Broncos Grooming Osweiler as Manning’s Heir Apparent

By Beacon Staff

NFL training camps are still a month away, but Brock Osweiler is already earning praise in Denver as the emergent heir apparent to Peyton Manning.

The Flathead High graduate emerged in national news stories recently after impressing team officials at Denver’s first organized activities. Brock, entering his second year in the NFL, appears to have worked hard in the offseason to live up to the expectations that he’s Denver’s starting quarterback of the future.

A recent story featured on the Broncos’ website described Brock’s progress as impressive and noteworthy.

Here’s a segment from the story, titled “Osweiler Ready for Future — and Present, If Needed.”

During the OTA sessions open to media the last three weeks, Osweiler has shown massive growth from last year. He’s more decisive in the pocket, anticipates pass rushes better, consistently hits his receivers in stride and delivers the ball into tight spaces, showing signs that he is developing Manning’s penchant for completing passes in spite of proper, mistake-free coverage.

Former Broncos star John Elway, the team’s executive vice president of football operations, offered a nice quote about Brock, too.

“I’m thrilled that Brock is the guy that we brought in and that’s going to hopefully, at some point in time, take over for Peyton (Manning) because I really believe he’s got that makeup,” Elway said.

The Denver Post recently wrote about Brock as well.

Local fans interested in watching the Kalispell product play will likely have their best chance in the preseason. Denver travels to Seattle on Aug. 17 to play the Seahawks in an exhibition game. Teams often play their backup quarterbacks during the preseason, especially when their starter is someone like Manning, who doesn’t need many reps to get ready for the season. That means Brock will likely take a significant amount of snaps against the Seahawks. Unfortunately the rest of Denver’s road schedule next season sends the team far away from the Pacific Northwest. The closest games are in San Diego, against the Chargers on Nov. 10, and in Oakland on Dec. 29.

Here’s a link to Denver’s schedule for the 2013 season.

The Broncos took the field recently for organized team activities before a three-day mini camp, which started today. The team’s training camp schedule will be announced next month, with a likely start date in late July.

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