QB Brock Osweiler - Denver Broncos
|6-7, 242||Born: 11-22-1990||College: Arizona State||Drafted: Round 2|
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General News (Wed Feb 3): is expected to be the Broncos starting quarterback next season if they can sign him to an extension, even if Peyton Manning decides that Super Bowl 50 isn't his final game. Broncos quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp said Monday, Feb. 1, that Osweiler has done everything to put himself in a position to start for Denver next year. President and general manager John Elway said he's excited about Osweiler and is "hoping to get something done with Brock this offseason." Osweiler can become a free agent March 9.
Week 21: vs Carolina Panthers
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. According to Bucky Brooks at NFL.com, Peyton Manning targeted 62% of his passes within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage during the regular season, and he connected on 69.9% of those throws with four touchdowns and nine interceptions. During the playoffs, 63% of his throws are of the short variety, with 35% of his throws between 10 and 19 yards, which was up from 24% during the regular season. Manning has thrown 20 of his 24 pass attempts at intermediate range to the right or middle of the field during the playoffs. The takeaway here is that Manning has thrown 98% of his passes to short or intermediate range during the two full playoff games that he has played since returning to the starting role in Week 17 of regular season. Here's what he's done in the playoffs - vs. Pittsburgh, Manning compiled 21/37 for 222 yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions thrown, with one successful two point conversion thrown to Demaryius Thomas (eight for 4/40/0). Emmanuel Sanders led the team in receiving with eight targets for 5/85/0 receiving - nobody else on the Broncos had over 40 yards receiving in the Divisional Round. During the Conference Championship showdown with New England, Manning threw a 21-yard and 12-yard TD pass to Owen Daniels - 2/33/2 receiving total for Daniels - Daniels added several yards-after-catch to the actual tosses from Manning, and Manning wound up with 17/32 for 176 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown. Demaryius Thomas was awful with seven targets for 2/12/0 receiving, while Emmanuel Sanders led the team with eight targets for 5/62/0 receiving. Nobody other than Daniels or Sanders went over 20 yards receiving during the contest. The Denver passing attack is anemic entering the Super Bowl, friends. As Manning himself noted on February 2: 'My arm is what it is. Honestly, my having a little time off to heal my foot helped some of the other parts... My arm feels OK. My arm has not been the same since I was injured four years ago... If I could throw left-handed it would be a lot easier... It's just different than it was... It's got a few yards on it, miles on it, however you want to say it.' The good news for Broncos' fans is that Manning has reined in the interceptions thrown (he hasn't thrown an interception since getting back in the game Week 17). The bad news is that, as Carolina showed against Arizona two weeks ago, the Panthers are a ball-hawking secondary and they have compiled six interceptions (most among playoff teams) and eight sacks (second-most among playoff teams) over their two playoff games, to go with their 24 interceptions (first in the NFL in this category during the season) and 44 sacks generated during regular season. Manning threw nine TDs and 17 interceptions during his time on the field during regular season. Carolina comes into this game with injuries to some key defensive players - defensive end Jared Allen is working hard to overcome his fractured foot and play in Super Bowl 50, but he simply may not be healthy enough to play on Sunday - outside linebacker Thomas Davis broke his arm in the NFC Championship game, had surgery to put a plate to strengthen the fracture, and will have to wear some combination of cast/soft-cast/brace if he is well enough to play in the contest against Denver. Davis said on Monday, February 1 that he could be limited in Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos, but he has every intention of playing in the game. He returned to practice and used a cast Monday. The practice status of each defender warrants attention during the late-week practices leading up to the Super Bowl. The Panthers finished regular season ranked 11th in the NFL averaging 234.5 net passing yards allowed per game, but they had less TDs allowed (21) than interceptions generated (24) - in fact, the Panthers turnover ratio of +20 was first in the NFL by far, and they led the NFL in interceptions as noted above. Over the final four weeks of regular season, Carolina wound up averaging 19.6 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks (in the middle of the NFL range at 17th); averaged 22.4 fantasy points per game allowed to opposing wide receivers (18th); but were seventh-least in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends (5.7 per game on average). So far during the playoffs the Panthers have averaged 276 yards passing allowed per game (but they have won by jumping out to big leads, winning 49-15 vs. Arizona and 31-24 vs. Seattle - both teams had to throw the ball a lot to try and compete with the Panthers), with four passing scores given out vs. six interceptions generated. Carson Palmer looked dreadful in Charlotte two weeks ago (23/40 for 227 net yards passing, one TD and four interceptions thrown, with three sacks taken for -8 yards). In the Divisional round, Russell Wilson finished with 31/48 for 325 net yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions, with five sacks taken for -41 yards. The Panthers have been hard on both quarterbacks they've seen during the playoffs. This looks like a very tough matchup for the aging Manning and his receiving corps.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 17 vs SD (14 / 22 / 232 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brock Osweiler's statistics against the San Diego Chargers tell the story of a player with extreme highs and lows. In reality, his play was pretty middle of the road; he didn't move the ball as well as his 10.5 yards per attempt suggest, nor was he as careless with the football as his 2 interceptions and lost fumble imply. Instead, Osweiler's statistics were padded by a pair of huge catch-and-run plays by his starting wide receivers that accounted for 118 of his 232 yards. At the same time, his turnovers came on a pass tipped by a defender, a pass tipped by the intended receiver, and a lost fumble after a blindside sack. While Osweiler played a decent game against a weak and wounded defense, the quick hook Denver gave him in the second half in favor of Peyton Manning suggests the Broncos believe Manning gives them a better chance to win going forward.
