Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 3/29/12

Now that the dust has settled on Peyton Mania, and the $96 million man is getting acquainted with his new team, the next question becomes: Is he physically ready to step out onto the field, and into a huddle?

One man who knows Peyton Manning better than most all but answered the question with a resounding 'yes'.

Per the Denver Post, Duke head coach David Cutcliffe, whose overseen Manning's recent workouts, proclaimed the quarterback to be in "great shape, not good shape," adding that his arm strength and velocity on passes are up to snuff.

"He can make all the throws, his release times are perfect, and we pay a lot of attention to that. It's arm speed and getting rid of it. His velocity is good. It's just a matter of, like any other NFL football player, you've got to feel good," Cutcliffe said. "He's in great shape. Not good shape, great shape, and that's part of what we did here as well."

Asked how soon before Manning could take his place back under center, Cutcliffe answered with an encouraging response.

"He could play a game. We've done it, we've simulated games, and he's done well. He's going to do nothing but get stronger and going to play up to his standards," Cutcliffe said Thursday in a phone interview with The Denver Post. "I know that's his goal, and there isn't any reason, there is no indicator otherwise."

Confirming a prior report which stated Manning is capable of hitting 50-yard passes, Cutcliffe's two-cents are especially noteworthy considering he coached him at the University of Tennessee, and has been watching the Canton-bound signal-caller throw for "nearly two decades."

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