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Peyton Manning | Quarterback

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (38) / 3/24/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 230
College: Tennessee
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Peyton Manning has been fully cleared for the 2014 season following a Monday exam on his neck.
Because Manning underwent four neck surgeries in 2011, including a fusion, he has an annual checkup to ensure he's capable of taking the abuse an NFL quarterback absorbs weekly. As expected, doctors found no surprises or complications. Manning will turn 38 later this month and his arm strength leaves a lot to be desired, but he'll be our No. 1 fantasy quarterback in 2014. With an elite supporting cast and healthy Ryan Clady, he shouldn't fall too far short of the mind-blowing 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards he posted last season. Manning is under contract through the 2016 season. Mar 3 - 11:58 AM
Source: Denver Post

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Peyton Manning's neck exam with the Broncos' medical staff will take place on Monday.

Manning passed his exit physical and recently participated in a high-profile Pro-Am golf tournament. The Broncos may be holding their breath a bit before the exam, but no complications are expected. Manning has undergone four career neck surgeries, including a spinal fusion that cost him the entire 2011 season. On the off chance Monday's checkup does reveal additional neck problems, the Broncos could void Manning's $15 million base salary.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 2 - 3:41 PM

Peyton Manning is expected to visit with doctors in Denver next week to evaluate his neck fusion.

Manning has said repeatedly that he intends on playing in 2014. He had a similar exam following the 2012 season and his physical isn't expected to reveal any issues with his surgically-repaired neck. "He should be fine," GM John Elway confirmed. Manning is set to make $15 million next season and is signed through 2016.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 9:47 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer "guesses" Browns owner Jimmy Haslam will offer Peyton Manning a John Elway-style CEO role when Manning's playing days are over.

According to reporter Mary Kay Cabot, Haslam "loves" Manning, and the two are "great friends." Guessing Haslam hires Manning presupposes Haslam will avoid federal prison in the Pilot Flying J investigation. Even if Haslam ends up beating the feds and keeping the Browns, there's no telling how things might look in Cleveland by the time Manning retires. Haslam's tenure has thus far been marred by rash, hair-trigger decision making. He appears to have little idea of what he's doing.
Feb 11 - 7:40 PM

Speaking at Tuesday's season-ending presser, Broncos executive VP John Elway said he's "going to keep building" like Peyton Manning will return for 2014.

"Well, we’re going to keep building like Peyton’s going to be here, and when Peyton decides to hang ‘em up, we have expectations hopefully to make that transition." Manning has already said he'll only call it a career if his March physical reveals issues with his surgically-repaired neck. Manning is due $15 million in 2014, which is an absolute steal based on his 2013 production.
Feb 4 - 8:07 PM

The Seahawks blitzed Peyton Manning on 6-of-51 dropbacks in Super Bowl 48.

Just as former Seattle DC Gus Bradley's Jaguars did in Week 6, the Seahawks balked at blitzing and instead leaned on pressure from their defensive front four combined with physical press coverage on the perimeter to disrupt Manning's timing with his receivers. Denver only had mild passing success on screens and quick slants to Demaryius Thomas, and checkdown-type completions to Wes Welker in garbage time. The Seahawks didn't do anything exotic to destroy the Broncos. They were simply the superior football team.
Feb 3 - 4:42 PM

Peyton Manning completed 34-of-49 throws for 280 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions as the Broncos were dismantled by the Seahawks in Super Bowl 48, losing 43-8.

On the first play from scrimmage, C Manny Ramirez's shotgun snap sailed over an unprepared Manning's head and deep into the end zone, where Knowshon Moreno jumped on it for a safety. At 12 seconds in, the safety was the fastest score in Super Bowl history, passing Devin Hester's 14-second kick return against Peyton's Colts. Under heavy duress all night long, Manning was intercepted on a late first-quarter "duck" by SS Kam Chancellor, and in the second quarter on yet another tipped "duck" by LB Malcolm Smith, who sprinted 69 yards to the house. The Broncos didn't get on the board until Manning's 14-yard TD to Demaryius Thomas on the final play of the third quarter. Denver was exposed as the clearly inferior team in Super Bowl 48, but it takes away little from arguably the greatest single season in NFL history. Manning will push for first-round status in 2014 fantasy drafts.
Feb 2 - 9:58 PM

Sunday's forecast for Super Bowl 48 in Rutherford, N.J. currently calls for temperatures in the 40s and a slight chance of rain.

All things considered, it's shaping up to be a nice day in the New York/New Jersey area. Weather.com calls for a high of 50 degrees for the day, low winds in the 4-7 MPH range, and a 20 percent chance of rain at game time. Peyton Manning and the Broncos' air attack shouldn't be affected whatsoever. The coldest Super Bowl ever was the Cowboys vs. Dolphins in 1972 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans when temperatures dropped down to 39 degrees. Super Bowl 48 may rival it, but we're not going to see anything drastic weather-wise.
Source: Weather.com
Feb 2 - 10:59 AM

Associated Press named Peyton Manning its 2013 Most Valuable Player.

