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Rookie Brock Osweiler says there's no better blueprint than being Peyton Manning's No. 2


FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2012, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler (6) sets to throw a pass in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Denver. All eyes were on Broncos starting quarterback Peyton Manning this season, especially Osweiler's. If, heaven forbid, something should happen to the four-time MVP in the playoffs, the next man up is the four-time passer, a rookie from Arizona State who's biding his time much like Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers did with Brett Favre. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney, File) (The Associated Press)

All eyes were on Peyton Manning this season, especially Brock Osweiler's.

He's the Denver Broncos' OTHER first-year quarterback, a 6-foot-8 passing project from Arizona State who's the first signal-caller ever drafted with the intention of one day succeeding the league's most decorated passer.

Osweiler bears a striking resemblance to "Twilight" actor Robert Pattinson, but what he really wants is to look more like Manning.

So, he's taken advantage of his apprenticeship by watching Manning's every move, scribbling copious notes and mimicking his mentor's notorious work ethic and preparation.

Osweiler said he's thrilled to be in Manning's shadow and insists he'll gladly bide his time while learning as much as he can from one of the game's greats.

Still, he says he's ready if needed.


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