Peyton Manning: Why Broncos’ QB’s Poor Preseason Is Overblown
By Michael Dulka | Bleacher Report
In two preseason games, Denver Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning hasn’t looked great with underwhelming production and stats. While some are making a big deal of Manning’s poor preseason, this notion is overblown. It’s preseason and Manning is coming off a year without throwing a football.
If one were to just look at the stats, it would paint an awful picture. Manning has completed 20 of 30 passes for 221 yards with zero touchdowns and three interceptions.
Two of the interceptions were on tipped passes. Those are the type of fluke plays that you can’t control, unless you don’t throw the ball or you throw the ball at the ground every time. While they hurt the team and the stats, they aren’t necessarily terrible throws.
And frankly, the stats don’t matter. The result doesn’t either. Manning has done a decent job getting the ball to his receivers. He hasn’t looked sharp, but it hasn’t been as bad as the stats would indicate. The preseason for Manning should be nothing more than getting comfortable throwing the ball and learning the offense.
One of the reasons for Manning’s less-than-impressive stat line is the fact that he’s coming off multiple neck surgeries and hadn’t thrown a ball for a year. The nerves in Manning’s neck, shoulder and arm are still coming together. After that much time without throwing a ball, it would be difficult for anybody to regain their full arm strength. MORE>>>