Duke Coach David Cutcliffe Says Peyton Manning Is In 'Great Shape'

Friday March 30th, 2012

Peyton Manning has moved on from the Indianapolis Colts, he's settled on the Denver Broncos, and he's begun on the next chapter in his NFL career. Now there's only one question left -- can he still play?

David Cutcliffe, the Duke head coach who was Manning’s offensive coordinator in college and has worked with him this year in private workouts to rehab from multiple neck surgeries, has the answer. Cutcliffe told the Denver Post today that Manning is physically looking great, ready to roll for the upcoming season.

"He can make all the throws, his release times are perfect, and we pay a lot of attention to that," Cutcliffe said. "It's arm speed and getting rid of it. His velocity is good. It's just a matter of, like any other NFL football player, you've got to feel good. He's in great shape. Not good shape, great shape, and that's part of what we did here as well." Manning decided on March 19 to sign with the Broncos; he inked a five-year, $96 million contract the following day. He's still got five months before the season gets underway, but rumor has it he'll be tested Week 1 in a big way. The New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers are both in the mix to be the Broncos' Week 1 opponent.

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