NFL News 4/19/16: Brock Osweiler and the Denver Broncos QB Problems
A look at the Denver Broncos 2016 QB Situation, Free Agency/ Draft
With Brock Osweiler departing from Denver in free agency, the Broncos have been on the hunt for a new starting quarterback.
The Case of Brock Osweiler
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Brock Osweiler played in eight of the sixteen NFL games this 2015- 2016 season. Osweiler’s stats during the 2015-2016 NFL season included an 86.4 passer rating, 10 touchdown passes, 6 picks thrown, and 1,967 yards thrown, these stats where enough to convince the Houston Texans to offer Osweiler a 4 year $72 million contract. With only seven NFL starts in Osweiler’s entire career he will get paid annually more than Nick Foles, Matthew Stafford, Carson Palmer, Andy Dalton, Andrew Luck, Sam Bradford, and the list goes on, and on.
Is Osweiler really worth it? It is hard to tell how Osweiler could do with a full 16 game start. The Texans will have weapons for Osweiler to use, pro-bowl wide receiver Deandre Hopkins, and a dangerous backfield with Lamar Miller should carry some of the load off of Osweiler, not to mention the Texans will still have their defense lead by J.J. Watt which should help them win some games. With the Texans free agency moves, and the fact that the team already is a title contender, the Texans should have a somewhat successful upcoming season.
With the Texans taking Osweiler away, the Broncos have traded for Mark Sanchez from the Philadelphia Eagles. Right now on the depth chart, the Broncos only have quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian. There have been lots of rumors that the Broncos are exploring trades for Colin Kaepernick, or Josh McCown.
The best thing for the Broncos right now is to probably draft a quarterback using their first round pick for either Paxton Lynch or Connor Cook. Lynch or Cook could start to develop in the NFL during the 2016- 2017 season and could become the franchise quarterback the Broncos need. But right now don’t expect the Broncos to trade for a quarterback unless they desperately want Kaepernick or McCown. Sanchez will probably not be the Broncos quarterback during the 2017- 2018 season though, unless he has an amazing season with the Broncos.
Mark Sanchez (4-2 Playoff Record) 2015-2016 Stats: 80.7 passer rating, 64.8% completion, 616 passing yards, 4 touchdowns thrown, 4 picks, 1 fumble