Oct 23, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) during the game against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
What’s not to like about this guy? He’s young, has a cannon for an arm, is fairly mobile for his large frame of 6’8, and is accurate with a little bit of Ben Roethlisberger in him. Those inside the Broncos’ organization have been reportedly impressed with Osweiler and feel that he’s ready to start if Manning decides to call it quits. That’s saying quite a lot considering John Elway’s lack of patience when it comes to anything football related. Osweiler has made significant strides in his three seasons with the Broncos. He had his best preseason yet in 2014, highlighting it with a beautiful 33-yard rainbow to Cody Latimer for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers. Osweiler also threw a touchdown pass in a game (Week 17) where Peyton Manning did not, so that’s got to mean something, right? All signs point to a successful succession of Manning, which could come as soon as this upcoming season.
The fear of the unknown can scare anybody. I mean, do we honestly know how good this kid is? The answer is a resounding no and we won’t know until he finally takes some meaningful snaps in a regular season game. Osweiler has improved every year but the only film we really have to go off of comes from the preseason. Oh, and one nice little drive that ended with a touchdown pass against the lowly 3-13 Oakland Raiders. He seems to have all the tools necessary but until he sees any significant time on the field when it actually matters, I’m not sold and neither should Broncos Country. Ultimately, it’s simply difficult to fully put your trust in someone that you’ve seen so little of.
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