During training camp and the preseason, the Denver Broncos had the pending decision on who to start at QB. Do they start third-year veteran Trevor Siemian or second-year, former first-round pick Paxton Lynch?
During this preseason, Siemian has completed 14-of-18 passing attempts for 144 yards, 8.0 yards per attempt (YPA), with 1 touchdown, 0 interceptions and a 118.5 passer rating. Lynch, meanwhile, has struggled to read defenses while going 15-of-22 passing for 81 yards, 3.7 YPA, 0 touchdown passes or interceptions and a 74.2 passer rating.
Throughout the spring and summer, the Broncos gave Lynch every opportunity to be the starter. However, he continued to look more like a rookie and not a seasoned QB. During preseason games, he settled for short throws and ran the ball if his first read wasn’t open.
The decision to go with Siemian is a blow for Lynch, who was handpicked by general manager John Elway to be Denver’s QB of the future. Siemian is the one that gives the Broncos the best chance to win out of the gate in 2017.