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Next Day Notebook: vs. Rams

Posted Aug 25, 2013

Both QBs Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler got a lot of work in Saturday night and TE Julius Thomas continues to improve.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Peyton Manning threw a lot of passes in Saturday’s game with the Rams.
In fact, he threw 34 of them in one half of action. And 20 came in the first quarter. If that had been a regular-season game, that would have been tied for the third-most passes attempted ever in the first quarter of an NFL game.

Of course, the player in the first and second spots on that list is also Peyton Manning.

“Every game is going to take on a new identity. We don’t have a set number going into each game. I think that with what we are trying to establish from a run/pass standpoint, it just depends what the defense is doing, what they’re taking away,” Manning said.

“St. Louis was staying back and they were keeping some stuff underneath, which (means) you have to go short, which is going to make them go more plays in each drive, and that probably had a lot to do with that number.”

Manning’s day was done at halftime after completing 25-of-35 for 234 yards and a touchdown. But he made it look like he was coming back in late in the fourth quarter as he strapped on his glove and starting take snaps on the sideline.

As it turns out, he just wanted to get some work done in the rain.

“It was raining there at the end,” he said. “We haven’t had much rain in practice. I did some snaps with Manny Ramirez—that is something you don’t take for granted with a new center. We are going to have some weather this year I’m sure, so I was just trying to use the situation to work on my technique."

Julius Thomas Continuing to Progress


Tight end Julius Thomas had his third consecutive game with four catches Saturday night as he picked up 18 receiving yards.

He now leads the club with 12 catches in the preseason, and his 123 receiving yards are tied with Demaryius Thomas for the team preseason lead.

"With each additional snap I get, I'm able to improve,” Thomas said. ”The only real way to get better is to have those live snaps. I've had probably close to 100 snaps this preseason, and that's really helping me to really slow down out there, be comfortable and focus on my assignments."
 
The tight end noted that it’s important to keep things in perspective during the preseason because any momentum you build up can be lost just as quickly.

He said he believes that Saturday was “by far my most complete game,” and that he’s successfully eliminating some mistakes.

"I think I executed in the run game at a high level,” Thomas said. “I didn't make some of the mistakes I made in the other two preseason games. It's just like being out there, just getting those snaps under your belt, it helps you be more comfortable so that you're thinking clearly. It's so easy to make mistakes when you're playing at such a high pace, but the more times you get to repeat plays and see defenses, it really helps you play cleaner."

He added that his goal is to play “mistake-free” and that he’s focused on continuing to get better as the regular season approaches.

Osweiler Works with the Ones

Osweiler has seen a lot of action in the preseason, as most backup quarterbacks do, but in Saturday’s game he got a little bit of work in with the first team, something that Head Coach John Fox said was geared to boost his confidence.

“It was nice,” Osweiler said. “I don't get a lot of reps with them during practice, so to go out there during the game and put a drive together and get a touchdown out of it -- it felt really good. The offensive line did a great job. Receivers made plays and backs were running hard. So it was good.”

The rest of the game was a touch tumultuous for Osweiler -- he led a couple of scoring drives but he was also part of a fumbled snap deep in the Broncos zone that lead to a near-disastrous touchdown.

“There were some ups and downs. It was almost like a roller coaster tonight,” he said. “There were some good things, and then there were some bad things that need to be cleaned up. And that's kind of been the story of preseason. We've just got to continue to build on that. We've got one more week to clean those up before the regular season, and that's what we've got to strive to do.”

But Osweiler has been building on his performance each week and continues to show improvement on the field. With that comes improved cohesion with the teammates he’s working with.

“It's just one more week of growth,” Osweiler said. “I learned from my mistakes last week; I got the ball out a little bit sooner this week, and like I said, the offensive line did a great job of setting the edge and giving myself a great pocket to step into and throw, and the receivers made plays.”

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Peyton Manning threw a lot of passes in Saturday’s game with the Rams.
In fact, he threw 34 of them in one half of action. And 20 came in the first quarter. If that had been a regular-season game, that would have been tied for the third-most passes attempted ever in the first quarter of an NFL game.
 
Of course, the player in the first and second spots on that list is also Peyton Manning.
“Every game is going to take on a new identity. We don’t have a set number going into each game. I think that with what we are trying to establish from a run/pass standpoint, it just depends what the defense is doing, what they’re taking away,” Manning said.
“St. Louis was staying back and they were keeping some stuff underneath, which (means) you have to go short, which is going to make them go more plays in each drive, and that probably had a lot to do with that number.”
Manning’s day was done at halftime after completing 25-of-35 for 234 yards and a touchdown. But he made it look like he was coming back in late in the fourth quarter as he strapped on his glove and starting take snaps on the sideline.
As it turns out, he just wanted to get some work done in the rain.
“It was raining there at the end,” he said. “We haven’t had much rain in practice. I did some snaps with Manny Ramirez—that is something you don’t take for granted with a new center. We are going to have some weather this year I’m sure, so I was just trying to use the situation to work on my technique."
Julius Thomas Continuing to Progress
Tight end Julius Thomas had his third consecutive game with four catches Saturday night as he picked up 18 receiving yards.
He now leads the club with 12 catches in the preseason, and his 123 receiving yards are tied with Demaryius Thomas for the team preseason lead.
"With each additional snap I get, I'm able to improve,” Thomas said. ”The only real way to get better is to have those live snaps. I've had probably close to 100 snaps this preseason, and that's really helping me to really slow down out there, be comfortable and focus on my assignments."
 
