Quarterback Brock Osweiler stands 6-feet-7-inches tall.
The Broncos just want to make sure he plays that tall.
Osweiler spent the past few months working on his delivery and footwork, making sure his throwing motion is ready for NFL action.
“The main thing is getting my elbow raised up,” he explained. “A lot of times in college, my elbow would drop below my shoulder, if you will. When you do that, you lose velocity, you lose accuracy, you’re less consistent with your throws. We basically made a huge point to bring that elbow up to a more traditional throwing motion and get it above my shoulder.”
“Now the biggest thing is to transition those training sessions out here to the practice field.”
After one day of practice, Head Coach John Fox said he has noticed Osweiler is starting to do just that.
“He has to use his height advantage a little bit better with that higher delivery,” he explained. “He’s an accurate passer and I think he became more accurate.”
Osweiler said he already feels “very comfortable” with the new throwing motion, and noticed an uptick in his accuracy — “where I was trying to put the ball, for the most part, the ball ended up there.”
The quarterback said he’ll keep building on that progress, not only throughout this rookie minicamp, but as long as it takes until it’s second nature.
“As a quarterback, you can always get better, you can always improve upon what you do and your skill-set,” he said. “So yes, of course I’ll be working on it the next two-to-three months a lot. But probably the next two-to-three years as well.”
But even with so much on his plate, Osweiler said his first NFL practice wasn’t overwhelming.
“It was fun, to be honest.” he said. “It was a lot of fun. When you first get that playbook, you’re seeing all these different formations and pass concepts and runs and protections. To finally get out there on the field and kind of put it all together – I thought we did a pretty good job on offense and I had a lot of fun out there today.”