by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/17/14)Peyton Manning might be asked to throw less so "the offense can be more," ESPN speculated on Thursday. Manning threw 659 passes last season, completing 450 of them (68.3 pct.) for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. The yardage and touchdowns are NFL records.
The thought process behind Manning being asked to throw less is that it would accentuate the run game and give the offense (read: Manning) more of an opportunity to build confidence in the running backs, namely Montee Ball.
No one on the Broncos has come out and suggested Manning will throw less. He still passed 583 times in 2012, seventh-most that year. Expect Manning to still throw plenty in 2014.
Peyton Manning excited for Emmanuel Sanders
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/16/14) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning recently spent time working out at Duke University with some of his receivers, including newest addition Emmanuel Sanders. Manning said "it was good to get some good work with him."
Sanders is expected to replace the departed Eric Decker, and Manning said they have a lot of work to do.
"I'm excited about playing with him," Manning said.
Will Broncos ask Peyton Manning to restructure?
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (3/3/14) Now that Peyton Manning has been officially cleared for the 2014 season, the Broncos could look to restructure his contract, reports ProFootballTalk.com. Manning will count $17.5 million against the cap this year, and the team could create more than $9 million in cap space by converting $14 million of his salary to a signing bonus.
That would enable Denver to be more active in free agency this month. But it would boost Manning's 2015 and 2016 cap numbers to a whopping $26 million. The report said the Broncos have yet to approach Manning about reworking his deal.
Peyton Manning cleared for 2014 season
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (3/3/14) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has been fully cleared following his physical, and he's officially ready for the 2014 season, reports the Denver Post. There is no issue with his surgically-repaired neck, the report said.
The clearance means Manning is guaranteed $20 million this year. Manning, who turns 38 this month, enters the season 17 touchdown passes shy of Brett Favre's career record of 508.
Peyton Manning's neck exam is Monday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (3/2/14) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will get his surgically-repaired neck examined Monday, reports ESPN.com. The team fully expects Manning, who played the Pebble Beach Pro-Am after the Super Bowl, to be cleared for the 2014 season.
The exam is required in Manning's contract, which includes $20 million guaranteed for 2014. Manning threw an NFL-record 55 touchdowns last season and picked up his fifth MVP award.
Peyton Manning proved everyone wrong in his comeback effort in 2012 after missing a season following neck surgery. And now he has the chance to build on that performance, especially with the addition of receiver Wes Welker. That could make Manning a candidate to be the No. 1 Fantasy quarterback this year because he was impressive in his first year with the Broncos. Manning completed 68.6 percent of his passes for 4,659 yards, 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. It was the 12th time he passed for 4,000-plus yards (third time with 4,500 yards) and the seventh time he's thrown for 30-plus touchdowns. Manning will be 37 when the season starts, but he continues to play at a high level and defied all skeptics with his performance last year. He has arguably the best receiving corps in the NFL with Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and now Welker to go with a solid running game behind a stout offensive line. We consider Manning a Top-5 Fantasy quarterback on Draft Day, and he's worth drafting with a pick toward the end of Round 2 or beginning of Round 3 in all formats. (Updated 5/29/13)