ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --During this year's OTAs, Brock Osweiler has received -- and enjoyed -- bearing a heavier workload than at any point during his career to date, getting first-team repetitions on days when veterans like Peyton Manning are given a respite.
His teammates can see the progress.
"He has a lot more command," said running back C.J. Anderson. "He wants to go out there and play. He's been confident and comfortable, and he knows what he can do. He trusts his ability."
"I've always been impressed with Brock and his composure and how he commands the huddle," tight end Virgil Green added. "The more and more you play in the league, the more confident you get and the more composure you have out there."
And after three years, the experience adds up, and gives Osweiler credibility as he sets up and guides his teammates.
"He's that guy right now," Green said. "He's in the huddle commanding things, telling us if we're not playing so well, calming down guys, relaxing and then (moving on) to the next play.
"He's learned a lot from Peyton (Manning), and it shows in the huddle."
One other aspect of Osweiler's growth is his ability to play within the confines of the playcall, to trust it and his teammates to get the job done.
"He tells himself sometimes before (the play), 'Look, I'm not going to do too much; I'm going to do what the play asks for,'" Anderson said. "That's all you can ask for in a leader."