The Denver Broncos have sky high expectations as they look ahead to year three of their version of the Peyton Manning era.
Those feel good vibes emerge for any number of reasons, with Manning’s health chief among them. Without taking anything for granted, of course, the Broncos have hoped that each season would bring more strength for Manning’s neck and hence more zip and pep on his throws, relative to his wobbly standard.
According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, that is exactly what the Broncos are seeing so far in this year’s training camp:
The 38-year-old, five-time MVP clearly is throwing the ball better. It will be difficult for him to do better than the 55 touchdowns and 5,477 passing yards he had last season. But he is throwing with greater velocity and length.
Yes, it will be difficult for Manning to outdo his gaudy statistics from 2013. In related NFL news, Richard Sherman still talks a lot and the New England Patriots are the favorites to win the AFC East.
Denver will still rely heavily on a high octane offense that can put points on the board at a moment’s notice, but the team also made a noticeable effort to build a more well-round team. They are hoping to have a better chance to win games if they do have to rely on their defense to carry them, something that simply would not have been realistic last season.
As for Manning’s throws, his timing and accuracy are so precise that he does not need much zip (and often doesn’t have much to speak of). But the more he can cut some throws through the wind and, ahem, the cold, the better for the Broncos.