Testaverde can relate to Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck situations


We’ll call it the “Arch of Vinny.”

Former NFL quarterback Vinny Testaverde joined “NFL AM” Thursday morning and discussed many of the big name quarterbacks in the NFL.

The former No.1 overall pick in the 1987 NFL draft spent 21 seasons in the NFL and experienced the situations both Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck currently find themselves in.

Vinny, who played until he was 44 years old, knows as few things about diminished arm strength and what it takes to play when the spry years are in the rear view mirror, said he’s optimistic with what he’s seen from Manning in preseason.

“From what I can tell and what I can see on TV he looks pretty good,” Testaverde said.  “I don’t know that he has the same arm strength yet, but hopefully he will continue to get stronger and get his arm strength back. He is a veteran, smart, crafty quarterback that understands defenses and how to manipulate defenses to get his guys open and I see him having a great year.”

As for the Indianapolis Colts’ current rookie quarterback, Testaverde said he understand the challenges Luck faces.

“I think Andrew and I in that regard have a lot in common,” he said. “No. 1 picks going to a team that didn’t play very well the year before. Andrew obviously has a lot of talent, he showcased that in last week’s preseason game but there is going to be high expectations. Once you show what you can do and show that potential like he did last week then the expectations go up even higher. He seems to have a really good head on his shoulders I expect great things out of him and I expect him to have a long career.”

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