By Jeremy Branham

Houston (CBS Houston) – Chris Clark is preparing for Sunday’s season opener as the starting left tackle with Duane Brown injured, but protecting Brock Osweiler is something he’s more familiar with than any other Texan.

Clark spent five years in Denver between 2010 through 2014, and was teammates with Osweiler after he was drafted by Denver with their second round pick in 2012.

“That’s the man right there, Brock is the leader, Brock holds us down. He is doing what he’s supposed to do, and that’s putting us in the right position and we love him for it,” Clark said about the Texans first year quarterback.

Osweiler has played sparingly throughout his brief NFL career. Most of that, and all of his seven starts, came last season when he filled in for the injured Peyton Manning. Osweiler was 5-2 in his seven starts, throwing for 1,967 yards with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Osweiler played all four seasons in Denver as Manning’s backup and Clark, who has been around both quarterbacks, knows that Osweiler has improved over the years.

“The way he’s managing the game, the way he’s making corrections, the way he knows when he’s wrong,” Clark said. “He picks up on the little things, the detailed things, I see the little Peyton things he’s picked up on and has made it his own.”


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