It’s the middle of June and not surprisingly, it’s anyone’s guess who will be the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos this season.
It really wasn’t a fair fight last offseason. In fact, there wasn’t much of a battle at all. Trevor Siemian surprises many by beating out Mark Sanchez (obtained via trade from the Philadelphia Eagles) for the Denver Broncos’ starting quarterback job in 2016.
Meanwhile, the team’s top pick in last year’s draft, Paxton Lynch, wasn’t really a factor in the race last summer. But he winds up seeing some action this past season. The former University of Memphis standout plays in three games and makes two starts. He completes 49-of-83 passes for 497 yards and two touchdowns opposed to one interception. He fumbled twice but did not lose either bobble.
Of course, Siemian was the main man when healthy. He hit on 59.5 percent of his throws for 3,401 yards and nearly twice as many scores (18) as picks (10). But he also fumbled four times (losing 2) and was sacked on 31 occasions. In terms of experience, he obviously has the edge over last season’s rookie.
But that as then and this is now. And Vance Joseph made it clear earlier this week that this competition will be decided later than sooner. “It’s going to be won in the games and the preseason,” said the team’s new head coach to Andrew Mason of DenverBroncos.com. “That’s when the evaluation starts, in my opinion.”
Following the conclusion of minicamp on Thursday, Joseph had not wavered on his approach. “You have to be patient with the guys,” said the coach to Mason. “You have to not take the evaluation as a daily deal; it’s got to be a collective evaluation as far as the time. It can’t be, ‘Monday, he’s better; Tuesday, he’s better.’ It’s got to be a collective result as far as who is more consistent over time.”
“Both guys did some good things, and both guys did some off things,” added Joseph. “It was really equal.”
It’s going to be a fascinating summer for the Denver Broncos. Improved in numerous areas, the team just needs to settle on a starting signal-caller. Of course, that appears it will be easier said than done.
Russell S. Baxter covers the Denver Broncos for Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter at @baxfootballguru. Looking for more Broncos news and features? Like our Broncos Facebook page HERE and also follow @spot_broncos on Twitter.