Sanders on Peyton Manning: ‘Man, he’s looking really good’


As I wrote after I had been at Broncos camp last week, there’s something different about Peyton Manning this year. He looks reborn in Gary Kubiak’s offense.

Apparently, Emmanuel Sanders has noticed the same.

“Man, he’s looking really good,” Sanders said. “I don’t feel like he’s lost a step. I asked him the other day—he doesn’t wear the glove. I told him, ‘Man, your arm’s a lot stronger without the glove.’ That’s pretty impressive. I can tell that he’s been putting a lot of work in in the offseason.”

Sanders is absolutely correct, but that’s nothing new that would surprise anyone about the Broncos’ signal caller.

Peyton Manning has always been one of the hardest workers in the NFL, but he’s apparently added to that this offseason by changing his diet a little bit. He talked about that at Wednesday’s practice session.

“Nothing really stopped, I guess. [I] just focused on a couple things. Meeting with [Director of Team Nutrition] Bryan [Snyder], who is our nutritionist, and [Strength and Conditioning Coach] Luke [Richesson] and kind of creating a plan—that’s really something that the entire Broncos have done for all players—kind of an emphasis through the training room that they’re providing for all players. [There is] a little more knowledge there going off some of the tests that we’ve done. I think it’s something that’s going to be good for a lot of players, but I think it’s helped me definitely this offseason. Hopefully it pays off for me this season.”

At Manning’s age, everything helps, especially what you put in your body and how you treat it over a long period of time. And that’s the key with Peyton — he’s always preparing well in advance for the grind that is yet to come.

As for what Manning looks like outside the pocket? Sanders said that there’s nothing this 39-year old franchise QB can’t do, even at this point in his career.

“He looks like Peyton. I haven’t seen anything. I feel like he can make every single throw. Anything in this offense that they want him to do, I feel like he can do it and be the best at doing it.”

At this stage of Manning’s career, being fresh is critical. That should not be a challenge this year, as Manning will be working with a new coach in a new offense and apparently with a new diet.

Peyton Manning is going to be so fresh, Subway might want to give him a call.

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