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Starter Peyton Manning is healthy. The division is wrapped up. Is it time for the rookie?
The Denver Broncos are guaranteed a playoff spot at seasons’ end, so will we be seeing rookie quarterback Brock Osweiler this year?
Maybe, but probably not until Week 17—if he is given a chance to start.
With four games to go, the Broncos (9-3) are ranked as the fourth seed in the AFC playoff race. Trailing the Texans (1st, 11-1), Patriots (2nd, 9-3), and Ravens (3rd, 9-3), the Broncos have a key match-up against the Ravens just two weeks away.
If the playoff seeding has been decided by either Week 16 or 17 of the season, the Broncos may choose to give Osweiler the first start of his career against either the struggling Browns or Chiefs. Osweiler has appeared in two games this season, executing a pair of kneel downs.
Osweiler, 22, is the tallest player in franchise history at 6-foot-7-inches tall. Dubbed Denver’s quarterback of the future by V.P. John Elway, Osweiler may get a chance to gain experience before seasons’ end if Denver’s winning streak continues and lands them a top playoff seed.