Brock Osweiler's trek around the NFL continues this season, with his next stop in Miami as the backup for Ryan Tannehill. Since he was a sought-after free agent following the 2015 season in Denver, Osweiler has been with Houston, Cleveland and the Broncos again over the past two years. With the Dolphins, Osweiler is reunited with coach Adam Gase, who was his offensive coordinator in Denver. The only way Osweiler will play this year is if Tannehill gets hurt, and Tannehill has missed 19 games over the past two seasons. We'll see if Osweiler gets on the field at all, but Fantasy owners shouldn't plan to trust him in the majority of leagues. He should not be drafted in any format.
Dolphins head coach Adam Gase indicated Wednesday that Osweiler is working on a few mechanical adjustments, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports. After a failed run as the Texans' starting quarterback in 2016, Osweiler returned to Denver last season, appearing in six contests and completing 55.8 percent of his pass attempts for 1,088 yards and five touchdowns. After inking a one-year deal with Miami in March, he'll receive further tutelage from Gase, who previously served as Osweiler's offensive coordinator during the quarterback's first stint in Denver. If the mechanical adjustments prove helpful, Osweiler shouldn't have much trouble winning the Dolphins' backup gig over the likes of Bryce Petty and David Fales.
Osweiler is signing with the Dolphins, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The Dolphins seem to be moving on from Matt Moore, as they re-signed David Fales last week and now are adding another veteran. Osweiler had as many turnovers as touchdowns both of the past two seasons, bouncing from Houston to Cleveland to Denver after receiving a contract with $37 million guaranteed from the Texans in March of 2016. The 27-year-old figures to compete with Fales for the No. 2 job behind Ryan Tannehill, who's still rehabbing from August 2017 surgery to repair a partially torn ACL.
Osweiler is slated to visit the Dolphins on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. This marks Osweiler's first free-agent visit since his 2017 contract with the Broncos expired. It's worth noting that Osweiler and Miami head coach Adam Gase worked together while both were with Denver, so there's a potential fit here, with the Dolphins' No. 2 QB slot behind Ryan Tannehill (who is bouncing back from a torn ACL) up for grabs.
Osweiler completed 96 of 172 passes for 1,088 yards, five touchdowns, and five interceptions during the 2017 season. He added 64 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Osweiler lit up the hapless Colts in relief in Week 15, coming in for an injured Trevor Siemian and completing 70 percent of his passes, two scoring throws, and a big touchdown run. That was as good as the season got for the Arizona State product. He lost all four of his starts and failed to complete 58 percent of his passes or score multiple touchdowns in any other game. Osweiler was a necessary signing to start the season as he came on the cheap and was familiar with former offensive coordinator Mike McCoy's scheme. With McCoy gone and Osweiler likely looking to get paid, his time in Denver is likely over -- again.
Osweiler will serve as the Broncos' backup quarterback Week 17 against the Chiefs with head coach Vance Joseph announcing Tuesday that Paxton Lynch (ankle) would take over as the starter, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports. Given Lynch's standing as a 2016 first-round pick, the Broncos have more incentive to give him a longer look under center than Osweiler, a known commodity who is bound for a free agency in the offseason. After Trevor Siemian suffered a season-ending shoulder injury Week 15 against the Colts, Osweiler took the reins of the offense in Sunday's 27-11 loss to the Redskins, but that was largely because Lynch had only practiced fully once during the week leading up to the contest. With Lynch having recovered from the high-ankle sprain and in line to handle all of the first-team practice reps during the current week, Osweiler isn't expected to be called upon in the season finale unless Lynch gets hurts in the contest. Osweiler, who has completed 55.8 percent of his passes and has thrown five touchdowns against five interceptions in six games with Denver in 2017, isn't likely to attract interest as anything more than a backup wherever he lands in free agency after the season.
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|4||09/30||@New England Patriots||30||21.53|
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|10||11/11||@Green Bay Packers||31||22.06|
|14||12/09||New England Patriots||30||21.53|
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