By Mark Schiff
Can we please table the Brock vs. Peyton debate? Right now, it’s a pointless waste of time and energy. Sure, the Broncos could soon find themselves in the unique position of having to choose between a future Hall of Fame quarterback and a player that appears to be a better fit for the offensive scheme. But not at the moment. As of now, Manning is not ready to play and the Broncos are in the enviable position of having a backup that’s still capable of leading the team to victory over even the toughest opponents.
In other words, take a deep breathe and enjoy it, Broncos country. With that, here are your other Week 13 team headlines.
C.J. Anderson the latest Bronco to win Player of the Week honors
The Broncos continue to hoard the weekly awards. One week after quarterback Brock Osweiler took home AFC Player of the Week honors for his performance against the Chicago Bears, running back C.J. Anderson was named the recipient of the honor. Anderson rushed for 133 yards and two scores against the Patriots, including the a 48-yard touchdown that won the game for Denver in overtime.
In addition to Osweiler and Anderson, cornerback Aqib Talib, safety T.J. Ward and defensive end Derek Wolfe have won AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors, while outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware and kicker Brandon McManus have won defensive and special teams Player of the Month honors.
Better safety than sorry for the re-signed Josh Bush
With starting safety T.J. Ward recovering from an ankle injury that will sideline him from this week’s game at least), the Broncos re-signed safety Josh Bush on Tuesday. Bush played in Denver’s season-opener as T.J. Ward sat out with a one-game suspension, but was cut when Denver signed offensive lineman Tyler Polumbus. To make room for Bush, the Broncos waived tight end Richard Gordon, who was only active for one game this season. They also released practice squad player Arthur Lynch, also a tight end.
David Bruton Jr. is the Broncos Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year recipient
On Wednesday, safety David Bruton Jr. was awarded one of the most meaningful team honors when he was selected as the Broncos choice for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award, honoring community involvement.
Earlier this year, Bruton launched the foundation Bruton’s Books, which supports childhood literacy and in September, the seventh-year pro made a personal donation of $26,000 to boost the number of books available to schools in Colorado.
Mark Schiff is a freelance writer and music journalist for AXS.com. In 2013, his coverage of the Seattle Seahawks ended in heartbreak when they defeated the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. Now covering his beloved hometown team, his knowledge and passion for pro football has resulted in multiple fantasy football championships. Find him on Twitter at @mihilites.