Kyle Sloter will not be considered in starting QB competition

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 10: Leonard Floyd
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 10: Leonard Floyd /

The Denver Broncos will not be considering Kyle Sloter among their starting quarterback options for 2017, according to Vance Joseph…

In case you were hoping that Denver Broncos rookie undrafted free agent Kyle Sloter had done enough in the preseason opener to be considered for the starting quarterback position, here’s a bucket of cold water this morning.

This quote from Joseph gives me a really uncomfortable vibe, even if his decision is the right one. Sloter is a rookie who barely has any collegiate starting experience, much less the ability to come in and start for a team that expects to contend for a championship at the NFL level.

That being said, this quarterback competition is one that has been labeled as open, so what gives if the guy who played the best in the preseason game isn’t going to be given a shot at more important reps?

Well, the Broncos have seen Sloter all throughout the offseason, and have scouted every single practice and every throw he’s made. They know his progress within the offense, and Joseph maybe doesn’t want to add any more wrinkles to the competition than there already are.

Still, this was nice to see after the performances of both Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch:

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Sloter may not be included in the starting quarterback competition this year, but the Broncos might need to look at the option of adding someone. 

What we have seen in training camp thus far, and in last night’s preseason game, is absolutely unacceptable for a team that is claiming to be a title contender.

Paxton Lynch did nothing on Thursday night to stake his claim on the starting job, and Trevor Siemian didn’t do anything to put himself ‘in the lead’ either.

If anything, the job is probably Siemian’s by default of being last year’s starter, and neither guy really seems to want it all that bad. There is going to be time for these two to make adjustments, but the clock is ticking. One preseason game is exactly that, so we won’t make any sweeping judgments, but it’s not encouraging in the least.

This next week, the Broncos will take on the San Francisco 49ers and have some joint practices with their opponents from out West. This will be the most critical juncture of the quarterback competition to date.