The 2012 Denver Broncos enter Training Camp in two short weeks, and the Quarterback postion has had a major turnover since last season. Last years opening day starter, Kyle Orton(seems like forever ago) was cut at mid-season, Brady Quinn signed with the rival chiefs, and fan favorite Tim Tebow was traded to Rex Ryan and the New York Jets. The only returning member of the 2011 Denver Broncos QB's is 2nd year player, Adam Weber.
Now as you may know, the Broncos added a few QB's to the roster this past offseason, most notably, Peyton Manning. Manning was cut from the Colts, and went on a very stressful(at least for me) interview process, which he ultimately decided to sign with the Denver Broncos. The Broncos weren't done just yet, they went out and signed QB, Caleb Hanie, and used a late 2nd round pick on QB Brock Osweiler. The Quarterback position will be an interesting position to watch come Training Camp.
Manning enters the 2012 season as the starting Quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Manning also comes into the 2012 season with a lot of question marks. He missed all of the 2011 season with a neck injury, and underwent 4 neck surgeries as well. Manning is working his way back to full strength still, and hopes to be close too or at 100% by Training Camp, but by all accounts, Manning has looked good at the offseason workouts.
What should we expect from Manning? That's the big question. Hopefully we get the Manning of old. I believe Manning may start out a little slow. He is coming off a year off, so he might not be as sharp, but still effective. Manning makes us playoff favorites, and maybe even Super Bowl Contenders...if healthy.
Peyton Manning's Career stats via the Denver Broncos
MANNING AT A GLANCE:
• A 15th-year player and the only four-time MVP in NFL history who is the league’s active leader in nearly every passing category.
• Ranks third all-time in completions (6,682), passing yards (54,828) and passing touchdowns (399).
• Posted the fourth-most wins (141) by a quarterback in NFL annals, including a league-record 11 double-digit victory seasons.
• Selected to 11 career Pro Bowls, tying Brett Favre for the NFL record by a quarterback.
• Named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2000s as chosen by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee.
• Voted Super Bowl XLI MVP (2006 season) after leading the Colts to their first World Championship since 1970 in a 29-17 win over the Bears.
• Totaled an NFL-record eight 300-yard passing games in 19 playoff games in addition to ranking third all-time in postseason completions (481) and passing yards (5,855).
• Owns the most 4,000-yard passing seasons (11) in NFL history and is the only player to throw for more than 3,000 yards in his first 13 professional seasons.
• Recorded at least a .500 record against 27 of the 31 NFL teams he has faced during his career.
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Brock Osweiler: QB 6'7 242lbs
Osweiler was the 57th overall selection in this past Aprils NFL Draft. Osweiler does have alot of talent, but is very raw. The Broncos hope to develop Osweiler over the next few years, and learn behind starter Peyton Manning. Osweiler does have alot of upside, good skill set and a strong arm, but he's a project. Here's a look at Osweilers pre-draft analysis.
Osweiler is an intriguing early-entry prospect out of Arizona State. A good athlete for the position, Osweiler was originally signed to play basketball at Gonzaga before opting to play football at ASU. He has the arm strength to be a first-day pick but hasn't shown the consistency that is characteristic of guys who deserve first-round money.
STRENGTHS: Osweiler has a very deliberate, quick-twitched setup. He slings the ball naturally, and even though he pats the ball before throwing, his release is so compact and effective he isn't hindered. His shining asset is his arm strength; he can hit nearly any NFL-caliber throw at this point in his career. He is a good leader and looks in control in the huddle and on the field. He has the pocket presence of a first-day pick and doesn't go down easily.
WEAKNESSES: Osweiler had on-the-field judgment issues and isn't reliable to protect the ball from turnovers. It seems as if he starts to get rolling in a game, and the more confidence he builds, the more of a gunslinger mentality he adopts. This severely hinders his play. When under control, early in the game, he is athletic, accurate, and a good game manager. He is likely a developmental prospect who could struggle if forced to play early.
OSWEILER AT A GLANCE:
• A quarterback who started 15-of-25 games played at Arizona State University and completed 412-of-680 (60.5%) passes for 5,082 yards with 33 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
• Left for the NFL after his junior campaign in which he opened all 13 contests for the Sun Devils and became just the fourth player in Pac-12 Conference history to throw for 4,000 yards.
