Brock Osweiler has a fan in Peyton Manning.
Teammates in Denver from 2012 through 2015, the former's now a Texan while the latter just retired. Manning met with the media late last week at his annual Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, Louisiana, and shared his thoughts about Osweiler.
"I'll be pulling for him," Manning said in a video courtesy of FOX-26. "Brock has been great to me these past four years."
Manning said he was happy for Osweiler when he signed a free agent deal with Houston on March 10.
"I sent him a text right after that move happened," Manning said. "I'm excited for his opportunity. I know he's excited."
Even though his brother Eli is the starter for the New York Giants, Manning said he'll divide his cheering loyalties now that he's out of the game.
"I kind of look forward to this year being a fan of a lot of teams," Manning said. "People that I have connections with. I'll be pulling for Brock."
During minicamp earlier this month, Osweiler said his preparation for the coming 2016 season won't deviate from the way he prepared in Denver.
"As far as my preparation over the summer months, from my time being a backup under Peyton to now as the starter here in Houston, nothing will change," Osweiler said. "I will prepare the same exact way I always have."
Over the course of OTAs and minicamp, defensive lineman Vince Wilfork said the way Osweiler operates was reminiscent of the way Manning ran an offense.
"You can just tell he's been in a system that taught him very well," Wilfork said. "Playing up on Peyton in that offense, you can tell there's a lot of carry-over, and the smarts he has coming from that."
In seven games last season with the Broncos, Osweiler completed 61.8 percent of his passes for 1,967 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Osweiler and the Texans start training camp at the end of July.