The tight end noted that it’s important to keep things in perspective during the preseason because any momentum you build up can be lost just as quickly.
He said he believes that Saturday was “by far my most complete game,” and that he’s successfully eliminating some mistakes.
"I think I executed in the run game at a high level,” Thomas said. “I didn't make some of the mistakes I made in the other two preseason games. It's just like being out there, just getting those snaps under your belt, it helps you be more comfortable so that you're thinking clearly. It's so easy to make mistakes when you're playing at such a high pace, but the more times you get to repeat plays and see defenses, it really helps you play cleaner."
He added that his goal is to play “mistake-free” and that he’s focused on continuing to get better as the regular season approaches.
Osweiler Works with the Ones
Osweiler has seen a lot of action in the preseason, as most backup quarterbacks do, but in Saturday’s game he got a little bit of work in with the first team, something that Head Coach John Fox said was geared to boost his confidence.
“It was nice,” Osweiler said. “I don't get a lot of reps with them during practice, so to go out there during the game and put a drive together and get a touchdown out of it -- it felt really good. The offensive line did a great job. Receivers made plays and backs were running hard. So it was good.”
The rest of the game was a touch tumultuous for Osweiler -- he led a couple of scoring drives but he was also part of a fumbled snap deep in the Broncos zone that lead to a near-disastrous touchdown.
“There were some ups and downs. It was almost like a roller coaster tonight,” he said. “There were some good things, and then there were some bad things that need to be cleaned up. And that's kind of been the story of preseason. We've just got to continue to build on that. We've got one more week to clean those up before the regular season, and that's what we've got to strive to do.”
But Osweiler has been building on his performance each week and continues to show improvement on the field. With that comes improved cohesion with the teammates he’s working with.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Peyton Manning threw a lot of passes in Saturday’s game with the Rams.
In fact, he threw 34 of them in one half of action. And 20 came in the first quarter. If that had been a regular-season game, that would have been tied for the third-most passes attempted ever in the first quarter of an NFL game.
 
Of course, the player in the first and second spots on that list is also Peyton Manning.
“Every game is going to take on a new identity. We don’t have a set number going into each game. I think that with what we are trying to establish from a run/pass standpoint, it just depends what the defense is doing, what they’re taking away,” Manning said.
“St. Louis was staying back and they were keeping some stuff underneath, which (means) you have to go short, which is going to make them go more plays in each drive, and that probably had a lot to do with that number.”
Manning’s day was done at halftime after completing 25-of-35 for 234 yards and a touchdown. But he made it look like he was coming back in late in the fourth quarter as he strapped on his glove and starting take snaps on the sideline.
As it turns out, he just wanted to get some work done in the rain.
“It was raining there at the end,” he said. “We haven’t had much rain in practice. I did some snaps with Manny Ramirez—that is something you don’t take for granted with a new center. We are going to have some weather this year I’m sure, so I was just trying to use the situation to work on my technique."
Julius Thomas Continuing to Progress
Tight end Julius Thomas had his third consecutive game with four catches Saturday night as he picked up 18 receiving yards.
He now leads the club with 12 catches in the preseason, and his 123 receiving yards are tied with Demaryius Thomas for the team preseason lead.
"With each additional snap I get, I'm able to improve,” Thomas said. ”The only real way to get better is to have those live snaps. I've had probably close to 100 snaps this preseason, and that's really helping me to really slow down out there, be comfortable and focus on my assignments."
 
