A year after the quarterback depth chart in Denver became the focal point of much of the preseason discussion, it’s attracting far less attention in 2012.
But with rookie Brock Osweiler installed at No. 3 behind Peyton Manning and Caleb Hanie, it’s at least generating some discussion.
“I think it’s pretty obvious who our starting quarterback is,” Osweiler said, via the Denver Post. ‘When that’s the situation, I don’t think you can really get caught up too much in, ‘Am I second? Am I third? Am I fourth?”
But Osweiler still realizes that, as the regular season approaches, placement on the depth chart will be much more relevant.
“I’m going to come out here every single day and give it my all and try to get better so when September 1 rolls around and we put in place our final depth chart, I’m as high on that depth chart as I need to be and where the football team needs me,” Osweiler said.
Of course, if Osweiler hopes to be the primary backup to Manning, it could make more sense to be No. 3. After all, last year it was the third man on the list who became the next man up when the time came to apply a large hook to Kyle Orton’s neck beard.