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QB Brock Osweiler - Denver Broncos

6-7, 242Born: 11-22-1990College: Arizona StateDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): Osweiler wasn't perfect, but he ran the Gary Kubiak offense true to its concepts and the team was able to rely on the running game, tight end combo, and defense to get a win. Some think Peyton Manning will return when he's healthy, but "when he's healthy" is nebulous and Osweiler could change that idea if he plays well against New England this week.

General News (Tue Nov 24): will start again for the Broncos in Week 12, but he is not Denver's permanent starting quarterback for the rest of the season, according to sources. Peyton Manning (foot) is expected to start again once he is healthy.

Week 12: vs New England Patriots

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Brock Osweiler won his first start 17-15 and looked comfortable in Gary Kubiak's offense while he did so, posting 20/27 for 250 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown. He linked up with Demaryius Thomas early on (eight targets for 3/59/1 receiving) and found Cody Latimer later in the game (three targets for 2/22/1) - even in Emmanuel Sanders' absence (high-ankle sprain), Osweiler found ways to keep the ball moving downfield. We'll see if he can build on the momentum here in Week 12. The Patriots' pass D is ranked 21st in the NFL averaging 252.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 pass scores given out vs. nine interceptions (tied for 15th in the NFL) and 32 sacks generated (second). Osweiler was sacked five times for -31 yards last week - the Patriots will bring the heat to bear here in Week 12, you can be sure. Over the past four weeks (four games), this team has allowed the fifth-least fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks (16.4 on average); is sixth-least in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends (5.1); however, they have given up the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers (22.9). Last week a banged-up Tyrod Taylor could only muster 20/36 for 225 net passing yards with zero TDs or interceptions against the Patriots. The Patriots' pass D has been up and down during the season - this looks like a neutral matchup for Osweiler at home in Mile High Stadium.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 vs KC 40 14 24 146 1 1 3 18 0 0 12.1
11 at CHI 69 20 27 250 2 0 2 4 0 0 20.9
12 vs NE PROJ-Dodds * 24 37 * * * 2 * * * *
12 vs NE PROJ-Tremblay * 24 38 * * * 1 * * * *
12 vs NE PROJ-Bloom * 19 28 * * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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 News

Broncos | Peyton Manning not guaranteed to return (Sun Nov 29, 12:38 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (foot) is expected to miss at least two more weeks because of a partially torn plantar fascia and there is no guarantee that he will return to action this year. QB Brock Osweiler, who is starting in his place, could continue to serve as the team's No. 1 quarterback if he continues to play well regardless of how quickly Manning heals.

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Broncos | Vernon Davis, Osweiler have chemistry (Sat Nov 28, 01:50 PM) - Denver Broncos TE Vernon Davis said he felt chemistry with QB Brock Osweiler from the first day he joined Denver. They were both playing with the second team at the time.

Our View: We immediately saw a difference with Osweiler at the helm last week. Davis was among the most-heavily targeted players on the roster, and Osweiler has no problem getting the ball into the hands of his playmaker. Davis is a TE2 with TE1 upside this week against the Patriots.
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Broncos | Denver used more two-TE sets (Tue Nov 24, 06:27 PM) - The Denver Broncos used multiple tight end sets on 83.8% of their Week 11 plays with QB Brock Osweiler under center as opposed to using three-wide receiver sets 60% of the time with QB Peyton Manning playing. TE Vernon Davis was more involved as a result, and the Broncos ground game was successful.

Our View: Keep this in mind when considering Davis or Daniels for your fantasy lineup. Both are TE2s with upside in Week 12 against the Patriots.
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Broncos | Brock Osweiler has tall task (Tue Nov 24, 04:51 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Brock Osweiler took 52 of 69 offensive snaps in Week 11 under center, and he didn't turn the ball over once. He'll be facing a New England Patriots defense in Week 12 that has given up an NFL-low 182 points this year, and they are allowing just 14 points per game in their last four contests. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is 11-4 against rookie quarterbacks in his career.

Our View: That's great and all, but Osweiler is not a rookie. The fourth-year quarterback has been patiently waiting for his opportunity to start, and he looked good against the Bears last week. It will be a far greater challenge against the Patriots in Week 12. Osweiler was sacked five times against a Bears team who does not get after the passer regularly. He'll need to make quicker decisions against the Patriots.
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Broncos | Brock Osweiler not permanent starter (Mon Nov 23, 02:26 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Brock Osweiler is not Denver's permanent starting quarterback for the rest of the season, according to sources. QB Peyton Manning (foot) is expected to start again once he is healthy.

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