The tight end noted that it’s important to keep things in perspective during the preseason because any momentum you build up can be lost just as quickly.
He said he believes that Saturday was “by far my most complete game,” and that he’s successfully eliminating some mistakes.
"I think I executed in the run game at a high level,” Thomas said. “I didn't make some of the mistakes I made in the other two preseason games. It's just like being out there, just getting those snaps under your belt, it helps you be more comfortable so that you're thinking clearly. It's so easy to make mistakes when you're playing at such a high pace, but the more times you get to repeat plays and see defenses, it really helps you play cleaner."
He added that his goal is to play “mistake-free” and that he’s focused on continuing to get better as the regular season approaches.
Osweiler Works with the Ones
Osweiler has seen a lot of action in the preseason, as most backup quarterbacks do, but in Saturday’s game he got a little bit of work in with the first team, something that Head Coach John Fox said was geared to boost his confidence.
“It was nice,” Osweiler said. “I don't get a lot of reps with them during practice, so to go out there during the game and put a drive together and get a touchdown out of it -- it felt really good. The offensive line did a great job. Receivers made plays and backs were running hard. So it was good.”
The rest of the game was a touch tumultuous for Osweiler -- he led a couple of scoring drives but he was also part of a fumbled snap deep in the Broncos zone that lead to a near-disastrous touchdown.
“There were some ups and downs. It was almost like a roller coaster tonight,” he said. “There were some good things, and then there were some bad things that need to be cleaned up. And that's kind of been the story of preseason. We've just got to continue to build on that. We've got one more week to clean those up before the regular season, and that's what we've got to strive to do.”
But Osweiler has been building on his performance each week and continues to show improvement on the field. With that comes improved cohesion with the teammates he’s working with.
“It's just one more week of growth,” Osweiler said. “I learned from my mistakes last week; I got the ball out a little bit sooner this week, and like I said, the offensive line did a great job of setting the edge and giving myself a great pocket to step into and throw, and the receivers made plays.”“It's just one more week of growth,” Osweiler said. “I learned from my mistakes last week; I got the ball out a little bit sooner this week, and like I said, the offensive line did a great job of setting the edge and giving myself a great pocket to step into and throw, and the receivers made plays.”ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Peyton Manning threw a lot of passes in Saturday’s game with the Rams.
In fact, he threw 34 of them in one half of action. And 20 came in the first quarter. If that had been a regular-season game, that would have been tied for the third-most passes attempted ever in the first quarter of an NFL game.
 
Of course, the player in the first and second spots on that list is also Peyton Manning.
“Every game is going to take on a new identity. We don’t have a set number going into each game. I think that with what we are trying to establish from a run/pass standpoint, it just depends what the defense is doing, what they’re taking away,” Manning said.
“St. Louis was staying back and they were keeping some stuff underneath, which (means) you have to go short, which is going to make them go more plays in each drive, and that probably had a lot to do with that number.”
Manning’s day was done at halftime after completing 25-of-35 for 234 yards and a touchdown. But he made it look like he was coming back in late in the fourth quarter as he strapped on his glove and starting take snaps on the sideline.
As it turns out, he just wanted to get some work done in the rain.
“It was raining there at the end,” he said. “We haven’t had much rain in practice. I did some snaps with Manny Ramirez—that is something you don’t take for granted with a new center. We are going to have some weather this year I’m sure, so I was just trying to use the situation to work on my technique."
Julius Thomas Continuing to Progress
Tight end Julius Thomas had his third consecutive game with four catches Saturday night as he picked up 18 receiving yards.
He now leads the club with 12 catches in the preseason, and his 123 receiving yards are tied with Demaryius Thomas for the team preseason lead.
"With each additional snap I get, I'm able to improve,” Thomas said. ”The only real way to get better is to have those live snaps. I've had probably close to 100 snaps this preseason, and that's really helping me to really slow down out there, be comfortable and focus on my assignments."
 
The tight end noted that it’s important to keep things in perspective during the preseason because any momentum you build up can be lost just as quickly.
He said he believes that Saturday was “by far my most complete game,” and that he’s successfully eliminating some mistakes.
"I think I executed in the run game at a high level,” Thomas said. “I didn't make some of the mistakes I made in the other two preseason games. It's just like being out there, just getting those snaps under your belt, it helps you be more comfortable so that you're thinking clearly. It's so easy to make mistakes when you're playing at such a high pace, but the more times you get to repeat plays and see defenses, it really helps you play cleaner."
He added that his goal is to play “mistake-free” and that he’s focused on continuing to get better as the regular season approaches.
Osweiler Works with the Ones
Osweiler has seen a lot of action in the preseason, as most backup quarterbacks do, but in Saturday’s game he got a little bit of work in with the first team, something that Head Coach John Fox said was geared to boost his confidence.
“It was nice,” Osweiler said. “I don't get a lot of reps with them during practice, so to go out there during the game and put a drive together and get a touchdown out of it -- it felt really good. The offensive line did a great job. Receivers made plays and backs were running hard. So it was good.”
The rest of the game was a touch tumultuous for Osweiler -- he led a couple of scoring drives but he was also part of a fumbled snap deep in the Broncos zone that lead to a near-disastrous touchdown.
“There were some ups and downs. It was almost like a roller coaster tonight,” he said. “There were some good things, and then there were some bad things that need to be cleaned up. And that's kind of been the story of preseason. We've just got to continue to build on that. We've got one more week to clean those up before the regular season, and that's what we've got to strive to do.”
But Osweiler has been building on his performance each week and continues to show improvement on the field. With that comes improved cohesion with the teammates he’s working with.
“It's just one more week of growth,” Osweiler said. “I learned from my mistakes last week; I got the ball out a little bit sooner this week, and like I said, the offensive line did a great job of setting the edge and giving myself a great pocket to step into and throw, and the receivers made plays.”ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Peyton Manning threw a lot of passes in Saturday’s game with the Rams.ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Peyton Manning threw a lot of passes in Saturday’s game with the Rams.ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Peyton Manning threw a lot of passes in Saturday’s game with the Rams.
In fact, he threw 34 of them in one half of action. And 20 came in the first quarter. If that had been a regular-season game, that would have been tied for the third-most passes attempted ever in the first quarter of an NFL game.
 
