When a team has a future Hall of Fame quarterback at the helm, there is not a whole lot of talk about the quarterbacks who are backing that player up. However, the Denver Broncos and their fans must be prepared for life after Peyton Manning. Brock Osweiler is the next in line for the starting gig, but he has been unimpressive during the summer so far. The Broncos made the backup job very interesting when at the end of the draft they signed former North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner.
Renner had quite a career going for him for the Tar Heels when he took over the starting job after T.J. Yates was drafted. He posted two 3,000-yard passing seasons and established himself to be a solid draft pick going into 2013. However, an injury-plagued senior year, which saw him miss the final five games of the season, dropped his stock and ultimately saw him go undrafted.
Renner’s strengths include his ability to place the ball where only his receivers can make a play on it, which is key for all quarterbacks in today’s game. He also is an ideal competitor who plays tough. With Renner, his weaknesses seem to outweigh his strengths as he is unable to scramble with the football. But the most glaring weakness is that he gets flustered when under pressure and needs a clean pocket in order to succeed. That could be a huge issue, because there is no avoiding pressure in the NFL and that is something he is going to really need to improve on during his career.
Because Manning is still playing and Osweiler is next in line, if Renner is to make the roster he is going to have to beat out Zac Dysert to have a shot. With the weaknesses outweighing the strengths, it may be a bit of a challenge, but I do have faith in his abilities because I do have him as one of the UDFAs set to make the final roster.
Renner is a talent that is going to be tested for quite some time. Due to his injury to his shoulder and a few other things, there is no surprise that he might end up as a journeyman. But that does not mean he cannot prove myself and others wrong at the same time.