
    Did he carry the water bottles as well?
    It’s sad when a player hangs on to long and looks like Manning does and it’s pathetic when the reason is to swoop up meaningless records, particularly in a game you’ve thrown 4 picks in.

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    Posts like this that are nothing more than petty, spiteful attempts at character assassination are the reason why the Pats fanbase is so reviled.

    Right because you know Manning so well, you’ve sat down with him and he’s told you about how earning all these records (which he himself says will be broken anyway) is the most important thing to him than winning a second Superbowl and adding to his legacy as an all time great, knowing his time is running out.

    And it was so obvious how much he enjoyed that record in that game wasn’t it? (actually he looked like he couldn’t wait to have it over with and get on with the game) But hey, I guess you all-knowing Pats fans know Peyton better than anyone else right?

    Absolutely pathetic garbage

  13. nepatriot1 says:
    Dec 17, 2015 6:27 AM
    Did he carry the water bottles as well?
    It’s sad when a player hangs on to long and looks like Manning does and it’s pathetic when the reason is to swoop up meaningless records, particularly in a game you’ve thrown 4 picks in.
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    The same fate awaits brady, sooner than later.

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