2015 Week 16 vs CIN (27 / 39 / 299 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 5 / 0 rush)
Osweiler continued recent trends against the Cincinnati Bengals; he made safe decisions and took fairly good care of the football, he avoided any killer turnovers, and he continued to show little feel for the pocket, resulting in several drive-killing sacks. With a duo of receivers good enough to make his life easy, Osweiler's play was enough to win against Cincinnati, but still resulted in far too many short drives and quick punts. Even Osweiler's longest play of the game came with an asterisk; Emmanuel Sanders was well behind the Bengals' defense, but had to turn around and wait for a ball that was so high and so underthrown that it looked like he was fielding a punt, turning what could have been an easy touchdown at the two-minute-warning into an eventual field goal as the first half expired.
2015 Week 15 vs PIT (21 / 44 / 296 / 3 / 1 pass, 5 / 19 / 1 rush)
Since Brock Osweiler's ascension to the starting quarterback position, his Denver Broncos have led the league in 3-and-out offensive drives. Against the Raiders last week, the offense's inability to score a touchdown on any of their three red zone trips likely cost them the game. For the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers, though, the script could not have possibly been any more different; after a fumble by Ronnie Hillman on their second offensive play, Osweiler and the Broncos scored touchdowns on all four remaining drives in the first half. More than just scoring touchdowns, the Broncos were 8-for-8 on 3rd down conversions in the first half, and Osweiler was the primary driver of that. He converted six first downs with his arm, including a 3rd-and-2 throw from an empty backfield that displayed a lot of trust from the coaching staff. And when all his receivers were covered, Osweiler ran for a 7-yard touchdown on 3rd-and-goal. Any hopes that the offense had turned a corner were short-lived; as has been the case in most of his games, the defense seems to have figured out Osweiler at halftime, leading to failed attempts on Denver's first six 3rd-downs in the second half and 8 of 9 total, (plus two more failed 4th-down attempts), as the suddenly listless offense was shut out in the second half. Osweiler threw an interception on a crossing route and had two more easy interceptions dropped by defenders late after Pittsburgh had finally clawed back into the game. And, for the second consecutive week, Osweiler was let down by terrible drops in high-leverage situations. But at the end of the day, despite occasional flashes of talent, Osweiler still looks like he struggles most of the time to get Denver's offense out of neutral without heavy support from the running game.
2015 Week 14 vs OAK (35 / 51 / 308 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)
On a day where Denver's defense played out of its minds, the Broncos merely needed the offense to play decent football to coast to victory. Unfortunately, (with blame to fall on a terrible running game and a few key late-game drops), Brock Osweiler's inability to convert yards into points in the first half wound up costing the Broncos dearly in the second. He's simply not at a point in his career where he's able to carry an offense on his shoulders. Osweiler had several good throws and positive plays, but by and large had absolutely no feel for the pocket, leading to a career day for the Raiders' Khalil Mack, who had 5 sacks, each one of which ended a Denver drive, and one of which resulted in a safety. Despite being one of the tallest quarterbacks in history, Osweiler also had several batted balls. In the first half, Denver had drives of 10 plays and 57 yards, 9 plays and 61 yards, 15 plays and 63 yards, and 12 plays and 61 yards, all of which ended in red-zone, (or near-red-zone) field goals. The failure to reach the end zone wound up haunting Denver, whose defense allowed one 80-yard touchdown drive and just 49 yards on 12 other drives, (not counting kneel-downs), but lost to an Oakland team that converted its few opportunities into touchdowns.
