After missing an entire season of football, Peyton Manning undoubtedly has some catching up to do. Forget the neck surgeries and the fact that he’s with a new team for the first time in 14 years. Manning must adjust to a new NFL thanks to the CBA rules put into place last off season.
Here are some details on when Manning can start working with teammates, coaches, and the playbook.
– Manning cannot throw to receivers that are under contract until April 16. Until then, he may throw with the team’s medical staff and trainers as part of his rehab program.
– Manning can workout with his new teammates before April 16 so long as they are not at team facilities nor under the watchful eye of the coaching staff.
– The coaching staff cannot answer playbook related questions until April 16.
– Manning can voluntarily study the playbook as long as the playbook is available to any other player on the team.
The bottom line is until April 16, Manning will simply adjust to the high altitude, get used to wearing new colors, and acclimate to a new city. Those are the foundation blocks for what’s to come.