Of course, the player in the first and second spots on that list is also Peyton Manning.
“Every game is going to take on a new identity. We don’t have a set number going into each game. I think that with what we are trying to establish from a run/pass standpoint, it just depends what the defense is doing, what they’re taking away,” Manning said.
“St. Louis was staying back and they were keeping some stuff underneath, which (means) you have to go short, which is going to make them go more plays in each drive, and that probably had a lot to do with that number.”
Manning’s day was done at halftime after completing 25-of-35 for 234 yards and a touchdown. But he made it look like he was coming back in late in the fourth quarter as he strapped on his glove and starting take snaps on the sideline.
As it turns out, he just wanted to get some work done in the rain.
“It was raining there at the end,” he said. “We haven’t had much rain in practice. I did some snaps with Manny Ramirez—that is something you don’t take for granted with a new center. We are going to have some weather this year I’m sure, so I was just trying to use the situation to work on my technique."
Julius Thomas Continuing to Progress
Tight end Julius Thomas had his third consecutive game with four catches Saturday night as he picked up 18 receiving yards.
He now leads the club with 12 catches in the preseason, and his 123 receiving yards are tied with Demaryius Thomas for the team preseason lead.
"With each additional snap I get, I'm able to improve,” Thomas said. ”The only real way to get better is to have those live snaps. I've had probably close to 100 snaps this preseason, and that's really helping me to really slow down out there, be comfortable and focus on my assignments."
 
The tight end noted that it’s important to keep things in perspective during the preseason because any momentum you build up can be lost just as quickly.
He said he believes that Saturday was “by far my most complete game,” and that he’s successfully eliminating some mistakes.
"I think I executed in the run game at a high level,” Thomas said. “I didn't make some of the mistakes I made in the other two preseason games. It's just like being out there, just getting those snaps under your belt, it helps you be more comfortable so that you're thinking clearly. It's so easy to make mistakes when you're playing at such a high pace, but the more times you get to repeat plays and see defenses, it really helps you play cleaner."
He added that his goal is to play “mistake-free” and that he’s focused on continuing to get better as the regular season approaches.
Osweiler Works with the Ones
Osweiler has seen a lot of action in the preseason, as most backup quarterbacks do, but in Saturday’s game he got a little bit of work in with the first team, something that Head Coach John Fox said was geared to boost his confidence.
“It was nice,” Osweiler said. “I don't get a lot of reps with them during practice, so to go out there during the game and put a drive together and get a touchdown out of it -- it felt really good. The offensive line did a great job. Receivers made plays and backs were running hard. So it was good.”
The rest of the game was a touch tumultuous for Osweiler -- he led a couple of scoring drives but he was also part of a fumbled snap deep in the Broncos zone that lead to a near-disastrous touchdown.
“There were some ups and downs. It was almost like a roller coaster tonight,” he said. “There were some good things, and then there were some bad things that need to be cleaned up. And that's kind of been the story of preseason. We've just got to continue to build on that. We've got one more week to clean those up before the regular season, and that's what we've got to strive to do.”
But Osweiler has been building on his performance each week and continues to show improvement on the field. With that comes improved cohesion with the teammates he’s working with.
“It's just one more week of growth,” Osweiler said. “I learned from my mistakes last week; I got the ball out a little bit sooner this week, and like I said, the offensive line did a great job of setting the edge and giving myself a great pocket to step into and throw, and the receivers made plays.”

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Peyton Manning threw a lot of passes in Saturday’s game with the Rams.

In fact, he threw 34 of them in one half of action. And 20 came in the first quarter. If that had been a regular-season game, that would have been tied for the third-most passes attempted ever in the first quarter of an NFL game.

Of course, the player in the first and second spots on that list is also Peyton Manning.

“Every game is going to take on a new identity. We don’t have a set number going into each game. I think that with what we are trying to establish from a run/pass standpoint, it just depends what the defense is doing, what they’re taking away,” Manning said.

“St. Louis was staying back and they were keeping some stuff underneath, which (means) you have to go short, which is going to make them go more plays in each drive, and that probably had a lot to do with that number.”

Manning’s day was done at halftime after completing 25-of-35 for 234 yards and a touchdown. But he made it look like he was coming back in late in the fourth quarter as he strapped on his glove and starting take snaps on the sideline.

As it turns out, he just wanted to get some work done in the rain.

“It was raining there at the end,” he said. “We haven’t had much rain in practice. I did some snaps with Manny Ramirez—that is something you don’t take for granted with a new center. We are going to have some weather this year I’m sure, so I was just trying to use the situation to work on my technique."

Julius Thomas Continuing to Progress

Tight end Julius Thomas had his third consecutive game with four catches Saturday night as he picked up 18 receiving yards.

He now leads the club with 12 catches in the preseason, and his 123 receiving yards are tied with Demaryius Thomas for the team preseason lead.

"With each additional snap I get, I'm able to improve,” Thomas said. ”The only real way to get better is to have those live snaps. I've had probably close to 100 snaps this preseason, and that's really helping me to really slow down out there, be comfortable and focus on my assignments."