• Combined to complete 108-of-157 (68.8%) passes for 1,262 yards with nine touchdowns and three interceptions (151.4 rtg.) against ASU’s four ranked opponents in 2011.
• Threw for at least 300 yards in 7-of-15 games started during his career at ASU.
• Listed at 6’8, he originally committed to attend Gonzaga University on a basketball scholarship before electing to pursue football instead at ASU.
• Named the 2008-09 Gatorade State Player of the Year for Montana following his senior season at Flathead High School in Kalispell, Mont., after completing 189-of-303 (62.4%) passes for 2,703 yards with 29 touchdowns.
• Selected by the Broncos in the second round (57th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.
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Hanie impressed many in 2010 when he came in the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers. Hanie who was the emergency QB for the game did well, and kept the Bears in the game, and nearly won the game for them. Overall, Hanie went 13 for 20 for 153 yards and 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Hanie replaced the injured Jay Cutler in 2011 and failed to live up to expectations. Hanie for his career has 679 passing yards with 3 touchdowns and 10 interceptions
Hanie expects to battle for a roster spot and win the backup job behind Peyton Manning.
Caleb Hanies career stats via the Denver Broncos
HANIE AT A GLANCE:
• A fifth-year quarterback who enters his first season with the Broncos having seen time in 10 regular-season games (4 starts) and one postseason contest during his first four professional campaigns with Chicago.
• Opened 4-of-6 games played for Chicago in 2011 after taking over for injured starter Jay Cutler midway through the season.
• Nearly rallied the Bears to victory in the NFC Championship Game vs. Green Bay (1/3/11) after entering the game down 14-0 late in the third quarter and completing 13-of-20 passes (65.0%) for 153 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in Chicago’s 21-14 loss.
• Played 35 games (28 starts) at Colorado State University and left ranked near the top of every major passing category, including completion percentage (61.0 / 2nd), passing yards (6,337 / 3rd) and touchdowns (39 / 3rd).
• Joined the Broncos as an unrestricted free agent on April 3, 2012.
• Entered the NFL with Chicago as a college free agent on April 28, 2012.
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Weber a fan favorite here at MHR comes into camp battling with Caleb Hanie for a roster spot. Weber impressed during camp, and in his lone preseason action, Weber completed 1 pass to fellow rookie Eron Riley for a 89 yard touchdown. Weber spent the 2011 season on the Practice Squad, and may end up there again in 2012.
Adam Weber is a first-year quarterback from the University of Minnesota who spent his rookie season on the Broncos’ practice squad... Originally joined the Broncos as a college free agent on July 27, 2011… Finished his career ranked third all-time in the Big Ten Conference for passing yards (10,917) and passing attempts (1,594) and fourth all-time with 909 completions… His 72 passing touchdowns ranked 10th all-time in the Big Ten… Set a conference record for consecutive starts (50) by a quarterback and tied the all-time league record for all positions… Started all 12 games as a senior, completing 205-of-368 passes for 2,515 yards with 20 touchdowns… Started all 13 games his junior season and threw for 2,582 yards on 191-of-367 passing with 13 touchdowns… Opened all 13 games as a sophomore, finishing 255-of-410 for 2,761 yards and 15 touchdowns… Started all 12 games and completed 258-of-449 passes for 2,895 yards and 25 touchdowns during his freshman campaign… Attended Mounds View High School in Arden Hills, Minn., where he was a three-time all-state performer and all-conference selection… Also lettered four times each in basketball and track… Majored in business marketing education… Adam Weber was born on Aug. 3, 1987, in Shoreview, Min.
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If Manning is healthy, and all signs point to him being healthy, this position should be fine. The real battle will be, who will be the backup to Peyton? All 3 will be given the opportunity to be Mannings backup. Osweiler is the only one who's roster spot is secure. The real question is, will the Broncos keep 3 or 4 QB's on the roster. The backup spot is Hanies to lose. It will be fun to watch.
Things I'm going to keep an eye on are, is Manning like the Manning of old? How's his velocity, and is the offense running smoothly with him at the helm. Is Osweiler the future of the Broncos? It will be nice if Osweiler has a good camp and preseason to quiet the critics. Is Caleb Hanie the backup? He really struggled with the Bears this past season, and can Adam Weber challenge Hanie for his roster spot?