According to Peter King, the Broncos veteran quarterback was "on fire" during today's practice session. He was completed three deep throws during in team drills today.
I guess the rumors of Peyton's declining arm strength have been greatly exaggerated.
Peter King pool report on Broncos practice: "Manning was on fire, completing 3 deep throws with but one incompletion on deep ball.'' #9news— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) February 5, 2016
Kubiak told the pool reporter attending today's practice that this is as good as Manning has looked all year long.
"This is as good as he’s looked all year long,’’ Kubiak told a pool reporter on the field after practice. "You saw some big downfield throws today. This is what Peyton looked like back at the start of the season.’’
Keep in mind that today's practice was an unpadded practice and Manning didn't have defenders chasing him, but it's promising to see.
Manning has shown that he can still throw the deep ball when needed, but he has just missed wide receivers. Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas this season. If those two can get their timing back down and connect on one or two of these big plays, it could go a long way in helping the offense score enough points to win Super Bowl 50.
The Broncos coaches and players did seem excited about the way soon to be 40-year-old quarterback looked in practice today.
The Broncos received some more good news on the injury front today. Safeties T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart were expected to be limited participants in today's practice, but they responded well according to Head Coach Gary Kubiak.
"We came out here with the thought that they’d all be limited again,’’ said Kubiak. "But we got a response from them, so they just worked normally."
The Broncos have one final practice tomorrow before Sunday's big game and Kubiak is loving what he is seeing from his team.
"I thought we practiced very well today,’’ Kubiak said. "We practiced better today than we did last week. I liked our retention. I liked our speed. I think we’re in good shape here.’’
The team is scheduled to practice Friday at 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time at Stanford, the final full practice of the week. They’ll hold their final pre-game work Saturday with an 11 a.m. walk-through practice at Levi’s Stadium in nearby Santa Clara, site of Super Bowl 50.