Denver Broncos scrimmage: What to watch for

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 1: Quarterback Trevor Siemian
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NEW ORLEANS, LA – NOVEMBER 13: Trevor Siemian #13 of the Denver Broncos throws the ball during the first half of a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 13, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

The Quarterback Battle

Over a week into training camp, no one really seems to know where the Broncos stand with the quarterback position.

That’s a good thing for the two primary competitors, Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch. That’s not necessarily a good thing for the team, as splitting the reps down the middle hasn’t really given either of these two guys the opportunity to get into a rhythm at all.

Both players have made their share of nice plays in training camp, and both have made their share of head scratching throws.

As the old adage goes, if you have two quarterbacks, you probably don’t have any.

The Broncos need to figure out which guy is going to be leading this team in 2017, and Vance Joseph isn’t in a hurry to make that decision. He originally stated he wanted to make the call by the time the second preseason game had ended, as putting on the uniform and going up against a live defense will make all the difference for these two guys.

That’s why this scrimmage is important. The defense will have a decent idea of what’s coming, but these guys will have a chance to get into a little rhythm, each quarterback getting about a drive’s worth of plays each.

What we’re looking for from Lynch is consistency. So far in camp, he’s been a bit too inconsistent to separate himself enough from Siemian. For Siemian, we’re looking for a willingness to push the ball downfield, and for me personally, I would like for Siemian to not miss reads downfield because he’s feeling the pass rush beating down on him.

There have been too many times where Siemian will opt for a dump-off throw when someone is open deep downfield. Lynch, on the other hand, may try to do too much when he needs to simply take what’s available.

This will be the most critical juncture for these two guys in this competition so far.