Peyton Manning is reportedly struggling with velocity and throwing downfield

Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning will falter in Denver.

USA Today’s Nate Davis reported “it was clear” during Tuesday’s minicamp practice that future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning is missing velocity and distance on deep passes.

Davis, who noted Manning looked decent making intermediate tosses, even suggested the 11-time Pro-Bowler “may not have the liveliest arm on his team,” on a roster that includes immortal field-generals Caleb Hanie, Brock Osweiler, and Adam Weber.

Manning, who prior to suffering a fusion of two vertebrae made every start for the Indianapolis Colts since being nabbed out of the University of Tennessee with the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, acknowledged he needs to improve.

“I still have a lot of work to do,” said Manning, 36, a four-time AP NFL MVP who was forced to miss the entire 2011 campaign after undergoing an alarming four neck surgeries in 19 months. “[Being] injured was new for me. I thought I had a good attitude about it and tried to handle it the best I could. Certainly, it feels good to be back out on the field. I continue to rehab. I have work to do and progress that I still need to make.”

The five-time First-Team All-Pro is a deserving member of the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team and clearly one of the preeminent signal-callers in football history.

Nevertheless, Manning, who signed a five-year contract worth $96 million with the Broncos as a free agent on March 20, will never be the player he was and Denver made a perilous gamble.

A 36-year-old human being playing a savage collision sport after four neck surgeries is, at best, disconcerting.

Despite the blessings of respected medical practitioners, Peyton Manning should not “be back out on the field” in the “Queen City of the West.”

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