April 11, 2013
DURHAM, N.C. — Peyton and Eli Manning listened intently to Duke coach David Cutcliffe's instructions as the NFL quarterbacks worked up a sweat, briskly throwing a mix of deep and short passes at the Blue Devils' indoor practice field.
The Mannings trust what their college mentor has to say.
That's why when they needed somewhere tune up their games before voluntary NFL workouts begin next week, they reunited with the coach they've known for roughly two decades.
Eli Manning said Thursday, "that's why we came back here — we come to get coached."
The Mannings brought some of their NFL teammates to Duke this week to fine-tune a few things and receive some guidance from their mentor. Among the guests were new Denver receiver Wes Welker and New York Giants wideout Victor Cruz.
DURHAM, N.C. — Peyton Manning threw his first passes to his newest Broncos teammate Wes Welker during a workout Wednesday at Duke.
Welker and Broncos receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker joined the veteran quarterback, working with Duke coach David Cutcliffe, who was Manning's quarterbacks coach at Tennessee and oversaw much of the quarterback's work when he was recovering from his neck surgeries.
Welker left the Patriots and signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Broncos this offseason.
Manning said in an ESPN interview, "There are certain guys you feel like you need it to happen with right away. He's a guy who has a great feel for getting open, understanding route concepts. He played a sophisticated offense in New England. He's smart. You can see why he's such a productive player."