Evans Clinchy
Tuesday March 13th, 2012

As Peyton Manning prepares to return to the NFL in 2012, there are a number of insiders expressing skepticism about whether the former Indianpolis Colts quarterback still has the same physical abilities he once did. But Brandon Stokley, a former teammate of Manning's in Indianapolis, is not among those skeptics.

"I saw him for three days at Duke," Stokley told the Denver Post. "He threw a ton of balls for three straight practices, and the guy looked to me like he did when I was there six years ago."

Stokley played with Manning on the Colts for four seasons, between 2003 and '06. He also played for three seasons post-Indy on the Denver Broncos, who are now looking to sign Manning. "People who say the Broncos are crazy for not watching his balls fly, or what are they doing? Those people are dead wrong," Stokley said. "I'll put whatever reputation I have on the line behind that guy right now. He looks great."

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