As great as Peyton Manning has been for the Denver Broncos, it is time for the team to get realistic. Denver needs to find out who is eventually going to replace Manning once he retires. The Broncos do not have to win any preseason games. However, Denver needs to use the upcoming preseason to see if Brock Osweiler or Zac Dysert can be an efficient replacement for Manning once he calls it a career.
There is no reason Manning should play in any preseason games, with the exception of maybe a series or two in Denver’s third preseason game. That will leave plenty of time for Osweiler and Dysert to compete and show the Broncos exactly what they have.
The obvious choice to replace Manning is Osweiler. The Broncos drafted Osweiler in the second round in 2012 and he has been Manning’s back-up ever since. Osweiler has great height at 6-foot-7. Osweiler has never thrown a touchdown or an interception in his career and has completed 65 percent of his passes for 107 yards for a quarterback rating of 78.5. The unlikely man in this conversation is Dysert. The Broncos drafted Dysert in the seventh round in 2013. Dysert was Denver’s third-string quarterback and never received any playing time in the regular season. It was in the 2013 preseason that Dysert caught the eye of Broncos fans and coaches.
Dysert proved that he was capable of being an NFL quarterback. It will be interesting to see if Dysert picks up where he left off last season in the upcoming preseason. If so, the Broncos will have more options at quarterback once Manning does decide to retire.
If Osweiler and Dysert both have poor preseason performances, Denver may want to consider looking outside of their roster for Manning’s eventual replacement. The Broncos are built to be a good team for a long period of time, hence the importance of having a plan for the future at the quarterback position.