The pistol formation, in which the quarterback lines up not under center but closer to the line of scrimmage than the shotgun, with a running back directly behind the quarterback, became popular in the NFL last year when mobile quarterbacks like Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III ran it. But on Thursday night the Broncos used the pistol with a quarterback who is decidedly not mobile, Peyton Manning.
In the Broncos’ preseason opener, Manning lined up in the pistol with running back Ronnie Hillman behind him. That’s a look we didn’t see in Denver last year, but apparently the Broncos liked what they saw from other teams running the pistol and decided to try it themselves.
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