Brock Osweiler headed into his first training camp with the Denver Broncos knowing he had an amazing opportunity to learn the craft of MVP Peyton Manning. Now that he has had 2 full seasons under his belt, the focus this season is all on Osweiler’s ability to take the next step and prove he can lead the team should #18 go down.
After being selected in the Second Round by the Denver Broncos in 2012, Osweiler knew he most likely would be holding a clipboard more than some of his peers. Russell Wilson and Nick Foles were both taken a full round later than the ASU QB and have seen their careers blossom after seeing the field early for the Seahawks and Eagles.
Although Osweiler would prefer to have a chance to start, he’s well aware that his situation has been proven successful in the past. Aaron Rodgers, Steve Young and Matt Cassel are examples of QBs who learned from the best then made the most of their opportunity to step in for legends.
Through O.T.A.’s and the first week of training camp, Broncos coaches have noticed progress in Osweiler’s comfort within the system and his ability to make quicker decisions. Teammates and coaches have applauded his professionalism and work ethic. Denver is hoping this progress leads to Osweiler being ready to take control of an electric offensive system, which relies on pre-snap reads and quick throws.
Denver is praying Osweiler doesn’t have to see significant playing time in 2014, but the Broncos know nothing is certain in the NFL and Peyton is 38. Osweiler says he is “100 percent” ready if needed. Having weapons like Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas along with a Pro Bowl offensive line should help the transition. The pre-season will be his chance to prove he could sail the ship without its captain. Denver begins pre-season play against the Seattle Seahawks, August 7th.