We already know Manning can practice in T-shirts and shorts. He's further along than we ever imagined in February. But we just aren't going to learn much about Manning until he starts taking hits again.
Can Manning take hits and get back up? Will his neck injury make him naturally anxious in the pocket?
These are the real questions left with Manning. We won't know the answers until the preseason at earliest and very likely Week 1. It's surprising how everyone assumes that the old Peyton Manning is already back. We know he can run a July practice.
No love for Braylon
Braylon Edwards worked out for the Seattle Seahawks this week. And then they went out and signed Antonio Bryant, who hasn't played a regular season snap since 2009. Pete Carroll apparently only likes reclamation projects once they've been out of the league a few years. Bryant has a realistic chance to make an impact in Seattle, just like Mike Williams did.
This is a career low for Edwards, who probably still isn't healthy coming off a knee injury. We listed Edwards as the best free agent wide receiver available back in May, but it's fair to wonder if the guy is even going to get another shot.
- NFL fans that work at home. How cool was it to watch Peyton Manning and Robert Griffin III's practice live yesterday on NFL Network? I know it will sound like I'm a company shill here, but I promise I'd be writing this wherever I worked. For football junkies, live football all day in July is like sweet relief.
Remember when New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks said he'd be ready for training camp and the Giants disputed that timeline? Nicks just recently began running in a wading pool. He's on track to return around Week 1, but once again player optimism about injuries usually is worthless.
- The report that indicated Joseph Addai "quit" during his conditioning test with the Patriots is not going to help him get a job. Bill Belichick's decision to cut Addai immediately was Bill Walsh-like.