Osweiler completed 28 of 44 passes for 380 yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions and a two-point conversion while rushing for eight yards on two carries in Sunday's 31-28 overtime win over Chicago.
Osweiler got the start with Ryan Tannehill sidelined by a shoulder injury. The hulking backup looked competent early, finding tight end Nick O'Leary for a five-yard touchdown on the team's second drive. He was intercepted on a deep heave in the final minute of the first half, then got picked off again early in the second quarter to set up a 12-yard Bears touchdown on the next play. Osweiler rebounded by hitting Albert Wilson for touchdowns of 43 and 75 yards in the fourth quarter, with Wilson taking short passes to the house in both cases. It looks like Osweiler can approximate or exceed Tannehill's performance, but it remains to be seen who will be under center against Detroit in Week 7.
Osweiler will have the benefit of a fully stocked receiver corps with the return of DeVante Parker (quadriceps), but his spot start will come against an aggressive Bears defense that's allowed the second-fewest passing yards (922) in the league while also snagging the third-most interceptions (eight). Osweiler has only seen action in one game this season, completing four of five passes for 35 yards and a touchdown in mop-up duty against the Patriots in Week 4.
Starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill looked lost throughout the Week 4 tilt, managing only five yards per attempt and consistently turning the ball over. Tannehill was benched once the game was completely out of reach, and Osweiler led Miami on a meaningless scoring drive, slinging a six yard pass to Frank Gore. Osweiler's performance should firmly secure him the backup job, but expect Tannehill to retake the reigns and attempt to bounce back against the Bengals in Week 5.
Head coach Adam Gase indicated Wednesday that Osweiler is working on a few mechanical adjustments, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.
Osweiler was once tabbed the heir apparent to Peyton Manning in Denver, but he could never replicate his initial success after being handed the job. He appeared in six games for the Broncos last season, completing just 55.8 percent of his pass attempts while posting a 5:5 TD:INT ratio. Osweiler signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins this offseason and will attempt to slot in as the top backup behind Ryan Tannehill.
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 surgery to repair a partially torn ACL.
|8||10/25/18||@ HOU||8:20 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/25/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
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