DENVER (AP) - Brock Osweiler wanted to follow Peyton Manning's path, not live in his shadow.
And that, he said, was the reason for his remark that drew so much ire back in Denver last spring.
Osweiler swears he meant no disrespect to Denver when he said at his introductory news conference in Houston that he chose the Texans over the Broncos in free agency because they gave him the "best opportunity to be successful."
Osweiler returns to Colorado tonight as the Broncos host the Texans in a game pitting two 4-2 division leaders.
Osweiler is coming off his best game as a Texan, leading Houston back from a 14-point deficit for a 26-23 win in overtime against the Colts last week.
Siemian is coming off his first loss, 21-13 at San Diego, where he was still compromised by a sprained left shoulder that had sidelined him the week before.