Denver Broncos Minicamp: An Extremely Interesting Day One
Competition between Denver Broncos quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch hasn’t started yet. Meanwhile, rookies Garett Bolles and DeMarcus Walker are performing well.
New Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph has made it clear: competition between quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch will not start until training camp next month. When asked for the umpteenth time, Joseph said “It’s going to be won in the games and the preseason. That’s when the evaluation starts, in my opinion”.
Siemian or Lynch? They’re on equal footing right now
On Day 1 of minicamp, offensive coaches worked on exposing Siemian, Lynch and the offense to concepts for the second time. Installing the scheme had already been covered in the previous three weeks.
In an article by Broncos senior digital reporter Andrew Mason, Joseph was frank in his assessment of the two quarterbacks. “There’s been positive plays by both guys. There’s been big throws by both guys. There’s been some terrible throws by both guy… we’re just coaching and trying to improve every day. When we get to [training camp], we’ll have a true evaluation.”
Until one quarterback shows a marked difference to the other, Joseph will consider them equals. But according to Mason, that could be awhile. Day 1 of minicamp was no better than OTAs “peppered with good and bad moments for the quarterbacks”.
Mistakes are being corrected fast
Lynch didn’t have an ideal start to minicamp, having his worst throw of the day during the seven-on-seven period while working with the No. 2 offense. A throw down the right was intercepted by Taurean Nixon and returned for a touchdown. Lynch was unsuccessful twice more — throwing to the right.
Lynch seems aware of his weaknesses but believes he can bounce back from his mistakes. When offensive coordinator Mike McCoy told him to keep moving from play to play, he “took advantage of it”.
Joseph was no doubt impressed with that kind of quick thinking, who just wants his players to bounce back from bad plays efficiently.
Siemian looked like he was learning fast from his mistakes too, adjusting his passes and throwing the ball out of reach of several defenders. He and Lynch both performed well in the ‘move the ball’ segment of practice, resulting in long gains and touchdown runs.
It’s all good…
Even scuffles amongst some players (Derek Wolfe, Ron Leary and Connor McGovern) were seen as something positive. “I’m excited to see our guys take a stand offensively,” Joseph said.
Some notes from Day 1 of minicamp (per Andrew Mason)
- First-round pick Garett Bolles alternated with Ty Sambrailo at left tackle on the first team. Joseph spoke highly of Bolles. “… his talent shows… he’s a first-round pick for a reason. He’s a talent.”
- Defensive end DeMarcus Walker was explosive off the edge, forcing an incompletion by bursting around the right side of the offensive line.
- Max Garcia switched back to left guard, where he started last year, and Ron Leary moved to right guard. Despite all his starts in his NFL career coming at left guard, the latter had voiced his willingness to move to the right side if needed.
- Siemian and wise receiver Cody Latimer have paired up regularly. It looks like Latimer could be Siemian’s go-to…
All in all, the start of minicamp has been promising, with key players learning swiftly from their mistakes. There’s been a wave of positive attitudes from Joseph, his coaches, and players. And that is just what the franchise needs.