The tight end noted that it’s important to keep things in perspective during the preseason because any momentum you build up can be lost just as quickly.

He said he believes that Saturday was “by far my most complete game,” and that he’s successfully eliminating some mistakes.

"I think I executed in the run game at a high level,” Thomas said. “I didn't make some of the mistakes I made in the other two preseason games. It's just like being out there, just getting those snaps under your belt, it helps you be more comfortable so that you're thinking clearly. It's so easy to make mistakes when you're playing at such a high pace, but the more times you get to repeat plays and see defenses, it really helps you play cleaner."

He added that his goal is to play “mistake-free” and that he’s focused on continuing to get better as the regular season approaches.

Osweiler Works with the Ones

Osweiler has seen a lot of action in the preseason, as most backup quarterbacks do, but in Saturday’s game he got a little bit of work in with the first team, something that Head Coach John Fox said was geared to boost his confidence.

“It was nice,” Osweiler said. “I don't get a lot of reps with them during practice, so to go out there during the game and put a drive together and get a touchdown out of it -- it felt really good. The offensive line did a great job. Receivers made plays and backs were running hard. So it was good.”

The rest of the game was a touch tumultuous for Osweiler -- he led a couple of scoring drives but he was also part of a fumbled snap deep in the Broncos zone that lead to a near-disastrous touchdown.

“There were some ups and downs. It was almost like a roller coaster tonight,” he said. “There were some good things, and then there were some bad things that need to be cleaned up. And that's kind of been the story of preseason. We've just got to continue to build on that. We've got one more week to clean those up before the regular season, and that's what we've got to strive to do.”

But Osweiler has been building on his performance each week and continues to show improvement on the field. With that comes improved cohesion with the teammates he’s working with.

“It's just one more week of growth,” Osweiler said. “I learned from my mistakes last week; I got the ball out a little bit sooner this week, and like I said, the offensive line did a great job of setting the edge and giving myself a great pocket to step into and throw, and the receivers made plays.”

In fact, he threw 34 of them in one half of action. And 20 came in the first quarter. If that had been a regular-season game, that would have been tied for the third-most passes attempted ever in the first quarter of an NFL game.
 
Of course, the player in the first and second spots on that list is also Peyton Manning.
“Every game is going to take on a new identity. We don’t have a set number going into each game. I think that with what we are trying to establish from a run/pass standpoint, it just depends what the defense is doing, what they’re taking away,” Manning said.
“St. Louis was staying back and they were keeping some stuff underneath, which (means) you have to go short, which is going to make them go more plays in each drive, and that probably had a lot to do with that number.”
Manning’s day was done at halftime after completing 25-of-35 for 234 yards and a touchdown. But he made it look like he was coming back in late in the fourth quarter as he strapped on his glove and starting take snaps on the sideline.
As it turns out, he just wanted to get some work done in the rain.
“It was raining there at the end,” he said. “We haven’t had much rain in practice. I did some snaps with Manny Ramirez—that is something you don’t take for granted with a new center. We are going to have some weather this year I’m sure, so I was just trying to use the situation to work on my technique."
Julius Thomas Continuing to Progress
Tight end Julius Thomas had his third consecutive game with four catches Saturday night as he picked up 18 receiving yards.
He now leads the club with 12 catches in the preseason, and his 123 receiving yards are tied with Demaryius Thomas for the team preseason lead.
"With each additional snap I get, I'm able to improve,” Thomas said. ”The only real way to get better is to have those live snaps. I've had probably close to 100 snaps this preseason, and that's really helping me to really slow down out there, be comfortable and focus on my assignments."
 
The tight end noted that it’s important to keep things in perspective during the preseason because any momentum you build up can be lost just as quickly.
He said he believes that Saturday was “by far my most complete game,” and that he’s successfully eliminating some mistakes.
"I think I executed in the run game at a high level,” Thomas said. “I didn't make some of the mistakes I made in the other two preseason games. It's just like being out there, just getting those snaps under your belt, it helps you be more comfortable so that you're thinking clearly. It's so easy to make mistakes when you're playing at such a high pace, but the more times you get to repeat plays and see defenses, it really helps you play cleaner."
He added that his goal is to play “mistake-free” and that he’s focused on continuing to get better as the regular season approaches.
Osweiler Works with the Ones
Osweiler has seen a lot of action in the preseason, as most backup quarterbacks do, but in Saturday’s game he got a little bit of work in with the first team, something that Head Coach John Fox said was geared to boost his confidence.
“It was nice,” Osweiler said. “I don't get a lot of reps with them during practice, so to go out there during the game and put a drive together and get a touchdown out of it -- it felt really good. The offensive line did a great job. Receivers made plays and backs were running hard. So it was good.”
The rest of the game was a touch tumultuous for Osweiler -- he led a couple of scoring drives but he was also part of a fumbled snap deep in the Broncos zone that lead to a near-disastrous touchdown.
“There were some ups and downs. It was almost like a roller coaster tonight,” he said. “There were some good things, and then there were some bad things that need to be cleaned up. And that's kind of been the story of preseason. We've just got to continue to build on that. We've got one more week to clean those up before the regular season, and that's what we've got to strive to do.”
But Osweiler has been building on his performance each week and continues to show improvement on the field. With that comes improved cohesion with the teammates he’s working with.
“It's just one more week of growth,” Osweiler said. “I learned from my mistakes last week; I got the ball out a little bit sooner this week, and like I said, the offensive line did a great job of setting the edge and giving myself a great pocket to step into and throw, and the receivers made plays.”ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Peyton Manning threw a lot of passes in Saturday’s game with the Rams.
In fact, he threw 34 of them in one half of action. And 20 came in the first quarter. If that had been a regular-season game, that would have been tied for the third-most passes attempted ever in the first quarter of an NFL game.
 
