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Published on 08/09/2012 at Thu Aug 09 09:00.
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Denver Broncos wide receiver #10 Gerrell Robinson catches a pass as quarterbacks Caleb Hanie and Peyton Manning look on during the team's stadium scrimmage on Saturday, August 4th, 2012. ( photo/Kyle Montgomery)


Quarterback Brock Osweiler will likely start the second half and play into the fourth quarter, with Adam Weber getting the scrap of snaps. It will be the first best test for the rookie Osweiler, who has looked strong-armed and accurate in camp, but at times uncertain. It’s time for Broncos fans to see what he can do when the pressure’s on.

What will Osweiler himself be trying to accomplish Thursday? Just about everything.

“As a quarterback in preseason, my goals would be to move the offense, get first downs, have a high completion percentage, score points when we’re in the red zone and don’t turn the football over,” Osweiler said.

Oh, is that it? Osweiler has certainly set his own bar high.

Running backs Jeremiah Johnson and Xavier Omon will be worth watching at this point as well. Johnson in particular seemed to make a big play in just about every practice I watched over the past two weeks, so I’ll be keeping an eye on how he performs with the lights on. I’m also looking forward to seeing Osweiler connect with former teammate Gerell Robinson


Here are some interesting names to watch in the depths of the Broncos defensive depth chart: DE Cyril Obiozor, DL Malik Jackson, and CB Omar Bolden, who has bounced between the second and third teams depending on the personnel package. DE Ben Garland will also be a worthwhile person to observe.


You want to see someone set themselves apart in the return game, which is completely unsettled for the Broncos. With Ronnie Hillman and safety Jim Leonhard out, this may be Syd’Quan Thompson‘s best opportunity to lock up a roster spot.

Who will you be watching most closely Thursday night? Let us know in the comments.

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  • BroncoOrange87

    Its finally here… lets get it going!!

  • CarterMorgan

    It’s going to be very interesting to see Peyton Manning take his first hit. I have been a huge fan of the Broncos since my dad took me to a game when I was a child. Unfortunately, I won’t be home to watch the game live, because I’ll be at work at Dish, but I plan on watching it on my breaks on my iPad. I will be able to stream the game on the Dish Remote Access app, since my DVR is connected to a Sling Adapter. It’s going to take a lot to impress me this season, but once Manning takes a hit and gets back up, I’ll start to get a little more hopeful!.

  • MrEast

    “Oh, is that it? Osweiler has certainly set his own bar high.”

    Big LOLs from this guy.

  • gavmorr

    There will be no tears from this side if Peyton goes down. We have the technology. We will rebuild him. He will be stronger. And he will reign hellfire missiles from the sky upon his glorious return!! Seriously though, going to the game tonight and cannot WAIT to see that man in the Orange & Blue in person. Finally ending the LONGEST offseason in Broncos history….GO BRONCOS

  • Monty

    Well you certainly have confidence gav! Have fun at Soldier Field brotha!!

  • gavmorr

    Thanks Mont! Should be a good time. Bronco country is alive & well up here in the Chi. Solid tailgate. Bummed to not get a chance to see Hillman but stoked to see Brock under the gun. Really hope he can beat out Hanie (and this is a fellow Ram talking here). Can’t wait to check out Wolfe either. Ah, so many baby Broncos! 5…4…3…

  • Benjamin DeRita

    Hilarious gav! unfortunately ill be in the air, won’t land until after ten. I’ll be dying !! Start of what’s going to be another great season. GO BRONCOS!

  • 350legend

    Excited in what i saw in the first game!! Bronco 4 life