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QB Peyton Manning - Denver Broncos

6-5, 230Born: 3-24-1976College: TennesseeDrafted: Round 1, pick 1

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General News (Sat Jan 31): may make a decision on whether he plans to return for another season in the near future, according to his dad, Archie Manning. Archie thinks his son will make his decision "maybe in the next week or two." "He's given a lot of thought to it," Archie Manning said. "My advice for him is to go through the process, get away a little bit, let your leg heal, give it a lot of thought and decide what you're going to do ... (I) think he's taken a good evaluation of where he is physically." Manning said he feels comfortable in almost any offense "aside from the Delaware Blue Hen Wing T." He said that a change to a new offensive philosophy by head coach Gary Kubiak shouldn't be a problem. Manning also said he's not worried at all about no passing the physical he's due to take March 1. His $19 million salary for the 2015 season would become guaranteed March 9 if he decides to come back, and he'll have to pass a physical to make sure he's good to go. "I don't see that physical being that significant to tell you the truth as far as that revelation," Manning said. "I feel pretty confident that I would pass that physical and my neck is in good shape."

General News (Tue Jan 27): remains unsure of his future with the team, but head coach Gary Kubiak said he plans to sit down with Manning and talk about their relationship moving forward. Kubiak doesn't think the difference in his offensive style will be a big deal if Manning decides to come back for another year. "Well, it's easy to build a playbook for him," Kubiak said. "I mean, he's been the master at it for many, many years, and you're talking about a Hall of Fame player, Hall of Fame person." Manning plans to return in 2015, pending the results of his annual physical, according to three sources The Denver Post's Woody Paige trusts.

Week 21: bye week

Recent Stats and Projections

17 vs OAK 21 37 273 0 0 1 -5 0 1
19 vs IND 26 46 211 1 0 0 0 0 1

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 19 vs IND (26 / 46 / 211 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Manning's end-of-year struggles culminated in one of the worst games of his entire career in a season-ending loss to his former franchise, the Indianapolis Colts. Denver's game started well, with a touchdown on their opening drive, (partially aided by a roughing the passer call on 3rd-and-5). On the drive, Manning completed a 32 yard deep pass down the left sideline to Julius Thomas to get Denver down to the goal line. Unfortunately, it would be Manning's only deep completion of the entire game, as his next seven attempts fell incomplete, including a stunning six overthrown balls. Manning's footwork was sloppy, and he was clearly trying too hard to force the ball downfield. His next few deep passes just barely missed, but as the game went on, his attempts went further and further astray. Manning also attempted to pick on the Colts' star cornerback, Vontae Davis, throwing 11 passes to five different players with Davis in coverage, (including a particularly ill-advised throw to fourth-string receiver Andre Caldwell). Those 11 passes yielded just 21 yards and a near-interception. Manning's stubborn focus on Davis and deep passes showed an unwillingness to deviate from a gameplan that clearly wasn't working, and were it not for a few pointless completions in garbage time, Manning would have been rewarded with his worst rate stats in a game since his rookie year. The day after the game, stories began to surface that Manning had suffered a severe quad tear in week 15 against the San Diego Chargers, which might help explain his especially poor performance in the biggest game of the season for Denver.


Latest News

Broncos | Peyton Manning to play less in 2015? (Wed Mar 25, 04:20 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning may not play as much as usual next season in order to give him more rest. Head coach Gary Kubiak has indicated that he will tailor the offense to benefit Manning, including running the ball more.

Our View: Good news for C.J. Anderson here. In this offense, Anderson has the ability to be a 1,500 yard rusher as the featured back. Fantasy owners need to take note. Anderson will enter camp as the starter according to Kubiak.
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Broncos | Kubiak not worried about Peyton Manning (Tue Mar 24, 02:43 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning needing extra time this offseason to weigh his future is a non-issue, according to new head coach Gary Kubiak. Kubiak also said he's not worried about how Manning will fit into his offense. 'I'd pick Peyton Manning for any offense, I mean, we're going to go do what he does best,' Kubiak said. 'We're not going to go roll out if that's not something that's a strength of our team. We're going to do what he does best.'

Our View: So many people are worried about Manning's fit in this system. We're not as concerned as others. Manning is one of the smartest quarterbacks in the league, and he'll have no problem making the adjustment.
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Broncos | Elway not worried about Peyton Manning (Mon Mar 23, 02:31 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning is more of an immobile, shotgun-positioned quarterback at his age, but general manager John Elway is unconcerned with how he'll fit into new head coach Gary Kubiak's and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison's plans. 'Gary Kubiak's one of the easiest guys to get along with,' Elway said. 'He's very smart. Plus, Rico is a very smart coach. (Gregg) Knapp is the same (quarterbacks) coach. They're going to get along fine. They'll get a feel for it. We're going to put in what Peyton likes to do offensively with what Gary has always done.'

Our View: The Broncos are going to have to adapt Kubiak's system for Manning. Instead of working from under center, we might see Manning work out of the Pistol formation. Instead of bootlegging well outside the tackle, we could see Manning bootleg only to the tackle. Manning is an odd fit for Kubiak's system, but we have a feeling they'll be able to make it work.
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