Osweiler out to be worthy successor to No. 18

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His throws are much stronger in his second season in Denver. His passes zip through defenders' grasps and into his receivers' waiting hands to the oohs and ahhs of his teammates and coaches.

Not Peyton Manning -- Brock Osweiler.

OK, so, as coach John Fox likes to say, guys are only playing in their underwear now, the pads gathering dust for another six weeks. And sure, Manning is healthier and hardier than he was a year ago at this time, and if everything goes as planned, Osweiler will be buried on the bench again in 2013 except for the occasional cameo.

But Osweiler looks so much more comfortable calling plays and barking out audibles heading into his second NFL season and both his decisions and his throws come noticeably faster.

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