QB Brock Osweiler, Free agent
HT: 6-7, WT: 242, Born: 11-22-1990, College: Arizona State, Drafted: Round 2
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The Broncos are preparing Brock Osweiler as their next franchise quarterback according to general manager John Elway. Current starter Peyton Manning is still on the top of his game after throwing for 55 touchdowns and nearly 5,500 yards in 2013—both single-season records. Osweiler is tall (6’7”) has a rocket arm, and he’s got the athleticism to keep the play alive with his feet while keeping his eyes downfield. The Broncos have improved his throwing motion, and now his release point is high and above his head. Osweiler has also improved his footwork, and he no longer throws flat-footed within the pocket. If/when he takes over as the starter, Osweiler is going to have a fantastic group of weapons to throw to. Osweiler is an unknown talent, but if he plays up to his potential he could perform a lot like Ben Roethlisberger does for the Steelers. Dynasty owners should still hold onto Osweiler with the hopes of him starting in 2016—in Denver or somewhere else.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 4 - Brock Osweiler finally received his first action of the season when the Broncos were up by 36 points against Philadelphia. He had limited opportunities, but he managed to show reasons for guarded optimism while simultaneously reminding that he is not Peyton Manning. He did a very nice job avoiding pressure and making plays with his legs, dancing out of a sack to convert a 3rd-and-3 on the ground. He also managed to guide Denver to a field goal to break the franchise record for points in a single game, and on Denver's final drive Osweiler converted two of Denver's three first downs with his arm as the Broncos ran out what was left of the clock.
Week 17 - With records set, a 31-point lead, and the playoffs looming, Denver rested most of its starters in the second half, giving Brock Osweiler a chance to see his first significant game action since week 4 against Philadelphia. Osweiler took good care of the football and managed to move it fairly well, with just one three-and-out (after an amazing reception by Jacob Tamme was overturned on replay), but an offense that scored 31 points on 5 possessions with Manning under center ultimately scored just 3 points on 5 possessions after halftime. Osweiler has shown improvements in his decision making and mobility since his first year, but still tended to hold the ball too long at times and lacked Manning’s decisiveness with the football. Ultimately, Osweiler played like a young quarterback with potential and signs of progress, but one not yet ready to keep an offense consistently executing at a high level.