The Starter: Brock Osweiler
After spending four seasons grooming to be the starter in Denver behind Peyton Manning, Brock Osweiler decided to ditch the Broncos and become the starting quarterback in Houston. After inking a four-year deal worth $72 million ($37 million of which is fully guaranteed) there will be no quarterback competition, a first in the Bill O’Brien era.
Weight: 240 pounds
Completion percentage: 61.3
Record as a starter: 5-2
Osweiler is a Texan thanks in large part to the Broncos benching him in Week 17 after he kept the team on track with Peyton Manning injured. Manning was arguably the best quarterback ever, but he was a shell of himself in 2015 and Osweiler was the superior player.
Texans fans should be glad things unfolded as they did since Osweiler is a huge upgrade over the past two seasons, despite his limited experience.
A second-round pick out of Arizona State, the 6-foot-8 quarterback has a strong arm but is also rather mobile for someone so big. Most importantly for Houston is he gives them a chance to win now.
While they could have stayed the course and brought in a young guy, Houston knew that their defensive stud J.J. Watt has a small window left of being the most dominate player in the game. Drafting a project player would have wasted Watt’s best years, but instead they now give him a chance to make a run by brining in a competent player to line up under center.
Season prediction: 4,560 yards, 26 touchdowns, 13 interceptions
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