Peyton Manning Looking Good At Broncos' OTA's

"Plenty of Zip" on Peyton's Passes at OTA's

5/21/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

May 21, 2012; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) during organized team activities at the Broncos training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIREESPN reported that Peyton Manning has shown "plenty of zip on his throws" at the Broncos' first organized team activities that took place Monday, May 21. Great sign for the Broncos, obviously, as Peyton's ability to throw the ball, particularly to his left, has been in question since he received multiple neck surgeries over the past year or so. Denver has installed the future Hall of Fame quarterback into an offense that features very limited talent at the wide receiver position, so it will be interesting to see what Manning is able to do with his new weak receiving core. However, the Broncos also have an aggressive running game that ranked first in the entire NFL last season and a defense that many consider to be very solid. I think the Broncos could be a very good team. I don't see them at all as a Super Bowl threat, but Peyton Manning is a magician in the pocket and can often turn a mediocre offense into a juggernaut. However, there are a couple reasons that the Broncos may not live up to their expectations.

First of all, the running game. People look at that league leading 164.5 rushing yards per game and think Peyton Manning is getting put into an offense that will instantly become two dimensional. Peyton hasn't had a solid running game since the days of Edgerrin James, so people are excited to see what Peyton can do in an offense that can pound the football. What people don't understand, however, is that the Broncos traded away the most important piece to their rushing game - Tim Tebow. I'm not gonna get into a whole "is Tebow a good quarterback?" debate, but I'll give you some numbers speak for themselves as far as Tebow and the Broncos' run offense. In the games that former quarterback Kyle Orton started (exluding Week 5 when Tebow played the second half), the Broncos averaged 86.75 rushing yards per game, 30.25 below the NFL average of 117. In games that Tebow started, the team averaged 193 rushing yards per game, 76 yards above the NFL average. Tebow's running ability is what made that offense work. He turned a washed up Willis McGahee into an NFL Network Top 100 player. Unless Peyton can run the read option (which he can't), he'll find himself with a much worse running game than the Broncos had last season.
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5/21/12   |   Wards_Page   |   248 respect

Like the story, but it cracks me up what ESPN thinks is breaking news. Just a few days ago it was Drew Bress not being happy about not having a new contract. Really? I hear Adam Schefter is reporting that Brett Favre would have preferred to have played forever.