Rookie quarterback Brock Osweiler played in five games his rookie season, mostly handing the ball off in the game’s waning moments. It wasn’t until the Denver Broncos’ regular-season finale that Osweiler attempted a pass, finishing the season 2-of-4 passing for 12 yards.
But we never expected to see much of Osweiler in 2012, and if we did, that meant Peyton Manning wasn’t playing.
In the team’s end-of-season press conference nearly three weeks ago, executive vice president of football operations John Elway and head coach John Fox each gave Osweiler their endorsement, saying the rookie quarterback has the skills to be Manning’s successor-whenever that happens.
“He really prepared as though he was going in the next snap and he really went out of his way to make sure that when we talked about things, his release point, the way he dropped, his balance as a passer, his progressions, he really pushed himself to do those things right.”
Osweiler started training camp as the Broncos’ No. 3 quarterback behind Manning and Caleb Hanie, but moved up to backup before the 2012 season. Osweiler dressed for every game, while Hanie was often not active on game day. The Broncos were confident in having only two quarterbacks available.
Still, we know the Broncos will have probably four quarterbacks at training camp and three on the final roster. That’s just how it’s done.
What does this mean for Hanie and the Broncos? Maybe nothing. Maybe something. I’m not sure if Hanie has a future in the NFL, but that’s merely my opinion. If he’s hoping for more playing time, it won’t happen here. If he’s content being the No. 3 guy, that’s a different story.
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Coming up later today on DHF, I cast my vote – a vote that doesn’t count in any real balloting – for the NFL awards that will be announced this weekend: MVP, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, etc.
I’ll share my picks and see how they stack up against the rest of the Aerys Sports NFL contingent.