Perhaps the only major red flag surrounding the Denver Broncos' signing of prized free agent quarterback Peyton Manning involves the arm strength of the future Hall of Fame inductee. Coming off a severe neck injury that caused him to miss all of last season, Manning's velocity was said to be a work in progress at various points of check-in during his attempted return.
According to Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker, there's "no question" Manning's arm strength is good enough to play right now. Here's what he told ESPN's Colin Cowherd during a recent radio interview:
"The guy's still throwing the ball a long time, throwing it great, hitting you in the right spot," Decker told Cowherd. "He's such a perfectionist. If he hits you in the belly button, he gets mad at himself for not hitting you in the chest. It's unbelievable to be around a guy who has those standards for himself."
"He's so precise with everything he does and there's a reason for everything he does do," Decker told Cowherd. "In workouts, in the weight room -- I mean the guy's jogging from station to station. He's working like he's a 23-year-old free agent coming out of college. The way he talks about football, the way he runs drill work, routes, everything's gotta be perfect and there's no gray area. I think that, as a receiver, [is] the best thing about it. You got a leader that demands the best out of you because he gives the best he's got."