Denver Broncos Quarterback feels better than he did last season, but admits some things may never return to full strength.
After working out with his Broncos team mates last week, it was clear to see that Peyton Manning was closer to returning to the form he showed before suffering his season-long neck injury.
Despite leading his Broncos team to a 13-3 record and winning the NFL Comeback Player for the Year award, it was still apparent that he was was not 100% and that his arm strength was seriously lower.
This is something that the 37-year old admits himself, but also believes that he is already in a better position to last year.
ProFootballTalk.com has the story on what Manning said about his off-season workouts, and how far along he was coming.
“You know, I still have certain challenges,” Manning told WATE-TV, via NFL.com.
“When you’re dealing with nerves, I’ve learned it’s a patience deal. They kind of say it could be a year or two, or it may never come back, so I’m kind of hopeful.
“I kind of wish certain things would come back a little bit more, but I have learned to adjust and compensate in the state that I am. I still would like to make some more improvement. I still work at it.
“Obviously, I still can perform kind of status quo, but I still have hopes and (am) determined to try to seek some more improvement. But, yeah, I’m certainly better than I was last year. But I’m still not quite where I was before I was injured.”
Manning threw for 4,659 yards and 37 touchdowns in 2012 and wasn’t 100%, it doesn’t bode well for opposing defences if he thinks he will be even better this season.