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Brock Osweiler may have earned a job in 2018

Brock Osweiler isn’t under contract in 2018. Is he worth bringing back?

Denver Broncos v Indianapolis Colts Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

In a supremely surprising move for many, John Elway brought in Brock Osweiler near the beginning of the season as some much needed veteran depth in the quarterback room.

He was a backup for most of the season and finally got a shot as the team’s fate was all but sealed and was tagged to start against arguably the toughest two teams on the Broncos 2017 schedule who just so happen to be the two teams in this year’s Super Bowl.

His performance when called upon was to my eyes the most competent quarterback play we saw all year long highlighted with the best game of his career against the hapless Indianapolis Colts. That being said, he still wasn’t what coach VJ would call “the juice” this team needs or what I would even call particularly good.

Brock Osweiler 2017 Stats

Games Snap% Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Y/A Rate
Games Snap% Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Y/A Rate
6 (4 starts) 31.23% 96 172 55.8 1088 5 5 6.3 72.5

Brock Osweiler PFF Grade

PFF had Brock ranked as a bottom of the barrel QB with a rating of 47.7. Interestingly, he ranked 3rd of all QBs in the league on deep passing with a whopping 108.5. His short passing was surprisingly bad with a score of 51.8.

Brock Osweiler Contract

From a contractual standpoint, this 2017 signing was a huge win for Elway. Given how Osweiler was released by the Browns, he got just north of $15M from them once cut. That made it very easy to take what was a minimum deal from Denver to play for one year and prove that he still had the goods to be an NFL QB.

2018 Status

I honestly think Brock was the best QB the 2017 Denver Broncos had to offer and if I were going to keep a guy for depth, he’d be the one. At this point though, Denver is likely to let him hit free agency where should another team sign him (which I find eyes tell me he’s a serviceable backup), Denver could net a compensatory pick in the 2019 draft.

At the end of the day, you have to think this was a win / win for both sides. Brock has a shot at continuing his NFL career due in large to Denver bringing him in. The Broncos got a cheap 1 year vet in the locker room as well as a look at a QB that could have possibly been an answer to the most important question they have as a team.


Do you think Osweiler has earned at least a backup job in the NFL somewhere in 2018?

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