Ranking every Denver Broncos quarterback since Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos, Paxton Lynch, Mark Sanchez, Trevor Siemian - Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
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Denver Broncos QBs: The Other Guys

We’ve seen a lot of names come and go these past few years, so there are naturally a few who slipped through the cracks. It’s a mixed bag of circumstances, but for whatever reasons, these guys didn’t make the rankings. Not necessarily a bad thing, but let’s just dive in.

Kendall Hinton – 2020

14 Pass Yards, 2 Int. 7 Rush Yards

Kendall Hinton is a legend. Don’t think me putting him here negates that. He stepped up and took snaps at quarterback for a team that was so desperate after losing their whole depth chart to Covid protocols they wanted coaches Rob Calabrese and Justin Rascati to suit up.

Tough days for Broncos country, but you gotta appreciate how Hinton showed up for the guys. Still think he’ll be a quality receiver for us too.

Mark Sanchez – 2016

What happened here? Who knows. Four days after we lost Osweiler, the Broncos traded a conditional 7th-round pick for Mark Sanchez. And you know what? I didn’t mind the move.

Sanchez showed out pretty good in Philadelphia, and in a pretty weak 2016 FA class, it was a low-risk signing for a veteran with experience and pedigree.

After a camp battle and a pretty solid preseason showing, Trevor Siemian won the job, and Sanchez was gone.

Chad Kelly – 2017-2018

2017’s Mr. Irrelevant actually came into a pretty good situation with the Broncos. Paxton Lynch was already struggling to impress the coaching staff, and Kelly had a legit shot to stick.

By mid-2018 the team was 3-4, and people were wondering if the kid from Ole Miss was going to get a shot. Yet after Von Miller’s Halloween party, Chad Kelly was arrested on suspicion of criminal trespassing after entering a random person’s home and sitting on their couch.

He was released the next day.

Kyle Sloter – 2017

Sloter came in and posted some great preseason performances. He threw for 413 yards and 3 TDs, and I love rooting for an underdog/diamond in the rough kinda guy so I really wanted him to make the team.

He ended up not making the cut, but hung around a few QB rooms in the NFL and is currently leading the USFL in passing.

Colin Kaepernick 

In April 2016, just a month after losing Osweiler and trading for Sanchez, John Elway tried to pull a trade for the 49ers quarterback.

However, contract negotiations stalled. Kaepernick was set to make ~ $12 million in base salary and wasn’t willing to take a pay cut. And that was that.