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It's not often that a third-year NFL quarterback would be considered a project player. But let's face it, we don't really have any idea how good Brock Osweiler is.
Since being drafted, Osweiler has scarcely seen the field in any regular-season games, but that's exactly what the team was hoping for when they drafted him in the second round in 2012.
That means Peyton Manning has stayed healthy and the Broncos haven't had to hit the emergency switch.
But until Osweiler takes the helm as the starting quarterback of the Broncos, he will need continuous coaching and training in order to prepare him for what will certainly be some tough shoes to fill.
After the Broncos won back-to-back Super Bowls following the 1997 and 1998 seasons, John Elway retired. Brian Griese stepped in and promptly went 6-10 as the Broncos finished in last place in the AFC West.
Griese never really recovered in Denver, and it looked like he wasn't ready to handle the job. The Broncos don't want to see a repeat of that, which is why the development of Osweiler is crucial to the team's future.