Sporting News NFL Writer Alex Marvez is touring training camps with SiriusXM NFL Radio. Here is Alex’s take from Houston Texans camp.
HOUSTON — Their quarterback/head coach relationship remains so fresh that Brock Osweiler and Bill O’Brien are still having get-to-know-you sessions five months after the former was famously swiped away from the Denver Broncos.
A long-standing bond, though, isn’t needed to recognize what has become obvious at Houston Texans training camp: O’Brien finally has a franchise-caliber quarterback to work with in his third season at the helm.
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I say “caliber” because there simply isn’t enough evidence for me to confidently proclaim that Osweiler has a legitimate shot at earning his second Super Bowl ring as a starter rather than backup like in Denver. The 25-year-old comes to the Texans with only seven career starts in four NFL seasons, all of which came last year when Peyton Manning was sidelined with a foot injury.
Although he showed plenty of promise, it spoke volumes about what Denver thought of Osweiler for both the short- and long-term when he was benched in Week 17 once a noodle-armed Manning was ready to return.
Osweiler’s bitterness about the situation and a better contract offer from the Texans led to his offseason signing in Houston. The only thing he’s sweating now is buckets of perspiration when the Texans practice outdoors like earlier this we[......]