Of course, the player in the first and second spots on that list is also Peyton Manning.
“Every game is going to take on a new identity. We don’t have a set number going into each game. I think that with what we are trying to establish from a run/pass standpoint, it just depends what the defense is doing, what they’re taking away,” Manning said.
“St. Louis was staying back and they were keeping some stuff underneath, which (means) you have to go short, which is going to make them go more plays in each drive, and that probably had a lot to do with that number.”
Manning’s day was done at halftime after completing 25-of-35 for 234 yards and a touchdown. But he made it look like he was coming back in late in the fourth quarter as he strapped on his glove and starting take snaps on the sideline.
As it turns out, he just wanted to get some work done in the rain.
“It was raining there at the end,” he said. “We haven’t had much rain in practice. I did some snaps with Manny Ramirez—that is something you don’t take for granted with a new center. We are going to have some weather this year I’m sure, so I was just trying to use the situation to work on my technique."
Julius Thomas Continuing to Progress
Tight end Julius Thomas had his third consecutive game with four catches Saturday night as he picked up 18 receiving yards.
He now leads the club with 12 catches in the preseason, and his 123 receiving yards are tied with Demaryius Thomas for the team preseason lead.
"With each additional snap I get, I'm able to improve,” Thomas said. ”The only real way to get better is to have those live snaps. I've had probably close to 100 snaps this preseason, and that's really helping me to really slow down out there, be comfortable and focus on my assignments."
 
The tight end noted that it’s important to keep things in perspective during the preseason because any momentum you build up can be lost just as quickly.
He said he believes that Saturday was “by far my most complete game,” and that he’s successfully eliminating some mistakes.
"I think I executed in the run game at a high level,” Thomas said. “I didn't make some of the mistakes I made in the other two preseason games. It's just like being out there, just getting those snaps under your belt, it helps you be more comfortable so that you're thinking clearly. It's so easy to make mistakes when you're playing at such a high pace, but the more times you get to repeat plays and see defenses, it really helps you play cleaner."
He added that his goal is to play “mistake-free” and that he’s focused on continuing to get better as the regular season approaches.
Osweiler Works with the Ones
Osweiler has seen a lot of action in the preseason, as most backup quarterbacks do, but in Saturday’s game he got a little bit of work in with the first team, something that Head Coach John Fox said was geared to boost his confidence.
“It was nice,” Osweiler said. “I don't get a lot of reps with them during practice, so to go out there during the game and put a drive together and get a touchdown out of it -- it felt really good. The offensive line did a great job. Receivers made plays and backs were running hard. So it was good.”
The rest of the game was a touch tumultuous for Osweiler -- he led a couple of scoring drives but he was also part of a fumbled snap deep in the Broncos zone that lead to a near-disastrous touchdown.
“There were some ups and downs. It was almost like a roller coaster tonight,” he said. “There were some good things, and then there were some bad things that need to be cleaned up. And that's kind of been the story of preseason. We've just got to continue to build on that. We've got one more week to clean those up before the regular season, and that's what we've got to strive to do.”
But Osweiler has been building on his performance each week and continues to show improvement on the field. With that comes improved cohesion with the teammates he’s working with.
“It's just one more week of growth,” Osweiler said. “I learned from my mistakes last week; I got the ball out a little bit sooner this week, and like I said, the offensive line did a great job of setting the edge and giving myself a great pocket to step into and throw, and the receivers made plays.”ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Peyton Manning threw a lot of passes in Saturday’s game with the Rams.
In fact, he threw 34 of them in one half of action. And 20 came in the first quarter. If that had been a regular-season game, that would have been tied for the third-most passes attempted ever in the first quarter of an NFL game.
 
