Is deep ball a problem in Denver?

July, 31, 2012
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There has been talk in Denver about Peyton Manning not airing out the ball much on deep passes in the early stages of training camp.

That, of course, has led to speculation that Manning, 36, has lost arm strength because of the neck injury that cost him all of last season.

The Denver Broncos are downplaying the lack of the long ball in camp. Coach John Fox has said the Broncos are slowly progressing through camp and many Broncos players have said Manning’s arm strength seems fine.

I don’t think it’s much of a big deal. Manning has looked good when he has thrown deep and his overall arm strength looks fine. He is an intermediate passer for the most part anyway and there is no reason to overwork his arm at this point of camp.

If the season starts and the Broncos’ offense stalls because of the lack of a deep threat, then Manning is going to have to adjust. But for a player whose entire career has been based on instant adjustments, I don’t think it would be much of a problem.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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