2015 Week 13 vs SD (16 / 26 / 166 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 1 / 0 rush)
When Brock Osweiler led the Denver Broncos to a touchdown on their opening drive against the San Diego Chargers, it seemed as if he was poised to build upon his success against New England. Instead, Denver's offense became more and more mired the longer it played, especially in the second half as the teams battled to a scoreless draw. Denver once again limited Osweiler's responsibilities, giving him few shots down the field. On one of his rare opportunities, Osweiler lobbed a pass deep down the left sideline to a covered Emmanuel Sanders; the pass, thrown short, was intercepted in the end zone to end a rare promising drive. Osweiler also poorly managed the 2-minute drill to end the first half, almost throwing an easy interception that was dropped by the defense and then dumping the ball over the middle as time expired on the half. On the whole, Osweiler looked much more like the inexperienced quarterback he is than he had in his first two weeks.
2015 Week 12 vs NE (23 / 42 / 270 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
Brock Osweiler's first career start was a win on his birthday. In his second, he knocked off the undefeated Patriots in front of a friendly home crowd. While Osweiler's inexperience shone through on multiple occasions, the lasting memory most will take was him showing poise and precision in a do-or-die situation against a punishing defense. Getting the ball down by 4 with 2:31 to go, Osweiler engineered a 6-play, 83-yard drive for the go-ahead touchdown. 79 of those yards came through the air, via 36- and 39-yard completions and a 4-yard touchdown toss. While Osweiler came up big with the game on the line, his performance prior had plenty of highs and lows. While Osweiler's lone interception was in many ways not his fault, (his hand was hit as he began to throw and the ball popped straight up into the air), it was emblematic of his poor feel for the pocket. Osweiler took a pair of completely inexcusable sacks; in one he ran backwards from the pressure on 3rd-and-2, losing 13 yards and knocking Denver out of easy field goal range. On his phenomenal 4th-quarter drive, too, Osweiler ran backwards from pressure and took an 8-yard sack on 2nd-and-goal; fortunately, the latter was negated by defensive holding. Overall, Osweiler showed plenty of reason for optimism that Denver's offense will be able to hold its own going forward, while also demonstrating areas for growth in the future.
2015 Week 11 vs CHI (20 / 27 / 250 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
For the first time in his four-year career, Brock Osweiler recorded a first-quarter snap for the Denver Broncos. As was to be expected given the long-delayed nature of his debut, Osweiler's offense produced in fits and starts. Head coach Gary Kubiak simplified the passing game, not asking him to throw a single pass more than 15 yards downfield and focusing heavily on slants, screens, and rollouts. 14 of Osweiler's 20 completions went to running backs or tight ends. Of Osweiler's 89 yards to wide receivers, 48 game on a short pass over the middle to a wide-open Demaryius Thomas, who did all of the hard work after the catch. The offense's inability to push the ball downfield meant drives almost always stalled out after a single negative play. At the same time, Osweiler showed positive signs, too. Denver's offense moved the ball better than its 17 points would suggest; an 82 yard drive ended in a short field goal on 2nd-and-goal as the first half expired, and Denver failed to convert on 4th-and-1 from Chicago's 2 yard line. Osweiler's ability to line up under center helped the running game get going, (against an admittedly soft defensive front). For the first time all season, Denver's quarterback did not throw an interception, (and its offense as a whole did not commit a turnover). While an up-and-down first start, there were positive aspects to build upon.
2015 Week 10 vs KC (14 / 24 / 146 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 18 / 0 rush)
While starter Peyton Manning's early-season struggles had led to calls from fans and analysts for Denver to see what Osweiler could do, few expected the unproven backup to receive his chance so soon. But with Manning unravelling on the field in front of everyone, Denver had no choice but to put Osweiler in against the Kansas City Chiefs. Osweiler looked like every bit of the inexperienced player that he is, throwing an interception shortly after coming in and heaving a few other errant and dangerous throws. He also showed off his surprising athleticism for a man of his height, rushing for 18 yards on three scrambles and providing enough of a spark to drive a stagnant offense down for two face-saving touchdowns against a long-since-disinterested defense.
Latest NewsBroncos | Brock Osweiler expected to start next year (Tue Feb 2, 07:24 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Brock Osweiler is expected to be the Broncos starting quarterback next season if they can sign him to an extension, even if QB Peyton Manning decides that Super Bowl 50 isn't his final game. Broncos quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp said Monday, Feb. 1, that Osweiler has done everything to put himself in a position to start for Denver next year. President and general manager John Elway said he's excited about Osweiler and is 'hoping to get something done with Brock this offseason.' Osweiler can become a free agent March 9. Our View: Earlier reports indicate that Osweiler is looking for around $12 million annually and a short-term deal. That number might be a little high, but the Broncos are one of the best teams when it comes to salary-cap gymnastics. They might be able to get something done with Osweiler before the start of the new league year.
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