Brock Osweiler is back in the saddle under center for the Broncos.
Denver announced the veteran will be its starting quarterback for the team’s Week 9 matchup against the Eagles after Broncos coach Vance Joseph informed his players of the change during a meeting ahead of Wednesday’s practice.
Osweiler will replace Trevor Siemian as the starter after the third-year quarterback threw three picks in Monday’s loss to the Chiefs. Siemian earned the starting role following back-to-back training camp duels, but will receive the first demotion of his professional career after accounting for seven of the team’s 11 total turnovers over their last three losses.
“It’s my job to do what’s best for the football team,” Joseph said Tuesday. “… If you try to go the same way and it doesn’t get better, that’s on me. Again, we have players and coaches putting a lot of time and effort in to get ready for these football games and guys are playing hard. I think it’s fair to examine [the quarterback] position and all positions.”
Osweiler spent his first four NFL seasons with the Broncos as Peyton Manning’s backup and had stints with the Texans and Browns before re-signing with Denver in September ahead of the regular season. His return was prompted by Paxton Lynch’s shoulder injury suffered in the preseason.
The Broncos will look to snap their three-game skid when they visit the Eagles at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.