Peyton Manning: In better form than last year
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.