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Old 08-08-2012, 07:52 PM   #1
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Default Broncos' upgrade to Peyton Manning is no passing fancy

Broncos' upgrade to Peyton Manning is no passing fancy

By Jeffrey Martin, USA TODAYUpdated 8/1/2012 10:08 PM Comments


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. It was a seven-on-seven drill midway through a training camp session, essentially pitch-and-catch for any quarterback and his wide receivers.

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning, warming up before the start of practice at the Broncos training facility, has created a vastly different atmosphere compared to last season's camp with Tim Tebow.

Sponsored LinksMore than 4,000 fans wedged into the tree-shaded grassy banks overlooking the practice fields at Dove Valley, all eyes locked on Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos' marquee offseason acquisition.

Manning took the snap and, as only the former Indianapolis Colt seems to do, tap-danced in the pocket as he searched for an available target. After several seconds, and with several defenders in the near vicinity, Manning turned to his left and threw the football high and out of bounds.

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The crowd roared.

In fairness, the fans, more than 4,000 in four of the first five days here, cheered anything the four-time NFL MVP did. Exiting the training facility and trotting onto the field? Applause. Completing a short pass to tight end Jacob Tamme? More applause.

But this response was different, almost an acknowledgement. Even during a mundane drill during a steamy late July practice, the roar was appreciation of a proper play from the quarterback, if not for a quarterback's proper play.

After a season of Tim Tebow (and to a lesser extent, Kyle Orton) lined up behind center, a run-first experiment that steered the Broncos to an 8-8 record and an AFC wild-card upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Manning represents a notable upgrade at the position.

"He knows where to put it and when to put it there. It's beyond impressive," tight end Joel Dreessn said of Manning's accuracy.

In 2011, Tebow and Orton combined to connect on 51% of their passes for 2,708 yards, 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, with a passer rating of 73.5. In his worst statistical season, as a Colts rookie in 1998, Manning completed 57% of his passes for 3,739 yards, 26 touchdowns and 28 interceptions, with a 71.2 passer rating.

An upgrade, surely, if he's healthy.

Manning, 36, missed last season after multiple procedures to alleviate problems with his neck. Whether he can stand up to the physical contact has not been addressed.

"Peyton, obviously, missing last season, he's getting himself back into football condition," is about all Broncos coach John Fox will say.

Like the rest of the team's quarterbacks, Manning is off limits during practice. There has been no indication of how much action he might see during preseason, especially as he continues to lament how he's not anywhere near what he wants to be.

"I'm going to try to get better every day, keep making progress," Manning said after his first training camp session. "I still have rehab to do, which I will continue to do throughout training camp and throughout the season. I look forward to the next steps, to putting pads on, playing preseason games."

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OMG they're hating on teh Tebowz!!!!
Hatinf and tell the facts is such a thin line.....
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Only paragraph you need to read to realize none of this is worth reading.

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