Brock Osweiler was asked today whether Manning was any good running the unit the fourth-year signal-caller led for three and a half seasons.
“Of course he was,” Osweiler said.
For now, Osweiler is sticking with the company line regarding the return of Manning and what most likely represents the imminent relinquishing of the starting job. It might not happen this week, but there's a very good chance it happens next week.
“It was great to have him out there," Osweiler said. "[I was] out there throwing footballs with him and working on progressions and all of those little things that we do as quarterbacks on Wednesdays. Just to get him back on the field and working and having him beside you, it's great to have him back out there.”
For his part, head coach Gary Kubiak felt like it was a good first day back to action for the five-time MVP.
“He did fine," Kubiak said. "Just passed him talking to him just now, but we basically did individual and did a couple periods. Took a seven-on-seven period, the defensive periods, so took a step today. We'll take a look at tomorrow and probably maybe do a little bit more tomorrow. Just day-by-day right now, but a step back in the right direction today.”
As for those pesky quarterback controversy questions, Kubiak could offer no new information on how soon fans can expect to see Manning back in the starting lineup. But he did absolutely confirm that Manning will not start this week in Pittsburgh. He won't even dress.
But Kubiak did try to put into words exactly what he's looking for in Manning, in order to feel confident in returning him to the starting lineup.
“I think I'm probably taking myself back to when we came off the bye week against Green Bay," Kubiak said. "I know what I was looking at then and probably that's what I'm looking for somehow, someway to see that again—see that he's feeling very well again and moving around well. I don't know how to describe that to you, but that's probably what I'm looking for the most as we move forward.”
Brock Osweiler will make his fifth straight start this coming Sunday.
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