- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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According to NFL.com, the new Denver quarterback’s jersey has been more popular than the former Denver quarterback’s new jersey. From the period of April 1-May 28, Manning’s Denver No. 18 jersey is the biggest selling jersey in the NFL. Tebow’s New York Jets’ No. 15 jersey is the second-best selling jersey.
Denver signed Manning on March 20. The next day, Tebow was sent to the Jets.
The fact that Manning’s jersey is selling better than Tebow's shows substance over style may be winning. Manning is one of the most decorated players in league history, while Tebow has created a stir in the NFL without becoming a true throwing quarterback.
We all know by now who John Elway preferred, and it seems the jersey-buying public agrees.
In other AFC West news:
San Diego linebacker Larry English has a groin injury. He should be back next week. Missing OTAs in the late spring is no big deal, but English has to find a way to stay on the field once training camp begins. Thus far, injuries have robbed the No. 16 overall pick of the 2009 draft of trying to have a solid NFL career.
Receiver Jonathan Baldwin -- the Chiefs’ first-round pick in 2011 -- has been the talk of the OTAs this spring. I expect to see Baldwin make big strides in his second season. He showed flashes last year after he missed a big chunk of the season because of a broken thumb he reportedly suffered in a fight with running back Thomas Jones.