Originally written on BroncoTalk  |  Last updated 11/20/14

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) warms up before an NFL preseason football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Denver, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Now that we know the 53 men that will be tasked with carrying our hopes and dreams as fans of this Denver Broncos football team, let’s examine each position in greater detail. We’ll start with the offense and the obvious positional choice of Quarterback.  The rest of the positions will be published over the next three days.

Peyton Manning

When John Elway threw a giant dump truck full of Benjamin’s at Peyton Manning back in March in order to make him a Denver Bronco, I was distraught. The highs Tim Tebow brought in 2011 – especially the AFC Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers which was still fresh on the brain – made the thought of dumping him in favor of a 36 year old guy coming off a bunch of neck surgeries was scary as hell.

Suffice to say, all of those worries have been mostly dispelled. Manning isn’t quite the Manning of old, but he is close enough to still be near the top echelon of quarterbacks in the NFL. At the very least, the Broncos should win the weak AFC West Division this year. (Profile)

Caleb Hanie

For all the hate this guy gets, he actually is a solid backup quarterback. What people don’t understand is that a good backup will likely want a shot at a starting job someplace else. Peyton Manning is all there is, without him the season is lost. The same could be said for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots or Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints and the list could go on quite a ways. The Broncos are not unique in needing their starting quarterback to have any chance of being successful, that said, I’d be okay with Caleb Hanie needing to fill in for a game or two – beyond that, the Broncos would be in serious trouble. (Profile)

Brock Osweiler

I have not been impressed by Brock Osweiler at all this preseason, but he is a rookie, so we’ll leave it at that. If he sees the playing field at all this year the Broncos will end up losing a lot of games. I look forward to seeing how he develops from year 1 to year 2, but I am a long way from buying into Brock as a long term starter in the NFL. (Profile)

BT Projected Starter: Peyton Manning (duh, God help us if he isn’t)

What do you think of the Broncos quarterback situation?  Let know in the poll below or in the comments section. Go Broncos!

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