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Brock and the Broncos backups strong in preseason finale win over Cowboys

By Johnny Hart
Denver Broncos/NFL reporter
ESPNDenver.com
 
Don’t tell the Broncos backups that the fourth preseason game doesn’t matter
 
Denver exited the preseason on a high note Thursday night, shutting down the Dallas Cowboys 27-3 much on the arm of third-year quarterback Brock Osweiler.
 
“He’s matured so much in our system. Adam Gase and Greg Knapp our quarterback coach have done a tremendous job preparing him,” head coach John Fox said after the game.
 
“He has gotten those live game reps that I think are critical in any quarterback’s development. I really like where he is and I think he showed up pretty well again tonight.”
 
In three quarters of work, Osweiler captained four scoring drives (three touchdowns and a field goal) on 9-of-13 passing for 190 yards.
 
After the game, Osweiler credited the men up front for the high offensive output, especially in the ground game.
 
“It all starts with the offensive line. I thought that second group played lights out,” Osweiler said. “They gave me time to throw and the backs plenty of holes to run through.”
 
Denver’s running backs scampered for 106 yards on 34 carries and combining for three touchdowns.
 
Rookie rusher Kapri Bibbs nabbed two of those end zone celebrations in an effort to make his case for the final 53-man roster.
 
“I just think that this is a game that’s really important for young guys like me,” Bibbs said after the game. “Just go out there, give your all, leave it all on the line, and make the decisions for the coaches even harder and make other NFL coaches take a look at you as well.”
 
Fox and the Broncos staff will have a little less than 48 hours to address those always difficult personnel decisions, as the roster needs to be trimmed from 75 to 53 by Saturday.

Report: Broncos Peyton Manning fined $8K for taunting Texans D.J. Swearinger

By Johnny Hart
Denver Broncos/NFL reporter
ESPNDenver.com
 
Peyton Manning will need to get out the old checkbook for some “choice words” he shared with Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger during Saturday’s third preseason tilt.
 
The Denver Broncos gunslinger, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, has been fined by the NFL $8,258 for taunting the Texans defender after a 29-yard touchdown strike to Emmanuel Sanders in the second quarter.
 
“I accept the fine. It's money well spent,” Manning reportedly told Mortensen.
 
On the previous play, Swearinger knocked Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker out of the game with a concussion, drawing an unnecessary roughness penalty.
 
Swearinger said after the game that he was “surprised” when the referees flagged him for the hit, saying because how the play unfolded he couldn’t have avoided the collision with Welker.
 
But the Texans safety “wasn’t shocked at all” when Manning barked at him some “choice words” in defense of his receiver.
 
“I’m obviously concerned about Wes and never like seeing him come out of the game with a potential blow to the head. He had one of those last year that kept him out a while,” Manning said after the game.
 
“Fifteen yards with five seconds left in the half — it can’t hurt you that much, right?”
 
Welker did manage to be cleared for travel with the team to Dallas for the Broncos preseason finale with the Cowboys, but has not yet been cleared for play, according to the Denver Post’s Mike Klis.

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Height:  6-7
Weight: 240
Age:  23
College:  Arizona State
Experience:  3 years
 
Osweiler is getting the Aaron Rodgers treatment. He's developing behind a future Hall of Fame quarterback with the idea that one day, he'll get a chance to start. Broncos fans would certainly love if Osweiler became Rodgers-like if he gets that chance in Denver.
 
He's working with a larger portion of the playbook this year after being eased in the first two years of his career. Osweiler has shown great command of the offense during camp. Teammates respond well to his guidance, and he's a toughbut fairleader.
 
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