Brock Osweiler has started just two games in the National Football League, but man is he turning heads right now.
The Denver Broncos backup has been seen as the eventual successor to Peyton Manning at Mile High for years now, but only in this campaign has the former Arizona State standout been able to show what he can do in a real and meaningful NFL game.
The heir to Manning's throne has been stepping up in big ways; by playing a huge role in leading his side to victory over the previously undefeated New England Patriots.
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Speaking after Sunday night's overtime win over Tom Brady and the Patriots, Osweiler revealed that he called a last-second audible to change the original play into C.J Anderson's game-winning rushing touchdown.
“It was a check that we had worked on all week in practice,” Osweiler said, via ProFootballTalk, before revealing his change.
Run Change and Top Blocking
“We were trying to run the ball [to the] weak [side]. They gave us a specific defensive front that we can’t run that ball into, so I checked to our second play that we called in our huddle. The line did a hell of a job and C.J. did the rest.”
Osweiler wasn't lying, the O-Line did do an excellent job. Right tackle Ryan Harris went out to take away cornerback Malcolm Butler, tight end Vernon Davis eliminated safety Devin McCourty, and, impressively, young center Matt Paradis sprinted out after snapping the football before cutting down linebacker Jonathan Freeny.
That left Anderson one-on-one with safety Duron Harman and the halfback left his man in the dust as he celebrated his way into the end-zone and the win.
But it all comes back to Osweiler making the brave call to go away from the offense's original play. It looks like spending all that time shadowing Peyton Manning may have rubbed off on the 25-year-old.