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“"We enjoyed visiting with Peyton today in N.C.," Broncos executive VP for football operations John Elway wrote Friday on Twitter. "He threw the ball great and looked very comfortable out there." The private plane of Broncos owner Pat Bowlen left Denver en route to Raleigh-Durham on Friday morning, landing at 1:15 p.m. ET. Among Broncos officials on board to watch Manning, according to ESPN sources, were Elway, coach John Fox, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, quarterback coach Adam Gase, general manager Brian Xanders and a medical team. "Watching him throw today was the next step in this important process for our team and Peyton," Elway wrote. "It was a productive visit and went well." Manning was seen leaving Duke's indoor facilities wearing blue shorts, a gray T-shirt and no helmet and heading to the outdoor practice field followed by Elway and Fox. Duke coach David Cutcliffe, who has observed Manning work out and throw several times the past few months in Durham, told The Tennessean of Nashville that Manning will have what it takes to play at the highest level when he resumes his career this fall. "It's incredible how much progress he's made in throwing the football," Cutcliffe told the newspaper. "He's gotten his arm strength back and his accuracy is there. "I'm not an NFL coach, of course, but I think I know what it takes to complete passes in the NFL, and it's clear that Peyton can make all those throws," said Cutcliffe, who was Manning's offensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee from 1994 to 1997 and remains one of his friends. Cutcliffe was also the coach at Mississippi when Manning's brother, Eli Manning, played for the Rebels. Manning had wrapped up his latest stop in his free-agent tour Wednesday, leaving the Titans' complex after spending more than eight hours with team officials.
I'm not an NFL coach, of course, but I think I know what it takes to complete passes in the NFL, and it's clear that Peyton can make all those throws.” -- David Cutcliffe, who has watched Peyton Manning work out several times over the past few months in Durham, N.C.