DENVER (CBS4) – Broncos backup quarterback Brock Osweiler finally looked comfortable behind the wheel in Denver’s first preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks last Friday.
It was a big test for Osweiler and he responded by completing 15 of 20 passes for 151 yards and a beautiful touchdown toss to tight end Virgil Green.
“I think Brock Osweiler got better … he’s gotten better in practice, he’s gotten better running the group,” head coach Gary Kubiak said. “To come in here tonight and to run his football team the way he did in the first half is very impressive.”
“It’s really not about me, tonight is all about that young offensive line that went out there and played great football, got us started in the run game — it’s about the backs, Ronnie (Hillman), Montee (Ball), C.J. (Anderson) that did a tremendous job all night and then obviously the guys on the perimeter,” Osweiler said. “So I think as a whole those other 10 guys on the field really made my job easier.”
Tackle Ty Sambrailo said Osweiler has been performing well all camp.
“I think he’s a great leader and he’s been doing a real nice job helping us young guys and making the plays that need to be made and just being a general on the field,” Sambrailo said.
“Most definitely a great job … speaking as the entire team we’re proud of him, we’re proud of what he did, proud that he stepped in and did what he was expected to do,” Ball said.
His performance also didn’t go unnoticed by defensive players.
“He went out there and led the team, made a whole bunch of nice passes, made some smart decisions,” linebacker Von Miller said. “He’s been doing that in practice but that’s nothing like a game … I’m happy for him … that should definitely be a confidence boost for him.”
One pass on a third-and-four was completed to wide receiver Andre Caldwell but was called back due to a penalty. Osweiler showed some poise and came back on the very next play and converted for a first down.
“We moved in on the next play and I just focused in on my progression, my read, and fortunately we were able to convert,” Osweiler said.
He said being able to take more reps with the first team unit in practice has paid off.
“Obviously I’ve gotten a ton of reps over the course of the first three years in the NFL and obviously this spring and fall camp, so I think it’s just a culmination of the whole deal … but obviously very happy with tonight but there’s always room for improvement; that’s what we’ll do this week and we’ll get ready for the Texans,” Osweiler said.
The Broncos are on the road again for their next preseason game in Houston to take on the Texans this Saturday at 6 p.m.