Buckle Up for Brock Osweiler In Preseason


Brock Osweiler (6) warms up during training camp at the Broncos training facility. (Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports)

Sure there’s the big countdown to the first regular season game. However, there’s a secondary countdown to the Broncos first preseason game on Aug. 8.

Preseason is a time to let the veterans gets back in the groove, but perhaps more importantly, it’s a time to see what the young guys can do.

Entering his second season and now the team’s No. 2 quarterback, I can’t wait to see Brock Osweiler’s rocket arm again. I especially can’t wait to see whether he matured after a year behind Peyton Manning.

Many said that if Osweiler had come out in this year’s draft, he could have easily been the first quarterback selected. Others have said that Osweiler could easily be a starter on another team this year.

“It’s hard to speculate,” John Fox said. “He hasn’t come to me complaining that he thinks he is better than Peyton at this point.”

Osweiler saw action in five regular season contests last year, but only had four pass attempts. That’s part of playing behind Manning. The team put Osweiler in when they had a big lead. At that point, they wanted to run out the clock, not let their second-year quarterback throw. For the record, Osweiler went 2-for-4 for 12 yards on the season.

“He has progressed a lot,” Fox said after Monday’s practice. “He has a lot better feel for how we operate. What we do is a little bit tougher to learn than just a standard huddle-up, line up and play.”

Offensive coordinator Adam Gase said last week that Osweiler has been getting in more work at the line of scrimmage rather than have him huddle up.

“He has done a good job with what we are doing mentally and physically you can see the improvement with his arm trajectory,” Gase said. “We are going to keep working on his ability to expand the horizon for how far he can take it.”

“Plan B” is officially Plan Brock. I’m not rushing into plan B by any means, but it’s going to be fun to see how this kid has developed.

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