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.
Osweiler is expected to return to a backup role Week 17 against the Chiefs with Broncos head coach Vance Joseph indicating that Paxton Lynch (ankle) will likely start the contest, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. "Our goal is to see [Lynch] play, so absolutely," Joseph said following Sunday's 27-11 loss to the Redskins. "If he's ready to go next week, he will probably play for us."
After shining in relief in the Week 15 win over the Colts after Trevor Siemian suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in the contest, Osweiler garnered the start against Washington over Lynch with the latter still recovering from a high-ankle sprain he sustained in Week 12. An impending free agent, Osweiler isn't viewed as a long-term starting candidate for the Broncos, so it was always expected that Lynch, a 2016 first-round pick, would direct the offense once he was over the ankle issue. Osweiler certainly didn't help his cause by turning the ball over twice and leading only two scoring drives Sunday, so if Lynch shows no significant limitations during practice this week, the second-year signal caller should get the call for the season finale. Osweiler, meanwhile, likely won't warrant consideration for a starting gig no matter where he signs this offseason.
Osweiler completed 22 of 38 passes for 193 yards and an interception during Sunday's 27-11 loss to Washington. He added a two-point conversion, 27 rushing yards and a fumble during the contest.
If you had to bet who out there on the field on Sunday was most likely to start for the Broncos next, Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins might be the safer bet over Osweiler. Following a breakout game against Indy, Osweiler stumbled against Washington -- his fumble and pick late in the first half changing the course of the game. Osweiler has been the best of three poor performers for Denver this season, but figures to see a backup role in Week 17 while Denver tries to get one last look at Paxton Lynch before the offseason.
Osweiler will start at quarterback Sunday against the Redskins, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.
Both Osweiler and Paxton Lynch (ankle) will dress for the contest, but the latter will be limited to backup duties after only managing one full practice this week. Of the Broncos' three quarterbacks to take snaps this season, Osweiler has been the most productive performer, despite completing only 55.2 percent of his passes while posting 6.7 yards per attempt and a 5:4 TD:INT ratio. Though Osweiler will receive the nod Sunday, it wouldn't be a surprise if the Broncos turned the offense over to a healthier Lynch in the season finale Dec. 31 against the Chiefs, given the longer-term investment the organization has in the 2016 first-round pick.
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