(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer Philip Wheeler saw plenty of Peyton Manning and his hand signals and gesticulations in his first three seasons in the NFL as teammates on the practice field in Indianapolis.
Wheeler hopes he will have more success dealing with Manning when they meet for the first time as opponents. The Raiders (1-2) visit Manning and the Broncos (1-2) on Sunday in an AFC West showdown.
''I know how good he is and I wasn't really good against him in practice, so hopefully I can change that in this game,'' Wheeler said.
Wheeler said going up against Manning every day helped make him the player he is today, teaching him nuances and intricacies of playing in the NFL that he had never thought of before.
''He made me a great player, just by playing against him, hearing him talk, hear him talk to his offense,'' Wheeler said. ''Like pointing out things against the defense when I was on defense. I was like, ...