“There are so many things that are special about his game” Peyton Manning drops truth bomb on whether Russell Wilson is what the Broncos needed to become Super Bowl contenders

The Denver Broncos have now twice looked to a veteran quarterback to lead their team to a championship as they traded for Russell Wilson recently. Back in 2012, they signed Peyton Manning to do the same thing and he recently spoke about the trade.

Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson
Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson

The Denver Broncos made a blockbuster trade to acquire Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks. While they didn’t trade for him, this move is eerily similar to when the Broncos signed Peyton Manning in 2012. He recently spoke about the monster trade.

The Broncos were in need of a quarterback and were rumored to be going after Aaron Rodgers but always kept tabs on Russell Wilson. When Rodgers opted to stay in Green Bay, they went all-in on Wilson and offered as much as they could. That included Drew Lock, Shelby Harris and Noah Fant along with two 1st rounders, two 2nd rounders and a 5th round pick.

Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson

It was a massive deal but ultimately, Seattle was sort of forced to do it as it seems Wilson had no intention to sign a new contract with the Seahawks so they had to cash in on him and try and build for the future rather than lose him to free agency and get nothing out of it.

Given the similarities in situations along with his interest in the Broncos, Peyton Manning has been asked a lot about Russell Wilson and he’s been happy to share his conversations.

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Peyton Manning praises Russell Wilson’s unique playstyle

Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson

Peyton Manning spoke with ‘The Denver Post’ about the trade and helping Russell Wilson out with the transition “I’ve talked to Russell a number of times and we’ve had conversations about some of the things that helped me in my transition to a different team that I think can apply to anybody making the jump, especially after being in a place for a long time.”

Manning also credited Wilson’s ability on and off the field saying “Probably don’t have enough time to go through all the things that are special about Russell’s game. Just his leadership and his work ethic — you start there and then you obviously get to the abilities and talents on the field. His ability to scramble out of the pocket and also make every throw from within the pocket — that’s something that is unique. And then the fact he’s going to work very hard to get his timing down with his receivers.”

Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson

Manning was also asked about the effort Wilson is already putting in with his new receivers and added “Look, it’s all about having continuity and consistency. Every receiver knows they need to get their timing with him down to a perfect science. That’s the world I always lived in and always believed in and that’s just going to pay great dividends for the team.”

He further added “There is something unique about the work that you do without the coaches around. Russell’s creating the script. He’s the offensive coordinator if you will. He and Patrick and he and Sutton are talking directly. When you have these workouts on your own, it’s, ‘Let’s get this right. That was always the beauty of those things when I was playing. I know Russell is from the same school so that was really cool to see.”

With all these comparisons to Peyton Manning and being aided by the sheriff himself, there’s a lot of pressure on Russell Wilson to live up to who he’s essentially taking over from even though it’s been over half a decade since Manning retired. If there’s one thing Wilson has proven throughout his career, it’s that he delivers under pressure so, expect to see some great things in Denver this season.

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