Of course, the player in the first and second spots on that list is also Peyton Manning.
“Every game is going to take on a new identity. We don’t have a set number going into each game. I think that with what we are trying to establish from a run/pass standpoint, it just depends what the defense is doing, what they’re taking away,” Manning said.
“St. Louis was staying back and they were keeping some stuff underneath, which (means) you have to go short, which is going to make them go more plays in each drive, and that probably had a lot to do with that number.”
Manning’s day was done at halftime after completing 25-of-35 for 234 yards and a touchdown. But he made it look like he was coming back in late in the fourth quarter as he strapped on his glove and starting take snaps on the sideline.
As it turns out, he just wanted to get some work done in the rain.
“It was raining there at the end,” he said. “We haven’t had much rain in practice. I did some snaps with Manny Ramirez—that is something you don’t take for granted with a new center. We are going to have some weather this year I’m sure, so I was just trying to use the situation to work on my technique."
Julius Thomas Continuing to Progress
Tight end Julius Thomas had his third consecutive game with four catches Saturday night as he picked up 18 receiving yards.
He now leads the club with 12 catches in the preseason, and his 123 receiving yards are tied with Demaryius Thomas for the team preseason lead.
"With each additional snap I get, I'm able to improve,” Thomas said. ”The only real way to get better is to have those live snaps. I've had probably close to 100 snaps this preseason, and that's really helping me to really slow down out there, be comfortable and focus on my assignments."
 
The tight end noted that it’s important to keep things in perspective during the preseason because any momentum you build up can be lost just as quickly.
He said he believes that Saturday was “by far my most complete game,” and that he’s successfully eliminating some mistakes.
"I think I executed in the run game at a high level,” Thomas said. “I didn't make some of the mistakes I made in the other two preseason games. It's just like being out there, just getting those snaps under your belt, it helps you be more comfortable so that you're thinking clearly. It's so easy to make mistakes when you're playing at such a high pace, but the more times you get to repeat plays and see defenses, it really helps you play cleaner."
He added that his goal is to play “mistake-free” and that he’s focused on continuing to get better as the regular season approaches.
Osweiler Works with the Ones
Osweiler has seen a lot of action in the preseason, as most backup quarterbacks do, but in Saturday’s game he got a little bit of work in with the first team, something that Head Coach John Fox said was geared to boost his confidence.
“It was nice,” Osweiler said. “I don't get a lot of reps with them during practice, so to go out there during the game and put a drive together and get a touchdown out of it -- it felt really good. The offensive line did a great job. Receivers made plays and backs were running hard. So it was good.”
The rest of the game was a touch tumultuous for Osweiler -- he led a couple of scoring drives but he was also part of a fumbled snap deep in the Broncos zone that lead to a near-disastrous touchdown.
“There were some ups and downs. It was almost like a roller coaster tonight,” he said. “There were some good things, and then there were some bad things that need to be cleaned up. And that's kind of been the story of preseason. We've just got to continue to build on that. We've got one more week to clean those up before the regular season, and that's what we've got to strive to do.”
But Osweiler has been building on his performance each week and continues to show improvement on the field. With that comes improved cohesion with the teammates he’s working with.
“It's just one more week of growth,” Osweiler said. “I learned from my mistakes last week; I got the ball out a little bit sooner this week, and like I said, the offensive line did a great job of setting the edge and giving myself a great pocket to step into and throw, and the receivers made plays.”ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Peyton Manning threw a lot of passes in Saturday’s game with the Rams.
In fact, he threw 34 of them in one half of action. And 20 came in the first quarter. If that had been a regular-season game, that would have been tied for the third-most passes attempted ever in the first quarter of an NFL game.
 
Of course, the player in the first and second spots on that list is also Peyton Manning.
“Every game is going to take on a new identity. We don’t have a set number going into each game. I think that with what we are trying to establish from a run/pass standpoint, it just depends what the defense is doing, what they’re taking away,” Manning said.
“St. Louis was staying back and they were keeping some stuff underneath, which (means) you have to go short, which is going to make them go more plays in each drive, and that probably had a lot to do with that number.”
Manning’s day was done at halftime after completing 25-of-35 for 234 yards and a touchdown. But he made it look like he was coming back in late in the fourth quarter as he strapped on his glove and starting take snaps on the sideline.
As it turns out, he just wanted to get some work done in the rain.
“It was raining there at the end,” he said. “We haven’t had much rain in practice. I did some snaps with Manny Ramirez—that is something you don’t take for granted with a new center. We are going to have some weather this year I’m sure, so I was just trying to use the situation to work on my technique."
Julius Thomas Continuing to Progress
Tight end Julius Thomas had his third consecutive game with four catches Saturday night as he picked up 18 receiving yards.
He now leads the club with 12 catches in the preseason, and his 123 receiving yards are tied with Demaryius Thomas for the team preseason lead.
"With each additional snap I get, I'm able to improve,” Thomas said. ”The only real way to get better is to have those live snaps. I've had probably close to 100 snaps this preseason, and that's really helping me to really slow down out there, be comfortable and focus on my assignments."
 
