Brock Osweiler reminded everyone why the Texans were willing to spend $72 million on him last year.
Osweiler’s 54-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeff Heuerman helped lift the Broncos to a 25-13 win over the Colts Thursday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The touchdown pass was perhaps Osweiler’s best throw of the season as he hit Heuerman in stride over the middle.
Thursday’s game didn’t mean much as both the Broncos (5-9) and Colts (3-11) have been eliminated from playoff contention. But as the teams prepare for the future, Osweiler made his case to be in the mix for the Broncos quarterback job next season.
Osweiler was a second-round pick of Denver in 2012 and started seven games in 2015 to help the Broncos win Super Bowl 50. He then left to sign a four-year, $72 million contract with the Texans but was traded to the Browns after one disappointing season. When the Browns released him in September, the Broncos brought him back. He’s appeared in five games with three starts this year and has 895 passing yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions.
Tatum’s a rookie with a 64 percent True Shooting Percentage and third on the team in scoring despite only taking nine shots per game. He remains the league’s leader in three-point percentage and has destroyed every challenge put in his way with dynamite.
There was a bit of laughter when it was reported that Boston was considering taking Tatum with the first overall pick, and a little more when they traded down and essentially passed on Markelle Fultz. Tatum was well liked, obviously, but no one saw this coming. He’s a 19-year-old who does 29-year-old things — side stepping defenders to free himself up for three-pointers, embracing pick-and-roll coverages, cutting into the lane hard with purpose, knowing when to grab-and-go with a defensive rebound and when he should just find his point guard.
Ain’t no more games with Jones for LeBron. We don’t shoot floaters anymore — we’re dunking now.
Good on Jones for showing James up one time for the one time. He may never do it again in his career, but all you really need is one moment against The King. Plus, the Timberwolves are currently beating the Cavaliers by 30 points at halftime, so it looks like Jones will get the last laugh.
From this day forward, in the words of the dubious Bryan Birdman Williams, LeBron will put some RESPECK on Jones’ name.