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The Broncos are grooming Brock Osweiler to be the quarterback of the future. Drafted in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft, Osweiler has been studying and developing behind Peyton Manning since then.
Against the Seahawks, Osweiler looked good on most throws.
He finished the game 6-of-12 passing for 85 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Osweiler also scrambles six times for 17 yards against Seattle.
The interception was a bad throw that he forced to tight end (and former college teammate) Gerell Robinson. Osweiler made an off-platform throw, when he could have set his feet for better accuracy. The read was correct, but his mechanics were off and he was late with the pass.
Osweiler had some receivers let him down. Undrafted rookie Bennie Fowler dropped a pass in the second half, but Osweiler came back to him on the very next play. He split two defenders with the ball, and Fowler gathered in the catch.
Undrafted rookie Greg Hardin was on the other end of a 45-yard pass from Osweiler. Hardin lost the pass in the lights, and the perfectly thrown deep pass fell incomplete near the sideline.
Osweiler had exceptional pass placement on most throws—including the 34-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Norwood. The third-year quarterback led his receiver perfectly, and Norwood was able to haul in the pass for the game-winning score.
I interviewed Osweiler on Tuesday out at Dove Valley on my ESPN radio show in Denver. He was feeling good about his comfort within the Adam Gase offense.
“My confidence is at a level I could only dream of two years ago.” Osweiler exclaimed. When asked if he was ready to take over as the starter if needed, Osweiler proclaimed “Without question I’m ready.”
Broncos fans should know that Osweiler should continue to look good as the preseason goes on.