Brock Osweiler’s fortunes on the practice field will rise and fall, sometimes precipitously, sometimes within the span of two plays. He knows this; it’s part and parcel of being a rookie quarterback.
When these are accepted as an inevitability of the learning curve, it’s much easier to take the lows as building blocks rather than causes for frustration. That was the case the last two days, in which his attempts at running the two-minute drill ended in interceptions — one to Steven Johnson on Monday and another to Tony Carter during Tuesday’s practice.
From the Carter interception, Osweiler learned a lesson about the speed of the game — which is exacerbated when running a two-minute drill in a scenario where your team is down by four points with approximately a minute remaining.
“That’s a huge learning play for myself,” said Osweiler. “We were in a situation where I had to throw hot. There were some free rushers coming off the edge, and that’s a hard situation in the (shot)gun, because you’ve got to be able to get the football, try to get the laces and put an accurate ball out there quick.
“So now I learned really how fast that will take place in a two-minute situation and now I can rep that throughout practice drills.”
Another lesson should come Thursday when he makes his preseason debut. When he comes on the field is the subject of some debate; the depth chart behind Peyton Manning appears to mean little, as evidenced by the fact that its No. 2 quarterback, Caleb Hanie, was the only Broncos passer not to work in the two-minute drill period Wednesday.
“All of us — Caleb, Adam (Weber) and myself — are getting equal reps,” Osweiler said. “Were out here working and just getting better so you can’t really get caught up in the whole depth chart thing.”
- Situational work was the order of the day, as the Broncos also worked on a situation where the offense was trying to run out the clock and the defense was trying to get a stop. In the duel of first-teamers, the offense got the first down — thanks to Manning keeping the football and running a sneak against a befuddled punt team on fourth-and-1. The duel of second units — in which Weber was the quarterback — went to the defense when Knowshon Moreno ran out of bounds on third-and-12 to stop the clock. The offense got the better of the third-team duel when Jeremiah Johnson sprinted 22 yards on first down, setting the offense up to grind out the clock.
- Weber was the only quarterback to lead a successful two-minute drill drive, capping a 60-yard march by hitting Cameron Kenney for a 19-yard touchdown pass in the back right corner of the end zone. Weber finished his series going 5-of-8 for 65 yards, including a 16-yard pass on fourth-and-16 to Kenney to set up the touchdown. Two of Weber’s incompletions were intentional: a spike and a throwaway. Osweiler’s drive ended with an interception; he finished 2-of-3 for 16 yards. Manning went 5-of-11 for 56 yards after the four goal-to-go incompletions, three of which were targeted at Andre Caldwell.
- Offensive tackle Ryan Harris was sidelined with an ankle problem.
- Wide receiver Greg Orton was out because of an ankle injury.
- Wide receiver Tyler Grisham remained sidelined with a knee injury.
- Defensive tackle Justin Bannan continued to watch from the sideline with a calf injury.
- Safety Jim Leonhard watched the walk-through from the sideline as he continues to get his knee up to speed. He is on the active/PUP list.
- Linebacker Keith Brooking was in shorts, but did take part in some seven-on-seven pays and individual work.
- Chris Harris continued working at nickelback during team and seven-on-seven drills.
- Linebacker Keith Brooking ran with the second team during seven-on-seven drills, working at middle linebacker. He is not expected to take part in full-contact work until Saturday.
- Defensive tackle Ty Warren left practice with a stomach problem; he appeared to dry-heave early in the session. Kevin Vickerson replaced him on the first unit.
- With backups moving up because of Warren and Bannan’s absences, rookie defensive tackle Malik Jackson saw first-string work for the first time at training camp.
- The temperature rose precipitously during the two-hour, 40-minute practice, soaring from 72 to 86 degrees by the time the double-horn blew.
- Wednesday at Broncos headquarters, beginning at 8:50 a.m. MDT. The gates open at 7:50 a.m. MDT.