Manning surprisingly wasn't a unanimous winner, receiving 49 of a possible 50 votes. (Someone, absurdly, voted for Tom Brady.) In one of the greatest single NFL seasons of all-time, Peyton broke the records for passing yards (5,477) and touchdowns (55) en route to leading the Broncos to Super Bowl 48, completing 68.3 percent of his passes with a 115.1 quarterback rating. Manning also took home Offensive Player of the Year honors, with LeSean McCoy (10), Brady (1), Russell Wilson (1), and Drew Brees (1) also receiving votes. The MVP award is Manning's fifth of his career, but just his first since 2009.
Feb 1 - 8:21 PM

Responding to Richard Sherman's criticism of his arm strength, Peyton Manning admitted on Thursday he throws "ducks."

"I do throw ducks," Manning said. "I throw a lot of yards and touchdowns-ducks, so I'm actually quite proud of it." This is hardly bulletin-board material, but Sherman should be careful lest he finds himself in the position of so many corners before him; watching one of Manning's ducks float over his head and into the waiting arms of a receiver in the end zone.
Source: USA Today
Jan 30 - 7:45 PM

The latest weather forecasts for Super Bowl Sunday call for dry conditions.

Precision passing schemes are most often affected by precipitation and/or strong winds -- not simple cold. Therefore, Broncos fans should be thrilled by the rapidly improving forecasts. The National Weather Service is calling for no rain with a high of 45 degrees and a low around 27 degrees in Rutherford, NJ on Sunday. Winds are often unpredictable inside MetLife stadium, but it doesn't look like Peyton Manning will be dealing with anything drastic. Anything more than 15 mph gusts would be a surprise.
Jan 30 - 12:05 PM

Peyton Manning said he fully intends to play in 2014 no matter what happens in Sunday's Super Bowl.

The 37-year-old Manning said he's spoken to Ray Lewis and John Elway, two legends that retired immediately after winning a Super Bowl. But neither were playing at a no-brainer MVP level, and Peyton said he wants to keep going as long as he enjoys the preparation part of the game. It certainly doesn't hurt that he's owed a guaranteed $20 million in 2014. As long as Manning's March neck checkup comes back clean, he'll be back as fantasy's No. 1 quarterback.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 27 - 8:32 AM

The first forecast for Super Bowl Sunday has been released, and it's currently calling for a high of 35 degrees and a 30 percent chance of snow.

According to Weather.com, snow showers are possible and temperatures will range from 25 to 35 degrees. The Broncos and Seahawks will kick off at 6:30 PM ET, so they'd likely be playing in temperatures in the 20s. Wind isn't expected to be a factor; it's projected to be blowing around 8 MPH. Of course, we're ten days away from the big game, which leaves plenty of time for change. The NFL has previously said that if a winter storm is expected, the game could be moved to Saturday, Monday, or Tuesday. Worst-case scenario would be for Super Bowl to be pushed back to February 9. We're not at that point.
Source: weather.com
Jan 24 - 11:31 AM

Peyton Manning completed 32-of-43 throws for 400 yards and two touchdowns as the Broncos advanced to Super Bowl 48 in Sunday's 26-16 AFC Championship win over the Patriots.

Dissecting New England's defense on crossers and chain-moving routes, Manning converted his first scoring pass on a goal-line rollout, finding Jacob Tamme open from one yard out. When Aqib Talib (ribs) left the game, Peyton got aggressive at the intermediate and deep sections, exposing the Patriots' undermanned secondary with Demaryius Thomas en route to a 13-3 first-half lead. The dynamic duo increased the margin to 20-3 when Peyton found Demaryius slipping inside Alfonzo Dennard for a three-yard third-quarter touchdown. The Patriots didn't get a single hit or sack on Manning in a dominant performance by both Peyton and Denver's pass protection. The Broncos will meet the winner of Sunday night's 49ers-Seahawks game in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Jan 19 - 6:29 PM

Peyton Manning's football future will be determined by the results of a March physical on his four-time surgically repaired neck.

Assuming the exam shows Manning's neck is stable, he will resume his career. If increased risk of injury is shown, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Manning "will be forced to decide whether to retire." Manning has made it clear he wants to keep playing in 2014 regardless of whether the Broncos win the Super Bowl. Manning turns 38 on March 24. Asked in his post-game press conference late Sunday if he was already thinking about the exam, Peyton quipped "The only thing weighing on my mind is how soon I can get a Bud Light in my mouth."
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 12 - 9:34 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Peyton Manning
2Brock Osweiler
3Zac Dysert
RB1Montee Ball
2C.J. Anderson
3Ronnie Hillman
4Jerodis Williams
GLB1Montee Ball
2C.J. Anderson
3RB1Montee Ball
2Ronnie Hillman
WR11Demaryius Thomas
2Andre Caldwell
3Nathan Palmer
4Greg Wilson
WR21Wes Welker
2Emmanuel Sanders
3Jordan Norwood
4Gerell Robinson
WR31Emmanuel Sanders
TE1Julius Thomas
2Jacob Tamme
3Virgil Green
4Joel Dreessen
5Cameron Morrah
K1Matt Prater