Denver Broncos excited about Trevor Siemian’s development
The Denver Broncos are a two-horse QB race between Paxton Lynch and Mark Sanchez, right? Not if Trevor Siemian has anything to say about it…
Going into OTAs, it’s easy to forget 2015 seventh round pick Trevor Siemian with Mark Sanchez and Paxton Lynch also in the fold. Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak was excited to talk about Siemian’s development after the first day of OTAs, and this might be more of a three-horse race than people think…
“We have competition throughout our football team, so obviously everybody is starting from scratch right there with Mark and [QB] Trevor [Siemian]. Trevor did a great job today. I’m very impressed with how far he’s come. It will be very competitive for all of them. Reps-wise, we’ll probably be right down the middle with all of them.”
We all know the future of this team is Paxton Lynch — it’s why the team invested a first round pick in him. Does that mean he has to start as a rookie? As you all know, I’m an advocate for it, but it’s not a requirement. Lynch’s development isn’t contingent upon getting out on the field immediately as a rookie. The Broncos want to play the best player at the position, so what if it’s Siemian?
“Not many guys are asking about him, but I’m really excited about Trevor. He’s got a chance to be a really good player. He knows exactly what he’s doing. He basically took the first group today. With what you guys got to see, he’s practiced very well. I think Trevor has a lot of confidence in himself right now.”
And he should have confidence in himself. He’s got the most experience with this coaching staff. He’s got the most experience in this offense. He’s got the most experience with this team around him. Look at these strong words from head coach Gary Kubiak:
“I think Trevor has a maturity to him. He’s kind of the sleeper I would say. Of course Mark and Paxton are going to be the headlines, but Trevor knows the offense. He’s very comfortable and can throw the ball, too. We’ve also seen him make big plays in the preseason games under the lights. I wouldn’t sleep on Trevor to win the job either.”
Siemian himself said he’s much more comfortable this offseason than he was last year…
“I feel great. I feel really confident at this point. Last year at this time I had the knee [injury] and was swimming a little bit in the playbook. I’m light years ahead of where I was last year. I still have a lot of work to do but I feel pretty confident.”
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Despite his status as a seventh round pick, Siemian knows that the quarterback situation this year is different than last year. He knows he has a fighting chance to be more than the third quarterback. It’s not a certainty for him to be the starter, but the kind of improvements he’s made this offseason would seem to indicate that he’s at least ready for a shot.
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Of course, we all want to see him do it against top level competition, and that’s why he’s getting 1st team reps this offseason.
The quarterback room is a lot different without Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler. Siemian isn’t oblivious to the fact that Paxton Lynch was drafted in the first round to be the team’s eventual franchise QB, but he’s embracing the competition between him, Lynch, and Mark Sanchez.
“Obviously those two guys are pretty good players. Paxton is a really talented guy. He hasn’t done a lot yet but there is a reason why he was a first-round pick. [He’s] a big, strong guy—athletic, big arm. Mark knows what he’s doing. So we’ve got a good room. It’s going to be really competitive and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
And we’re all excited to see what he can do against the No Fly Zone.