The tight end noted that it’s important to keep things in perspective during the preseason because any momentum you build up can be lost just as quickly.
He said he believes that Saturday was “by far my most complete game,” and that he’s successfully eliminating some mistakes.
"I think I executed in the run game at a high level,” Thomas said. “I didn't make some of the mistakes I made in the other two preseason games. It's just like being out there, just getting those snaps under your belt, it helps you be more comfortable so that you're thinking clearly. It's so easy to make mistakes when you're playing at such a high pace, but the more times you get to repeat plays and see defenses, it really helps you play cleaner."
He added that his goal is to play “mistake-free” and that he’s focused on continuing to get better as the regular season approaches.
Osweiler Works with the Ones
Osweiler has seen a lot of action in the preseason, as most backup quarterbacks do, but in Saturday’s game he got a little bit of work in with the first team, something that Head Coach John Fox said was geared to boost his confidence.
“It was nice,” Osweiler said. “I don't get a lot of reps with them during practice, so to go out there during the game and put a drive together and get a touchdown out of it -- it felt really good. The offensive line did a great job. Receivers made plays and backs were running hard. So it was good.”
The rest of the game was a touch tumultuous for Osweiler -- he led a couple of scoring drives but he was also part of a fumbled snap deep in the Broncos zone that lead to a near-disastrous touchdown.
“There were some ups and downs. It was almost like a roller coaster tonight,” he said. “There were some good things, and then there were some bad things that need to be cleaned up. And that's kind of been the story of preseason. We've just got to continue to build on that. We've got one more week to clean those up before the regular season, and that's what we've got to strive to do.”
But Osweiler has been building on his performance each week and continues to show improvement on the field. With that comes improved cohesion with the teammates he’s working with.
“It's just one more week of growth,” Osweiler said. “I learned from my mistakes last week; I got the ball out a little bit sooner this week, and like I said, the offensive line did a great job of setting the edge and giving myself a great pocket to step into and throw, and the receivers made plays.”
In fact, he threw 34 of them in one half of action. And 20 came in the first quarter. If that had been a regular-season game, that would have been tied for the third-most passes attempted ever in the first quarter of an NFL game.
 
Of course, the player in the first and second spots on that list is also Peyton Manning.
“Every game is going to take on a new identity. We don’t have a set number going into each game. I think that with what we are trying to establish from a run/pass standpoint, it just depends what the defense is doing, what they’re taking away,” Manning said.
“St. Louis was staying back and they were keeping some stuff underneath, which (means) you have to go short, which is going to make them go more plays in each drive, and that probably had a lot to do with that number.”
Manning’s day was done at halftime after completing 25-of-35 for 234 yards and a touchdown. But he made it look like he was coming back in late in the fourth quarter as he strapped on his glove and starting take snaps on the sideline.
As it turns out, he just wanted to get some work done in the rain.
“It was raining there at the end,” he said. “We haven’t had much rain in practice. I did some snaps with Manny Ramirez—that is something you don’t take for granted with a new center. We are going to have some weather this year I’m sure, so I was just trying to use the situation to work on my technique."
Julius Thomas Continuing to Progress
Tight end Julius Thomas had his third consecutive game with four catches Saturday night as he picked up 18 receiving yards.
He now leads the club with 12 catches in the preseason, and his 123 receiving yards are tied with Demaryius Thomas for the team preseason lead.
"With each additional snap I get, I'm able to improve,” Thomas said. ”The only real way to get better is to have those live snaps. I've had probably close to 100 snaps this preseason, and that's really helping me to really slow down out there, be comfortable and focus on my assignments."
 
The tight end noted that it’s important to keep things in perspective during the preseason because any momentum you build up can be lost just as quickly.
He said he believes that Saturday was “by far my most complete game,” and that he’s successfully eliminating some mistakes.
"I think I executed in the run game at a high level,” Thomas said. “I didn't make some of the mistakes I made in the other two preseason games. It's just like being out there, just getting those snaps under your belt, it helps you be more comfortable so that you're thinking clearly. It's so easy to make mistakes when you're playing at such a high pace, but the more times you get to repeat plays and see defenses, it really helps you play cleaner."
He added that his goal is to play “mistake-free” and that he’s focused on continuing to get better as the regular season approaches.
Osweiler Works with the Ones
Osweiler has seen a lot of action in the preseason, as most backup quarterbacks do, but in Saturday’s game he got a little bit of work in with the first team, something that Head Coach John Fox said was geared to boost his confidence.
“It was nice,” Osweiler said. “I don't get a lot of reps with them during practice, so to go out there during the game and put a drive together and get a touchdown out of it -- it felt really good. The offensive line did a great job. Receivers made plays and backs were running hard. So it was good.”
The rest of the game was a touch tumultuous for Osweiler -- he led a couple of scoring drives but he was also part of a fumbled snap deep in the Broncos zone that lead to a near-disastrous touchdown.
“There were some ups and downs. It was almost like a roller coaster tonight,” he said. “There were some good things, and then there were some bad things that need to be cleaned up. And that's kind of been the story of preseason. We've just got to continue to build on that. We've got one more week to clean those up before the regular season, and that's what we've got to strive to do.”
But Osweiler has been building on his performance each week and continues to show improvement on the field. With that comes improved cohesion with the teammates he’s working with.
“It's just one more week of growth,” Osweiler said. “I learned from my mistakes last week; I got the ball out a little bit sooner this week, and like I said, the offensive line did a great job of setting the edge and giving myself a great pocket to step into and throw, and the receivers made plays.”