Brock Osweiler hopes to remain part of ‘very special’ Broncos
There’s no disputing that Brock Osweiler filled in more than capably for the erratic, ineffective and injured Peyton Manning when thrust into the starting job once the Denver Broncos had no choice but to sit their veteran signal-caller.
Given Osweiler’s limited NFL experience — no starts in three previous seasons — how he managed to earn the respect of his teammates and assume a leadership role on the offense is impressive, although he did admit it made it tough to return to the bench once Manning was reinserted as starter after relieving him in the season finale.
Nevertheless, he hopes how he gave a good accounting of his potential while leading the Broncos to a 5-2 record in Manning’s stead means he will get a shot to remain part of a team he sees as having a tremendous upside, even if the Manning does in fact retire, as expected.
“Every single guy on this team embraced me, and that is something I think they all know how thankful I am for that, but this is the best team in the world and we have a very special group in our locker room,” he said, via The Denver Post.
Broncos quarterbacks coach and passing-game coordinator Greg Knapp praised Osweiler for his play under high-pressure circumstances, and he credited the young quarterback’s poise for having a “chance to learn before being put to the fire test.”
With Manning expected to hang up his cleats for good and the Broncos appearing inclined to place the franchise tag upon Von Miller, Osweiler appears destined for free agency. The Broncos now will have to make the determination if their young prospect is ready for the big-time full-time and subsequently sign him to a new deal.
It seems Osweiler hopes the team believes that to be the case.