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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 have deal revised? (Wed Feb 25, 09:12 PM) - The Denver Broncos and representatives for QB Peyton Manning are working on revising the veteran's contract, according to multiple league sources. He is scheduled to draw a $19 million salary in 2015 and 2016. Manning has informed the team he intends to keep playing, and the Broncos did not formally interview any quarterbacks at the NFL Combine last week.

Our View: The two sides just need to come to an agreement about how his deal will be re-worked. Manning and the Broncos should be able to find common ground in the next few days. A simple restructure could save the Broncos $9 million in cap space this season. That's great for them with guys like Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Terrance Knighton set to hit free agency.
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Broncos | Peyton Manning still undecided (Wed Feb 18, 07:17 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning remains undecided on whether he'll return for the 2015 season, according to general manager John Elway. Elway met with Manning a week ago, and Manning expressed that he feels fine physically. Everyone is expecting Manning to return, but there hasn't been a definitive announcement from Manning himself.

Our View: The holdup is Manning. The Broncos want him back, but they are giving him time to make a decision. Only eight games away from having more regular-season wins than any QB in NFL history, we think Manning returns for a fourth season in Denver.
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Broncos | Peyton Manning fits well into system (Tue Feb 17, 10:01 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has not decided if he will return in 2015 or not. However, he fits well into the offensive system of new head coach Gary Kubiak. He likes the stretch rushing system that features zone blocking and one-cut running. And he likes play-action passes off that running system, and Manning excels as a play-action ball handler.

Our View: Matt Schaub wasn't the most fleet afoot, and he worked well under Kubiak in Houston. There won't be any problem adapting a system to what Manning does best...and avoiding where he does not fit.
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Broncos | Peyton Manning expected back by HC (Tue Feb 17, 07:23 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning is expected to return this season by head coach Gary Kubiak. While Manning hasn't officially made a decision, he has told the team that he feels good enough to play in 2015. Kubiak said he doesn't think there's any hold up with Manning's decision and that Manning and general manager John Elway are working through the process.

Our View: Everyone under the sun is expecting Manning to return for one more season. If healthy, he is still the best available option for the Broncos. We'll see how Kubiak crafts an offense around the future Hall of Fame quarterback.
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