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Peyton Manning: In better form than last year

4/14/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

With the start of the 2012 regular season, there were still questions regarding quarterback Peyton Manning’s health following multiple neck surgeries that cost him the 2011 seasons. Many expected Peyton Manning never to return to his previous form and accuracy following the neck injury, while others dreaded it would be a downhill career from here on for the quarterback. However, Peyton Manning surprised all by a comeback with the Denver Broncos that many thought pretty well for a guy coming off a nerve injury in his neck. Still Peyton Manning insisted he wasn't all the way back to his old self in 2012, despite leading the Denver Broncos to the to an AFC West title.
 
Speaking at his alma matter this week, the former Tennessee Volunteers quarterback believed some parts of his game would now always lag due to the neck injury, while he already saw tremendous improvement in other areas towards returning to their old form.
 
“You know, I still have certain challenges,” said Peyton Manning. “When you’re dealing with nerves, I’ve learned it’s a patience deal. They kind of say it could be a year or two, or it may never come back, so I’m kind of hopeful.”
 
“I kind of wish certain things would come back a little bit more,” continued Peyton Manning, “but I have learned to adjust and compensate in the state that I am.”
 
Peyton Manning led the Denver Broncos to 13 victories last season while throwing for 4,659 yards and 37 touchdowns – which ranked sixth and third highest in the league respectively. It is hard to believe those numbers were posted by a player two years removed from neck surgery and gives a clear indication that it wasn’t one the poorer seasons of his career. But Peyton Manning still seeks further improvement in the next season.
 
Obviously, I still can perform kind of status quo, but I still have hopes and (am) determined to try to seek some more improvement,” said Peyton Manning. “But, yeah, I’m certainly better than I was last year. But I’m still not quite where I was before I was injured.”
 
The addition of the league’s arguably best possession receiver Wes Welker to the Denver Broncos’ roster is further expected to aid Peyton Manning’s cause into the 2013 season.
 
And if the 37-year-old Peyton Manning is able to maintain his deadly accuracy, nothing’s stopping the Denver Broncos from repeating as division champs and this time contending for some serious hardware.
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